Lionel Messi notched a 20th assist of the season to help a lacklustre FC Barcelona secure a 1-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Saturday in the 2019/2020 La Liga.The win helped the La Liga champions to maintain the pressure on leaders Real Madrid. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal struck the only goal of the game in the 15th minute.He fired into the net off the post after being played in by Messi, who now has 20 assists in the league to go with his 22 goals.Yet Barca failed to build on their early advantage and were forced to grind out the victory in the second half as Real Valladolid took the game to them.The win took second-placed Barca on to 79 points after 36 games, one point behind Real Madrid who can restore their four-point advantage when they visit Granada on Monday.Should Real Madrid beat Granada and follow that with victory at home to Villarreal on Thursday, they will be crowned champions for the first time since 2017. Real Valladolid meanwhile are 14th on 39, seven points above the relegation zone.“It was a very difficult game against a team who know how to play well and did just that today (Saturday). The hot conditions also complicated things for us but I’m pleased we won,” said match-winner Vidal.“We knew that we’d have to work very hard and wouldn’t be able to maintain our pace throughout. We know we want to improve but we’ve kept ourselves in the title race. That’s the important thing.”Valladolid’s Turkish forward Enes Unal forced Barca’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to stretch across goal and tip away his shot.This was moments after Kike Perez had missed the target from inside the area as the home side made a lively start after the break. Ter Stegen was forced into action once again in added time to repel a shot from former Barca forward Sandro Ramirez as the visitors were left begging for the final whistle to arrive.The scrappy victory followed Wednesday’s narrow derby win over Espanyol.Their mesmerising 4-1 thrashing over Villarreal last week feels like an anomaly in a downward trend of performances from Quique Setien’s side.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tags: Arturo VidalFC BarcelonaLa LigaLionel MessiReal MadridValladolid
:10 As you know, I am always talking to you about “Old School.” Why? Cause I’m old, that’s why! Yeah, I know. I look good for my age. People tell me that all the time …and you know what, they’re right. Anyway, back to something way more important than me. If you want that good old school feeling…I mean that early Sunday morning biscuits and gravy, grits in the deep pot, ham, bacon and sausage, hot cakes, scrambled eggs and coffee old school feeling, then all you have to do next Sunday is get your lazy butt out of the bed and walk through the warm beautiful, historic and welcoming doors of St. James AME Church on Lincoln Avenue. The Champions’ staff were invited guests to the churchmember, renown Pittsburgh actress and model Rita Gregory. The word was powerful, inspirational and yes…quick…(smile). The church family was warm and Ms. Hazel’s Kitchen is all that. Chicken, poke salad, greens, corn bread…oh lord, let me stop! And how about this, all the food is served by young people. You know, the kind of young good folks we’re proud of who far outweigh the bad. I’m talking about the kind we celebrate on the 6 p.m. evening news, not the ones we close the gate on the 11 p.m. news. You’ve heard enough. Visit St. James. Do it now…because I said so…and oh yeah, God says so too!:9 All I said was the Lakers would make the playoffs. That’s all I said…no, shut up.:8 You might as well get on the band wagon now. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. Not only are they legit, but now the word comes that we got depth…back up baby. LET’S – GO – BUCS!:7 Here’s an “Overtime” sports bulletin for ya. And remember, you heard it here first. The Pittsburgh Old Timers won the National Championship yet again. Tom “Bum” Coates added to his legend by bringing home MVP honors…word is he hit 4—3s in a row to bring home the title…some say he’s still dropping 3s and the game has been over for two weeks. More info and a team photo next week.:6 Now look and listen, and trust me, this comes from the heart mmmaaannn. It’s possible you may have had a smarter coach in the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, but none smarter than Richard Allen. And you may have more dedicated coaches, but none more so than Karen Hall. And it’s possible you may have had someone more committed to winning than Ringo Saunders, but I doubt it. And I guess you could have had a better dressed coach than Roland Slade, but you would have to look far and wide. And, if you’re going to try and tell me there was a better organized and fully equipped coach in the league than me…aka Bill Neal…forget about it. But, if you want to identify the one coach that brought all these attributes to the court…then that would be…yeah, you know it—LaVaughn “Meatball” Johnson. Stand up and be applauded! (Alright man, I told ya I would hook you up. Now quit calling me). Hey everybody, you know “ball” can’t see all that good so here’s the truth, but don’t tell him I told you. We all know the man who wears all those crowns is the godfather Eddie Jeffries “The King of the Gangsters” …the Rankin Gangsters that is, wore a shirt and tie—on—the—sidelines. C’mon man!!!:5 The Pens are in. Let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE!:4 All you need to know is the Steelers met all their needs. Linebacker, wide receiver, running back and safety…now we have to see if them dogs can hunt!:3 I’m just sayin’, what about O.J.?:2 Movie Review Time. Oh, shut up will ya! You wanna have some fun, go see The Big Wedding, a Simmi chick flick, but De Niro makes it man friendly I give it 3 ***. And if you got the guts to see Pain & Gain with the Rock and Mark Wahlberg, funny, intense, brutal, bloody and yes boys and girls, a true story. Now that didn’t hurt did it?:1 Hey, if you’re looking for a wonderful thing to do for Mothers’ Day, call Rita Gregory. No, I mean a Mothers’ Day good time. She’s hosting the Mothers Day / Celebrity Women’s Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 11, at St. James Church, 2 p.m. Tickets are only $30, honoring “20” of Pittsburgh’s outstanding women, and the special treat, the M.C. for the event is the legendary Debbie Norrell. Call the Champions at 412- 628-4856 to get a ticket while we still have them…fame—fashion—food and fun. It doesn’t get any better than that. And you know you can take that to the bank!:00 Kevin Cameron…I can’t hear you mmmaaannn!!!~ GAME OVER ~ BILL NEAL
Facebook1.4kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyToday, Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu, issued a masking directive indicating that all individuals must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths, except when eating or drinking, when they will be at indoor public settings, or outdoor public locations where they cannot maintain distancing of approximately six feet from another individual who does not share their household.People can use fabric coverings, such as cloth face masks, scarves, and bandana coverings or other material as recommended by CDC. N95 masks are still reserved for health care providers.Individuals must wear cloth face masks properly to avoid contaminating their hands or face. Before putting on a mask and after removing a mask, individuals should clean their hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, change masks when moist, and wash after use. Remember to avoid touching the mask while in use. Worn masks may be contaminated with infectious agents.People should continue washing hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching their faces, avoid gatherings of more than 5 people, and continue staying at least 6 feet away from one another.“I’m exercising my authority as Health Officer for Thurston County to require that people wear cloth face coverings in particular circumstances,” said Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu. “With our approval to begin Phase 2 of Safe Start Recovery, it’s more important than ever that people be cautious, responsible, and considerate of others. We want to continue moving forward as a county. Without extra caution, we risk back-sliding.”Certain people are exempt from this directive:Any child aged three years or less;Any child aged 4-12 years unless parents and caregivers supervise the use of face coverings by children to avoid misuse;Any individual who has any type of disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering;Any individual who is deaf and uses facial and mouth movements as part of communication;Any individual who has been advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to that individual;Any individual who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.Using a face covering does not replace the need to practice physical distancing (staying away from ill people, staying home when ill, and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others), frequent handwashing, and avoiding touching of the face.The directive applies to any indoor public setting or outdoor public location where a person will be in within six feet of another individual, who does not share the same household, and includes, but is not limited to, the following sectors:Groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products, including but not limited to grocery stores, corner stores and convenience stores (including liquor stores), farmers’ markets, food banks, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, big box stores that sell groceries, and essentials and similar food retailCommercial retail stores that supply essential sectors, including convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair, hardware and home improvement, garden stores and nurseries that support food cultivation and production, office supply stores that support working-from-home, and home applianceAll commercial establishments in Thurston County are directed to post signage advising individuals to wear face coverings on the premises. Signage will be available for download at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services.A violation of the directive does not create grounds for residents or law enforcement to stop, detain, issue a citation, arrest, intimidate, or harass individuals who are not in compliance. Instead, the directive should be used to educate, encourage, and persuade individuals to wear face coverings.Yu said, “I strongly urge all people in Thurston County to support the health and well-being of the community by complying with this directive without delay.”The Face Covering Directive is available in its entirety at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/phssdocuments/HOFaceCovering-directive-order%20FINAL.pdf
Ironically, the Cardinals won the title against a crosstown rival, Nelson’s Overland West Tigers 8-4 last month at Queen Elizabeth Park.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Ian McMillan, coach Steve Forte, head coach Tracy Hare, Alexander George, Matthew Bullen, Coach Emma Hare, assistant coach Dave Faehndrich, Felix McMillan and Max Corinth.Middle, Josh Creak, Cameron Parnell, Lukas, Faehndrich, Aiden Osika and Kelton Forte.Front, Alek McMillan and Jack Hare. The Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals accomplished what few Heritage City teams have done in the past — win a West Kootenay Little League Minor Division title.
13 May 2010In a week that marked exactly a year since assuming the Presidency, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament that his administration was succeeding on service delivery and changing the attitude and style of government.“We can already feel the sense of urgency in all government spheres. Gradually, we are succeeding in changing the attitude and style of government and transforming the way government relates to citizens,” he said, while delivering the Presidency’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday.Zuma said there was visible progress in some identified priorities, such as health, poverty eradication, job creation, quality education, rural development and the fight against crime and corruption.He pointed to the recent launch of massive campaigns on HIV, TB and measles, the increased roll out of HIV treatment and prevention measures as well as the testing campaign that saw him, among other senior government officials, get tested for HIV.Improving educationShifting his focus to education, Zuma said the revitalisation of the country’s education system was progressing well adding the Departments of Basic as well as Higher Education and Training have directed attention on improving performance in schools and the training of a skilled workforce.Shortly after assuming office last year, Zuma announced a split in the education portfolio into two separate departments in a bid to bring more focus in the system.Several changes were made in the schooling system such as the introduction of compulsory numeracy and literacy tests for learners from Grades 6 to 9.The government has also allocated about R3.2-billion in infrastructure funds to universities over the next two financial years. Zuma said the money will help increase the production of graduates in the critical areas of engineering, life and physical sciences, teacher education and health sciences.In addition, he said, work towards the establishment of universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will continue this financial year, in order to further expand access to higher education.“We are doing this in recognition of the fact that nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35. We have to invest in our youth, in our future,” Zuma said.Recovery from recessionZuma further said all indications are that South Africa was recovering from the recession that saw thousands of people losing their jobs. “Our economy is growing and investors are showing confidence in our country. The government responded swiftly to the recession and a lot has been achieved under the auspices of the framework for South Africa’s response to the international economic crisis,” he said.Zuma said the government was engaged in a number of activities to respond to communities in distress and to assist vulnerable workers and troubled enterprises and sectors of the economy.Work has also been taking place through the Commission for Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA) to strengthen efforts to avoid retrenchments, he said.To protect the poor and jobless from inflated food prices, Zuma said the government had directed the competition authorities to speed up their investigations into price-fixing and cartels in the food supply chain. As a result, a number of implicated companies have been prosecuted.Industrial policyHe was also confident that the Industrial Policy Action Plan – which seeks to grow industrial sectors to retain existing jobs and to create new decent jobs – launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davis earlier this year would produce a concrete plan to significantly expand South African industrial capacity.Other measures that enable job creation would include stepping up the implementation of the expanded public works programme, investing in further education and skills development and encouraging small business development and entrepreneurship.“We now know what works and what needs to be corrected, and what needs to be strengthened,” said Zuma who also announced the names of the people to serve on a presidential review committee of state-owned enterprises.The committee will identify challenges faced by these entities and recommend possible changes in their running.Source: BuaNews
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he’ll be able to play this season.The New York Jets defensive lineman has already been suspended the first four regular-season games by the NFL. He’s awaiting word on if he’ll have to sit out a few more.“When I get the date of when I actually can return, then I can actually start moving forward,” Richardson said after practice Aug. 26. “Until then, it’s just going to be a cloud over my head.”Richardson was suspended July 2 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He could face an additional suspension from Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was charged with resisting arrest in Missouri on July 14 and not reporting it to the team — a possible violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.Richardson was in a high-speed road race in which he traveled up to 143 mph, and sped from police, who found a loaded gun in his car, which smelled of burnt marijuana. One of his three passengers was a 12-year-old boy.Richardson’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 31 in Missouri. He’ll remain with the team while his lawyers handle things, and remains confident he ultimately won’t face jail time.“I really don’t think it’ll go that far,” he said, “but we’ll see.”Richardson acknowledged that he’s anxious about his situation, and uncertain as to what to expect from Goodell and the league as far as a possible extension to his suspension.“That’s out of my hands, right there,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. … I could go from four games to however long he wants to give me, so it’s pretty tough.”Richardson was the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year and played in the Pro Bowl last season. Because he’ll be sitting out at least the first four games, Richardson has been mainly working with the backups during training camp and in preseason games, while first-round pick Leonard Williams has gotten the bulk of the playing time with the starters.“It’s most definitely been a humbling experience,” he said about his situation. “I’ve just got to learn from it. I consider myself a humble guy off camera.”Richardson apologized to the organization and his teammates after the news of his arrest came out, something he withheld from even his parents until reports on the internet surfaced early in training camp.Several Jets players offered public support for Richardson, with many saying he was a good person who made a mistake and just needs to get his life situated.Richardson said the camaraderie of his teammates has been “comforting.” He added that after the first day following the news, he didn’t feel the need to keep saying he was sorry to his teammates.“They’ve been my teammates, same regular conversations,” he said. “They’re waiting on the verdict, just like I am, and waiting for me to get back and carry on.”During his suspension, Richardson will be able to work out at the team’s facility, but will not be allowed to practice.After first resisting the idea, Richardson agreed at his parents’ suggestion to undergo counseling through the team, which he said has been “somewhat” helpful.“I’ve just been learning things about myself,” he said, “dealing with life endeavors that have been hard for me to deal with, talking to someone outside my circle, little things like that.”Richardson considers himself a private person despite his sometimes loud and colorful personality on the field. Opening himself up during counseling hasn’t been difficult, though. And, he doesn’t feel the need to make drastic changes to his life.“Other than doing a bad mistake on one night, nah, not really,” Richardson said. “That’s the only thing I’d change. I’m pretty quiet off the field, honestly. I keep to myself, stay in my room, really, play video games. Regular person, except I just happen to be in the NFL.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici warns Man Utd off Allegriby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici is adamant Max Allegri is staying.The Italian coach has been mentioned as a candidate for the Manchester United job for next season.However, Paratici insists Juve are still counting on Allegri long-term.He said, “He is the best possible coach for Juventus and I think the team is also perfect for him.”They suit eachother because of their features. “His future for us is not in doubt.”
Robert Nesta Morgan was sworn in as a Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary this afternoon (May 9) at King’s House.Mr. Morgan, who was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister, will fill the seat in the Upper House left vacant following the resignation of the former Education, Youth and Information Minister, Ruel Reid in March.Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who conducted the brief swearing-in exercise, said that by accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation, Mr. Morgan has indicated his willingness to commit himself to serve Jamaica and the bicameral legislative process.Governor General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right) presents newly appointed Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Robert Nesta Morgan, with his Instrument of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House on May 9.“Your contribution, as Parliamentary Secretary, will assist the Prime Minister in the realisation of the policy programmes and objectives of the Government,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Senator Morgan expressed appreciation to Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, for having confidence in him.“The Senate is not a simple appointment, it’s a very significant thing for someone to have confidence that you can sit in the Upper House and contribute to the legislative development of the country.As it relates to the Parliamentary Secretary post, the Prime Minister will determine my specific duties as it relates to that,” he said.The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Government Senator, Matthew Samuda; and close family members of the new Senator.President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson (left) congratulates newly appointed Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Robert Nesta Morgan (second left) at a swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House on May 9. Sharing the moment are Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (centre); and Government Senator, Matthew Samuda.
MONTREAL — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier will be facing a challenging opponent in his Quebec riding of Beauce — Maxime Bernier.The satirical Rhinoceros Party has found a candidate with the same name to run against the PPC founder in his longtime Quebec stronghold on Oct. 21.Rhinoceros Party Leader Sebastien “CoRhino” Corriveau was more than proud of his coup, hoping to make the most of his own Bernier’s candidacy. Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press “If there are people who are confused enough to mix up Maxime Bernier, we won’t refuse that,” Corriveau said in an interview. “Besides, stealing a couple of votes, we can get some media coverage with that.” The satirical political party’s platform includes such promises as making “sorry” the new official motto of Canada, privatizing the Senate and nationalizing bacon.The Rhino leader focused on coverage, noting the amount given to the founder and leader of the People’s Party for his controversial tweets.“I thought with our own Maxime Bernier, we can say almost anything and it’ll be hard to look as ridiculous as him,” Corriveau quipped. According to Corriveau, voters in Beauce who fear confusion ahead of the election can fall back on his party’s slogan: “Take no chances, vote for both.”Corriveau is also running in the Quebec City area, pitted against Liberal incumbent Jean-Yves Duclos, and promises to advocate for car companies to build more cars in varying shades of green. The Quebec City area has been consumed by debate over a “third link,” a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River.Corriveau said since experts don’t believe a third link will solve the problem of road congestion in the provincial capital, he calls for building a fourth, a fifth and a sixth link.“We’re here to have fun, the Rhinoceros Party,” he said with a laugh. “We’re having fun with Canadian politics.”
Islamabad: Pakistan’s military has said for the first time that JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used in retaliation to India’s pre-emptive strikes on a JeM terror camp in Balakot as it once again denied that US-made F-16 jets were involved in the attack.Referring to the aerial dogfight with the Indian Air Force jets after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets violated the Pakistani airspace on February 26, dropping payloads without inflicting any casualties or damage to infrastructure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India later. “The aircraft which engaged those targets and fought them were JF-17. As regard to how to use F-16, in what context [they] were used or not – because at that point of time our entire Air Force was airborne – now it remains between Pakistan and the US to see how the MoUs regarding the use of F-16 have been adhered to or otherwise,” Ghafoor told Russian news agency Sputnik International. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA day after Pakistan’s attempt to retaliate the IAF’s air strikes at the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, the Indian armed forces displayed parts of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) fired by an F-16, which fell in Indian territory. New Delhi had also underlined that electronic signatures captured by Indian radars had established the use of F-16 for the offensive. The US State Department announced that it was seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential use of American-made F-16 jets against India in violation of the end-user agreement. The Pakistani General noted that Islamabad was discussing the use of its JF-17 with the US citing “friendly relations” with Washington, stressing, however, that the country would use whatever it deemed necessary if it came to “legitimate self-defence.” PTI