If George Clooney was a house, apparently this would be it

first_imgThe rear of the home. See the rest of the pictureshere.That said, this home which is being marketed by Hoch & Wilkinson is certainly still worth a look if you’re in the Isaac region north of Emerald. It comes loaded with airconditioning, a dishwasher, a second toilet and sits on an extra large 1,077sq m block.It was described as having “the stunning appeal of yesteryear — the strength and wisdom of a property that has endured and survived the harsh and unpredictable elements, yet retained its elegance and appeal”.Do let us know if you happen to discover first-hand what the charm is and if this home really does have that elusive Clooney-esque “je ne sais quoi”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actor George Clooney arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) annettepixA QUEENSLAND home is being touted as the property equivalent of Hollywood star George Clooney … but we’re not so convinced.The property at 20 Daintree Street, Clermont, which is apparently bringing sexy back to homeliness, has hit the market for $360,000 — that’s around 0.05 per cent of the debonair actor’s net worth.Here’s how the listing described it: “It is the property equivalent of George Clooney … old, but seriously sexy”. In Clermont this is quite possibly the height of sexiness.center_img Bromance: George Clooney and Brad Pitt were both declared sexiest man alive in difference years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoOkay, sure, this four bedroom, single bathroom house may well have a certain “something-something”, but George Clooney is not old. The man who was declared the sexiest man alive 21 years ago is two months shy of his 57th birthday, and just two years older than Brad Pitt who held the same title 23 years ago.If George Clooney and Brad Pitt were houses, we’re just not certain they’d be Queenslanders. Maybe beachside California bungalows, or penthouses. Plus they’re both about 30 years younger than this house.last_img read more

More to come from Reds – Rodgers

first_img “The two boys up front are as good as any in the league, so you know you’re always going to be in with a chance with them,” he said. “There are not many better at combining. You can see the link-up that they have already. It was a really good performance by those two. “They give you a real thrust and a real edge. If we’re away from home and sometimes under the cosh, we counter-attack because we’ve got that pace and people willing to join in. It can be a real threat. “If teams sit off and drop in that bit deeper, those are guys that are really clever in and around the box and can get goals. “They were outstanding. Those two occupy a back four on their own because of their movement and cleverness. “When they get other players around them, they’re a real threat. You saw the telepathic nature they have to play with each other. “For the team, it really bodes well for us going forward.” Further behind his strike pair, however, there were issues the Reds boss feels need addressing. The pair both scored within the opening 17 minutes before Steven Gerrard netted his 99th Premier League goal with a penalty before half-time. Palace improved after the break and notched through Dwight Gayle and, while there was no danger of the visitors preventing the Reds returning to the top of the table, Rodgers felt there was plenty still to work on. “I’m not the type of coach who only wants to win,” he added. “I worry about how the team plays and how we can control a game. “In the final third of the pitch, it was hard to argue with the fact that we were outstanding – the movement, the combination play to arrive in there. “But we’ve still got a lot of work to do behind that because the lack of control in the game was disappointing. “Second half was nowhere near what we want it to be, but without playing great, we won the game and that was something that in the first season (of his reign) we were guilty of – playing ever so well but not getting the result.” Palace boss Ian Holloway felt their 3-0 half-time deficit was harsh, especially as he disputed the penalty awarded after Dean Moxey was adjudged to have pulled back Raheem Sterling. “Having watched it again, I’m pretty upset. I thought he’s made a mistake there,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are being punished for any singular mistake we make. “Shape-wise we got it wrong for the first goal – I didn’t want to leave three up, I wanted one of my front three to work back but we got that slightly wrong. “The second goal was self-inflicted. I didn’t think my centre-half (Adrian Mariappa) should have tried to win that (a challenge with Suarez which allowed Sturridge to run free). “But that was probably our best spell. We had a couple of chances and unfortunately if you don’t take them at this level it can be pretty unforgiving. “It is not good enough but I didn’t think we deserved to be 3-0 down on the balance of overall play. “You have to keep trying and keep going and digging in. “I thought the character in the second half was terrific but when you are 3-0 down you can relax and play a little bit and maybe Liverpool took their foot off the gas. “But we actually won the second half and there was enough fidgeting by Brendan next to me.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez but his exacting standards meant he was not totally satisfied with their 3-1 win at home to Crystal Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more

Independence SC win WDCA T20 knockout final

first_imgINDEPENDENCE Sports Club (ISC) claimed a two-wicket victory against rivals McGill Super Star Sports Club in the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA) T20 knockout final which was played at Joe Vieira Park recently.The victory was the second consecutive by ISC over McGill (a Canal Number One team) in a WDCA final. Last month, Independence SC defeated McGill in the final of the WDCA 50-over President’s Cup competition also at their home ground (Joe Vieira Park).In their most recent clash last Sunday, which was marred by injuries to a few of the visiting team’s players, Independence won the toss and opted to field. McGill, led by an unbeaten aggressive half-century from Prahalad Singh, romped to 140-8 from their allotted overs.Singh struck six sixes and three fours in a top score of 55 not out, while former national U-19 cricketer Keshram Seyhodan added 25 (3×4, 1×6).Off-spinner Reaz Esau led the home team’s attack with 3-17 from four overs, while Ricky Sargeant supported with 2-16 (four overs) and Ewart Samuels 2-19 (four overs).Independence SC, in reply, were led by Vivian Beckles, who belted eight fours and three sixes in a score of 53. Mahendra Dhanpaul added 31 (3×4, 2×6), while Samuels scored 16 not out towards the end, which steered them to 141-8 in 19.2 overs.Abdul Razack and Daniel Basdeo finished with 2-22 and 2-33 respectively, while former national U-19 captain Travis Persaud took 1-8.last_img read more

Minnesota grabs ‘Raz’ with No. 18 selection

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoIt will be an odd sight for fans around Wisconsin to deal with. After a year of watching the Badgers’ Erasmus James embarrass offensive tackles and harass opposing quarterbacks while donning the cardinal and white, Badger fans must prepare to see the former UW defensive end in a new light.The Minnesota Vikings chose James with the 18th selection in the National Football League draft Saturday afternoon. After years of enjoying the cheers of Wisconsin fans, James must now prepare to face their jeers as he heads to a team that is one of the top rivals to the Green Bay Packers.Yet James doesn’t seem to mind. Answering questions via teleconference after his selection Saturday afternoon, James said he possesses no qualms about hitting the state of Wisconsin’s ultimate fan favorite, Packer quarterback Brett Favre, when Sundays come around.“No, not at all,” James said from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Saturday on his way to Minneapolis. “I don’t take any appointments. It’s kind of a walk-in operation.”A few weeks ago seeing James on the field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on a regular basis seemed far from likely. While Minnesota did also hold the No. 7 pick, the consensus remained that the Vikings would use that selection to replace departed All-Pro receiver Randy Moss. The Vikings proved the speculation true when they selected South Carolina wideout Troy Williamson at No. 7.But James was never supposed to fall to the No. 18 spot Saturday. Once considered the top defensive end in the draft, as well as a top-10 selection, James himself could scarcely believe he fell as far as he did.“It was a little bit of a wait, I anticipated I was going to go earlier,” said James. “A couple of times I thought maybe I was going to go. I thought maybe to Detroit and maybe to San Diego and I definitely thought Kansas City and they didn’t end up taking me so I definitely knew it was Minnesota.”But when Vikings head coach Mike Tice called, James knew he his inclination was right.“No one called me ahead, just minutes before [the pick], coach called and asked ‘Was I ready to be a Viking?’” James said.“‘Yes sir, I am,’” was the defensive end’s response.James said he had visited with Minnesota earlier this year but had not visited the team since.“I went out there and had a long conversation, they didn’t think I was going to be there at 18,” James said. “[But] when I was there at 18 they said they had to take me.”James will join a vastly improved Minnesota defense this season. After finishing last season 28th in the league, allowing 368 yards per game, Minnesota has already added several veterans, including safety Darren Sharper, cornerback Fred Smoot, linebackers Sam Cowart and Napoleon Harris and defensive tackle Pat Williams.James, a Pembroke Pines, Fla., native, also joins several young starters on the defensive front for Minnesota. In the past three years Minnesota has placed a premium on defensive linemen, drafting Kevin Williams in 2003, Kenechi Udeze in 2004 and now James in 2005.“I’m just happy I got picked up and put in a position to be with a group of young guys, good guys, in Minnesota.” James said. “They’ve got a lot of guys on the line right now that have proven themselves last year so I’m just looking to get out there and contribute.”After practicing at both linebacker and defensive end for most of the pre-draft workouts, James’ contributions will come at the defensive-end spot with the Vikings, who will look to James to strengthen a pass rush that could muster only 36 sacks last season.Part of James’ fall in the draft can be attributed to a lacking consensus on the former UW player’s position. The resurgence of the 3-4 defense in the NFL this season led several scouts and general managers to evaluate James at both positions.“Some people said I could play outside linebacker,” James said. “People have varying styles of various defenses so there’s nothing I can do about that.”James has endured months of scrutiny since the end of his senior season. The most frequent query was about the health of James’ hip, which many teams questioned following the severe injury prior to his senior season. But James answered those questions with several MRIs that showed his hip was in good shape.After months of being poked, prodded and evaluated by scouts, James is just happy the journey is over and he can get back to focusing on football or, more succinctly, the Minnesota Vikings.“I’m just really happy it’s over with,” James said. “Just put myself in a good position to play for the Minnesota Vikings.”last_img read more

Edward Affum eyes Premier League title with Liberty

first_imgLiberty Professionals new signing Edward Affum has set sights of winning the Premier League with the Dansoman side as he readies himself to play for his fourth league club in the country.Affum sprang into the limelight with Tema Youth in the 2008/2009 season bagging the top scorer award.After a failed stint in Sudan, the speedy striker joined Asante Kotoko in 2009 before leaving in 2011.Affum then crossed carpets to join the Phobians on a free transfer. He however was released after a year and a half after falling out with then head cocah David Duncan.He has joined the scientific soccer lads on a two-year deal after another failed stint abroad and has set a target of winning the Premier League title.” My coming back to the local scene is a big opportunity for me to showcase to my fans what I’ve learned from abroad and more so to win the Premier league for Liberty Professionals,” he said “With the help of my team mates, we shall bring glory to the club. We are not going to compete just to stay in the league, but nothing comes easy without training.”“After returning to home, I could have chosen to play for any of the big clubs in the country but because of the transition I went through playing abroad, I think Liberty Professionals are the only club in Ghana that can help me in terms of matching that quality.“Moreover, there’s less pressure in Liberty and so I will use this opportunity to attain the targets I’ve set for the season.”Liberty are hoping Affum will be able to replace the goal scoring prowess of Kennedy Ashia who left for Sudan in the transfer window.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels blow early six-run lead as bullpen falters in loss to Rangers

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousThe Rangers’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) and Scott Heinemann celebrate after Kiner-Falefa hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to give them an 8-7 victory over the Angels on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Albert Pujols watches the flight of his three-run home run during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Angels took an early six-run lead but lost 8-7 in 11 innings. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a three-run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a three-run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers relief pitcher Kolby Allard (39) walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, rear, in the first inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. The shot also scored Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a three-run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a three-run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard, a San Clemente High product, throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Angels in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani points back at Texas Rangers’ Jose Trevino after fouling off a pitch from starter Kolby Allard in the first inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Ohtani was awarded first base due to catcher interference. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard, a San Clemente High product, throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Angels in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 19: Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a triple against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides into third base with a triple against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Fans look on as Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun makes a catch over his shoulder on a flyout by Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, center, is congratulated in the dugout after making an over-the-shoulder catch on a Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus flyout to end to bottom of the fourth inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar sprints to field a groundout by Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the sixth inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles tags out the Rangers’ Jose Trevino down the first base line after Trevino hit a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of Monday’s game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers erased a six-run deficit and won 8-7 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani breaks his bat hitting into a double play as Texas Rangers’ Jose Trevino watches in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks to the dugout with part of his broken bat after hitting into a double play in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Albert Pujols steals second as the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus is unable to handle the throw to the bag in the 11th inning of Monday’s game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Rangers’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) and Scott Heinemann celebrate after Kiner-Falefa hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to give them an 8-7 victory over the Angels on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Albert Pujols watches the flight of his three-run home run during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Angels took an early six-run lead but lost 8-7 in 11 innings. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 22The Angels’ Albert Pujols watches the flight of his three-run home run during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Angels took an early six-run lead but lost 8-7 in 11 innings. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Not much irritates a manager more than when his pitchers issue walks with a big lead.On Monday night the Angels blew an early six-run lead and lost 8-7 in 11 innings to the Texas Rangers, largely because starter Dillon Peters issued four of the team’s nine walks.“We walked too many guys,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Simple as that. That was the game for me. We had the chance late, but to me the crux of it was we didn’t tack on and we walked too many guys.”The Angels stopped scoring after taking a 7-1 lead in the second inning. Peters then let the Rangers get back into the game, pulling within 7-5 in the fifth. They tied the score with two in the eighth against Cam Bedrosian, who also walked the leadoff hitter. Even after the Rangers tied it, the Angels had chances to re-take the lead. In the ninth, they loaded the bases on three walks, but Luis Rengifo popped out. In the 10th, they had the bases loaded with one out, but Ohtani lined into a double play.In the 11th, just after Pujols stole his first base of the season because the Rangers weren’t holding him at first, Luis Rengifo hit a 108 mph lineout to right field to end the inning.It was the continuation of a frustrating night for the Angels, who failed to score after putting up seven runs in the first two innings.They scored all seven runs against left-hander Kolby Allard, a San Clemente High product making his fourth big league start.Peters, who had posted a 3.38 ERA in his first nine games with the Angels, could not hold the Rangers.Although he had a five-run lead before he threw his first pitch, he still walked four, two of whom scored. Peters needed 106 pitches – a career-high – to get 12 outs.“He didn’t look like he had a good feel for much,” Ausmus said. “He didn’t have his best stuff or his best command.”Peters also didn’t get much help from his defense. Second baseman Rengifo booted a ground ball that allowed a run in the first, and Mike Trout dropped a fly ball in the fifth, although it was ruled a hit.PREPARING FOR THE HEATThe day portion of Tuesday’s split-admission doubleheader will be played with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees, which will create challenges for the players.“Gotta stay hydrated,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “There is talk about doing some things to keep the guys from getting overheated. Maybe not have the relievers go out to the bullpen right away. Kind of be on alert. It’s going to be 104 for the Rangers as well.”Ausmus recalled especially hot days from his playing career, such as when players’ plastic cleats began to melt on the sizzling artificial turf. Ausmus said it was especially tough as a catcher.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In the 11th, Noé Ramirez gave up the winning run in the 11th. He walked Jose Trevino with two outs, then gave up a Shin-Soo Choo single that sent Trevino to third. Isiah Kiner-Falefa then hit a high chopper to Ramirez, whose throw was wild and allowed the winning run.It ended a night that started off so well. The loss was especially tough for the Angels because their bullpen had to work so much the day before a doubleheader.They scored five runs in the first, thanks to an Albert Pujols three-run homer. Shohei Ohtani tripled and scored in the second, pushing the lead to 7-1. “Your chest protector soaks all the way through and ends up weighing probably 2 pounds heavier than when the game started. It’s not pleasant and there’s a not pleasant smell that goes with it.”ALSORight-hander Jaime Barría will be recalled to start the day game on Tuesday. The rules allow the teams to also add a 26th man for the doubleheader, so the Angels won’t necessarily need to open a spot for Barría. …Catcher Kevan Smith, who is on the injured list because of back spasms, has taken batting practice two days in a row and is nearing a return. Smith is eligible to be activated on Wednesday.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 2-3, 4.76 ERA and RHP Jaime Barría, 4-6, 6.62) at Rangers (LHP Joe Palumbo, 0-1, 11.00 ERA and LHP Brock Burke, MLB debut), Tuesday, 11:05 a.m. and 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

UFC fighter Anthony Smith hands teeth to ref as he’s obliterated by Glover Teixeira

first_imgCase in point: Smith handed his knocked-out teeth to the ref in the middle of Round 4, then told his corner “my teeth are falling out” before the beginning of Round 5.Anthony Smith legitimately handing Ref Jason Herzog his teeth in the middle of round 4 #UFCJAX #UFCFightNight #UFCJacksonville pic.twitter.com/SVYV4x6NYH— Debate and Debauchery (@dbatendbauchery) May 14, 2020MORE: Fighters say Daniel Cormier’s analysis in empty venue helped them win at UFC 249 Anthony Smith got beaten about as badly as a UFC fighter can be beaten in his bout against Glover Teixeira on Wednesday.The light heavyweight fighter (33-15, 17 KOs) lost via TKO to Glover Teixeira (31-7, 18-0) in the fifth round, though it was clear that Smith’s corner or the ref should have stopped the fight before then. It was an absolutely brutal reminder of how ugly this sport can get — a point made further by the report of Smith’s extensive injuries, per ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani:Just spoke to Anthony Smith via text.Injuries suffered tonight: Broken nose, broken orbital bone, two missing teeth and a cut under his right eye. One tooth in front and one towards the back, he said. His real teeth.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 14, 2020Teixeira, to his credit, seemed to understand the beating he gave Smith. The two could be overheard conversing shortly after he forced Smith to relinquish his teeth to the ref.Teixeira: Sorry, Anthony, it’s part of the job.Smith: What?Teixeira: Sorry. Part of the job.Smith: Yeah. It is what it is.This mid-fight convo between @gloverteixeira and @lionheartasmith is wild 🤯 #UFCJax pic.twitter.com/p4VEPqFjxI— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 14, 2020Kudos to Teixeira for the good sportsmanship — and to Smith for suffering through it.last_img read more

No Sanchez? No problem as Arsenal rout Palace

first_imgThe Gunners ended a five-match winless run in all competitions and tasted victory for the first time in 2018 thanks to their incredible goal blitz at the Emirates Stadium.Their first win since Sanchez helped them beat Palace on December 28 was never in doubt after Nacho Monreal opened the scoring.Alex Iwobi, stepping in for Sanchez, and Laurent Koscielny struck to put Arsenal three up in 13 minutes before Alexandre Lacazette netted to end his goal drought.As Sanchez prepares to seal a £30 million switch that will reportedly see United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal as part of the deal, and possibly also prompt Wenger to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, this was a well-timed reminder that the Gunners still have some talent in reserve.It was also vital to Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as they move within five points of fourth-placed Liverpool.“We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination,” Wenger said.“For 45 minutes our fans have seen some great football. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal proved they can thrive without Alexis Sanchez as the rampant Gunners scored four times in the first 22 minutes of their 4-1 victory over hapless Crystal Palace on Saturday.With Sanchez left out of the squad as his blockbuster move to Manchester United inches closer, Arsene Wenger’s side gave an emphatic response to suggestions the Chile forward’s imminent departure would wreck their already rocky season. With t-shirts bearing Sanchez’s face being sold at half-price outside the Emirates, it appeared Arsenal fans were ready to move on from their unsettled star.And Sanchez’s soon to be former team-mates didn’t seem fazed by his impending exit either as they raced into a sixth-minute lead.– Confidence restored –Iwobi won a corner with a fierce shot that Wayne Hennessey pushed away.From the resulting set-piece, Monreal powered past Palace’s sloppy marking to head home from close-range.After spluttering badly in recent weeks Arsenal were sweeping forward with real purpose and doubled their lead in the 10th minute. This time it was young winger Iwobi who provided the finishing touch with a clinical close-range finish from Monreal’s cross.Palace were in complete disarray and Wenger’s men punished more woeful defending to make it three in the 13th minute.Monreal alertly hooked the ball into the six-yard box after Palace failed to deal with a cross and Koscielny was on hand to prod home for the French defender’s first goal of the season.It was the first time a Premier League team had scored three goals in the first 13 minutes since Arsenal against Newcastle in 2011.With confidence fully restored after so many setbacks of late, Arsenal took their frustrations out on Palace and even out-of-form Lacazette got in on the act in the 22nd minute.Jack Wilshere teed up Ozil and his sublime back-heel sent France striker Lacazette clear to slot home his first goal in his last 10 appearances.Monreal limped off with a knock before the interval, but Arsenal were in such command that Wenger could afford to send on 18-year-old forward Reiss Nelson for his Premier League debut in the second half.Luka Milivojevic swivelled to drive in Palace’s consolation in the 78th minute, but the damage was long since done.Share on: WhatsApp “We know the challenge in front of us is very difficult, but it’s exciting as well.”After so much angst this season, it was a rare uplifting day for Wenger, who had made four changes to the side that lost at Bournemouth last Sunday, with Mesut Ozil back after a knee problem that has sidelined him since January 3.last_img read more

PBA reports increase in gate receipts for 2016-2017 season

first_imgRamoncito Fernandez of NLEX. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net.Despite the apparent dip in PBA’s gate attendance last season, the numbers proved otherwise as the league even experienced a slight rise when it comes to its income.Finance head Odessa Encarnacion relayed that the PBA had a three-percent rise in gate receipts for 2016-17, as compared to the 2015-16 season.ADVERTISEMENT LaVar Ball says Lakers asked him to tone down criticism of coach Walton LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img “Definitely the biggest value of PBA is entertainment. As long as we make the match-ups competitive, this will make the PBA more valuable,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Yes, we are higher compared to last season,” she said Wednesday at the league’s preseason press conference at Okada Manila.Encarnacion, however, didn’t divulge the exact figures of the PBA’s income this year, only comparing it to the league’s income of over P200 million in the 2015-16 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe past year saw the league shatter gate records, largely thanks to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco that was held in the cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The series broke history thrice, the last of which coming in Game 7 where 54,086 fans trooped to the world’s largest indoor stadium.Coming off that momentous year, league vice chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX expects the league to draw more crowds this season, especially with the influx of popular rookies like Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 awardlast_img read more

“Roots’’ ‘R’ Us Say The Europeans (Part Two)

first_imgPresident George Weah (left) aims to remove the constitutional clause that reserves Liberian citizenship and land ownership for only people of negro descent, while Dr. Carl Patrick Burrowes (right) aims to help Liberians understand their true identity through restorative history With Khutzpah, (Impudence, and Balls) to Spare…Yes! He can! Oppong will make us citizens. It is our birth right. Africa b’long allor we!A review of Carl Patrick Burrowes’ Between The Kola Forest And The Salty Sea“HUMANITY’S ‘FIRST-BIRTH’ ”Half-a-century ago, ‘neath the African Sun,A youth marveled at the twirls nature had spun:Everywhere, activity blossomed, then brokeYet, sadly, “no scribbling, no scripting, no strokeOf a pen, from a trembling hand, brittle with coldNow decrepit, from icing a story untold:“How God stirred the dust and the Continent boreEarth’s first human conscript, detailed to the forePast the ‘sea-of-oblivion’—manifesting “Creation!”“From your loins,” the Creator discharge: “Procreation.”“Civilize! Mother Nature, Moralize, Mother Earth!”“Increase, nurture, modernize, ensuing new births.”  (“Humanity’s First Birth” COPYRIGHT 2017-KNAB)WHAT WE HAVE COVERED SO FAR: To give perspective (point of view, angle) to our review of Carl Patrick Burrowes’ book: Between the Gola Forest  & the Salty Sea, we took an excerpt from another portion of our discussion, to highlight a conflict, (show a problem) that two exceptional Liberians have with each other, even though they have never met, as far as we know: it started working itself out sometime after the political runoff, which Mr. Weah had won.  As he took over the presidency, he decided to ‘go for broke’ and settle the Liberian people’s ‘book’ gbinez, once and for all. So he took the Constitution to task: “Certain word in the document, he let it be known, are “racist,” he more or less pointed out, and should not be a part of a national Constitution,” he challenged. CONSTITUTION“Look at that kind of thing,” someone remarked siding with the new president. “The most important book in the country—the Constitution—and it turns out ‘odious,’ (repulsive, hateful).  Now, when the man says, ‘book nah goo,’ then they ready to turn it to something else.”  Just around the same time, Carl Patrick Burrowes arrives, announcing: “the real and complete Liberian story. It inside my ‘parloh’ book,” we heard from Carl Burrowes. In his hand was the book he had just published. “Ain’t frohn no ‘Boe nah Goo’ Lie-berry. It frohn neh ‘Boe Goo’ Library,” a young lady volunteered,” setting the stage for the clash of two titans from two different Liberian worlds. Now, read on:   “Needless to say, we are banging our heads against each other over the Liberian Story! It is an ongoing story—indeed, a still-developing story; and it is about Liberia, we must not forget.  Unexpectedly, but understandably, the story has thrown President Oppong Weah and Dr. Carl Patrick Burrowes against each other, here in Monrovia, for a showdown: but this confrontation is more than a war-of-words; it has become a contest for the hearts and minds of the Liberian people, in a disagreement over what makes them Liberians: who they are, what stem do they come from, where are they going, how do they plan to get there, what do they want, and why?Informing a group of fans about the book under discussion, Dr. Burrowes explained that one of the reasons the book had been written, was to expose Liberians to their history and culture: “The story inside mah “parloh” book, he agreed: the true story about this country, and how it got to where this people find themselves today. ” Where they are, is the result of having moved about, (where they came from and where and how they settled and made life, (geography) as well as what they did during those times and what they achieved, (their pursuit of happiness, (earning income) with their lives. Was it so obvious to the young lady, that Burrowes as well, had made his rounds, done his research, and had read everything he needed to read, to put his book together? Yes—Burrowes is a product of this society and, it was no surprise that he would have passed this way, to better understand and grasp what his people not only needed, but what they wanted, as well. In passing Dr. Burrowes would also find time to interact with his people, “giving his shirt” when the time came, for the peace, progress and prosperity, of his nation and people!”Now, let’s return to that 15th century search for gold by our European gold-diggers that had taken a twist or turn, known as “serendipity:” (“the knack or talent of making fortunate discoveries, by accident”). What that fortuitous (unintended, accidental) finding did, was set our 15th century gold-seekers up in business that had nothing to do with “pieces of eight,” (Spanish silver coins) reminiscent of  Treasure Island, or The Spanish Main, of days gone by. For now, though, they were trapped in a trade that no matter how brisk, would take years for malagueta spice, iron, salt and a few other resources, to bring them quick money or hit-and-run  ‘booty’ from fast jobs that had taught them to make hasty escapes, as though they had the devil on their heels.  So, exactly what were the gold-diggers supposed to think—or do, with these mementos from this strange world they now found themselves almost marooned (stranded) on? One minute they were searching for gold, and the next minute, they were caught up in a different line of business that was worth neither their time nor effort. Forget about sending urgent, exciting messages back to their king—or, to the business people who had financed their trip, in search of gold. They were in no hurry to begin that. These adventurers were still far away from that astonishing cache (hoard, stock-pile) in gold bullions, (bars) that they had come looking for. But it was good for them, that they decided to continue their operation on a one-day-at-a-time basis—and soon, we will come to see why!   Despite the malagueta spice, iron, salt, etc., ‘hot-cake’ effect on a European market, starved for such exotic (foreign, striking) commodities—it would take a while for the gold-diggers’ serendipity, (again: the pleasant, but unexpected discovery of one thing, while hunting for another) to kick in. Generating a cash-flow from what they had to rush and get started, was going to take some time—time that would teach them a valuable lesson—their first, since their arrival on the continent! “Let down your buckets where you are;” they remembered their mamas telling them years before. If only they had done that while at sea—boiling the sea-water they pulled up from the ocean below; they would have found salt—something else they later could claim they had “discovered,” ahead of the African Race they so begrudged, (resented, envied).   What in the world did Africans possess that others just had to have? Everything, it seemed, including their minds, bodies and souls!   The gold-diggers’ first order of duty, then, had to be: Proceed with equanimity, (level headedness, self-control); in other words, they had not hit ‘pay dirt’ (struck gold, or other valuable metals, from dirt, gravel or ore) yet, and had no reason to pretend that they had. On the other hand it was pointless behaving as losers, only because no gold was yet in sight—not-just-yet!  Though, nothing they put their hands on had glittered, ‘pleasant’ surprises still awaited them; maybe, they needed to be struck between the eyes, first!  But that’s when serendipity stepped in, again! After a better-organized search, the locales coughed up another supply that also would be fought over when they were dropped on the market in Europe. This new inventory included sugar, tobacco, ivory and a few other valuable minerals, according some writers. Those would stir additional shopper-interest, further hyping a now-intrigued, (curious, captivated) European flea market. It might help their upper-class maidens let go of residual pangs from a gilded (made or painted golden) period in their kingdom’s inglorious past, from which they still smarted (felt pain, emotional distress).Sadly, it was still, not the “discovery” of an era—that “in-the-fullness-of-time,” would come to include the promised, endless gold reserve that our European gold-diggers had grown sick of waiting for? The Europeans had been “smelling gold,” from the onset (the first minute) they set foot on African soil! They just hadn’t recognized it.For the people of the West African sub-region, that day’s arrival would make a difference for them, as well: And it would begin with Pedro de Cintra and his gold-seeking crew whose eyes betrayed them fixated (consumed, possessed) on the gold they had begun to feast on, long before they began sailing down the Atlantic Ocean, away from Portugal, toward the African sub-region.   Europeans are recorded and, by some, credited, with being the first who began taking to ships, away from the home-front, in a serious bid to find out what was going on in the world around them. Given today’s state-of–the-art technology, it is difficult to imagine that any generation missed out on the lore (knowledge, experience) that the ancient  adventures that the Phoenicians, Vikings, and other sea-farers of old orchestrated, (coordinated, planned) and carried out, in their heyday, (prime, glory days). Our 15th century gold-diggers might not have covered as many nautical miles as those pioneers, but the scope of the adventures and what they proceeded to negotiate, after penetrating (storming, raiding)  the Continent, was of such epic proportion, (so big and far reaching) they still amaze or confuse people of today, with weak or small minds. (PART III CONTINUES ON FRIDAY)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more