With Blackboard reaching its 11th year at USC, a team of evaluators has been assembled to assess the benefits and flaws of the program for students and faculty.As of spring 2010, 78 percent of USC faculty and 86 percent of students had at least one class listed on Blackboard. Fifty-two percent of all USC classes use Blackboard for grading, content or class-wide communication, according to Susan Metros, deputy chief information officer for Technology Enhanced Learning and chair of the Blackboard committee.Nine different focus groups, made up of students, professors and administrators, plan to evaluate Blackboard using individualized rubrics that suit the needs of each group’s members.The rubric, Metros said, allows students and faculty to discuss their particular needs in order to improve USC’s learning management system for the better.Metros said she hopes to work with the library to coordinate the Blackboard system. E-reserves would possibly give students an even greater access to online articles and sources.Another idea, Metros said, is allowing professors to post content into a general folder that any student in any of their classes can easily access.“The rubric system is a very unique way to do this,” Metros said.On the administrative side, Blackboard aims to expand its product so that it would have some features of a social networking group.In the future it could include ways of tracking activities throughout a student’s time at a university, letting students put together a portfolio to save course work online or allowing advisers and other people within the university to keep online files.“Even though Blackboard aims to enhance [its] product, we don’t know if USC would go in that direction with them,” said Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs. “In five years we could also have a completely different learning management system.”Although the Blackboard system was revamped a few years ago, the program is still due for an evaluation since it has been at USC for 11 years, Metros said.“What’s convenient for faculty is not always the best choice for students and the other way around,” Bickers said.Although the university will probably not change the Blackboard system any time soon, Bickers said, the university does need to go through these timely evaluations to adjust its software.Blackboard originally came into use in 1999 when USC administrators hoped to shift from using different systems for grading, content and communication to one succinct program.Although there were many options, faculty decided on Blackboard as USC’s core learning management system.“For the last two years, previous Provost [and now President C.L.] Max Nikias asked faculty to have Blackboard sites in case of emergency,” Metros said. “This provides some semblance of teaching just in case students can not get to campus.”“Blackboard makes it convenient to have everything for your classes gathered online — you don’t have to keep track of so many papers and it’s great for organizational purposes,” Bickers said. “It’s also an easy way to keep track of grades throughout the semester.”Students, such as Danya Nourafshan, a junior majoring in psychology, said they appreciated the perks of Blackboard and use it regularly for various purposes.“It’s great to be able to send class e-mails for questions or concerns and have extra copies of important class documents online,” Nourafshan said.
The long NBA season wrapped up in mid-June and it ended with the Golden State Warriors taking home their first championship as a franchise since 1975. Draymond Green, a player with one of the most successful collegiate careers in recent memory who is now on his way to making more than $16 million per year, served an unexpected key role on that championship run.Green is a very talented player. He can shoot from the outside, pass exceptionally for someone his size and display great versatility on defense. But, it’s his fiery spirit and consistent passion for the sport that may be his most important asset, as it’s something that isn’t found often in the NBA.On the other hand, that passion is at the foundation of the college game and is a big reason people are so drawn to the sport, especially during the NCAA tournament. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that four years at Michigan State played a key role in helping a guy like Green develop that fire and emotion on the court.In fact, Green said during the news conference announcing his contract extension, his college coach, Tom Izzo, made him the man he is today.“That’s the thing I love about Coach Izzo is, him raising you into a man when you get to his program is 10 times more important than what type of basketball player you become,” he said.Sooo…… Them Spartans!!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 29, 2015Yet, it’s become a common belief, especially among NBA fans, that college basketball is simply — in the words of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — “unwatchable.” Among their arguments are that the players aren’t athletic enough, quick enough or strong enough, along with other complaints that can’t be avoided because, simply put, they’re amateurs.What do you expect?There is, however, a series of arguments that actually carry some weight and have been addressed for this coming season: The game is too slow. There aren’t enough points scored. Nobody wants to watch a team dribble the ball around for 30 seconds and then take a bad shot.All are legitimate and sometimes true. Scoring in many college games only reaches the 60’s and 70’s, at times with possessions seemingly dragging on forever. This is why the NCAA changed the previously 35-second shot clock to 30-seconds for the upcoming 2015-16 season and beyond. They have also cut the number of total timeouts from five to four, with the number that can carry over to the second half limited to three.The rule changes have been put in place in an effort to speed up the game, increase possessions and ultimately create a more “watchable” game.This is all happening despite the fact that people are still watching, and they’re watching more than ever before. According to the Nielsen television ratings, the average viewership of this year’s “March Madness” was the highest in 22 years, averaging 11.3 million total viewers.Thirty-eight and no: Wisconsin moves on to national championship game with stunning win over undefeated KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to do something no other team has done all season. No Read…The NCAA National Championship game between Wisconsin and Duke averaged 28.3 million total viewers, making it the most-watched championship game in 18 years. This is despite the fact that one of the teams in that championship game, Wisconsin, ranked 346th out of 351 NCAA Division 1 teams in pace of play, averaging just over 61 possessions per game.Déjà blue: Wisconsin’s historic season ends in heartbreaking loss to Duke in national championship gameINDIANAPOLIS – The best season in Wisconsin men’s basketball history will end on the most disappointing of notes. Wisconsin, playing Read…Yet, people continue to complain.The suggestion that college hoops is “unwatchable” doesn’t stem from the rules or shot clock or number of possessions – it never did. If anything, it stems from the new one-and-done trend in the college game. That’s what stagnates the game and ultimately makes it “unwatchable.”Kohlbeck: One-and-done wins, but the Wisconsin method is way more funThe talk around college basketball “one-and-done” players and “four-year” players is reaching its highest watermark in the history of the Read…For me, the only thing that is unwatchable about college hoops are the tears shed by student-athletes after they realize their season or career is over after the final buzzer. The outpour of emotion when they realize they will never again put on a uniform that represents what their life has been for the past four years. The coaches, players and fans all realizing they have to start all over next year. That’s unwatchable.I was in the locker room after Wisconsin’s national championship. It was overrun with emotion. Grown men were sobbing because they felt as if all their hard work was for nothing.And I couldn’t watch it.Yet, it’s that emotion that makes college basketball great. There is an all-around passion and excitement that you just don’t find in any other sport. It’s four-year guys like Draymond Green and Wisconsin’s own Frank Kaminsky showing their competitive nature on the floor, while also showing they’re still college kids off the floor, that make this sport what it is.Never been more proud of a group in my entire life. What we achieved will never be taken away from us. Thank you for having me @UWMadison— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 7, 2015Having the opportunity to watch these guys grow over four years, both as basketball players and as people, is a rarity that I feel we are beginning to take for granted.Now, with so many talented players leaving school to pursue bigger and better things after just their freshman season, we don’t see the four-year college stars as often.So yes, I’m happy to see changes made to the sport that improve the pace and flow of the game, but as long as the passion, fire and emotion that make the college game so unique are all still there, I’ll be watching. I’ll always be watching.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The four Haitian fishermen who were rescued in Portland waters in late November are now safely back in their country, after a confusing expedition.According to the Jamaica Observer, The men were rescued at St Margaret’s Bay in the vicinity of the Rio Grande bridge in Portland on November 27, after their disabled vessel was spotted by Jamaican fisherfolk who assisted them to shore.They were subsequently handed over to the Portland police and then processed by the health department and immigration representatives.Head of the Portland police Superintendent Duane Wellington told the Jamaica Observer that the men, when they appeared before the Portland Parish Court on December 6, had the charges of illegal entry against them withdrawn and they were handed over to authorities from the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in Kingston, based on new information.PICA head Andrew Wynter said information from the men’s homeland significantly impacted their status and saved them from being sent back to Haiti as deportees.“We put them on a flight and they are now back in Haiti. Two left on the 27th of December and two left on the 29th,” Wynter told the Observer.Initially, authorities had charged the men with illegal entry and had intended to deport them following the court proceedings.“Because they were considered rescued at sea, you wouldn’t deport those persons. It wouldn’t be considered a deportation under the circumstances,” Wynter explained.“It wasn’t an illegal entry into the country. What happened is they were fishing, and apparently their boat got into mechanical difficulties and they drifted for a few days and ended up in Jamaican waters. Our coast guard had actually got a request from the Haitian coast guard to assist with search and rescue, so when they were initially taken into custody we didn’t have that information; but after we got it, their status changed because we saw that it was a genuine case of persons in dire need,” the PICA head explained further.The men, natives of Jérémie (a town in south-west Haiti), through an interpreter, told rescuers that they had been at sea for 16 days drifting aimlessly after developing engine problems and running out of fuel.Their small vessel carrying rotting fish and fishing gear, drifted into the waters of St Margaret’s Bay, Portland, where they were found.
Submit StumbleUpon Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Related Articles UK retail bank NatWest in collaboration with GamCare is set to trial a ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme offering counselling sessions to vulnerable/addicted customers inside its high-street branches.NatWest is set to launch the GamCare pilot scheme across 13 branches based in London, the South East and Midlands of England.The bank’s chosen outlets will allow any person to walk-in and book an appointment to see a GamCare counsellor.Launching the scheme, NatWest details that it seeks to support UK health networks tackling addiction, utilising its high-street branches as a first point of contact for treatment support.“Some customers might be uncomfortable going to an addiction centre,” said NatWest’s Head of Lending, Phil Sheehy. “This is an accessible and neutral environment.”Should the scheme prove to be a success, NatWest may move to launch the directive across its 700 branches.Mike Kenward, Development Director of GamCare, stated that the charity would further train NatWest staff to support customers who want help to stop betting. The bank is also offering separate specialist vulnerability training to 600 staff.“The relationship between problem gambling and financial problems is well established, although not enough is known about it,” said Kenwood.Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture Media & Sports (DCMS), has detailed that her department are monitoring the scheme’s development closely.Morgan praised NetWest’s initiative, stating that all businesses have to be socially aware of gambling harms, including banks and social media platforms. Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Keuchel allowed just five hits, two runs, and lowered his ERA to 3.54.Altuve also homered in the third inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. But aside from a fifth-inning meltdown, Angels starter Andrew Heaney (7-8) was every bit Keuchel’s equal.With one out in the fifth, Alex Bregman singled and was forced out at second base when Altuve beat out a potential double-play groundout. Carlos Correa dropped a single into center field and Tyler White walked on four pitches, loading the bases for Marwin Gonzalez.“I tried to nibble early,” Heaney said. “I tried to throw a 2-0 slider there; behind in the count with a couple runners on, I didn’t want to give him anything too good to hit. He’s a good fastball hitter. Once it got to 3-and-0, I threw him a fastball down and away. It was close. Didn’t nibble. Didn’t get called a strike. I just moved on.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Houston turned a couple more tricks on defense. Right fielder Josh Reddick dove to catch a fly ball hit to the gap in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Reddick kick-started a relay that retired Rivera by a whisker at home plate.Taylor Ward’s second career home run, his first at Angel Stadium, followed. But the two-run shot to left-center field was too little, too late. The Angels trailed 6-2 and no amount of marketing gimmicks – in addition to the beginning of “Players Weekend” across MLB, Friday marked the beginning of an “80s homestand” at Angel Stadium – could bring them back. PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, warms up as his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara records with a smartphone during practice before the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney picks up the rosin bag after giving up a grand slam to the Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez, rear, during the fifth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout connects for a triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs toward first base after hitting a triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols smiles after a walk to first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, celebrates his home run with Carlos Correa during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros crosses home plate in front of Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after hitting a home run in the thrid inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Players are wearing special jerseys with their nicknames on them during Players’ Weekend. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, left, celebrates after his home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera watches during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve celebrates his home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney leaves the mound after the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, left, celebrates after tagging out Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney stands on the mound during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve drops a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout wears a jersey bearing a name of his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Cox, a former minor-league baseball player, died at 24 on Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez watches the flight of his grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez celebrates after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ Mike Trout, playing his first game since Aug. 1, wears a jersey bearing the name of his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, during Friday’s game against the Astros at Angel Stadium. Cox, a former Angels minor-leaguer, died at 24 on Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stands at home plate while Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros congratulates Marwin Gonzalez #9 on his grand slam home run in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses the plate before Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros can make the tag in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses the plate before Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros can make the tag in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Umpire Marvin Hudson #51 calls David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim safe after he crossed the plate before Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros could make the tag in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa hits a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 24: Houston Astros Martín Maldonado hugs Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during batting practice at Angel Stadium on April 24, 2018 in Anaheim, California. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 24: Houston Astros Martín Maldonado hugs Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during batting practice at Angel Stadium on April 24, 2018 in Anaheim, California. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout walks out of the batting cage during practice for a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands outside the batting cage during practice for the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, tosses the ball during practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, warms up as his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara records with a smartphone during practice before the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney picks up the rosin bag after giving up a grand slam to the Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez, rear, during the fifth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 31Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney picks up the rosin bag after giving up a grand slam to the Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez, rear, during the fifth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — When the Angels drafted pitcher Aaron Cox in the 19th round out of Millville (N.J.) High School, it invited the same dream as any young man’s: that his jersey would someday be worn on the field at Angel Stadium.Friday was that day.Mike Trout chose to wear “A. Cox” on the back of his jersey during Players’ Weekend, a second-year tradition across Major League Baseball that has birthed creative and crude nicknames alike. In his first game since Aug. 1, Trout struck a somber tone in the Angels’ 9-3 loss to the Houston Astros. Cox, his brother-in-law, died on Aug. 15.“It meant a lot,” Trout said. “I didn’t really tell anybody I was doing it. I came in here, I told Keith (Tarter, the Angels’ clubhouse manager) before the game, ‘it would be cool to honor him tonight.’ He was obviously a brother-in-law to me, but he was one of my closest friends. “I hang out with him a lot, let’s put it that way. I’m real close to him. Jess (Trout’s wife) is real close to him. Her family is real close to him. The last few days, it’s been tough.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels never led before the announced crowd of 42,788. The loss dropped their record to 63-66, 15½ games behind the first-place Astros (78-50) in the American League West.Trout tripled in his first at-bat since a wrist injury sent him to the disabled list and the death of his brother-in-law sent him home to Millville. He added a single to finish 2 for 3 with a walk.“Every so often you think about him coming to the field,” Trout said of Cox. “You hear a song that you listened to when you were with him, and he liked that song, but it’s good to get back on the field. It was tough. I was fighting emotions tonight. Obviously coming back (to Angel Stadium) yesterday – I was emotionally drained the last couple days.”Cox had recently retired from baseball earlier this month after spending the season with the Inland Empire 66ers, the Angels’ Class-A affiliate. No cause of death has been announced. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Gonzalez’s second career grand slam came on a 1-and-1 sinker over the plate.“It was supposed to be a heater in,” Heaney said. “Just left it right out over the middle.”The Astros picked up a run in the seventh inning against Cam Bedrosian, another in the eighth against Noe Ramirez, and two in the ninth against Deck McGuire.While Trout’s return offered an emotional lift, the Angels needed more to upend the defending World Series champions. Even Trout, usually focused on the final score regardless of his own fate, didn’t bother to downplay the emotions of his return. He said it was one of the toughest games he’s ever had to play.“My brother came out here, but my family’s back home,” he said. “Every so often you can’t help but not think about it. He was a close friend of mine. Obviously, he was my brother-in-law, but we were really close.” Dwarfed by that emotional toll, Trout also needed time to recover from his wrist injury. He received a cortisone shot on Aug. 6. By the time he began swinging a bat about a week ago, Trout said he was pain-free.Trout’s 384-foot fly in the first inning turned around Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez in his tracks. He was coasting into third base by the time center fielder Tony Kemp relayed the ball back to the infield. But after walking Albert Pujols, pitcher Dallas Keuchel (10-10) got Andrelton Simmons to hit into a forceout, ending the inning.From there, Keuchel faced the minimum number of Angels until Rene Rivera led off the fifth inning with a single. The left-hander induced eight groundouts, five in the air, and another five via strikeout.One of the Angels’ groundouts came with a big asterisk.With Kole Calhoun on first base and one out in the second inning, David Fletcher hit a soft line drive to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Rather than catch the ball on the fly, Altuve intentionally backed up to the edge of the outfield grass.The ball dropped there, just in front of Altuve’s glove. Fletcher, who slowed midway down the line, was thrown out at first base by a step. After the game, Fletcher said he could have beaten it out had he not slowed down. Since Altuve had every chance to catch the ball on the fly, Calhoun was caught between first and second base and was ultimately doubled up to end the inning. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
FULL TIME! THE GREATEST COMEBACK EVER!!!! BARÇA INTO THE QUARTERFINALS! HISTORY!FCB 6-1 PSG (agg. 6-5) #FCBPSG #FCBLive #ForçaBarça! ??? pic.twitter.com/r86KnmylCy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp Last-minute Barca clinch miracle 6-1 triumphBarcelona, Spain | AFP | A goal in the fifth-minute of injury time from Sergi Roberto gave Barcelona a miracle 6-1 win over Paris Saint Germain to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday in breathtaking style.Barca scored three times in the last few minutes to go through 6-5 on aggregate having lost 4-0 in Paris in the first leg.Barcelona were ahead after just three minutes when Luis Suarez headed in past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp from close range.It was 2-0 five minutes from half-time when PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa prodded the ball into his own net after Andres Iniesta had found the key pass with a clever backheel.Lionel Messi made it 3-0 from the penalty spot just minutes into the second half after Neymar was fouled as Barcelona appeared poised to complete their unlikely comeback.PSG’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani silenced the Camp Nou with a powerful right-foot drive just after the hour mark.But two goals from Neymar in three minutes — one from a penalty — brought the Spanish giants level before Roberto stabbed the winner in from close range.3′ Barca 1-0 PSG40′ Barca 2-0 PSG50 ‘Barca 3-0 PSG62′ Barca 3-1 PSG88′ Barca 4-1 PSG90′ Barca 5-1 PSG95’ Barca 6-1 PSGINCREDIBLE— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) March 8, 2017 ????????Cardiff we are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??? #ForçaBarça!#RoadToCardiff #FCBPSG pic.twitter.com/T44LYvWuPD— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017 Aubameyang hat-trick fires Dortmund into quartersA hat-trick by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic’s dazzling display fired Borussia Dortmund into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 thrashing of Benfica on Wednesday.The result saw Dortmund win the round-of-16 tie 4-1 on aggregate after Aubameyang’s early goal cancelled out Borussia’s 1-0 defeat in Lisbon last month.The Gabon hot-shot has now scored seven times in his last three games and has seven Champions League goals in as many matches this season.He is on 28 goals for the season as Dortmund reached the last eight in Europe for the first time since 2013/14.But it fell to US international Pulisic, who only turns 19 in September, to net the Germans’ crucial second on 59 minutes, which put Dortmund ahead for the first time on aggregate.Pulisic, in for injured Germany winger Marco Reus, claimed his first Champions League goal and set up Aubameyang’s opening goal in an impressive all-round display.After Kostas Mitroglou sealed Benfica’s 1-0 first-leg victory, Dortmund took just four minutes to cancel out the advantage.Ousmane Dembele’s corner was flicked on by Pulisic to Aubameyang, who headed home at the far post to delight the sell-out Signal Iduna Park crowd.It was redemption for the Gabon striker, who had a night to forget in the first leg, missing four clear chances including a penalty in Lisbon.After a strong start from the hosts, Benfica clawed their way back with captain Luisao heading straight at Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki from a free-kick midway through the half.Dembele showed his youth, needlessly picking up a booking from English referee Martin Atkinson late in the first half for bitterly complaining after conceding a free-kick with a push on Andreas Samaris.Benfica grew in confidence as the half wore on and Dortmund’s defence wobbled, but it finished 1-0 at the break.Dortmund had a big let-off soon after when Lukasz Piszczek failed with a clearance, which Franco Cervi snapped up on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked.Aubameyang then squandered three golden chances at close range before Pulisic finally got the breakthrough.The US starlet chipped his shot over the advancing Ederson on 59 minutes after Piszczek’s superb pass into the area.Aubameyang grabbed his second just two minutes later when he stabbed home Marcel Schmelzer’s pass.He hit his third goal of the night on 85 minutes when Erik Durm’s run and cross from the right handed him a simple tap-in.
1992: War leaves Yugoslavia outThe Yugoslavia team had a powerful team in the early 1990s. Their hopes were largely based on the generation that had conquered the 1987 U-20 World Cup with footballers such as Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban, Pedrag Mijatovic, Davor Suker, Branko Brnovic and Igor Stimac. Everyone by 1991 had matured and joined other talents such as Darko Pancev, Dejan Savicevic, and Sinisa Mihailovic.Based on Red Star, Yugoslavia completed a brilliant qualifying phase for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden. In Group 4, alongside Denmark, Northern Ireland, Austria and the Faroe Islands, they won seven games and lost one to become the team. highest scorer with 24 goals. Nevertheless, that generation of great soccer players could not participate in the tournament.In 1990, conflicts between the various republics that formed Yugoslavia made the outbreak of a war practically inevitable, which finally began in 1991 with the brief conflict in Slovenia that gave way to the war in Croatia and its extension to Bosnia. The UN intervened and on May 30, 1992 issued resolution 757 in which, among other opinions, it sanctioned the Yugoslav government by preventing the participation of its athletes in international competitions.The Euro Cup, which was to start on June 10, condemned Yugoslavia, which was already concentrated to participate in the tournament. His replacement, Denmark, was summoned urgently and many of his players were on vacation. Interestingly, he won the Swedish Euro Cup after beating Germany in the final.1996: The Manchester Terrorist AttackThe 1996 European Championship in England was marked by the terrorist attack in Manchester during the first phase. At 11:17 a.m. on June 15, an IRA-placed bomb van exploded on Corporation Street, wrecking the city’s shopping center. There were no fatalities, but 211 were injured.It was a severe blow to England, which two years earlier had achieved a ceasefire to end terrorist activity. As a result of the attack, the Russia-Germany that had to take place that afternoon in Old Trafford was postponed and security was multiplied to avoid another catastrophe. Finally, the match was played the following day with a 3-0 victory for Germany with goals by Mattias Sammer and a double by Jürgen Klinsmann. The German team qualified for the quarterfinals and Russia was eliminated.2014: Incidents of Serbia-Albania in the classificationIn the qualifying phase for the 2016 European Championship in France, the match between Serbia and Albania had to be suspended due to incidents that caused a drone with the “Greater Albania” flag to erupt while the clash was taking place.At 41 minutes, the English referee Martin Atkinson and the players retired to the locker room after the appearance of the drone with the flag over the Partizán stadium that caused outrage from the spectators. The Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic picked up the flag to lower the apparatus and was pushed by several Albanian players that caused a tangana on the field, the launch of firecrackers and flares and an attempted field invasion.Atkinson finally decreed the suspension of the party, which was considered of maximum risk due to the enmity between the fans of Serbia and Albania for the conflict in Kosovo, an ancient Serbian province populated mostly by Albanians that became unilaterally independent in 2008. After the incident, UEFA sanctioned Serbia with three points and playing two games behind closed doors while their rival was sentenced to lose that match 3-0. The postponement of Euro 2020 due to the coronavirus is not the only shock that a competition has suffered throughout a history that began on September 28, 1958 with a match that the Soviet Union won 3-1 against Hungary.Since then and until today, the Euro Cup, both in its finals and qualifying phases, has suffered five serious incidents that have never, as UEFA decided on Tuesday, caused the tournament to be suspended.1960: Franco prohibits Spain from traveling to Russia for the semifinalsIn the 1960 Euro Cup, called the Nations Cup, Spain lost a great opportunity to win the trophy. The team then led by Ramón Gabilondo was one of the favorites of the competition. With names like Luis Suárez (Golden Ball that year), Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Antonio Ramallets, Fernando Olivella or Ladislao Kubala, he had many ballots to take the victory.In the first round, he razed Poland. He won 2-4 in the first leg with doublets by Luis Suárez and Di Stéfano and 3-0 in the return, with the successes of Enrique Gensana, Gento and, again, Di Stéfano. In the quarterfinals, the Soviet Union awaited, which eliminated Hungary. Nevertheless, Franco’s decision, in a tense political climate, not to face the Soviet cadre and, above all, to prohibit them from entering Spanish territory, prevented Spain from winning its first title.The slightest option of falling defeated in the communist country was not liked by Spanish politicians, who were also not willing for any Soviet to step on Spain. In the end, UEFA decreed the expulsion of Spain from the Euro Cup and the classification of the Soviet Union, then champion, for the next phase. In 1964, curiously, Spain played against the Soviet Union and won its first Eurocup at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.1964: The Albania-Greece war and organizing SpainThe 1964 edition was marked by two moments. The first with the declaration of Spain as organizer of the final phase to avoid a repetition of the events of 1960, when it refused to confront the Soviet Union causing its automatic elimination. In this way, he could play the games at home, with the only condition that the USSR could tread on Spanish territory. José Villalonga’s team eliminated Romania, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Hungary and, in the final, beat the Soviet team to win the title.The second with the pairing of Albania and Greece in the preliminary phase. That edition, like the one in 1960, was not spared political problems. The draw revealed that Albania and Greece had to face each other, on Hellenic soil on June 21, 1962 and in Tirana on March 31, 1963. Neither party came to be held because Greece withdrew.The relations of both countries were always complicated. The border between the two is over the historical region of Epirus, the object of dispute between both states. In 1913, northern Epirus with a Hellenic ethnic minority became part of Albania. The south, with Albanian communities, was left for Greece.World War II distanced the link between the two countries. Albania, occupied by Italy, served as a bridge to attack Greece, which stopped the transalpine army. Germany helped its ally and finally caused the fall of Athens until 1944, when Hitler’s troops left the Hellenic country. After the conflict, Greece suffered a civil war that was won by Pro-NATO forces, which claimed the northern territory of Epirus and expelled the southern Albanian population accused of collaborating with the Italian-German occupation regime.The state of war started in 1940 was maintained during the following decades and it was this conflict that motivated Greece not to play in 1962 and 1963 against Albania, which went on to the next round due to the withdrawal of its rival to be eliminated by Denmark.
Nick Kyrgios has needed to dedicate himself to serving to his Australian compatriots in the course of the quarantine of the nation to curb infections by the coronavirus, which have already left greater than 5,600 contaminated and 33 deceased.Kyrgios posted a message on his Instagram account providing to bring food to those who don’t have any revenue or who’re going by means of a troublesome scenario due to confinement. “If somebody will not be working or has no revenue and runs out of food or is having a tough time … please don’t go to sleep on an empty abdomen. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ship me a personal message. It will make me very glad share what I’ve. It doesn’t matter if it’s a field of noodles, some bread or milk. I’ll go away it in your doorstep, no questions requested! “ A brand new gesture of solidarity from Kyrgios, who in January was one of many predominant promoters of the world tennis initiative to assist those affected by the fires that ravaged Australia. The Australian joins different initiatives developed by different rackets corresponding to Rafa Nadal, together with Pau Gasol, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, who’ve additionally donated cash to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
– NDC launches investigationResidents of Atlantic Gardens are peeved at what appears to be the unlawful establishment of a ‘junkyard’ at Lot 169 Azalea Avenue, Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara.Guyana Times recently visited the location and saw what appeared to be several dilapidated heavy-duty trucks parked on the Government reserve precariously close to the main roadway and old rotted truck cabins, trays, chassis and other vehicular parts on the once lush green plot.Parked trucks in Atlantic GardensParts of dismantled trucksOne visibly upset resident explained that he managed to get the Overseer of the La Bonne Intention/Better Hope Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Shevonne Savory, to visit the site and inspect the operations.He related that the Overseer confirmed that what was occurring was illegal and the NDC would take steps to have the operations removed.More than a month later, the situation has gotten worse.Residents are peeved at the eyesore the business has become, the apparent loss of affluence and value in their properties, as some even questioned whether Atlantic Gardens was still a residential area.Other residents took the opportunity to lambaste the NDC for not fulfilling its mandate of collecting garbage, weeding the drains and for turning a blind eye to littering in addition to condoning this disgrace.Upon enquiry, one resident mentioned that the owner of the property upon which the operations was established was only known as “Fat Man” and he owned a spare parts dealership situated opposite Apex School on the Public Road.Residents are claiming that the ‘junkyard’ would become a haven for thieves and animals, had the potential to be a public health hazard by adding to already unsanitary conditions, while polluting the environment with rubbish, which was already evident on the southern parapet, as well as obstruct traffic and pose a fire hazard through the use of welding torches to cut the metal.The daily traversing of heavy-duty vehicles was seen as bringing further destruction to the already severely potholed roads and damaged parapets.Damage to the parapets was clearly visible when Guyana Times visited, as heavy machinery was rolling upon the reserves to manipulate their overweight and over-sized cargo into position.InvestigationsThe Overseer who initially visited the site and suspected the operations to be illegal has resigned from her post with the NDC.NDC Chairman Zamin Shaw, when contacted, explained that an investigation was ongoing into the matter and assured residents that all steps were being taken to address the issue.Shaw said the NDC was unable to ascertain the owner of the property; however, a notice to clear the roadways was dispatched to a caretaker who often visited the property.Currently, the NDC is awaiting a response.Moreover, the Chairman said he was in the process of seeking advice from technical personnel on how to proceed with the matter, since not much substantial information has been gathered on the operations.
Tanzanian freelance journalist, Azory Gwanda, was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday, April 8 launched the #WhereIsAzory campaign to bring attention to the case of a Tanzanian freelance journalist Azory Gwanda, as Friday, April 5, 2019, marks 500 days since he was last seen.The campaign intends to raise awareness about Gwanda, and will call on Tanzanian authorities to carry out a credible investigation and publicly account for his fate. Supporters can participate by sharing the hashtags #WhereIsAzory and #MrudisheniAzory on social media.“Azory Gwanda is a freelance journalist reporting about his community, and he must not become just another statistic,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.“Through this campaign, we want to ensure that Gwanda’s case becomes a priority for the Tanzanian authorities, and that we get much-needed answers about what really happened to him. Until that time, Tanzanian journalists will not feel safe,” Quintal said in a statement posted on CPJ’s website.Gwanda was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017, according to CPJ research. He told his wife, Anna Pinoni, that he was taking an emergency trip, and would return the next day, but since then, his whereabout has remained unknown.In an interview with Mwananchi newspaper, Pinoni said she thought her husband’s disappearance might be linked to his work reporting on a series of mysterious killings in Tanzania’s Coast region, a view shared by others with whom CPJ has spoken.In Tanzania, journalists and media outlets are wary of retaliation if they are too vocal about Gwanda’s case. When two CPJ representatives were detained overnight and interrogated in Tanzania last year, they were specifically asked about their interest in Gwanda. His disappearance comes amid declining press freedom in the country, including government-ordered media shutdowns, fines, restrictive regulations, and arbitrary arrests of journalists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)