ROME (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo ended his away scoring drought with an impressive second-half goal as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Roma yesterday in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.The victory also marked a successful debut for Zinedine Zidane as Madrid’s manager in the elite competition, with the 10-time champion taking a big step towards the quarter-finals.It was Ronaldo’s first goal on the road since November 29 when he scored a penalty against Eibar.”Everyone expects (Ronaldo) to score, and today, he was able to,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for these two away goals and that we didn’t concede any goals.”Shortly before the hour mark, Ronaldo collected a pass up the left flank from Marcelo, rapidly cut inside moving the ball with a deft flick of his legs and launched a powerful shot that deflected off Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi.”He’s a player against whom you can’t concede anything. He can go right or left. It doesn’t matter which way,” Florenzi said. “I was also unlucky because I deflected the shot and the ball went in right under the crossbar.”After scoring, Ronaldo ran towards Zidane and hugged the French great, who replaced Rafa Benitez last month.Substitute Jese then sealed the victory with an angled shot four minutes from the end after Roma failed to take advantage of several opportunities for an equaliser.At the final whistle, Zidane congratulated each of his players one by one, including those who didn’t play.”I do it because the team is the most important thing,” said Zidane, who scored the winning goal for Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s the players who make the difference, and today it was Ronaldo – it’s often him – but everyone’s contribution is important, even those who don’t play much. We win all together.”The night’s other first-leg match saw Wolfsburg beat AA Ghent 3-2 in Belgium.
On past performances, however, UNBREAKABLE, with champion jockey Omar Walker aboard, and ZACKONTHEATTACK, the mount of back-to-form champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey, are the two most accomplished in the field. On current form, UNBREAKABLE, who won as many as eight races in 2016 and scored handily enough over a mile last time out on February 24, looks best equipped to win again for his new trainer, Roy Lambada Matthews. The second race over 1200 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of three) has an open look about it as several of the 11 starters have been enjoying good recent form. They include RALLY BABY, who was a close second to VISION over the straight last Saturday, PRINCESS EMANUELLE, who just failed to catch LITTLE BIG HORN over the straight recently when ridden by female apprentice Natalie Berger, as well as proven campaigner ZEPHYR and MISTER BONES, not to mention the sparingly raced SORRENTINO’S STAR, who has the capacity to win it for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Definitely the type of race to use two or more horses, but for me, the Gordon Lewis-trained run on sprinter MISTER BONES (Chalrick Budhai up) gets a glorious opportunity to score an overdue win having failed by a head to stave off CLASSY AVIATOR over this trip on January 7. A reproduction of that performance would be good enough to beat RALLY BABY and PRINCESS EMANUELLE. MONEY MOVE, now dropping down two classes after finishing 33/4 lengths fifth to FIFTYONESTORM over the straight on March 18, should not be hard pressed to win the third race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers with top apprentice Linton Steadman aboard. The seven-year-old mare from the stables of in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes notched her last win over this trip in December of last year. She subsequently chased home the out-of-class LIGHT BRIGADE over the distance on February 18 and should rebound at the expense of CLEARLY OURS and recent winner TURBO CHARGE. Briefly, the Wayne DaCosta-trained 3-y-o colt ALEXANDRE REW, who showed promise on his recent debut behind SILENCE, has looked razor sharp at exercise since and with Walker aboard, should win the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds. The last two races in the first Super-6 looks tailored for the Feanny-trained first-time runner HAPPY LEE (working very well) with Ian Spence aboard. And in the sixth for exercise riders, BORDER LINE only needs to remember where he’s coming from to dispose of rivals over 800 metres straight. (1) UNBREAKABLE/ PARTY CUP (2) MISTER BONES/ RALLY BABY (3) MONEY MOVE/ CLEARLY OURS (4) ALEXANDER REW (5) HAPPY LEE/KILLER BEE (6) BORDER LINE/AQUILO MOST ACCOMPLISHED The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carry-over to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.3 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $2 million. Meanwhile, both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 on the annual Jamaica Jockeys’ Guild 10-race programme embraces races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000 – $400,000 claiming race over 1500 metres, to be contested by seven fit horses. Significantly, the field includes four horses who were winners last time out – UNBREAKABLE, MEET JUSTIN, NO MONEY FRIEND and the Joseph Thomas-trained PARTY CUP, who bids for his fourth consecutive win over what is an ideal trip for him. Although thrown in for a tag for the first time, the five-year-old gelding by Image Maker – Smarty Marty – has won his three races with a lot in hand, beating subsequent winner FIERY PATH quite easily in the fairly good time of 1:27.3 over 1400 metres some weeks ago. He will only go down fighting with the claiming apprentice Javaneil Patterson again in the saddle. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
Ahead of hosting next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships in Kingston, Handel Lamey, Amateur Swimming Associ-ation of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, says that organisation will be targeting early improvements to the National Aquatics Centre facilities for the regional Easter Weekend event. The last time the country hosted the championships was in Kingston in 2013, where they picked up a total of 12 gold medals. According to Lamey, ASAJ recently had a planning team at the championships in The Bahamas to observe, and, hopefully, implement strategies to host next year’s Games. “We have already started planning from December last year. We have a team in place and we had observers – persons who are on the planning team – in The Bahamas looking at their set-up, and they returned home and will be putting in place some of the things that they observed, and some of the best practices that we learnt,” Lamey said. At this year’s championships in The Bahamas, Jamaica placed sixth overall, with 530.50 points, and 12 gold, eight silver, and 10 bronze (30 medals). “We want to improve our physical facility to be able to hold this championship and upgrade some of the facilities at the pool – our starting blocks, lane dividers, the stands – and also the physical facilities in terms of the buildings,” Lamey told The Gleaner. Lamey’s ASAJ is hoping for a buy-in from corporate Jamaica to help offset the cost of hosting the championships. “We are doing a promoter and sponsors’ package so that corporate sponsors can get on board, with the CARIFTA promotion, and the generation of the interest before CARFITA,” he explained, adding the hope is to give sponsors “a better level of exposure from their products”. Lamey added that in a couple of months, Carifta 2018 plans will begin to “be unveiled”, adding that the National Aquatics Centre will have “adequate seating for spectators”.
MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Sparks were rewarded for their enterprising play in the 61st minute when Tahj Minniecon slotted home a penalty after he was fouled by Daryl Regala.Struggling for most of the match, Global came alive late with a comeback that puts Akbar Nawas’ side in a strong position to reach the finals. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMinegishi completed the fightback in the 93rd minute with a strike from just inside the box. Teed up by substitute Paolo Salenga, Minegishi rifled a shot that ricocheted off the post and crossed the line, sparking wild celebrations from Global fans.With their away goal though, the Sparks just needs a 1-0 win in the second leg on Saturday to also advance. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NU coach Bernabe tips hat off to underdogs Adamson, UE Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The first leg of the other semifinal matchup between Kaya Makati and Ceres Negros starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday at University of Makati StadiumSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National team standout Pika Minegishi struck right at the death as Global Cebu edged Meralco Manila, 2-1, to grab a slender advantage in their Philippines Football League semifinal duel at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Wesley Dos Santos equalized for Global just before stoppage time with a glancing header off a corner from Minegishi as the Cebu side finished with a flourish. ADVERTISEMENT
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Broner, who is determined to wreck what will be Pacquiao’s first fight on US soil since 2016, came in at 146.5 pounds.Pacquiao smiled broadly as he faced off with Broner for the cameras following the weigh-in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe eight-division world champion later said he wants to prove that he still has the ability to be a force in the welterweight division despite turning 40 last month.“I’m happy to be back here and happy to fight tomorrow night,” Pacquiao said. WATCH: Roger Who? Without ID, Federer can’t get past Australian Open security Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Manny Pacquiao poses on the scale during a weigh-in Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Filipino star Manny Pacquiao tipped the scales half a pound lighter here Friday for his WBA welterweight title bout against Adrien Broner.A trim-looking Pacquiao, who faces Broner at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, weighed in at exactly 146 pounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Forty is just a number, it doesn’t matter that I’m 40 years old — I feel young,” he added. “Tomorrow I have something to prove: that at 40 I can still be at my best … I want to prove that Manny Pacquiao is still there.”Pacquiao (60-4-2, 39 knockouts) last fought in July last year, when he scored his first knockout in six years with a seventh-round stoppage of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur.Pacquiao, who holds the lesser version of the WBA’s two welterweight belts, is widely believed to be angling for a rematch with retired welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.Mayweather won their money-spinning first bout in 2015 in a contest that failed to live up to its “Fight of the Century” hype.Broner, 29, said Friday he is determined to seize his opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I feel good. It’s a helluva opportunity,” he said. “After I win tomorrow night I’ll be a legend overnight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
…”This is all a part of sharing the love and spirit of independence” – First Ladyn observance of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary, First Lady Sandra Granger involved in the jointThe First Lady presenting a duster to a female resident at the Palms Geriatric Homeinitiative by the Ministry of Social Protection and the Women Across Differences (WAD) group, visited female members at the Palms Generic Home. According to the press release, the First Lady and Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence, made a contribution of 96 sets of bed linens and dusters for the women of the home on Wednesday, after having treated them to a special spa session of manicures, pedicures and hairdos on Monday. “This is all part of sharing the love and spirit of Independence, it is also an inter-generational activity because the girls from WAD were able to meet with seniors they might not have met in their ordinary lives and I think they had a good time,” said the First Lady. In the release, Lawrence highlighted that the move to treat and pamper the women of the Palms was conceived with the intention of bringing joy and remembering the less privileged during the celebration of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee, adding that there is hope for a similar initiative to be conducted on Fathers’ Day for the male residents there. “We are celebrating and in order to celebrate you have to prepare and this is just one of the ventures that we have partnered with NGOs and other organizations to ensure we bring cheer to the persons whom we are given the permission to care for,” the Minister of Social Protection voiced.Meanwhile, in a speech of appreciation, representative of WAD, Ann Greene said: “We give thanks to the First Lady for this initiative and we at Women Across Differences will continue to work with her. It was a very good experience with the girls. The girls got to speak with the women about what was going on in 1966. I think it was very encouraging. They enjoyed interacting with the ladies and all the ladies were very accommodating to the girls.”
Science students from the University of Guyana (UG) and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, United States (US) were exposed to a unique opportunity to learn about enhancing capacities to support the oil and gas sector.This exercise was funded by a grant from the ExxonMobil through President Barrack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme. In mid-July, UG students travelled to Lubbock to attend classes at the university and conduct experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories.The students gained a general understanding of the petroleum exploration process, introductory knowledge of the value chain associated with exploration and production of hydrocarbons. They also gained experience with Petrel software suite and utility in viewing seismic and petrophysical data.Outside of class, they visited the picturesque Caprock Canyons State Park to witness firsthand some of the sedimentary wonders that fascinate geologists today.Meanwhile, from July 24 to August 3, Texas Tech students travelled to Guyana where they were joined by their UG classmates to listen directly to the Natural Resources Minister on the steps Guyana is taking to ensure that the country is prepared for the production of petroleum that is set to begin in the next five years.ExxonMobil geologist, Richard McKenzie also spoke to the group and expressed the corporation’s delight in sponsoring such a worthwhile experience for the students. He encouraged students to continue their studies in the sciences and to be a part of making a positive difference in their countries – both in Guyana and the United States.Students travelled to Linden to see the bauxite mining areas and were briefed by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chief Executive Officer on the history of bauxite in Guyana. Texas Tech students and faculty also went to Kaieteur Falls to experience the power and majesty of one of Guyana’s most impressive natural wonders.US Ambassador Perry Holloway expressed his strong support for the programme and confirmed to Texas Tech Professors Gad Perry and Dustin Sweet, as well as UG Professor Calvin Bernard, the willingness of the US Government to help Guyana transition into an oil-producing nation.The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme – President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere – is to increase the number of US students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000 and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and preparing a more globally competent workforce.
Charlestown drug bustFollowing the major drug bust in Charlestown, Georgetown, on Tuesday, ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics (CANU) have taken a Route 42 minibus driver into custody for questioning.He was arrested on Wednesday morning and is assisting with the investigation. The bus driver was observed by CANU ranks collecting a package from another suspect – a 58-year-old male of St Stephen Street, Charlestown – on Tuesday. In addition to the two males, the ranks also arrested a 23-year-old female of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown, who was found in the house during the operation.In a release to the media on Wednesday, the Anti-Narcotics Body said the bust yielded the find of a total of 89.23 kilograms of cannabis and 20 grams of cocaine.“No charges have yet been filed… All suspects are currently in custody pending the completion of the investigation,” CANU said in the release.The intelligence-led operation was carried out at the Lot 82 St Stephen Street residence after CANU received information that the possibility of narcotics being stored at the location. As such, the ranks swooped down on the location and had a stakeout until they caught the 58-year-old suspect red-handed.“…We would have conducted our own surveillance and what we saw was the person that we currently have in custody, he arrived this morning in the motorcar – PPP 3008. Shortly after, we saw a 42 minibus arrive as well. The suspect went into the house and came out back with a black plastic bag, which he handed over to the driver of the minibus. Then [he] returned to the house and came out with another bag which he placed in the back seat of the car. Then he walked away up the street. Basically, the ranks intercepted him then,” Deputy Head of CANU Leslie Ramlall told reporters at the scene on Tuesday afternoon.According to Ramlall, the suspect was taken back to his motorcar and aThe drugs found in the Charlestown house on Tuesdaysubsequent search conducted unearthed a black plastic bag containing cannabis. That discovery, the Deputy CANU Head said, caused the ranks to search the premises. However, they had to await the necessary documentation to carry out the search, hence the operation went on for several hours.“[We] conduct a search of the house and currently, we have a large quantity of suspected cannabis and maybe cocaine as well. What we’ve gathered as well this is narcotics that came out of Columbia… and this would’ve probably come within the last 48 hours [of] it arriving at this location,” Ramlall stated.At the time, the female suspect was in the house. The narcotics were found in a room of the house, packaged off into small parcels in plastic bags. By the end of the operation, the anti-narco officers drove off with the tray of a pick-up vehicle loaded with the illegal drugs.Meanwhile, with regards to the minibus, Ramlall told reporters that checks were made but no one was arrested.“[We] found the bus at [his] home and conducted a search of that minibus, and we didn’t find anything. Apparently, that person might have delivered whatever he had… [He] could be a delivery man [or] could be somebody bigger than the delivery man, which we suspected so we’ll have to continue our investigations,” the Deputy CANU Head stated.Nevertheless, CANU’s Second-in-command lauded the successful collaboration between members of the public and the Anti-Narcotics Body.“It confirms that we continue to rely heavily on the support of members of the public as well as our intel-capabilities. And we’re thankful that we continue to get this kind of support from the members of the public and the intel-community as well,” he stated.Investigations into the major narco-find continues.
A Police Commissioner (Ag) David Ramnarine drew focus on what he believes is a significant contributor to the criminal activities in the country, the idle youths.He made this pronouncement during a news conference on Monday as he released statistics on a number of categories of criminal activities in the country.Ramnarine also pointed to a correlation between the crime wave and the state of youth unemployment in the nation.In disseminating information on traffic offences, the Top Cop (Ag) noted that youth make up a high portion of those in violation of traffic laws.He said of the 712 random breathalyzer tests recently conducted, a major 60 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 25.“We have young persons in crime, young persons unemployed, young persons who are driving under the influence, and young persons who just don’t want to work for what they say is too meagre a salary,” Ramnarine asserted, underscoring that these are all critical factors everyone ought to be apprehensive of when holistically examining the crime situation in the country.His allusions to the inclusion of youth in crime also covered instances of murders and robberies, or violence-related criminal activities: “We have youths who prefer to party and party late at nights and we’ve seen a level of violence in this society by young people; an unacceptable level of violence involving young people,” he stated.Ramnarine indicated that the problem lies with the level of youth employment, particularly with young people refusing to work.“They are misguided, they are lacking proper supervision and guidance. They don’t want to work for what they perceive to be by their own standard meagre salaries,” he stated. It was just last week that a 14-year-old Mahaicony boy was placed before the court charged with the murder of a Mahaicony businesswoman. Reports are that the teen, who did odd jobs for the 54-year-old woman confessed to beating her to death. The young boy was said to be the mastermind of the attack, as he reportedly led his 24-year-old accomplice to the woman’s home.The teenager and his accomplice, Devanand Rampersaud, a fisherman of Rosignol, West Bank Berbice, were not required to plead to the indictable charge, which was read to them in-camera by Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul.Rampersaud was remanded to Camp Street Prison, while the 14-year-old mastermind was sent to the Juvenile Holding Centre in Sophia. They will make their next court appearance on November 14 when the matter will be called at the Mahaicony Magistrate’s Court.The lifeless body of Bibi Shairoon of Lot 6 Novar, Mahaicony, was found by her nephew on October 17 with her hands and feet bound.The two suspects on Saturday evening reportedly gave a detailed statement to detectives on how they committed the murder. The duo allegedly admitted to beating the woman in her head with a frying pan.It was reported that after the duo entered the woman’s house, she put up a fight and was struck to the head repeatedly with the frying pan. She subsequently fainted.
The Flyers have a record of 4-3 through seven games this season. Huskies Head Coach Gary Alexander says Fairview won the season series against the Huskies last year, but he isn’t counting on a repeat of that this year. “I shouldn’t say they beat us; we beat ourselves against them probably every game. We would come out firing and be ahead and lose it in the last period,” he admits. “I don’t expect them to be any better of a team this year than last. They’re running in third place about the same as they were last year.”Alexander says the team continues to work on improving their techniques throughout practice this week.- Advertisement -“We worked on a little more strategies. It’s a struggle this time of year; guys are coming and going and missing the odd linemate out there doesn’t help any,” he explains. “I think everything is going pretty good. They lose focus a little bit here and there and we’ve got to restart them sometimes, but I think this week has been pretty good.”On the injury front, Goaltender Travis McLean continues to be out with a lower body injury. He had an MRI this week and the team is currently awaiting the results to determine what path to take.In the meantime, Daimon Derouin gets the start between the pipes tomorrow night. He was solid in last weekend’s set of games against Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie. Opening faceoff tomorrow is slated for 8 p.m. Advertisement