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Ronaldo misses penalty, Portugal draws 1-1 with Iran

first_imgPortugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, left, celebrates scoring his team’s opening goal along with teammate Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)SARANSK, Russia — Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were on top of the game until the penalty, and we didn’t make it. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s football,” Santos said. “We did what was expected and now we have to settle down and think about Uruguay.”Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran, which need to win to advance, but couldn’t break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans’ roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.The penalty against Portugal was awarded after a video review showed a handball in the area. But although Iran coach Carolos Queiroz benefited from that review, he railed against the system for the second day in a row. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.“Elbow is a red card in the rules,” Queiroz asserted in English, adding that there are no written exceptions for players named Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. “The decisions, they must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. That’s the reality. There are a lot of complaints.”Spain won Group B after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.ADVERTISEMENT Crucial stretch Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Ronaldo’s penalty was awarded after the use of video review following an apparent takedown of the Portugal forward by Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily. Players swarmed Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who initially had waved play on after Ronaldo went down.DENIED AGAINIran has been to five World Cups — all since 1978 — but has yet to advance out of group play.Its players collapsed on the field at the final whistle, while Portugal’s somewhat muted celebration had the look of relief.After the match, Queiroz was asked if he was aware how proud Iran was of its team’s performance, which included a 1-0 victory over Morocco and a 1-0 loss to Spain.“I’m very proud,” Queiroz said. “We earned respect from people who had no idea that Iran could fight so well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownQuaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Ronaldo — who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play — was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img LATEST STORIES Spain will next face host Russia on Sunday in Moscow.LUCKY STRIKE?Quaresma had nine international goals in 78 previous appearances for Portugal. But his goal against Iran had all appeal of a Ronaldo strike. He sent the shot with the outside of his right foot spinning into the far corner near the end of the first half.Not bad for someone who had played little more than 20 minutes as a substitute in Portugal’s first two games. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma’s shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.Quaresma declined an opportunity to boast when asked if he thought his goal was among the tournament’s best, saying what matters most is the squad’s success.“I was a bit lucky with the goal,” Quaresma said. “Most importantly, we fulfilled our objective and we’re looking forward to the next round.”Santos’s confidence that Quaresma was ready to influence the game not only was evident in his decision to start the veteran, but in the coach’s comment afterward.“I always take the decisions that are right for my team,” he said.QUIET CRISTIANORonaldo smiled confidently as he walked past reporters after the game, but avoided answering questions. He has now missed six of his last 14 penalty kicks, but he hasn’t been the only big star to miss one in this tournament. Messi also was denied in Argentina’s opening draw against Iceland. 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President meets with GDF top brass to discuss defence concerns

first_imgIn the wake of the recent visit by a high-level delegation from neighbouring Brazil last Friday, led by Brazilian Defence Minister Raul Jungmann Pinto, President David Granger on Monday convened a special meeting with the high command of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to discuss ongoing defence concerns.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was also present at the meeting, which was held at State House, explained that the purpose of this follow-up meeting was to review the discussions that emanated from the deliberations with the Brazilian delegation and to prepare the GDF to chart the way forward in terms of defence cooperation.President David Granger meeting with the top brass of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on MondayVisiting along with the Brazilian Defence Minister were Justice Minister Torquato Lorena Jardim and Minister Head of Institutional Security/Presidency of the Republic, General Sérgio Etchegoyen.During the meeting with Guyana’s Head of State, the Defence Minister called for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.Minister Jungmann outlined the need to promote peaceful relations among nations on the South American continent.“Like in anywhere else in the world, there is no place for force or opposition… but we have to enforce international rights of sovereignty…(and) we will need to make an effort to get it done,” he stated, adding that it was imperative that Brazil and Guyana work together for justice to be had peacefully.According to the Defence Minister, “Brazil believes in the establishment of borders within all ways; the principle of diplomacy; respect for sovereignty; independence; and our endurance between us and our neighbours.”The Brazilian Defence Minister asserted that his country did not believe in the use of force. In fact, he pointed out that for a century and a half, Brazil has not had any conflict with its neighbours, nor had need to resort to the use of force in determining issues between itself and its neighbours in South America to preserve its existence on the continent.During the visit, President Granger conferred the Brazilian Minister with Guyana’s second highest award, the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH).Prior to Friday’s investiture ceremony, Minister Jungmann and his team met with several Government Ministers, during which the two countries committed to review the September 2012 Joint Communiqué, which followed the official visit to Guyana by Ambassador Celso Amorim, then Defence Minister of Brazil.The review is intended to update the agreements in that document, and bring them in line with present-day realities, as well as to deepen defence cooperation.last_img read more

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Berbice murder, manslaughter accused charged

first_imgTwo persons accused of separate murders on the Corentyne between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were arraigned today, with one suspect being granted bail.Terry Roopnarine, 27, of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, was charged with manslaughter when he appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Whim’s Magistrate’s Court.Deceased: Steven LewisIt is alleged that on December 24, at Rose Hall Town, he killed Steven Lewis, also called “Terence”.The prosecution had no objection to bail being granted and Magistrate Alex Moore released the man on $200,000 bail. As a condition for bail, the court ordered that he lodge his travel documents and report to the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost every Tuesday and Thursday until the conclusion of the case.The matter comes up again on February 18, 2020 at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.However, the granting of bail did not go down well with many family members of the deceased who were present during the proceedings.Deceased: Carlos Williams“You can kill someone and get $200,000 bail. Oh, Lawd!” the dead man’s grandmother cried.Reports are Lewis, a vendor of the Rose Hall Town Market, was injured during an altercation with a man who went to his ‘chick-chick’ gambling board on Christmas Eve.Reports are that the suspect is a 27-year-old cane harvester, who was one of the gambling customers.The cane harvester reportedly spent some time and money at the gambling board which ended in a physical confrontation. This led to Lewis sustaining injuries to his head and mouth. Police who were nearby intervened, but the injured Lewis eventually died.Charged: Terry RoopnarineMeanwhile, 21-year-old Redford Thomas, of Rose Hall, was remanded to prison after he was charged with the murder of Carlos Williams, called “Tony”. The case will continue on February 17, 2020.Reports are on December 25, Williams was with his girlfriend and three others at a nightclub when a cousin who was with a group of men told Williams’s partner that one of his friends wanted to dance with her. She refused the offer, but Williams heard about the request.Redford Thomas being escorted by Police OfficersThis resulted in the two men arguing. Williams was reportedly stabbed a short while later outside the club, and Thomas was subsequently arrested.last_img read more

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Dear Abby’s stand on gays earns her PFLAG honors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – For years, rumblings have surfaced on the Internet, conjecture about her casual references to “sexual orientation” and “respect.” Now, Dear Abby is ready to say it flatly: She supports same-sex marriage. “I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless ’em,” the syndicated advice columnist told The Associated Press. “That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven’s sake.” What Jeanne Phillips, aka Abigail Van Buren, finds offensive and misguided are homophobic jokes, phrases like “That’s so gay,” and parents who reject or try to reform their children when they come out of the closet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHer views are the reason she’s being honored this week by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a national advocacy group that provides support for gay people and their families. The original Abby, Phillips’ 89-year-old mother, Pauline, helped put PFLAG on the map in 1984 when she first referred a distraught parent to the organization. Jeanne Phillips, who formally took over the column when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, has continued plugging the group, as well as its affiliate for parents with children who identify as transgender, and a suicide hot line aimed at gay teenagers. “I’m trying to tell kids if they are gay, it’s OK to be gay. I’ve tried to tell families if they have a gay family member to accept them and love them as they always have,” she said Friday. PFLAG director Jody Huckaby said Abby is the perfect choice for the first “Straight for Equality” award, part of the group’s new campaign to engage more heterosexuals as allies. “She is such a mainstream voice,” Huckaby said. “If Dear Abby is talking about it, it gives other people permission to talk about it.” Alert “Dear Abby” readers may have noticed that the youthful attitude Phillips promised to bring to the column includes a decidedly gay-friendly take on most matters. In a March 2005 column that touched a nerve with some readers, for instance, Phillips came down unequivocally on the side of scientists who say sexual orientation is a matter of genetics, not personal choice. She advised a mother who had cautioned her 14-year-old daughter to keep her feelings for other girls secret to “come to terms with your own feelings about homosexuality.” Last year, addressing a groom whose gay brother refused to serve as best man or even attend the wedding because he did not have the right to marry, she made it clear her sympathies lay with the boycotting brother. “Accepting the status quo is not always the best thing to do,” she wrote. “Women were once considered chattel, and slavery was regarded as sanctioned in the Bible. However, western society grew to recognize that neither was just. Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have recognized gay marriage, and one day, perhaps, our country will, too.” Phillips, who lives in Los Angeles, said she isn’t worried that aligning herself with gay rights advocates will cause newspapers to censor or cancel the column, which appears in about 1,400 newspapers. Phillips realizes not everyone agrees with her on gay rights; she and her husband “argue about this continually,” she said. He thinks civil unions and domestic partnerships “would be less threatening to people who feel marriage is just a religious rite.” She thinks anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘I’M 99.9% SURE IT WILL SNOW THIS CHRISTMAS” – MICKEY THE POST!

first_imgMickey the Post reckons snow is just around the corner!Some swear by his predictions while others may be a bit more dubious!But Ireland’s best-known amateur weather forecaster has said there is a “berry-good chance’ we’ll see snow this Christmas.Glenfin postman Michael Gallagher has accurately predicted the weather for a number of years using the tell-tale signs of plants and animals. Postman Michael GallagherA few years ago he cost bookmaker Paddy Power more than €70,000 in bets when he accurately predicted a white Christmas.Now the amateur weather sleuth says he is “99.9%” sure many parts of Ireland will have plenty of the white stuff over the festive season.And he is undeterred by the extremely mild weather we have been having lately.He told Donegal Daily “I have been saying this since October and I am sticking by my predictions – the weather is going to turn very cold, very quickly. “When the grass is still growing and flowers are still blooming this late, there is always a sting in the tail.“The weather will turn for the worse very soon and I am 99.9% certain that we will have snow in many parts of the country over Christmas.“I do no think we will have blizzards like some have been predicting but I do expect snow,” he said.Michael said he has never seen various bushes and plants coming down with such heavy crops of berries at this time of year.“The berries are there and now I have witnessed the birds gathering as many as they can. They know the cold snap is coming and they are stocking up,” he said. ‘I’M 99.9% SURE IT WILL SNOW THIS CHRISTMAS” – MICKEY THE POST! was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasdonegalMichael Gallaghersnowlast_img read more

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GARDAÍ LAUNCH HUNT FOR SECOND CAR AFTER CRASH

first_imgDarry: Huge outpouring of support for his familyGARDAÍ are investigating the possibility that the car crash in which a 23-year-old Donegal man was critically injured was caused by another vehicle.Officers have found the incident on Thursday morning to be unusual and are trying to establish how the BMW car being driven by popular Lifford man Darry McDaid careered across four lanes of traffic before crashing into a wall.Forensic experts spent 12 hours at the scene in a bid to establish how the crash was caused. Gardaí are now investigating the possibility that someone else, or another vehicle, may have been involved in the crash and then left the scene.Officers believe there was a third party involvement in the incident.Darry remains in a critical condition in hospital.There has been a huge outpouring of support for him and his family members as they struggle to come to terms with the awful incident. Hundreds of messages of support – many from friends in Doncaster in England where he worked  – have been posted on his Facebook page.“You said you’re always strong Irish and you’re not afraid of anything. Fight mate fight,” said one friend.Anyone with information on the crash just before 1am on Thursday is asked to call Letterkenny Garda Station.A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí at Letterkenny Co Donegal are appealing for witnesses to a serious single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred on the Derry Road at Drumnahoagh, Letterkenny at approximately 12.50am yesterday morning (Thursday) 20th March 2014.“A silver BMW 3 Series ( 02 DL registration) collided with traffic signs and a telephone pole at the above location. The male driver and only occupant was seriously injured in the collision. “Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any person who may have travelled on the road or observed the BMW prior to the collision to contact them at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.”GARDAÍ LAUNCH HUNT FOR SECOND CAR AFTER CRASH was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Darry McDaidDoncasterdonegalLetterkenny crashLiffordlast_img read more

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Deputies kill dogs after attack reports

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed two pit bull dogs Friday after residents reported that dogs were wandering the streets and biting people. The dogs were shot after they charged two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the calls about the dogs about noon in the 40900 block of 178th Street East, deputies said. “People called from the neighborhood and said dogs were roaming the streets biting people,” Lt. Ed Stewart said. “We had one or two people with minor dog bites on their arms.” It was not known whether the bite victims were children or adults, Stewart said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Deputies found the dogs near a house where no one was home, but it was not known whether the dogs belonged to the owners of that residence, Stewart said. The dogs ran toward the deputies, trying to attack them, and the deputies shot them, Stewart said. “We have not contacted the owners yet, but we left a message at the house in case the dogs were staying there,” Stewart said. County animal control officials will follow up on the case, Stewart said. “There’s a problem of stray dogs. When dogs get out and start biting people, we have to respond,” Stewart said. “If they are biting people, we have to go out there and try to stop them.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Market gains ground again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals At the close of trading at 1 p.m. EST, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 15.53, or 0.14 percent, to 10,931.62. Broader stock indicators were also higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 2.64, or 0.21 percent, at 1,268.25, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 3.03, or 0.13 percent, to 2,263.01. Bonds advanced, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note sliding to 4.43 percent from 4.47 percent late Wednesday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading, and gold prices were little changed. Many investors are anxiously awaiting holiday sales figures for indications of how consumers have handled the recent spike in gasoline prices. Wall Street found some encouragement earlier this week, when the University of Michigan reported a better-than-expected jump in consumer confidence. But a raft of key economic reports are due next week, including data on economic growth, personal spending and employment. While positive data will likely bolster Wall Street’s year-end rally, any bad news could spook a jumpy market and cause it to surrender this month’s gains. NEW YORK – Wall Street finished the week with moderate gains Friday, extending a November rally in light post-Thanksgiving trading amid signs of a strong start to the busy holiday shopping season. The major indexes closed out their fifth straight winning week and remained at four-year highs. Stocks continued their monthlong advance, fueled by an improving economic backdrop and high hopes for solid retail sales that helped cast aside fears of a downturn. A spirited beginning to the critical holiday sales period stoked investor optimism Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year as retailers lure customers with bargains and deep discounts. Early reports suggest sales may best last year’s results. The markets were closed Thursday for Thanksgiving, and logged a shortened session on Friday. Volume was light with many traders out of the office for a second day. For the week, the Dow gained 1.54 percent, the S&P 500 advanced 1.6 percent and the Nasdaq rose 1.61 percent. So far this year, the Dow is up 1.38 percent, the S&P 500 has grown 4.03 percent and the Nasdaq is 4.65 percent higher. Friday’s frenzied start to the shopping season – known as “Black Friday,” when retailers begin turning profits – lifted the retail sector as consumers made an early morning rush for malls and stores. Electronics are again expected to be top sellers this year, such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod media player. Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. added $1.63 to $50.63, and Apple gained $2.23 to $69.34. Target Corp. rose 13 cents to $55.23, Kohl’s Corp. climbed 13 cents to $49.20 and JC Penney Co. was up 11 cents at $54.10. Meanwhile, some other retailers didn’t fare so well, with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. falling 8 cents to $50.49 and Sears Holding Corp. off $2.02 at $119.15. Elsewhere, Taser International Inc. said it has been notified by the Nasdaq Stock Market that its shares could be delisted because the stun-gun maker failed to submit its third-quarter financial report on time. Taser sank 90 cents to $6.50. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. on Thursday said it bought Le Meridien brand and the related management and franchise business for the portfolio of 130 hotels and resorts for $225 million. Starwood rose 7 cents to $61.92. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sloan is confident as Harlequins gear up for 7s final

first_imgThe battle to win club rugby’s first silverware of the season draws to a close on Friday – and Harlequins’ Harry Sloan says his side are eyeing glory.Quins join Worcester Warriors, Saracens, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby in the final of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series after qualifying from the group stage at Sarries’ Allianz Park.Speaking at Bath Rugby’s The Recreation Ground – which will host the final – Sloan was adamant Quins can be crowned champions.“Even in the group stages you are playing Premiership clubs so any 7s team is going to be brilliant,” he said.“They have got all the youngsters coming up so it is always going to be a fast game and you have to be aware of what is going on.“All three competitions so far through to the final have been tough so we are going to have to up our game because all of the best teams have gone through, but we are confident.”Click here to buy tickets to the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Final at Bath.See also:Harlequins coach eyeing 7s title Ward eyes 7s triumph after Quins progressDominant Quins progress to 7s finals after winning 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa closes Home Affairs department

first_img25 November 2015From 27 November to 2 December people would not be able to submit identity document (ID) and passport applications, the Department of Home Affairs announced, as it would be installing upgrades to improve its services.The upgrades, on the Live Capture system, will take place at all 140 Home Affairs offices in South Africa. Upgrading the Live Capture system facilities should be seen in the context of the department’s drive to improve processes for Smart ID card and passport applications, it said.His department had already issued public notices to announce a system upgrade and the affected sites, Home Affairs director-general Mkhuseli Apleni told journalists in Pretoria on 20 November.“During the upgrade, the affected offices will not be able to receive applications using the Live Capture system. For our staff, especially supervisors, this means working overtime on Sunday, 29 November, for a successful upgrade and a speedy recovery to normal services as planned.”Full Home Affairs services will resume on 3 December.Apleni also called on all those who had already applied for their Smart ID cards and passports to collect them. Up to 95 825 Smart ID cards, 75 517 green bar-coded ID books and 51 946 passports have not been collected by the applicants.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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