a month agoReal Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at home

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at homeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid star Casemiro had his house broken into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one of the most exlusive zones in Madrid.Alvaro Morata, Zinedine Zidane, Isco and Lucas Vazquez have also been hit in the Spanish capital. In Barcelona Arthur, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have suffered similar problems.Casemiro and Madrid drew 0-0 at Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, staying top of La Liga. last_img

Young People Urged To Research Cost Effective Energy Alternatives

first_imgUniversity of Technology (UTech) President, Professor Errol Morrison, has urged  the nation’s young people to engage in research that will yield alternative cost effective energy solutions for Jamaica.This, he contends, is critical in reducing the country’s oil import bill, which he says totaled some US$2.4 billion  in 2011, representing a 56 per cent increase over the previous year, based on data for the period.Speaking at Friday’s (June 28) awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew, Professor Morrison noted that Jamaica is one of several countries whose energy production costs are among thehighest globally.In noting Jamaica’s resource constraints, he urged the students to think of energy alternatives which can help to reduce Jamaica’s spiraling energy costs.“It is fertile young minds like yours that we want to see putting thoughts to these new potential processes. So don’t feel overwhelmed, you just (need to) get into looking at the problem and see what you can do in your own little way,” he said.Professor Morrison invited them to “think outside of the box, think differently, and assess things from a number of points of view.”“Ask the question ‘why?’, and pursue your ideas…Once you believe in it and you understand the principles, work with it,” he encouraged.The UTech President told the children that challenges, such as failure, will arise during their quest to innovate. He, however, urged them to remain undaunted as these experiences are a critical part of the process going forward.Emphasizing his point, Professor Morrison cited several renowned scholars, whom, he pointed out, encountered failure in their endeavours, but never allowed this to derail their drive for success.These persons, he informed, include scientists and innovators such as: Alexander Graham Bell, Dr. Thomas P. Lecky, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alfred Nobel.He encouraged the youngsters to seek assistance and advised, where needed, in developing their  ideas. He also urged them to register their ideas in order to protect their intellectual property, and thereby reap the potential dividends that would redound to their benefit.Professor Morrison noted that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are the “core areas” of development in every country, adding that “every developed country has focused on these areas.”Citing the United States as an example, he informed that about 75 per cent of the North American nation’s approximately $4.5 billion expenditure on tertiary education annually, redounds to students pursuing and attaining undergraduate degrees  in STEM related programmes.“It is predicted that within the next 10 years, they are going to need at least one million graduates from the STEM area; so boys and girls, you are in the right field,” Professor Morrison said.In his remarks, PCJ Group Managing Director, Dr. Mario Anderson, informed that primary and high school students from 50 institutions islandwide participated in the competition, which is the entity’s flagship endeavour promoting energy education among Jamaica’s young people.Through the competition, the youngsters gained exposure to a variety of energy-related issues, including: energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy sources, as well as the use of energy efficient products, technologies, and practices.Students submitting entries deemed outstanding, received cash awards and other prizes from the PCJ and its partners in the endeavour, which included the PetroCaribe Development Fund, Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Petrojam, Conserve It Limited, Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), Half Moon Hotel and Resort, and SuperClubs Resort Limited.Cash prizes, totaling $1.4 million, were awarded to the top three entries in each of the competition’s categories.Devado Martin of Anchovy High School in St. James was the winner of the 11 to 15 age group poster competition, while Toni-Ann McGivans of Port Morant Primary and Junior High in St. Thomas, won in the six to 10 age group category.In the essay competition, Jhoniel Anderson of Port Morant Primary and Junior High was adjudged winner in the 11 to 15 age group; while Shawna Lee McLaughlin from St. Mary High School, St. Mary, walked away with the top prize for the 16 to 19 age group.In the competition’s science segment, Dunoon Park Technical High School, from Kingston, copped the top award in the 11 to 15 age group; while the St. Catherine-based Guy’s Hill High School emerged the winner of the 16 to 19 age group.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

16 Indigenous movers and shakers to watch in 2016

first_imgCara Currie-Hall-Political ActivistOne of the co-founders of Rock the Indigenous Vote stormed onto the Canadian political activism scene just weeks prior to the 2015 federal election.Currie-Hall, originally from Montana Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alta., and now living in North Dakota, helped, in her own way, in getting Barack Obama elected as President by helping to create a block vote throughout Indian Country in the United States.Cara Currie-HallShe took her passion and expertise back home this past fall and toured the prairies urging Canada’s Indigenous Peoples to get out and Rock the Indigenous vote. She called Canada’s Indigenous community a “force to be reckoned with” and the strategy was to “Indigenize” the election to make the political parties “talk to us, on our terms.”On the heels of a Liberal majority elected to government last October Currie Hall continues to stay engaged with the Canadian political scene.Her efforts have impressed Indigenous leaders enough to appoint her to sit on the International Oversight Committee on Treaty Enforcement and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples committee.Currie-Hall (left) with Justin Trudeau during the 2015 federal election Christi Belcourt-ArtistChristi is a Metis artist originally from Lac Ste. Anne Alberta, but now lives near the shores of Lake Huron, ON. Her work has been popping up on the runways of the international fashion scene since the Valentino empire partnered with Belcourt in their 2016 Resort collection.Artist Christi BelcourtThe couture fashion pieces feature stunning, flowery, elegant patterns based upon Belcourts ‘Water Song’ painting found in the National Gallery of Canada.Belcourt uses her art to create awareness on social issues which flows into her advocacy work with missing and murdered Indigenous Women. She is involved with the Walking With Our Sisters travelling exhibit and says the fashion designs help to portray women in a broader light.Water Song by Christi BelcourtCelebrities like Jennifer Lopez and up and coming Yellowknife actress of The Revenant, Melaw Nakehk’o have been spotted wearing Belcourt’s designs.Expect to see more of the influence from this gifted artist in main stream trends in the months to come. Perry Bellegarde-National Chief, Assembly of First NationsJust over a year into leading the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde is at the forefront of talks of establishing a new relationship with First Nations and the newly elected Liberal government.Bellegarde has the unprecedented task of working alongside the Trudeau government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, conduct a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, carry out the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and solve the clean drinking water crisis being among the top priorities of both governments.Bellegarde (at the podium) introduces Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the AFN’s Special Chief’s Assembly in Dec. 2015Bellegarde is keeping pressure on Trudeau to hold true to his commitments to First Nations and is expecting to see big investments announced in the upcoming federal budget.Bellegarde (back left) with the Canadian delegation to the Paris climate talks in Nov. 2015First Nations Perry Bellegarde is at the forefront of “closing the gap” between First Nations and the Canadian government.                                             Robert-Falcon Ouellette-Politician The 38 year old Metis was elected as the Liberal Minister of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre in October. Robert Falcon-Ouellette had first gained national recognition during his run for mayor of Winnipeg in 2014, which he ended up coming in third. It was considered an impressive feat given he was a newcomer to the political arena.Falcon Ouellette campaign with Justin Trudeau in WinnipegHe is a married father of five, has a PhD as well as two masters degrees and served for 19 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.Falcon-Ouellette channels a magnetic personality through to his new leadership role in the House of Commons.He is often seen wearing flowered embroidery and beaded attire to proudly express his Cree heritage.Falcon Ouellette on the campaign trail in Winnipeg CentreSince taking office Falcon-Ouellette has brought Indigenous issues to the forefront and called them one of the most important issues on his agenda to tackle in 2016. Marilyn Jensen- Dance troupe manager, teacher of First Nation governanceMarilyn Jensen is Inland Tlingit and Tagish Khwáan from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation; belonging to the Dakhl’aweidí Clan under the Tagish Keét Hít (Killer whale House)  Killer whale crest in the Southern Yukon Territory.Marilyn JensenJensen is leading a revival in North West coastal traditions, ceremony, dance and songs. She is the founder, manager and dance group leader of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers who have performed across Turtle Island with the goal of sharing traditional Indigenous culture with the world.Jensen is passionate about her work to sustain her Indigenous roots teaching First Nation Governance to students, Indigenous and government organizations throughout the Yukon Territory.The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers that Jensen managesShe is also the vice-president of the Yukon First Nation Cultural Tourism Association and a member of the Indigenous Programs Council for The Banff Centre.Expect big things from Jensen who is pursuing a Ph’d in Indigenous leadership in 2016. Tanya Tagaq-ArtistThe Polaris prize winner from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut has been touring the world showcasing her unique talents and giving exposure to the culture of the people of the north.Tagaq, a throat singer, a traditional way of expressing song that her ancestors have practiced for time immemorial, is much more than that.Tanya TagaqShe is an activist, determined to expose hard truths about systemic racism in governments, missing and murdered Indigenous women and proudly supporting the practices and preservation of her culture such as seal hunting.Her bold, fierce approach spills out into her artistry that has garnered her praise for a one of a kind talent that channels the spirit of her Indigenous roots into the attention of main stream audiences.Watch for Tagaq to continue breaking new ground and challenging music industry boundaries in 2016. Jody Wilson-Raybould-PoliticianShe is currently one of the most powerful politicians in Canada. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Kwakwaka’wakw Liberal Member of Parliament is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.From Vancouver, BC Wilson-Raybould is no new comer to the world of politics. She is the former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Crown prosecutor and advocate for Indigenous rights.Wilson-Raybould being sworn in as Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada at Rideau Hall in NovemberWorking alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould will play an integral role in reconciliation initiatives and the establishment of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Politics runs in her family. Wilson-Raybould’s father Bill Wilson helped fight for Aboriginal reform in Canada’s constitution.This is the first time a First Nations person has held the title of Justice Minister in Canada and Wilson-Raybould will be carving out her mark in the nation’s political history in 2016. Althea Guiboche-ActivistAlthea Guiboche, aka the Bannock Lady, feeds the homeless in Winnipeg and has become a well-known advocate for the struggles they face. The feisty, driven, single mother of seven, currently lives on income support but is breaking stereotypical views about those who receive welfare.Althea GuibocheShe uses the influence gained by her charity work to speak out against racism and other issues related to First Nations.Guiboche (centre) at an event in the north end of Winnipeg.Now, she has her sights set on the Manitoba legislature. In December Guiboche announced her bid to run as the Liberal candidate in her neighbourhood of Point Douglas in inner city Winnipeg. Whether or not she wins, we expect to see a lot more from Guiboche going forward. Melina Laboucan-Massimo-Environmental ActivistLaboucan-Massimo is a First Nations environmentalist who is no stranger to the activism scene. For several years, Laboucan-Massimo has been at the forefront of environmental causes and her work continues to stand out. She is a climate and energy campaigner with Green Peace Canada and her endeavours often have the backing of Hollywood celebrities.Laboucan-Massimo addressing a Congressional hearing in Washington, 2012In the summer of 2015, Laboucan-Massimo lead the construction and installation of a solar power panel project in her tiny home community of Little Buffalo in northern Alberta.Little Buffalo sits near the heart of the Alberta tar sands and has experienced devastation to its lands from oil spills.The solar project was significant considering it cost thousands of dollars, the majority of which was raised through private donors and fundraising initiatives undertaken by Laboucan-Massimo.Additionally, Laboucan-Massimo is an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her own sister Bella Laboucan-Mclean died mysteriously after falling from a condo balcony in Toronto in the summer of 2013.Laboucan-Massimo (centre) with actors Jane Fonda (left) and Rachel McAdams at a Greenpeace event in BCLaboucan-Massimo completed her Master of Indigenous governance in December 2015 and is ready to incorporate her training with her environmental work.She is reaching out to First Nations communities to help create renewable energy solutions and supporting Indigenous initiatives to transition to renewables in 2016. Look for this powerhouse of a Nehiyaw woman to continue taking over the country in the name of Indigenous rights in the year to come. Grace Dove-ActressShe is only in her early twenties, but her acting career has been greatly boosted thanks to The Revenant.With a name as pretty as it connotates, Grace Dove impressed Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu enough with her artistic talents that he cast her as Leonardo Dicpario’s wife. Dove said the experience was a dream come true.Grace DoveThe Vancouver based First Nations actress had a whirlwind of a year in 2015. She travelled across Turtle Island to film in Argentina the epic scenes opposite Dicaprio, to recently attend the movie premiere in Hollywood, all the while balancing her APTN sports action show Under Exposed.Dove (right) and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from The RevenantOn her sudden shot to international fame and with a bright 2016 on the horizon Dove had this to say via her Instagram account:“Coming from Prince George, being First Nations, and Canadian everyone is so impressed. I just think I had the vision and this dream and I didn’t let anyone tell me it’s not possible.”center_img Cory Nicotine-ActivistWinner of the prestigious, 2015 Everyday Political Citizen award by Toronto based organization Samara Canada, Cory Nicotine.Nicotine, originally from Saddlelake Cree Nation in northern Alberta is a passionate advocate for youth.Cory Nicotine. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNDuring a trip to Africa in 2012 Nicotine said he was intrigued after witnessing a mesh of cultural and religious backgrounds living harmoniously. Meanwhile back at home, the Idle No More movement was exploding across Canada.These events sparked the inspiration for Nicotine to establish Knowledge is Pow Wow. The program, run out of the iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton helps create understanding and breaks down barriers in Edmonton’s diverse, multi-cultural community while encouraging youth to become engaged with politics. The city recently recognized Nicotine for his work and committed to funding Knowledge is Pow Wow in 2016. Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsIt takes a lot of people to make the world go around. Some people are putting their best foot forward to make sure it moves in the right direction. 2016 promises to be a big year for First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit peoples across the country.APTN National News created a list of Indigenous movers and shakers that we predict will be doing big things in the coming year. Here is the list of exceptional up and comers in alphabetical order: Mike Scott- Motivational SpeakerMike Scott has a social media following in the thousands. He is a First Nations motivational speaker from Saskatoon, Sask., who is using his story of adversity to inspire youth from across the country. Leaving behind a life of addictions, Scott began a journey of healing and started the Sober is Sexi motto.Mike ScottFor the past four years, Scott has traveled across Canada and the U.S. sharing his story and encouraging youth to find their purpose and to live a life of sobriety.He also creates and posts hilarious video skits on social media, one of the most recent being a parody of the romantic pottery scene from the movie Ghost. The video, shared thousands of times boasting over a million views is giving wide exposure to the charismatic, down to earth and genuinely “neechie” personality that is Mike Scott.Scott tours schools talking about the advantages of sobrietyHe is a hit among native youth and old alike and his rising popularity is sure to open the doors to further opportunities in 2016. Cowboy Smithx-Actor, directorAt the age of just 34 Cowboy Smithx juggles the roles of actor, director and creator/curator of the newly launched Redx Talks speaker series.Birthed from the desire to share the stories of the ancestors, Smithx who is Blackfoot from Piikani and Kainai in Southern Alberta, is embarking on a journey of “dispelling myths, transferring culture and dropping knowledge bombs.”Cowboy SmithxFollowing the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its recommendations, Smithx is hoping to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.Redx Talks launched last October, bringing in top Indigenous influencers with plans to take the show on tour across Turtle Island.Smithx is also promoting his film Elder in the Making inspired by the work of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society-a group of artists, musicians, playwrights, elders and technicians working to bring the stories of Aboriginal and settler relationships to the mainstream.Keep on the lookout for a Redx Talks event or a screening of Elder in the Making to come to a city near you in 2016. Ashley Callingbull-Mrs. UniverseCallingbull made international news headlines after winning the Mrs. Universe title in Belarus last August, the first Canadian and First Nations woman to ever claim the crown. The stunning Enoch Cree Nation model and actress used the sudden notoriety to give voice to the plight of First Nations in Canada and called for the ousting of then Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Ashley CallingbullSoon after, Callingbull joined David Suzuki and other celebrities to launch the Leap Manifesto to urge citizens and governments alike to care for the climate and transition away from fossil fuels. She also raises awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women, poverty, inequality and racism.Callingbull with the Butterflies in Spirit performers after the Fashion Speaks event to raise awareness about MMIW in B.C. last fall.While gracing the cover of countless fashion magazines and travelling the world, Callingbull keeps a hectic schedule of public appearances and media engagements. bmorin@aptn.ca Duane Howard-ActorIf you’re planning to watch one of the hottest movies to come out of Hollywood as of late, keep an eye out for Chief Elk Dog in The Revenant. He’s played by Vancouver based First Nations actor Duane Howard who portrays the stoic leader of the Arikara tribe alongside Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy.Duane HowardSome of the backdrop scenery in The Revenant runs in Howard’s blood who originally hails from the Nuu-chah-nulth territory in British Columbia which means “along the mountains and sea.”Howard’s story of triumph over struggle is remarkable. After growing up in an alcoholic family, he hit the streets of Vancouver to wrestle with the demons from his childhood and eventually found solace through acting. Starting as a stuntman in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts and Artic Air.Howard at the premiere of The Revenant in CaliforniaSince landing his biggest role yet in The Revenant, Howard has walked the red carpet in tinsel town with the biggest names in the industry.Many industry professionals are predicting The Revenant to clean house at the upcoming Oscar awards.  With this type of colossal exposure we predict there are also big things brewing for Howard in the coming year. Sheila North-Wilson-Grand Chief, Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakShe is the first woman to ever be elected to lead the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). Chief Sheila North-Wilson beat out incumbent David Harper with promises of ushering in big changes and reinstating integrity to the organization that represents 30 First Nations.Sheila North WilsonThe married, mother of two has big aspirations to make her mark during her tenure as MKO grand chief.Originally from the Bunibonibee Cree Nation North-Wilson is accustomed to the lime light. A former spokesperson for the Manitoba Assembly of First Nations and former journalist with CTV Winnipeg, she has temporarily put her TV career on hold.Chatelaine magazine recently named North-Wilson as one of its 30 women of the year.She is often at the center of media headlines speaking out about various First Nations issues like missing and murdered Indigenous women, child welfare and, most recently, publicly denouncing racism after being followed under suspicion of theft in a Winnipeg department store.With a national inquiry into MMIW underway and the Trudeau government’s ambitious goals to build new relationships with Indigenous peoples, North-Wilson has her work cut out for her.Yet 2016 could be the year that sees her leadership skills take full form.last_img read more

ConocoPhillips makes donation to local RCMP detachments DARE program

first_imgSct. Neustaeter, who is trained to run the D.A.R.E., explained that the program is designed for students in Grade 5, giving them tools and strategies to help make wise decisions in dealing with drugs, alcohol, and bullying.He said that the local detachment has provided the program to local Grade 5 and 6 students, and that the detachment appreciated the donation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local RCMP detachment got a bit of a surprise donation on Wednesday.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that on Wednesday, two employees of ConocoPhillips stopped by the detachment to make a donation to the B.C. Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program.Sergeant Dave Tyreman explained that the company, which is going to be opening a large camp in the Wonowon area in the near future, decided to make the donation as a way of giving back to the local community.last_img read more

North Peace Historical Society to hold AGM in February

first_imgTickets are $25.00 per person and are available at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than February 13, 2019.The North Peace Historical Society’s AGM is taking place on February 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Peace Museum.For more information, you can call the Museum at 250-787-0430. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting in February.Members of the general public are welcome to attend.The meeting will feature a special presentation by Jim Little. A local surveyor, Jim also worked for the Ministry of the Environment. Turkey dinner will also be provided.last_img

Conservationists file legal challenge to Trans Mountain reapproval over whales

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government is facing a new legal challenge after it approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for a second time.Ecojustice has filed a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Living Oceans Society asking for leave to launch a judicial review of cabinet’s decision.Raincoast says in a statement that it will argue cabinet failed to comply with its responsibility to protect critically endangered southern resident killer whales when it reapproved the project June 18. This is the second time Ecojustice has gone to court on behalf of the conservation groups over the pipeline expansion.In August, the federal court struck down the government’s previous approval of the project, ruling the marine environment hadn’t been considered and Indigenous consultations were incomplete.Margot Venton, nature program director for Ecojustice, says in the statement that cabinet cannot justify approving the project legally or morally.“The government itself says endangered southern resident killer whales face imminent threats under their current conditions. This iconic population simply cannot handle increased, unmitigated threats from the Trans Mountain expansion,” she says.last_img read more

Opinion Braxton Millers chance to cement legacy potentially ruined by injury

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller lifts the Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s football MVP Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen he announced in early January that he would be returning to Ohio State for one final ride along the banks of the Olentangy, Braxton Miller had a chance.A chance to rush or pass for the 505 yards he needed to become OSU’s all-time leader in total offense.A chance to win 11 games to become the all-time winningest quarterback in OSU’s history.A chance to throw for the six necessary touchdowns to own the record for total passing touchdowns as a Buckeye.A chance to pass for the 2,256 yards he needs to become OSU’s all-time passing yards leader.A chance to score the single touchdown he needed to become OSU’s all-time touchdown leader.A chance to become the most dominant statistical quarterback in OSU history, as evidenced by the very attainable numbers above.After throwing a pass on Monday that left his right shoulder in pain and the future of his football career uncertain, Braxton Miller is awaiting word following a Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether or not that chance remains.But as the star quarterback and legions of Buckeye fans await the news, as it stands right now, what does his legacy look like?While all the numbers above might merit placing him amongst OSU’s greatest quarterbacks, there’s one thing that holds Miller back.Art Schlichter, OSU’s quarterback from 1978 through 1981 and the holder of many of the aforementioned career records, won two Big Ten Championships and a Liberty Bowl matchup against Navy.Bobby Hoying, another famed quarterback and holder of the record for touchdown passes at OSU, won a Big Ten Championship and a Holiday Bowl against the BYU Cougars.Joe Germaine, another of OSU’s most legendary passers, won the MVP of the 1997 Rose Bowl when the Buckeyes topped Arizona State.Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy, in addition to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, all the while leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game against Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.Thus far, Miller has yet to win a postseason game. He has yet to finish higher than fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Yes, he’s twice won the Silver Football given annually to the Big Ten’s most outstanding player, but that’s about the extent of the hardware sitting upon Miller’s proverbial shelf.2014 was Miller’s chance to receive some of the hardware he’s worked toward for the past three seasons. It was his chance to become the only three-time winner of the Silver Football. It was his chance to become OSU’s most recent Heisman Trophy finalist.It was his chance to clear that seemingly insurmountable hurdle and win his first postseason game, and maybe more, as a Buckeye.Instead, after committing to another year at OSU, avoiding the lure of the NFL, Miller lies upon a table, machines surrounding him, as he anxiously awaits the fate of his season, his career and his legacy.If the test results end No. 5’s time in scarlet and gray, how would he be viewed amongst the greatest players in Buckeye football lore?I’d say that Braxton Miller never really got a chance. read more

Riise confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender John Arne Riise is confident that the club have the potential to win this season’s Champions League after their convincing 3-0 win over Manchester City last weekThe Norwegian’s former side gave City a shock 3-0 thrashing in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Riise, who won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005, now certain that Jurgen Klopp’s side can make it to the final.“This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way,” Riise told Sky Sports.“You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City.“There’s some great teams left but if they play like they did at Anfield on Wednesday there’s not many teams who could stop them.“All the other teams left will have seen that performance, it was amazing. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they almost did it for 90 minutes. Liverpool proved if they are at the top of their game, they can beat anyone.“A club like Liverpool should always be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Champions League and competing with the best clubs in the world.“I think the fans have been waiting for it, the players the same, it’s the best competition for a player to be involved in and you want to try to give something back to the fans when you get there.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m happy for Klopp. They expect a lot, and now he’s proven he can bring the club back to the Champions League.”Riise is confident that Liverpool can score at the Etihad stadium in the return leg and believes that an away goal will almost certainty put the tie beyond doubt.“City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring,” Riise said.“It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”last_img read more

Official Lionel Messi named Barcelona captain

first_imgLionel Messi has been named as the new Barcelona captain following the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta last seasonIniesta ended his stay at his beloved boyhood club in May to join Vissel Kobe in Japan for the new season.And the 34-year-old symbolically handed over his armband to Messi back in May’s El Classico match against Real Madrid, in what was his final appearance of the infamous encounter.Now Barcelona have confirmed the long-expected news that Messi will be the main captain for the new season with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto being the other three options.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Barça 2018/19 will have four captains from the Barça youth system, La Masia. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto will be the ones to wear the famous armband whenever the team take the field,” read a statement.“Lionel Messi will be the first captain.”The appointment of the new quartet means that Barcelona will enter the new season with four captains from their famed La Masia academy for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.last_img read more

Former Barcelona striker Etoo joins Qatar SC

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has joined Qatar SC from Turkish Super Lig side KonyasporSamuel Eto’o will continue his illustrious career at Qatar SC after moving to the Qatari outfit on a free transfer.The 37-year-old striker is on the move to his 13th club having been released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of the last season.Earlier on Monday, Eto’o confirmed he had held talks with Ligue 1 teams, stating that he was “open to offers from France.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.On Monday evening, the Doha-based outfit confirmed the signing of the former Barcelona and Chelsea marksman, who is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.The Qatar Stars League is two weeks into the 2018-19 season, and the Kings are fifth on the log after taking three points from their opening two games.Next up, the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium outfit play Al Sailiya on Friday, and the presence of the ex-Cameroon international should provide them with a boost.last_img read more