Ronaldo looking better than ever ahead of Juventus return

first_imgBut the Portugese also now stands just three goals short of his best ever tally in a single European campaign, an achievement that would suggest this Ronaldo, aged 33, may even be the finest version yet.His 14 goals so far have come over nine matches and featured doubles against APOEL, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.It means this is Ronaldo’s third most prolific Champions League showing to date already and, with Real almost certain to reach the semi-finals, he is unlikely to finish here.When he posted 16 goals in the 2015-16 tournament and his personal best of 17 in 2013-14, both times Real were crowned champions.“Cristiano is Cristiano, it’s always been like that,” coach Zinedine Zidane said after Ronaldo opened the scoring against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.“There’s no other player in the team that scores like he does.”There is no doubt Ronaldo’s game is now more streamlined and therefore more geared towards goals than perhaps it has ever been before.To preserve his fitness and energy, he accepts less touches and covers less ground. The touches he takes and the spaces he finds are aimed at creating the greatest chance of hitting the net.Even Zidane’s system is suited to accommodating this predatorial Ronaldo, a 4-4-2, with Karim Benzema playing the supporting role and wingers, instructed to supply deliveries into the box.When Ronaldo volleyed in from eight yards against Atletico, it was a simple cross to the back post from Gareth Bale that provided it.In this mould, Ronaldo could be terrorising goalkeepers for a fair few years yet.Zidane withdrew his star player in the 64th minute last weekend, despite the match being delicately poised at 1-1 after Antoine Griezmann’s equaliser.In this combination of pictures, Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks overhead and scores during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match against Juventus on April 3, 2018 © AFP/File / Alberto PIZZOLIThe draw keeps Atletico four points clear of Real, and favourites for second place in La Liga, but Ronaldo going off early in a Madrid derby, without any protest, is a measure of how the Champions League is now all-encompassing for Los Blancos.“He is intelligent,” Zidane said about Ronaldo’s substitution. “There are moments where he does not play and others where he does. He needs it, he knows that and he is better every day.”Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were also left out of the starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu while Bale played 90 minutes, an indicator the Welshman is set for another European snub in midweek.Bale’s first choice is still to regain favour under Zidane and then stay at Real this summer but his coach is showing little sign of softening. Zidane made three substitutions last week in Turin but Bale remained rooted to the bench.If Real score one, which they have not failed to do in 24 Champions League games, Juve will need four.“We do not cry to each other and we go to Madrid with the desire to have a good race. In football and in life you never know,” Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini said after a 4-2 win at Benevento on Saturday.“The game is long and therefore we will need some balance but to do it will also take a pinch of healthy madness from everyone.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands just three goals short of his best ever tally in a single European campaign © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Apr 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has already broken one record in this year’s Champions League but against Juventus in their quarter-final return on Wednesday he can edge closer to beating a bigger milestone of his own.Ronaldo’s bicycle kick in Real Madrid’s 3-0 first leg victory last week ensured he passed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s feat by scoring in 10 consecutive Champions League games.last_img read more

The Netherlands Is In A World Of Trouble And Argentina Might Be

1966492.3–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 199816231.4–✓ 5Peru177462625+125 19584102.5–✓ 1970441.0– 201416352.2–✓ In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201018231.3–✓ The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 200618291.6–✓ Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 10Venezuela1716101835-179 YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 200218422.3–✓ 1994671.2–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1974492.3–✓ 8Ecuador176292526-120 19866122.0–✓ 3Chile178272624+226 7Paraguay177371924-524 19622115.5–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started. read more

TCI Generous support pouring in for Autism Classroom more needed to rescue

first_img Recommended for you Hope Foundation to host educational workshop on Autism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 12, 2018 – Providenciales – The outpouring of financial and moral support for the mission to raise a year’s worth of operational funds for the Hope Foundation for Autism Awareness special classroom is described as generous by the founders, as the organization moves steadily toward its ultimate goal.Maxcia Rigby, Director of the Hope Foundation today said to Magnetic Media, “I think it’s going well, we have raised over a thousand dollars on the link and there is more to come from people who have pledged to support at the end of the month.”The story of the financial shortfall of the classroom broke just over a week ago and an appeal for assistance has attracted comments and reviews from thousands of people both in the Turks and Caicos and abroad.“We’ve also gotten a few more contacts internationally and this will open the door for more support and possibly someone adopting us.”It takes $60,000 a year to run the Autism classroom, which is located at the Mills Institute in Juba Sound, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.   Almando and Maxcia Rigby, who started the Hope Foundation when they were confronted with autism in their second son, Isreal have taken what could have remained a personal challenge and made it a national blessing.“When Isreal was diagnosed with autism at the age of three we didn’t know what to do.   As a mother I felt confused and depressed.   My whole pregnancy played out in my mind.  I figured I did something wrong.   However also as a mother I couldn’t stay in this state very long.  I realized that my son needed me.  I needed to find out how I could help him and surely there were others like me who knew what to do.  I sought out information on the world wide web and I started thinking, what if I shared everything I knew with others.   How could I just help my son, what about other children and families right here in TCI affected by this? I had my family and friends who were supporting me, what about people who didn’t have this?  Hope could be that for them!   About a year after Isreal’s diagnosis, we started Hope.”A generous heart was the impetus for this organisation launching in the first place, and more generous support is what will keep it going.  Magnetic Media’s observation of this amazing family and their devotion to their cause is what led to the idea that anyone could ‘Pay a Day’ to save the classroom.  For $160.00 USD, a person or family could pay for a day of operations at the school; the goal is to get 365 like-minded people to come forward with cash.Hope’s Director is grateful for the campaign and shared that there have been major strides for the special education room, including an integration of students into ​mainstream ​school.“We started the year with eight children; seven boys and one girl, including my son Isreal and two teachers.  That week I took my vacation from work to be at the room but it was a challenge even with the three of us there.  The teachers worked tirelessly and eventually they settled down.  Parents and children loved the room and by the following term we started to introduce interactions with Mills Institute.  The children started attending devotions, sports events, presented at the Christmas concert and even the Spelling BEE!  In 2016 one of our students got 1st place in the K2 Spelling Bee and another got 2nd place in the grade one Spelling Bee!  Our teachers work so hard and our students have grown so much in this room.  We had two students who transitioned to mainstream school and one who is taking Math classes without an aide.”It would be a tragedy to allow this service to our children and families living, coping and overcoming the hurdles of Autism to have to close down.   Due to the overwhelming requests, there is now an online way to support; follow this link and share this story so that we together, can save the all-important  Hope Autism​ ​Classroom.#MagneticMediaNews#HopeFoundation#PayaDayforHope Celebrity hosts coming to Turks and Caicos for HOPE Foundation Autism Awareness Gala Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Autism Classroom in jeopardy, founders launch campaign to save specialised site Related Items:#HopeFoundation, #magneticmedianews, #PayaDayforHopelast_img read more

Industrial Base Study Primarily Aimed at ShortTerm Changes

first_imgA federal study on the health of the nation’s defense industrial base which is nearly ready for release will focus on near-term interventions needed to ensure military production could be rapidly scaled up in the event of a crisis, rather than more far-reaching changes that would address the nation’s loss of dominance in a variety of high-tech fields. Shortcomings that could leave the military vulnerable if war were to break out include aging facilities, dependence on a single depot to manufacture cannons for the Army’s armored vehicles, a reliance on imports for critical materials, including from adversaries such as China and Russia, and the lack of critical machine tooling in the United States.Those shortcomings represent single points of failure in the nation’s defense industrial base, reports Breaking Defense. And rather than focusing on prime contractors, the study will zero in on potential shortfalls in the supply chain involving second-, third- and fourth-tier subcontractors. The study is almost completed but it is not expected to be released immediately as officials first will brief lawmakers on its findings.A separate study under way by the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School will take a broader look at the nation’s industrial base policy and include recommendations for the Pentagon to foster innovation.Army photo by David Vergun Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

CES 2019 Alexa will command Hamilton Beachs new drip coffee maker

first_img Preview • Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype? Mentioned Above Spinn Coffee Maker CES 2019 Hamilton Beach Alexa Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Spinn Coffee Maker $499 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments Share your voice Tags 2 Enlarge ImageThis new coffee maker from Hamilton Beach will accept voice commands from Alexa. James Martin/CNET At CES 2019, Hamilton Beach had a pair of connected coffee makers on display. The newest one, the $79 Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee Maker (Model 49700), will enjoy tight integration with Amazon’s voice assistant. You’ll be able to ask things like, “Alexa, is my coffee ready?” and “Alexa, when was my coffee brewed?” Alexa will then ping the brewer and provide an answer. You can also command the drip machine, via Alexa, to kickstart brewing.Also be sure to read: The best home espresso machines for sale right nowfood-tech-live-ces-2019-8620Enlarge ImageThe FlexBrew uses Kurig-style K-Cups or standard coffee grounds. James Martin/CNET Another appliance, the $89 Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew, links to your home Wi-Fi. That lets you control the brewer with the HB Connect mobile app.  Additionally, the coffeemaker supports Amazon Dash Replenishment. With it enabled, the machine will automatically order coffee before your supply runs dry. The FlexBrew either makes single-serve portions from K-Cup containers, or up to full pots (12-cup max) from ground coffee.Hamilton Beach Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee MakerModel 49700Price: $79Availability: Q2 2019Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew Coffee MakerModel 49968 Price: $89 Availability: Nowlast_img read more

Gujarat Polices allwomen team nabs notorious criminal Jusab Allahrakha Sandh

first_imgGujarat all woman ATS nabbed gangster Jusab Allahrakha SandhtwitterFour woman officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed notorious criminal and gangster Jusab Allahrakha Sandh in a pre-dawn operation at a forest in Botad district on Sunday.Jusab was wanted in more than 23 cases ranging from robbery to extortion and murder. He has been on the run for nearly a year after he jumped parole in June 2018. The ATS team consisting of four woman Sub-Inspectors – Santok Odedara, Nitmika Gohil, Aruna Gameti and Shakuntala Mal – had carried out the operation to nab the notorious criminal from the deep jungles of Botad.According to reports, the gangster had been holed up inside the jungle for the past several months. As it was getting hard for the local police to find him, they transferred the case to the ATS.”We had received a tip-off from an informant regarding the presence of Jusab in Botad forest, and a quick response team was immediately set up to nab him. However, Jusab was staying in a makeshift accommodation so deep inside the forest that no vehicles could reach there. We entered the forest on foot on Saturday night. Since the accused has been infamous for firing at police parties in the past as well, therefore we did not take any chance and waited for the sunrise. He was then nabbed from his hut,” said SI Santok Odedara, reports The Indian Express.Jusab was let off on parole to conduct the last rites of his wife after she died in June 2018. But he escaped and was absconding since then. He also killed a man during his run as retaliation for killing one of his associates.According to police, Jusab used to commit serious crimes and would head to the jungle to hide. He was very familiar with the jungle as he grew up there. When the ATS caught him, he had very minimal arrangements to look after himself. There was no electricity or mobile phone and his associates used to get food for him every day.last_img read more

Exclusive Nagarjuna reveals why it has become tougher for senior actors to

first_imgAkkineni NagarjunaTwitterNagarjuna Akkineni, ahead of the release of Manmadhudu 2, spoke to the media and is happy that after a long time, he has got to do a really good script, which is very much needed for him at this time of his career. Soon, Nagarjuna is going to turn 60 and this is something the actor doesn’t just accept at all. Because for him, age is just a number and he believes that he is very much young at heart. Manmadhudu 2 is directed by actor turned director Rahul Ravindran and it will hit the screens on August 9.In an exclusive interview, the actor talks about his upcoming plans, the need of scripts for senior heroes, working with debutant directors and a lot more.Most of the time, you work with directors who are either debutants or are just one film old. How do you identify their potential?I don’t know, it just happened (laughs). Yeah. In fact, I must say that’s what has made me a star. I have worked with many new directors. Could be Shiva or Geetanjali, things worked really well then. Sometimes, my decisions have been proved to be wrong too. So now, I am a bit more careful. But, I think I can identify their potential and this is all because of experience. Working with youngsters is definitely a good idea is what I believe. Rakul Preet Singh and Nagarjuna Manmadhudu 2TwitterThere are many young actors now, who are doing really well. So has it become tough for senior heroes to get good scripts?Yes. Very much. I can’t expect to keep doing love stories even now. Because it is the turn of my sons to do those kinds of films. So those roles will go to young actors who can do them really better. Thus it is tough for senior heroes to get roles and when we get experimental roles to do, we aren’t sure whether they will always work or not.There were days when you used to have a bunch of films to shoot. What about now? Like I already said, it is getting tougher to get roles. So I don’t have any new projects in my kitty except those which I have signed sometime back. I will begin working very soon for the sequel of Soggade Chinninayana and it is titled Bangarraju. That’s all in Telugu as of now. In case I get any more scripts and if I like, I might agree to do. Screenshots of the kiss scenes in Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu 2.PR HandoutWill you continue doing romantic films after Manmadhudu 2?I am definitely not an idiot to do that. I don’t think even the audience can see me doing romance now, at this age. Romantic comedy films are not my cup of tea anymore. So I would be looking forward to doing something different from now on. Let’s see if I like any films which I would like to remake, then we will think and talk.Personally, what kind of films do you like to watch?I cannot watch films that are depressing or serious. A big no to those which can make me even feel like crying. In fact, when I find any of such films in suggestions or while searching for some other films, I just change the channel immediately. It is the same on Netflix or Amazon. I love to watch films that make me laugh. Even if I cry, it has to be out of joy only.last_img read more

2 to die 8 get life terms for killing NSU student

first_imgA Kushtia court on Wednesday sentenced two people to death and eight others to life term imprisonment for killing a student of North South University (NSU) after abduction in 2014, reports UNB.Those awarded death penalty are Rakibul Islam Bappy and Md Sumon.The lifers are Zuhaim Khandakar alias Shuvo, Hridoy, Sumon, Alif, Sajedul, Nayan, Sajib, Minhaz and Milon.According to the case statement, the convicts kidnapped Towhidul Islam Lipu, 21, on 31 August 2014 and demanded Tk 30 million from his family as ransom.Lipu’s father filed a case with Kushtia Model police station on 4 September.Failing to realise the ransom money the kidnappers killed Lipu and dumped his body in the Padma River.Kushtia additional district and sessions judge AMB Mahmudul Haque handed down the verdict.last_img

Nearly onekm of Padma bridge visible

first_imgPart of the Padma bridge. Photo-Prothom AloAround 900 metres of the much-hyped Padma bridge is visible now following the installation of another span named F-6 on the pillars no 36 and 37 on Wednesday, reports UNB.The 150-metre span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was installed at Jajira point around 10:00am.This is the sixth span of the Padma Bridge.Earlier, the span was taken to the Jajira point on Tuesday afternoon by the 3,600 ton capacity floating crane ‘Tian -E’ from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Ward, five kilometre away from the Jajira point.The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on 30 October 2017. Later, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th spans were installed on the pillars no 38-39, 39-40, and 40-41 respectively in 2018.Engineers concerned of the Padma Bridge authority, said the span was kept at near the jetty for several days as it could not be floated due to poor navigability.The construction work on the country’s largest bridge started in December in 2015.The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long.According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.Besides, 17 spans were ready to fix while the work for constructing 18 more in underway.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday August 31

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From 5-7 P.MA full­hour of The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, reporting on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on the looming consent decree between the DOJ and Baltimore for sweeping reforms of the Baltimore City Police Department and their recent conversation with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img