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La Liga fans get dream Experience

first_img HAPPY TO SEE A WIN Palache was also thrilled with the result as Real Madrid came away 1-3 winners courtesy of goals from Isco, Lucas Vazquez, and his idol, Ronaldo. Osasuna’s top scorer, Sergio Leon, had levelled the scores going into the interval to ensure that it was a competitive match. “Hala Madrid! I got to watch Ronaldo play live, and he scored and did the celebration. What more could I ask for?” Palache said. “It was just great, and I got to sit down in the VIP box and see Florentino Perez (Real Madrid FC’s President) and also Osasuna’s president (Luis Sabalza).” As for Sharpe, she was most impressed with the atmosphere and how hospitable the Osasuna staff was. “The experience was great! We got to tour the stadium and met very nice people,” Sharpe said. “The Osasuna staff was just great. They were welcoming and very friendly.” Palache, who, when he had first found out he was winner of the competition, which is into its second year and sees SportsMax team up with the world’s most star-studded football league, La Liga, thought it to be a prank and is still in awe. “It still seems like a dream, but it came true for real, and I am grateful,” he said. “This couldn’t have happened without SportsMax and La Liga, so I really appreciate it.” – R.J. Pamplona, SPAIN: SportsMax’s La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache got the VIP treatment on Saturday as he and his guest, Tishana Sharpe, watched Real Madrid take on host Osasuna at the El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona Spain. But in addition to watching the match live, the two were in for several other surprises along the way, which left them with memories to be cherished for the rest of their lives. The duo got official Real Madrid jerseys, which were later signed by several first team players, as well as Osasuna jerseys with their names printed on the back. “The highlight was seeing the Real Madrid players up close. CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo) signed my jersey and also Sergio Ramos and Marcelo. I got 12 Real Madrid players’ autographs,” a beaming Palache said.last_img read more

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Magramo stops Thai foe in 3rd, retains WBO oriental flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments The 24-year-old Magramo went to the body from the get-go and made an easy target out of Kokietgym (17-2, 8 KOs).Magramo, who defended his title for the first time, improved his record to 22-1, 18 KOs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Giemel Magramo. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netGiemel Magramo made light work of Thai challenger Petchchorchae Kokietgym to retain his WBO oriental flyweight title on Monday in the undercard of the world title fight between Randy Petalcorin and Felix Alvarado at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.Magramo unloaded a crushing left to the rib of Kokietgym, who couldn’t even beat the count in the third round. The bout ended at the 2:48 mark of the third.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Venice marathon runners run through flooded street Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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There are many issues that affect our doctors

first_imgDear Editor,It has come to my realisation that, over the last few years, the Cuban-trained doctors have become the whipping donkeys of the medical profession.Recently, there was an interview with Dr Shamdeo Persaud, in which they again came under criticism and condemnation.Having friends and relatives in the medical field, I have had a first-hand look at what is currently going on in this flawed system.I wish to address a few of my concerns of fellow colleagues in this profession:Doctors are exposing their lives on a daily basis to help to serve our nation, and some may say that this is a choice that they willingly made. However, they are also humans.I wish to make reference to the attack made on doctors of the West Demerara Regional Hospital last year May, when they were promised justice in a particular matter. They were given all assurance by the Minister of Health that the culprits would be brought to justice; yet, more than a year later, this matter has been swept under the rug and has been completely forgotten.It was rumoured that, since the night of the incident, several pleas were made to have the Police dismiss the matter, because relatives were willing to pay to have it done.My next reference is to doctors who are under contract and are desirous of travelling. This process is quite an extensive one: because approval has to be granted in writing; then the doctors, after having obtained the relevant documents, have to wait at the airport like deportees before they can be granted permission to leave; and the process is the same even while returning on the stipulated dates.I also wish to make reference to the doctors who have matters pending with the Medical Council of Guyana. Some matters have been pending for years. One such matter, which I wish to discuss, involved a doctor who was taken up by a colleague for medical misconduct.This matter caught my attention because of the mature of the complaint and the extent that I was told the doctor who is the victim has gone to get some sort of satisfaction.It is said that the doctor has received bomb threats from a colleague, and at one point is time, this said doctor even paid someone to meet the female doctor and sexually assault her.This matter was reported to the Police, and as such, the evidence was acquired and the Medical Council was informed of the findings of the Police. Yet, to date, nothing has been done.The said doctor has now resorted to social media to impersonate her colleague. I was informed that even this information was given to the Medical Council, but after two years, nothing was done.What is also surprising about this matter is that other doctors are being targeted by the doctor in question. I took it upon myself to visit the Facebook page of the doctor, and I was not only appalled but disgusted by the language and the content of the things that were written on her page.I therefore ask myself and others: Is she really a doctor??? Aren’t doctors governed by some sort of code of conduct? Is this acceptable behaviour in the medical profession?This is someone who is dealing with the lives of hundreds, do doctors have to go through any kind of yearly psychological evaluation before they are issued with a medical licence? Because this is a clear cut case where psychological evaluation is not only needed, but required.Another issue which was highlighted was the signing of books, as was discussed by the CMO, Dr Persaud.I was informed that many doctors, after graduating, were never assigned a senior doctor in charge of them, especially in the far-off regions of Guyana. They are the ones who were overlooking their own supervision.Many doctors complain of the deplorable conditions in which they are forced to work, and are being victimised when they speak out.Some doctors even spoke about programmes for which they receive international funding, but nothing is filtered down to their departments. Yet they are being asked to tell lies when the international bodies visit, and when they do not comply…We heard many false promises being made to doctors. There are many issues that affect our doctors; and, sadly, they have no union representation and they are not allowed to strike, based on Public Service rules.Meanwhile, many of these doctors are soon to be off Government contract, and the sad reality is that many do not plan to remain in Guyana. Basically, we are training our doctors so that they can develop other countries, because they are unhappy with the current situation.I would, however, like to suggest that a meeting be held, not only with these doctors, but the nurses who also face similar plights. After all, happy doctors and nurses equal happy patients.Sincerely,Concerned citizen(Name withheld)last_img read more

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Senior Menu

first_imgFriday: Vegetable lasagna with fire-roasted vegetables, spinach.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, peas. Tuesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, spinach. Wednesday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, broccoli. Thursday: Hearty beef stew, peas, green beans. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Donation is $5, or $2.25 for ages 60 and older. Reservations are due 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. Call (805) 517-6261. Meals include salad, whole-grain bread, fruit, milk and choice of yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick. last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Can Bayern Munich pull off a miracle against Barcelona?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea on Monday night and reveals the Gunners are now 9/4 to finish second in the Premier League, with Manchester City priced at 1/3.He also looks ahead to the League One play-off final, with Preston the 4/6 favourites to win promotion to the Championship and Swindon priced at 6/5 for Wembley glory.And he previews the Champions League semi-final second leg clash between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, stating the German giants need to ‘pull off a miracle’ to overturn a three-goal deficit.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Five players not good enough for Liverpool including Jordon Ibe

first_img 3. Jordon Ibe – The 19-year-old has undoubted potential, but the loss of Raheem Sterling immediately prompted suggestions among fans and pundits that Ibe is actually the better player. Talk about ramp up pressure on Ibe to perform! He may well prove better than Sterling in the long run, but whereas his former team-mate was able to blossom very quickly alongside the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, Ibe is on the fringes of a team nowhere near that level right now and the danger is that playing him too often in a team struggling for cohesion will slow his progress. Ibe possibly should have continued to develop on loan, with a more established wide attacker signed to replace Sterling. Or at least give the more mature Markovic a shot. The pressure is on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, after his side fell to a tame 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Despite picking up seven points and three clean cheets from their first three games, the defensive problems that have beset Rodgers’ reign look to have returned as the Reds have now shipped six goals in their last two.BRENDAN RODGERS: BACK HIM OR SACK HIM? SEE HOW NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE VOTED, JUST CLICK HEREBut who’s not cutting it for Liverpool on the pitch right now, as they bid to reclaim their place in the Champions League?Click the right arrow to see the five players that aren’t good enough for Liverpool right now.Disagree with our picks? Comment below. 5. Dejan Lovren – Lovren looked like an established Premier League centre half at Southampton, resulting in Liverpool willing to spend £20 million on the defender, but time has shown that he was probably made to look better than he is by Saints’ overall defensive set up. The Croatian made six defensive errors last campaign, more than any other Liverpool player. 5 4. Kolo Toure – The Ivorian defender has won two league titles and three FA Cups in his career, but that was with much better sides than the current Liverpool team and, frankly, Toure is well past his best. His time at Liverpool has been riddled with defensive mistakes, most notably the back-pass at the Hawthorns in 2014, which ended up costing the Reds two vital points in the title race. 5 2. Simon Mignolet – The Belgian goalkeeper made a poor start to the 2014/15 season, leading to him being dropped for what Rodgers described as an indefinite period, starting with a trip to Manchester United. Mignolet was reinstated to the team after an injury to reserve ‘keeper Brad Jones, and his form improved, but his poor aerial ability promotes nerves among the Liverpool back four. 5 1. Martin Skrtel – click the arrow above to see four more players who shouldn’t be playing for Liverpool – While Lovren and Mignolet get their fair share of criticism, Skrtel seems to fly under the radar, but the Slovakian has been pretty much a constant in Liverpool’s poor defending under Brendan Rodgers. Seemingly first choice centre back under Rodgers, Skrtel’s positioning and often nonsensical fouls hardly help the Reds’ defensive cause. Only Lovren made more defensive errors than the Slovakian for Liverpool last year. 5 5last_img read more

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‘Leicester or Spurs winning the Premier League is embarrassing for Arsenal’

first_img Arsenal troop off, dejected, after a crushing loss at Old Trafford 1 Arsenal’s last Premier League outing brought renewed belief they could win the title, when they beat leaders Leicester with a last gasp goal.But the Gunners’ next league game brought them crashing back down to earth, with a dispiriting 3-2 defeat at an injury-plagued Manchester United.The Red Devils fielded a makeshift defence that many Gooners believed boded well for their sides chances of taking three points.United, however, went 2-0 ahead with goals from 18-year-old Premier League debutant Marcus Rashford, and it was Arsenal’s defence that looked poor.Danny Welbeck pulled one back, only for Rashford to set up a goal for Ander Herrera. Mesut Ozil’s goal was little consolation for the defeated Gunners.Here is a selection of the reaction from Arsenal fans on social media.last_img read more

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – DONEGAL PLAYERS ON ALL STAR NOMINATION LIST!

first_imgUlster champions and all-Ireland semi-finalists Donegal have seven players included in the nominations for the GAA/GPA All Star Football Awards.Captain Michael Murphy – a winner with Glenswilly in the County Final at the weekend – is on the list.He is joined by Paul Durkan, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Kevin Cassidy and Colm McFadden. Sean Cavanagh and Joe McMahon of Tyrone are chosen and the only other Ulster county player in the list of 45 is Derry forward Eoin Bradley.All-Ireland winners Dublin have 12 players selected along with nine from beaten finalists Kerry.The final team of 15 All Star winners will be revealed at the awards cememony at the Convention Centre in Dublin on 21 October.It is the first year the awards have been a joint venture between the GAA and the players’ union, the GPA. Here’s the full list:Goalkeepers: Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Paul Durkan (Donegal).Full-backs: Michael Foley (Kildare), Neil McGee (Donegal), Frank McGlynn (Donegal), Marc O Se (Kerry), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry), Joe McMahon (Tyrone), Hugh McGrillen (Kildare), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin).Half backs: Karl Lacey (Donegal), Donal Vaughan (Mayo), Trevor Mortimer (Mayo), Kevin Nolan (Dublin), Kevin Cassidy (Donegal), Emmet Bolton (Kildare), Tomas O Se (Kerry), Killian Young (Kerry), Ger Brennan (Dublin).Midfielders: Bryan Sheehan (Kerry), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone), John Doyle (Kildare), Denis Bastick (Dublin). Half-forwards: Ben Brosnan (Wexford), Alan Brogan (Dublin), Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Paul Flynn (Dublin), Alan Dillon (Mayo), Kevin McManamon (Dublin), Paddy Kelly (Cork), Eamonn Callaghan (Kildare).Full-forwards: Donnacha O’Connor (Cork), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Andy Moran (Mayo), Colm McFadden (Donegal), Eoin Bradley (Derry), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo).THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – DONEGAL PLAYERS ON ALL STAR NOMINATION LIST! was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal all starslast_img read more

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Bruins preparing for hostile atmosphere

first_imgLogistically, getting to Washington State is easily the worst endeavor in the Pacific-10. On game day, rowdy fans, a loud stadium and a poor locker room situation make it difficult for visiting teams. UCLA talked all week about minimizing those the distractions. Today, the 12th-ranked Bruins will find out if it worked as they play their first true road game against the Cougars at cozy Martin Stadium. To cap it off, UCLA (5-0, 2-0 Pac- 10) hasn’t won at WSU (3-2, 0-2) since 1993, and lost the last four in the series. “It’s a rowdy crowd, a little town. Everything about it is college football,’ UCLA senior quarterback Drew Olson said. “It’s what it’s supposed to be like. It’s a good challenge. I love playing on the road. I love road trips. I love getting on a plane. I love flying to other places and playing, seeing other schools, and playing at other schools and seeing their fans. There’s a lot of motivation for us in this game.’ The airport in Pullman is too small to land charter flights teams use, so after a 2 1/2-hour flight from LAX to Spokane, Wash., a 2 1/2-hour bus ride south ensues. “(The drive) is going through nothing but hills,’ UCLA tailback Maurice Drew said. “It’s one of the worst drives I’ve been on, but when you don’t worry about that and just concentrate on what you have to do, you’ll be all right.’ Once there, the visitor’s are usually treated with hostility, as the current UCLA juniors and seniors learned in 2003. The locker rooms are few hundred yards away from the stadium, and taunts by WSU fans usually accompany the visitors along the path. Several UCLA players complained about fans throwing stuff at them on the last trip, and strong safety Jarrad Page said racial remarks were also made. Two years ago, a lapse in security allowed a fan to enter UCLA’s locker room after the 31-13 defeat. The fan taunted the Bruins before being ushered out. “Oh, yeah, they got in there,’ Drew said. “They’re lucky no one got a hold of them. A lot of people were upset, but you’ve got to understand when we go up there and you have a hostile environment like that, things are going to happen. You just gotta keep your calm and stay focused.’ Then, there were the on-field debacles during UCLA’s last visit. It featured 14 turnovers, and UCLA’s then-anemic offense gained possession inside WSU’s 25-yard line three times and didn’t score a touchdown. Later in the game quarterback Matt Moore (now at Oregon State) was pulled after an interception. Moore and receiver Ryan Smith then got into a heated exchange on the sideline and had to be pulled apart by teammates. It was the last pass Moore threw at UCLA. He was replaced by Drew Olson, who is making his 21st straight start. The night culminated with a UCLA player pulling a drinking fountain off the wall adjacent to the locker room. The school later paid for the damage. “When they play us, they don’t give our team any respect,’ Page said. “I mean, they come out and they feel like they’re going to win when they play us, no matter what type of season they’re having. They come out and play us tough, so we know what to expect. But we know also what we’ve done this year, and we know as long as we take care of our business, we’ll be all right.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week UCLA hasn’t defeated the Cougars since 1998, and the current collection of seniors are 0-3. Furthermore, Olson said UCLA wants payback for WSU’s two-point upset win at the Rose Bowl last season. “Shoot, they beat the crap out of us last year, even though we only lost by two points,’ Olson said. “They beat us. They beat us up.’ It is UCLA’s first trip outside of Southern California, and early in the week UCLA coach Karl Dorrell talked about the difficulty in traveling here. But by week’s end, he downplayed the affect travel has on the game. “I don’t think this is any bigger trip than any other away game,’ Dorrell said. “I think sometimes we try to portray it as you’re going to the Sahara Desert to play 16,000 miles away, and how are you going to deal with the 130-degree heat? It’s just a football game. We know we have to go up there with an expectation to win the game, playing in typical on-the-road conditions.’ Still, players and coaches especially coaches are creatures of habit, and there is nothing normal about this trip. last_img read more

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Saugus girls’ team making a run at getting to state meet

first_img Next in line: The annual Santa Clarita middle-school cross-country meet was held Wednesday. Amber Murakami, Shannon’s younger sister, finished fourth, 36 seconds behind winner Hayley Parkinson of Sierra Vista. “I think (me and Amber) are comparable,” said Shannon Murakami, who finished second to former Southern Section Div. I champion Brooke Russell in the meet as an eighth-grader. “We run the same. Like me (in middle school), she isn’t training every day. She’s going to be awesome. We’re very competitive siblings.” Good move: Adam McDonald, who won the 2004 Foothill League individual title as a junior at Canyon High but moved to Utah earlier this year, has accepted a scholarship to Southern Utah. “He’s real excited,” Canyon coach Paul Broneer said. “It’ll be a good fit for him.” McDonald won the Utah’s Div. 5A cross-country individual title in October, leading Mountain View High to its ninth consecutive team championship. Southern Utah has won 12 Mid-Continent Conference titles since coach Eric Houle, the brother of McDonald’s current high school coach, took over in 1992. The Thunderbirds won the 1999 NCAA Mountain Regional; they finished 12th in that competition this year. Suspension: Canyon’s Amanda Mockenhaupt, who finished 28th in the team’s race at Southern Section prelims, will not race today because of disciplinary reasons. She will be replaced by Tia Blythe, the 15th-place finisher at the Foothill League finals. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 sean.martin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Saugus High girls’ cross-country team has never advanced to the state meet. It has a good chance to change that today. The top seven teams in today’s Southern Section Div. I final at Mt. San Antonio College will advance to next week’s state championship at Woodward Park in Fresno. Saugus High posted the third-best time and second among Div. I schools at the Southern Section prelims on Nov. 12, also held at Mt. SAC. Shannon Murakami, seeking her first Southern Section title, ran the best individual time (17 minutes, 20 seconds) by 24 seconds over the 2.91-mile course at prelims. This may be the Centurions’ best chance to run in Fresno since the inaugural championship in 1987. Saugus had one of the best teams in California that year, but its postseason was halted by a tragic car accident on Halloween, one week before the Southern Section prelims. Saugus’ star runner, Heather Scobie, and teammate Shana Bird were injured when the car they were riding in on the Sierra Highway was struck by another vehicle. Both Saugus runners were hospitalized just two days after Saugus won a league title. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Scobie had internal bleeding and required emergency abdominal surgery to repair four tears in her intestines, according to a Daily News article on the accident. This year’s Saugus team has been hurt by injuries, but none nearly as serious. Sophomore Katie Dunn had to take two weeks off before the Foothill League finals, but finished third in that race; she followed up that performance by finishing sixth in her heat at last week’s Southern Section prelims. Alyssa Vaziri was injured in a pumpkin-carving accident and didn’t run at the Foothill League finals or Southern Section prelims. She was replaced in the latter race by freshman Keri Molt, the Foothill junior-varsity champion. Molt finished 22nd in her heat at Southern Section prelims, her first varsity race. Saugus’ No. 3 runner, senior Chelsea Johnstone, is starting to improve after a midseason slump that coach Rene Paragas said he thinks was caused by a blood donation, something he called, “the opposite of blood doping.” Johnstone finished 14th in her prelim heat after finishing 10th at league finals. Erin Ortega, who finished ninth in the freshman girls’ race at the season-opening Seaside Invitational, has recovered from pneumonia and is expected to race today. last_img read more

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