WATCH: Ex-Barca and Spurs forward scores thunderous volley for LA Galaxy

first_imgCheck out this unstoppable volley from LA Galaxy’s Giovani Dos Santos.The former Barcelona and Tottenham forward has impressed since moving to California from Villarreal in 2015.It was the second goal in the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over New England Revolution at the weekend and what a goal it was. A cross into the penalty area was poorly cleared, as it fell on the edge of the box. Dos Santos met the ball, striding forwards to meet the ball and volley home from 20 yards – see above!See another goal from Galaxy’s 4-2 win here – Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard nets stunning solo strikelast_img

Chelsea were ‘lucky’ – Koeman

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman felt Chelsea were lucky to come away from St. Mary’s with victory – but blamed his side’s poor ball retention.Shane Long’s goal just before half-time had the Saints in front, and they held that lead until Cesc Fabregas’ freak equaliser, from a cross, in the 75th minute.Chelsea won the match two minutes from time when Branislav Ivanovic thumped home a header from a corner.Koeman said: “You need luck to win games. We won games in the last few weeks that certain points in the game, certain situations, we were a little bit lucky. But that’s football.“You don’t score always like how they scored their first goal, because that’s a little bit lucky. It’s a cross, nobody touches the ball, it goes in.“If the referee whistles for a penalty, [and you go] 2-0 up, you win the game. Football is all about those kind of decisions. We accept it.”Koeman was disappointed with his side’s second-half display, which allowed Chelsea a foothold in the match after their own sluggish performance before the break.He said: “[When] you play against a good team, a better team at the moment than it was at the beginning of the season, with very good players, you need to be perfect in the second half.“We wasn’t because we lost more balls, then you have to drop too much back [in defence].“The second goal is disappointing, because it’s out of a set piece, a corner kick. Normally we’re defending [corners] very good.“It’s the first time in one-and-a-half seasons that we concede a goal straight from a corner kick.”See also:Hiddink explains Baba substitution and praises KenedyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Arcata boys soccer tops McKinleyville 3-0 to advance to H-DN tourney title game

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Visibility at a fog-filled Panther Field was at a premium Thursday night.But even then, the Tigers’ ability to capitalize on set pieces was crystal clear.Milo Weller scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the first half before Andrew Cavinta and Jack Taylor found the back of the net in the final three minutes as the Arcata boys soccer team claimed a hard-fought 3-0 win over McKinleyville to advance to the championship game of the first annual …last_img

What Is It About Africa?

first_imgWhat’s wrong with Africa? The answer is, of course, nothing – at least not with the continent itself. Africa is a bountiful land of incredible diversity and productive potential, boasting the largest mammals, the great apes, geological diversity, vast panoramas of beauty, and numerous spectacular plants and animals. What comes to mind to many westerners, though, is starvation, drought, disease, war, genocide, and a long history of slavery, exploitation and corruption. For decades the charities have assaulted our emotions with heart-wrenching images of starving children with distended stomachs and flimsy arms, covered in flies and mosquitoes. Is Africa to blame? No; these are mostly human-caused problems, offering hope of solutions. A diverse continent with vastly different political systems, Africa offers striking contrasts of riches and horrors.Take farming. According to Science Daily, parts of Africa have some of the most nutrient-depleted soils in the world (and this speaking of land south of the Sahara Desert). The BBC News said, “Researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre say poor soil fertility is one of the main obstacles to improving food production in Africa.” Here’s a simple solution: plant trees. The BBC News said that planting the right kind of trees can bring back the soil: “Fertiliser tree systems (FTS) … help boost food security and play a role in ‘climate proofing‘ the region’s arable land”. Can this help forestall some of the desertification that worries scientists?  According to the Science Daily article, some 400,000 farmers are now benefiting from this simple, elegant solution so economical it grows on trees. Readers may remember the amazing Moringa tree, a literal “tree of life” that provides food, fuel, clean water and soil fertilizer (see 3/09/2010).Take the desert. A BBC News nature feature reported that a rocky, arid part of Niger is a literal Noah’s Ark for migrating wildlife. The photo gallery affirms that this part of Africa is “one of the most inhospitable deserts,” and yet biologists are calling for its protection, because it is a “biodiversity hotspot.” Who would have thought? In America, deserts are no hindrance to booming, thriving cities (Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and many others). Technologies are available to find and extract clean water, to derive energy, and to improve the standard of living for everyone – when there is the political will, the right principles, the right leadership and ability for the people to oust evil dictators.But the atrocities continue.  Recent news has called attention to America’s latest effort to help stop the misnamed “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by brutal bad guy Joseph Kony in Uganda, who sends children into villages to massacre everyone and tortures them if they don’t. South Sudan is trying to hold onto a flimsy new sovereignty after 15 years of civll war. Robert Mugabe destroyed once-productive Zimbabwe with his irrational, ego-driven policies. One of the worst sudden genocides happened in Rwanda just 17 years ago. Somalia remains a hotbed of death, piracy and terrorism. This is all recent history in “darkest Africa,” in spite of the fact that the old slave trade is gone, and the old colonial empires are gone. What’s wrong with Africa?Here’s what’s wrong: the widespread lack of Judeo-Christian values and principles, not just in Africa, but on every continent. Wherever godly people thrive, the land rejoices. Where they do not, the land mourns. Solomon said, “The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice” (Proverbs 13:23). Hosea described how injustice penetrates even the ecology: “There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away” (Hosea 4:1-3). America and Europe are coasting on the fumes of their Christian heritage, but are poised for horrors that have overtaken other nations that rejected God.You can plant all the Fertilizer Tree Systems you want, and the next Mugabe-like dictator will rip them out and make weapons out of them. You can bring in science and technology, and terrorists will use it destroy their neighbors. You can discover natural resources in abundance, but superstitious people will stick to their unhealthy ways out of fear. You can install clean water systems, but neighboring terrorists will destroy them. You can send everyone to school, and they will learn how to be more sophisticated crooks. You can install thousands of U.N. environmentalists, but poachers will continue to senselessly kill rare rhinos and elephants for their horns and tusks.That’s why missionary work is still the greatest gift that those living in freedom and plenty can give to any country besieged by poverty and injustice. Churches are mushrooming in parts of Africa. There’s no reason that Africa could not surpass the west in prosperity – even in sending out missionaries to call America back from its apostasy. Think what would happen if a vast majority of Africans really followed what Jesus taught: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” From that world view, from that perspective, flows a cornucopia of food, healing, safety, security, sharing, help, community, prosperity and love.(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mbeki in Ivory Coast breakthrough

first_img7 April 2005After days of talks in Pretoria with President Thabo Mbeki, Ivory Coast’s civil war adversaries have agreed to cease hostilities and begin working towards elections in October. The deal represents a victory for Mbeki, whose mediation skills have been widely praised.The talks, which began on Sunday and ended on Wednesday, brought together the five main protagonists to the conflict: President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, New Forces rebel leader Guillaume Soro, and Ivory Coast’s main opposition politicians, former president Henri Konan Bedie and former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.On Wednesday, the five leaders signed what has been dubbed the Tshwane Agreement, agreeing to continue the peace process and resolve some of the outstanding issues of the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra II and III agreements.“It’s important for us to overcome this crisis because it is about our country and it is time to take this question into our own hands”, Gbagbo told journalists after the signing. “Elections must take place, and it is a challenge. I will do whatever I can, and hope delegates will also play their part.”The leaders agreed to start disarming militia throughout the country, and to begin the process of demobilising and reintegrating the national armed forces and members of the New Forces.Gbagbo also reaffirmed the authority of Prime Minister Diarra to enable him to accomplish his mission in accordance with the Linas-Marcoussis agreement.Mbeki said the parties had also agreed to amendments to the composition, organisation and functioning of the Independent Electoral Commission, “to enjoy the support of all parties in Ivory Coast and inspire confidence”.Mbeki added that the leaders had asked him to appeal to the United Nations for help in organising the October elections.On the issue of article 35 of Ivory Coast’s Constitution, dealing with who is eligible to contest the presidency, Mbeki said he would consult on the matter with African Union chair Olusegun Obasanjo and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and report to the Ivory Coast leadership within a week.The signatories also agreed to extend the principle of financing political parties to those parties not represented in Ivory Coast’s parliament, due to the “political context that prevailed in the past”.A country dividedConflict erupted in the Ivory Coast in 2002 when New Forces rebels staged an uprising against Gbagbo, effectively splitting the country into a Muslim-dominated rebel north and Christian government-held south.Since then, both sides have agreed to cease hostilities on a number of occasions, but mutual distrust has continued to undermine peace, with neither side willing, until now, to compromise on a number of demands.In November 2004, an 18-month truce was shattered when Gbagbo’s forces attacked the rebel north, plunging the country into renewed crisis.Praise for MbekiSince December, Mbeki – appointed by the African Union to mediate in the crisis – has travelled to Ivory Coast a number of times to meet with the leaders – including Diarra, Gbagbo and Soro.Following Wednesday’s signing, the parties praised Mbeki for the manner of his intervention, with Gbagbo saying that Mbeki had mediated “with clarity and humility”.“We have had a lot of mediators before and people would impose on us solutions to our problem”, Gbagbo said.Former president Bedie said that in Mbeki, Ivory Coast had a mediator “with a point of reference and solutions to the crisis”.On Wednesday night, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier also saluted the success of Mbeki’s mediation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik Scherrer

first_imgFrom mercurial detectives to mysterious widows, Composer Dominik Scherrer has worked on projects of all types. We sat down to discuss process, influences, and advice.PremiumBeat: This year, you’ve worked on the U.K. series Baptiste and the Amazon Prime original The Widow. As a composer born in Zurich, music may be a universal language, but have you found that the process of composing for various outlets, in various countries, changes how you work?Dominik Scherrer: I came to London as a teenager, and I have worked primarily in England and for the U.S. But, of course, as you say, the shows we produce will go out in many territories. In the end, there is no point in second-guessing any market. We just have to take the decisions that we think are the best for the show.The Missing (BBC/New Pictures Ltd).PB: You have a working relationship with the Williams brothers, having scored the Starz/BBC’s The Missing and the Amazon thriller series The Widow. Is it an advantage to work with producers you’ve worked with before? Any challenges?DS: I love their style of scriptwriting, it’s multithreaded and complex, and there is often an inherent mystery in the structure itself. It’s very conducive to writing a score because you can create connections between the strands, which are visually maybe not on the surface. Jack and Harry Williams are lovely to work with, and we have a lot of fun. I like having them around at my studio to play with musical material. They are not afraid to speak their minds. It’s fun to have a history together and we can refer back to situations in the past — where things worked or didn’t.Dominik Scherrer and Natasha Khan (Best Television Soundtrack The Ivors 2019). Photo via Mark Allan.PB: You’ve been nominated for an Emmy for The Missing, and received your fourth Ivor Novello Award nomination and won for Netflix’s Requiem (which was co-composed with Natasha Khan, a.k.a. Bat for Lashes). Obviously, recognition from your peers is personally gratifying, but more importantly, it seems to acknowledge that the scores support the storytelling in a significant way. How do you see your role as composer in the storytelling process?DS: Breaking down the story is normally the first step — seeing how a story can evolve and how to support that thematically — finding a thematic structure. It can be scary because it always makes me realize that the score could make or break the show. I often try to sketch out an entire episode very roughly, just to get an idea of the overall flow, often starting from the ending, then working backwards towards the front. Then, I get the producers to come around, and we can evaluate the rough structure and continue onto more detailed spotting of individual cues.The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Anchor Bay).PB: Any composers or artists that influenced your style?DS: J.S. Bach. I was surrounded by his music for the first eighteen years of my life. And Nick Cave throughout all his permutations from indie-punk, crooning ballads, and soundtrack work. Debussy, Stravinsky, Steve Reich, John Adams, John Williams (my first big soundtrack experience), Michael Nyman (my second big soundtrack experience, when I came to England and films such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover were released). I could go on for a long time. There is a lot of amazing music, and I keep studying works of composers through the ages. I am also very influenced by rhythms of East-European music, and have studied Indian Raga, and I’m a fan of Afrobeat.Kate Beckinsale in The Widow (Amazon).PB: If you were going to mentor a young composer, what do you feel is the most significant element you could contribute to their growth — as both an artist and a professional?DS: I think, rather than trying to be a jack of all trades, a young composer will benefit from finding a musical “niche” that feels unique to them, and keep developing and refining that further. That will be a good way to get noticed, too. And then — work with other people. Music is a communal process. Get players in early and try material. Work with the musicians closely, and have fun. Don’t hide alone in the studio.Cover image via Baptiste (BBC).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”The Sun is Also a Star Film Composer Herdís StefánsdóttirIndustry Interview: Miles Hankins — The Composer Behind “Long Shot”Industry Interview: CW Costume Designer Catherine Ashtonlast_img read more

Stone-laying becomes Haryana CM Bhajan Lal’s principal occupation

first_imgGoing by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In,Going by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In the first three months of this year alone Bhajan Lal and his ministers have laid 60 foundation stones, promised twice as many projects worth crores of rupees and vowed to upgrade schools by the dozen.On January 22 Bhajan Lal promised a grant of Rs 50,000 for a mini-stadium at Sports Minister Jagan Nath’s village, Isharwal. The day after that he granted a lakh of rupees for a municipal committee building and half a lakh for a school.On February 11, in the chief minister’s Adampur constituency he laid eight foundation stones for canal brick-lining, minor irrigation works and a health centre. Next day he announced six health centres for Baddopal, Mohammadpur Rohi (his ancestral village), Jhalanian, Bordhana, Nahla and Dhansu.And the day after that, on the eve of the visit of Lok Dal leader Charan Singh and Jagjivan Ram, he visited 13 villages of Hissar district and promised grants ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 for the construction of chaupals, street paving and primary schools. He had no time to lay the foundation stones.More Projects: But less than a week later he was out with his trowel again, laying foundation stones for a Rs 1.5 crore grain market and a Rs 50,000 court complex at Jagadhri, a water supply scheme near Rohtak, a school and a bridge. In between masonry jobs he launched a Harijan chaupal and promised to upgrade two schools.advertisementBhajan Lal at a ceremony: Stony groundIt would appear that stone-laying has become Bhajan Lal’s principal occupation. Sirsa district has been virtually sprayed with foundation stones: a water scheme and tehsil complex at Dabwali, a civil hospital at Chautala, waterworks at Khera, a 20-bed hospital, a grain market and a girls, high school for Nathusari Chopta, another girls, high school for Charwala and piped drinking water for all the 41 arid-zone villages of Darba Assembly constituency and Harijan dharamshalas in two dozen villages.Where does the state exchequer get the money for all this? It doesn’t. Most of the projects are still just foundation stones – except in his own home town of Adampur which has acquired a 30-bed, well-equipped hospital, a degree college, an administrative complex, a housing colony, bus stand, a posh, marbled rest house and an electricity sub-station. It is a treat to see the Adampur new market where Bhajan Lal and his business partner, Pokhar Mai run a commission agent’s shop. Known as the mini-chief minister, Pokhar Mai occasionally stands in for his partner at foundation stone-laying ceremonies. He laid one recently for a kisan rest house.Near Adampur, Fatehabad boasts of a 60-bed hospital, a new tehsil complex and a bus stand. Critics point out that Fatehabad is populated mainly by Bishnois, the chief minister’s caste-fellows, but Bhajan Lal stoutly denies that the village has been favoured for that reason.With Assembly elections approaching the chief minister is working overtime at distributing verbal largesse. Whether he is visiting a dusty village or a bustling town, Bhajan Lal refuses nothing. He says “so be it” to whatever people ask of him and goes on to throw in a school or a health centre on the side.In fact his “jo mange manzoor” (anything you say) approach has earned him the nickname Manzoori Lal. But as a resident of Meham village near Rohtak noted, “What remains of the promises is the dust which his speeding caravan of cars leaves behind.”last_img read more

Pitts Ray Graham Along with Two Other Starters Charged

Starting running back Ray Graham of the Pittsburgh Panthers along with wide receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts have been charged with simple assault and conspiracy in connection to an Oct. 21 incident involving three other students, but will play Saturday against No. 4 Notre Dame.All three players deny any involvement in the incident.According to the complaint filed with police, Karl Olsheski, Diana Olsheski, and Samantha Mitchell were walking in Oakland neighborhood of the university, when the three Pitt football players walked into their path from the opposite direction at 12:30 a.m.Karl Olsheski reported to police that Graham confronted him by saying, “What’s up?” followed by a racial slur. Olsheski said he attempted to walk away but that Street and Graham blocked his way and Pitts kept him from retreating to avoid the confrontation.After being cornered by the three players, Olsheski said Street hit him one time across the left side of his head.Graham, Street and Pitts were later recognized by the three students in police photo lineups. The alleged victims did not recognize all three players, but was at least pointed out once. Street was the most obvious, who pointed out by Mitchell after taking a class on vampires together.The athletes have not been arrested, but a preliminary hearing for the charges has been set for Jan. 9 at the Pittsburgh Municipal Court. They received this information for summonses sent through the mail.E.J. Borghetti, the school spokesman, released a statement saying the players have offered to speak with police and give their account but have not been questioned or received any court documents on the matter.“We take matters of player discipline very seriously and will continue to cooperate with any investigation,” Borghetti said. “However, we will not, and hope others will not, rush to judgment on these misdemeanor allegations. All three players will remain active members of our program while we gain more clarity on this situation.”Graham is the leading rusher for the Panthers’ with 622 years and seven touchdowns. Street is the leading receiver and top kick-return man with 50 catches for 695 yards and four touchdowns.All three players will allow the legal system to take its’ course, while they attempt to hand the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season Saturday. read more