Man City sends out another statement with 4-0 win at Basel

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Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases St. Jakob-Park hasn’t been a happy ground for English teams, with Liverpool, Chelsea and — in this season’s group stage — Manchester United all losing at Basel’s atmospheric home in recent seasons in the Champions League.Basel had its moments against City, especially early on when the visitors looked susceptible to a long ball behind center backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi. Oberlin could also have earned a penalty, after tumbling under a challenge from Otamendi.“After 10 minutes, we could have been 2-0 down,” Guardiola said. “After 20 minutes, we were 3-0 in the lead. We were clinical today.”It was a stroll for City from the moment Gundogan, playing in front of Germany coach Joachim Loew, met a corner by De Bruyne with a header that flew in at the near post. It was De Bruyne’s 19th assist of a stunning season.Four minutes later, Sterling crossed from the left, Silva chested the ball down and sent a dipping volley beyond the goalkeeper, who could only get his fingertips to the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, front, celebrates his team’s third goal, as Basel’s Marek Suchy, left, and goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik watch, during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between Switzerland’s FC Basel 1893 and England’s Manchester City FC in the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Manchester City sent out another statement to the rest of Europe by thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday, with Ilkay Gundogan scoring two of the goals.The Premier League’s runaway leaders scored three times between the 14th and 23 minutes — through Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero — before Gundogan added a fourth goal from long range in the 53rd minute.ADVERTISEMENT City, which enjoyed 74 percent possession, scored four goals away from home for the third time in this season’s Champions League and has only lost two games in all competitions, one of them against Shakhtar Donetsk when qualification for the last 16 was already guaranteed.This is the best chance City has had to win Europe’s biggest prize, especially with one of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain sure to be eliminated this round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCity didn’t even have to be at its best on a bobbly pitch and near-freezing conditions to see off the Swiss champions, whose striker Dimitri Oberlin wasted chances either side of the visitors’ flurry of goals. With his team still trying to win a quadruple of trophies, Guardiola had the luxury of substituting Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling around the hour mark for fit-again pair David Silva and Leroy Sane.The return match is on March 7, when Juventus and Tottenham will also play their second leg after drawing 2-2 in Turin on Tuesday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Viva Arianna: Italy’s Fontana wins 500 meters in short track MOST READ LATEST STORIES Aguero came into the match with 13 goals from 10 games in 2018 — four coming in one half against Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday — and naturally he got involved in the scoring.Fernandinho was tackled 30 meters out but the ball fell to Aguero, who took one touch and shot low into the corner for his 198th goal for City.Gundogan saved the best goal for last and it was another long-ranger that curled into the top corner from 25 meters.That margin of victory gives Guardiola the option to rest key players for the second leg at Etihad Stadium, by which time City might have won the English League Cup — it plays Arsenal in the final on Feb. 25 — extended its 16-point lead in the Premier League, and advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals.“If we play like we did today and in the past few weeks,” Gundogan said, “we will be successful, for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

CBL Governor Encourages NCCC Students To Make Economic Transformation The Order Of The Day

first_img“Let us use the country’s resources wisely and tackle the problem of under-development by doing for ourselves what others cannot do for us.” Those were the words of Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones as he recently addressed students at the Nimba County Community College’s first Matriculation Program in Sanniqellie.Dr. Jones said Liberia is at a crossroads and it’s high time that Liberians take decisive actions to tackle the problem of under-development and economic stagnation.Governor Jones told the students that transformation, especially economic transformation, does not come from despair but from a determined people.He cautioned the students and all Liberians to make economic transformation the order of the day for Liberia to move forward.Dr Jones noted that countries that have done more in terms of economic, human and infrastructure transformations are those that are thinking outside the box.“Yes we must encourage foreign investors but the development of the local entrepreneurship should seriously be encouraged,” he added.Jones, whose administration at the CBL has led to the transformation of Liberia’s banking sector, reiterated that those in authority must play a pivotal role in uplifting the downtrodden, adding, “That is why we have made economic inclusion a cardinal part of our administration at the CBL.”Since his ascendancy to the CBL’s top post, Dr Jones has instituted several reforms, including the revival of the credit unions, the opening of several rural financial institutions as well as the utilization and empowerment of village savings and loan associations throughout the country. “We must see the need to lift our people out of poverty and stop the too much talking because talking is cheap, and promises are even cheaper,” he said.The Bank Governor told the students that it is good for one to do something that can impress the people instead of making promises. He said if the people know what the individuals have done they can give such persons the chance to lead.Dr. Jones said successful nations do not live on talk or promises but actually do what is to be done for the uplifting of their people, adding, “It is time for action and not time for fancy reports or seminars that don’t not lead to human development.”He also observed that at times those who pass the conventional test can also fail the wisdom test, with a caution to the students to be somebody who can contribute meaningfully to national development.He cautioned students to “be someone,” saying, “If you must move forward, see yourself as a Liberian first. Do not have room for tribalism and sectionalism.”Dr. Jones further encouraged the students to “preach the message of unity, one people, one nation and above all the message of hope.” The Central Bank Governor said since college education is about excellence, the students must be committed to hard work and discipline, which will automatically be equal to success.“I urge you to be nationalists if you are to move Liberia forward. Do not focus on bringing down those who are succeeding or we will all remain at the bottom of the bucket. Study hard, work hard and a good future lies ahead of you,” Dr. Jones stressed.Earlier, the President of the NCCC, Dr. Yar Donlah Gionway-Gono, welcomed Dr. Jones and his entourage to the campus of the NCCC, noting that since the college was established it has been making some positive strides.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

My Donegal – with journalist and writer Anita Guidera

first_imgAnita Guidera has lived and worked in County Donegal for 30 years, first with the Donegal People’s Press and later as the North West correspondent for the Irish Independent. In recent years she has worked as a freelance journalist and features writer for the Irish Independent and other media outlets. She is currently working on a number of Donegal-based multimedia projects. This is Anita’s My Donegal.Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I am fortunate that my work has taken me to virtually every nook and cranny in the county but even after 30 years, I am still discovering new and beautiful places. So, from one of our more recent adventures, my current favourite spot is the spectacular coastal route between Maghery and Marameelan in the Rosses. Although not great for driving, this is an ideal route for hiking or cycling, steeped in history with magnificent coastal and mountain views. Where in Donegal do you call home?Ramelton! Aside from a brief sojourn in Letterkenny and Churchill, Ramelton has been home to me for the past 30 years. Call me biased but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere in Ireland which has gifted the world with more internationally influential people across all fields from politics and sport to religion, medicine, the arts and most recently a Nobel Prize winner. I love the warmth and welcoming nature of the people, the irrepressible pride of place and unbeatable community spirit.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I’m going a little off-script here and probably as a result of years spent working in courts, but my heroes (and yes, it’s plural) are Donegal’s unsung ones, those hugely courageous survivors of abuse who have had the courage to stand up to their abusers, often at great personal cost, and face them in court. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?There are the obvious ones for good reason, like Sliabh Liag and Glenveagh National Park, but Donegal’s real trump card is its hundreds of kilometres of spectacular coastline, punctuated with idyllic beaches and coves and its untamed mountainous landscape.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Both have their different appeal but at heart I’m more of a summer person.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? There’s nothing I enjoy more than taking guests to parts of Donegal they have never been and experiencing the wonder of these places anew through their eyes. Typically this would entail taking the most scenic routes to get to the chosen destination. I always plan a round trip that takes in mountains, beach, coffee and lunch stops and that preferably ends with sunset a pint! Left to our own devices, it doesn’t get better than getting in the camper with my husband Don and heading off to uncover yet more of Donegal’s endless secrets, all the better if it involves kayak and bicycle as well!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Nothing says Donegal quite like Donegal Tweed. I love how much a part of the history of the place it is and how its colours and textures mirror the landscape.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Those who bring Donegal’s music and traditional crafts to an international audience are the best kind of ambassadors.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?It depends on how you measure success! I admire anyone who chooses Donegal as a location for their business, however large or small, despite its challenges, because of the unique quality of life it will afford them and their family. They deserve our support.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?I’m in awe that the legendary Dave Gallaher (1873-1917) who captained the All Black originals rugby team on their celebrated 1905-1906 tour of Britain, France and North America, was born a few doors up from where we live on Castle Street in Ramelton.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?This is a tough one because there are so many exciting things happening on the Donegal food front right now. I love Coffee Time in Kilmacrennan because of their absolute commitment to making everything from scratch (baking bread, churning butter, curing meats..) and how they are breathing new life into old and lost Donegal dishes.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would quite like if it rained less.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?No bother at all (and nothing is!)What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Resisting development that would be injurious to Donegal’s most valuable asset of all, its pristine land and seascape.What is your favourite Donegal food?Don’t make me choose one! Vegetables from Ballyholey farm, Calamari at the Seafood Shack, Killybegs, Fish tacos at Fisk, Downings, Scarpellos sour dough bread, turf smoked salmon from the Haven Smokehouse, the cheese burger at Coffee Time, Kilmacrennan, pizza at the Taproom, Rathmullan, chowder at Nancy’s Barn, Ballyliffin, mussels at The Bridge Bar Seafood Restaurant, Ramelton……Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The lack of mobile broadband connectivity.Do you have a favourite local band?Donegal is bursting with musical talent across all genres but I find myself drawn more and more to traditional music and how deeply connected it is to place and people. It’s hard to beat a traditional session at Hiudaí’s in Bunbeg, led by the inimitable Hiudaí, and including Howard Chu on fiddle!If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Better mobile broadband connectivity would make it an even more attractive place to work and live.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Noel Cunningham!Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I’m proud of how welcoming and kind the people are.My Donegal – with journalist and writer Anita Guidera was last modified: August 4th, 2019 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:Anita GuideraMY DONEGALRameltonWriterlast_img read more