Materazzi on Zidane’s header: “They should have kissed the ground he was standing on …”

first_imgAlmost 14 years have passed since that fatal set in the World Cup final between France and Italy in which Zidane headed Materazzi … but the action still kicks in. Has been the Italian defender himself who has revived it with explosive statements that were made in the context of social networks, in a live interview on the Instagram of Chelf Davide Oldani: “Zidane was protected by the French, but my own compatriots crushed me, for me they are not true Italians …”, surprised last Thursday in statements that now collect the Daily Mail and RMC Sport.Although Materazzi was the object of the aggression of the now Real Madrid coach, the defender was highly criticized for the previous provocation. “I am a patriot”, Materazzi said in that carefree environment. “And I have always defended the colors of Italy. His criticism (that of the people of his country) is what hurt me the most after this World Cup. These people should have kissed the ground I stepped on since I scored the tie”. Materazzi, in fact, marked the goal of the tie that gave rise to penalties (and also transformed his). Italy beat a France that was already without Zidane. But the Real Madrid player was treated as a kind of hero in his country. Even Jaques Chirac praised him the day after: “Dear Zidane, you are a genius, a soccer virtuoso,” the politician went on to say, while there were criticisms of Materazzi.When ten years of the action were completed, Materazzi revealed what he said to Zidane in LÈquipe: “I said to Zidane some stupid words that could not provoke such a reaction. In any field of Rome, Naples, Milan or Paris you hear much worse things. I spoke of his sister, but not of his mother as I have read in some newspapers. My Mother died when I was 15 years old, so I would never have fallen so low to insult her mother, “he clarified.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH squash team settles for another silver

first_imgLATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

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Guyana only country on list of 28 with incomplete climate change strategy

first_img– Argentina adopted policy this year; Panama, Nicaragua & Haiti have severalDespite Guyana being one of the at-risk countries of the effects of climate change, a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has highlighted that it is the only country out of 28 in the region with an incomplete climate change mitigation plan.The recent overtopping of our seawalls has been cited as a climate change phenomenonIn the United Nations (UN) publication “Climate change and human rights: contributions by and for Latin America and the Caribbean”, there is a table featuring the dates that 28 Latin American and Caribbean countries adopted their climate change mitigation strategies.According to the report, compiled by the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Guyana’s National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan (2020-2030), is “forthcoming”.Countries like Haiti (National Policy to Combat Climate Change), Panama (National Climate Change Strategy 2050), Argentina (National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan) and Nicaragua (National Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Policy and Climate Change Response System), have policies they adopted this year.The table showing Guyana’s “forthcoming” climate change mitigation strategyOther countries like Costa Rica, Cuba, Brazil, Grenada and Saint Lucia, have policies that were adopted either last year or within the past few years. A few countries, like Dominica, the Bahamas and Barbados, adopted their strategies years ago.The report also contains recommendations made and received by various countries, though the publication states that Guyana was one of only a few countries in the region to not make any climate change recommendations. Cuba and Haiti top the list for the number of recommendations they made and received.Guyana did receive one recommendation, however. The publication noted that Guyana should “continue and intensify programmes aimed at mitigating climate change negative impacts on food security and environment, and share the experience gained in this field with interested countries”.The publication also made a link between climate change and gender equality. According to ECLAC, Guyana should review its climate change and energy policies, in particular, those related to the oil and gas sector, to better develop a disaster risk reduction strategy.According to ECLAC, this strategy should consider the negative effects of climate change on gender equality and the lives of women and their families. This, it added, should especially focus on those in the danger zones, that is, areas below sea level.“The Committee also recommended that Guyana include a gender assessment in all environmental impact assessments and establish a mechanism to monitor the implementation of those assessments and to guarantee that rural and Amerindian women can fully contribute to the development of the country,” the report states.ECLAC explained that this should include them being able to “give their free, prior and informed consent before any development, business, agro-industrial or extractive projects affecting their traditional lands and resources are initiated, whether carried out by national or foreign enterprises, [and to ensure they] can take advantage of adequate benefit-sharing agreements and are provided with adequate alternative livelihood.”The organisation’s recommendations to Guyana come in the wake of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is done every four and a half years and is based on a national report from the country being reviewed. The UPR also takes into account the contributions from the UN and information presented by relevant stakeholders including civil society during the review.last_img read more

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Mayor urges more accountability for school district

first_imgA recent incident involving a teenage tagger illustrates the need for greater accountability by Los Angeles Unified, said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is fighting to reform the city’s public schools. “It’s all a question of taking responsibility and holding people accountable,” Villaraigosa said during a Thursday tour of the UCLA campus with a delegation from the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Everywhere I go, people tell me I am right. That we have to hold this young man accountable, and it’s an example of what is wrong with the school system.” The incident occurred Monday while Villaraigosa was participating in an event at the Santee Education Complex in South Los Angeles. He voiced confidence in Yolie Aguilar, his candidate on the east side, and Richard Vladovic, his choice for the Harbor area. The closest race, he said, will be in the San Fernando Valley, where incumbent Jon Lauritzen is facing Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan. Villaraigosa is backing Galatzan, while Lauritzen is being supported by the United Teachers of Los Angeles. “I think that one is still too close to call,” Villaraigosa said. Even if he wins support from a new board majority, Villaraigosa said he is going to continue to push the district for reform. “I am not going away on this issue,” Villaraigosa said. “People can talk about how I’m distracted with other issues, but I am focused on reforming the schools.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 15-year-old sophomore was photographed spraypainting his tagger name – “Zoner” – on the side of the bus in which the mayor and district Superintendent David Brewer III had been riding. The youth has since been arrested, and Villaraigosa has offered to mentor him after the teen performs community service. “I think you do what mentors do and talk to him,” Villaraigosa said. “But there should also be some punishment to go along with this. I don’t think anyone believes he should go to jail. “But he should have to do community service and clean up this bus and others.” The incident came in the final weekend of campaigning for four school board seats in which Villaraigosa has raised and spent more than $1 million to back a slate of candidates. last_img read more

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Federal fliers take us for ride

first_imgThe higher airfare for traveling in one of the premium classes resulted in expenses often five to 10 times more than what was authorized under government travel rules. “With the serious fiscal challenges facing the federal government, agencies must maximize their ability to manage and safeguard valuable taxpayers’ dollars,” investigators wrote, suggesting agencies recoup the extra cost from those who abuse policies. Under federal rules, government employees generally must fly coach for both domestic and international travel unless the flight takes 14 hours or longer. A few exceptions apply when the employee receives agency approval based on a medical condition, security concerns, lack of availability of coach seats or when required “because of agency mission.” Government investigators found that employees openly flouted the rules and agencies did little to check their abuses. Among the waste cited: An Agriculture Department executive took 25 premium-class flights costing $163,000 and said the extra expense had been authorized by a subordinate. Thirty-two State Department employees flew from Washington to Liberia in premium class over a six-month period. Five of those travelers did not have authorization for premium class; three had duplicate tickets and no evidence that the duplicates were refunded; and 17 were not justified. Nine Justice Department employees charged the agency $35,000 for premium- class air tickets to Frankfurt, Germany, claiming the flight time was over 14 hours. Investigators found the employees added a separate flight to their calculations to reach the 14-hour total Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said: “Federal employees who like to stretch their legs when they fly need to realize they’ve already stretched the taxpayers’ purse by $146 million. Agencies need to be more responsible with their travel programs and employees who violate the policy should be held accountable.” The latest GAO report noted that several government entities are not subject to government rules on premium-class travel – among them, the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. One deputy FDIC director flew business class between Washington and London for $7,000. A coach ticket would have cost $800.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INQUIRY: Government workers wasted about $146 million by using high-priced airline seats. By Hope Yen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Federal employees wasted an estimated $146 million over a one-year period on business- and first-class airline tickets, in some cases simply because they felt entitled to the perk, congressional investigators say. A draft report by the Government Accountability Office, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, is the first to examine compliance with travel rules across the federal government following reports of extensive abuse of premium-class travel by Pentagon and State Department employees. The review of travel spending by more than a dozen agencies from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006, found 67 percent of premium-class travel by executives or their employees, worth at least $146 million, was unauthorized or otherwise unjustified. Among the worst offenders: the State Department, whose employees typically fly abroad on official business. Many of the cases involved high-ranking senior officials or political appointees who claimed exceptions to federal travel rules by citing old medical records or questionable approval from a subordinate employee. Investigators found that senior officials often flew business- or first-class because they felt entitled to the perk. last_img read more

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Everton to battle with Serie A trio for French star

first_imgEverton will have to battle Fiorentina, Palermo and Torino if they want to sign forward Gregoire Defrel this summer.Roberto Martinez wants to sign an attacker to support Romelu Lukaku next season and has made Defrel his No 1 target.However, the Toffees are preparing themselves to endure a complicated process if they want to land the Frenchman – who has scored seven Serie A goals for Cesena this season but is co-owned by Parma.Both of those clubs have now been relegated to Serie B and are keen to offload Defrel, with a Premier League side likely to stump up the most cashAccording to calcionews24, Everton will make a bid when the season finishes but are likely to face stiff competition from the Italian trio who have retained their top-flight status. 1 Gregoire Defrel in action for Cesana last_img read more

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JUDGE GETS ANGRY LETTERS FROM DONEGAL PUBLIC AFTER DECIDING NOT TO JAIL ARMED ROBBER

first_imgA judge has revealed how he received angry letters from the public because he did not jail a man who took part in a number of armed robberies in West Donegal.Judge John O’Hagan sentenced Tadhg McKelvey to a total of 17 years in prison for various charges including attempted robbery and carrying a firearm with criminal intent.However he replaced the concurrent jail sentence with an order that McKelvey do 240 hours community service. McKelvey was part of a three man gang which terrorised and robbed businesses in West Donegal during 2009 using a knife and a gun.Judge O’Hagan revealed yesterday how he received a backlash from the public because he chose not to impose a custodial sentence on McKelvey.Judge O’Hagan revealed “This case evoked quite an outcry when I gave Tadhg McKelvey a suspended sentence. People wrote letters to me personally expressing their displeasure in giving him a chance.“I can understand that. I can understand how people in society feel offended at how certain people are treated by the courts. But everyone has to be treated individually,” he said.The second member of the gang, Paul McEleney, 21, appeared before Judge O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday also charged in connection with the robberies.McEleney, of Middle Dora, Bunbeg, pleaded guilty to his part in the robberies of Gallagher’s Topaz Service station in Derrybeg on February 7th, 2009, McDevitt’s Service Station in Dungloe on February 13th and the Templecrone Co-op in Annagry on February 26th.The court heard how McEleney had played an active part in the robberies but had suffered from a dependence on drink and drugs.Since the robberies however, he had completed turned his life around and was fully supported by his parents.HSE alcohol and drugs counselor Cormac Scully said McEleney had made great strides and that a prison sentence would only guarantee a disaster.Victim impact statements were read from two young women who were working at Templecrone Co-op when it was robbed.It revealed how the pair are now frightened to go out at night and one young woman revealed how she cannot stand to see anybody wearing a hooded top or motorbike helmet.Judge O’Hagan said he was satisfied that McEleney had shown genuine remorse and that he had written letters of apology to all concerned.He said “These two men were out of control. I am advised that prison should be a last resort. It’s a pound of flesh but what is achieved?“While the idea is to get them to mend their ways and become model citizens – is it best achieved by locking someone up or by putting them into care of community and family? If they reoffend in this period then they will be brought in to serve their sentence.“What is achieved by sending you to jail apart from public satisfaction is absolute nothing,” he saidHe sentenced McEleney to four years on each of the three attempted robbery charges and five years for carrying a firearm with criminal intent with all sentences to run concurrently.However he suspended the sentence for five years and ordered McEleney to keep the peace for that time.EndsJUDGE GETS ANGRY LETTERS FROM DONEGAL PUBLIC AFTER DECIDING NOT TO JAIL ARMED ROBBER was last modified: July 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JUdge John O’HaganPaul McEleneyrobberiesTadhg McKelveylast_img read more

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Man assaulted another man in hospital while visiting his new-born baby

first_imgA father-of-three has been found guilty of assaulting another man as he visited his new-born son in hospital.Sean Gallagher appeared before Falcarragh District Court, charged with two counts of assaulting Michael Browne on August 9 2014, one inside Letterkenny Hospital and one outside. Gallagher was at Letterkenny Hospital on the date in question visiting his new-born son.Garda Inspector Doyle said Mr Browne alleged Gallagher had accused him of having a child with his sister and claimed he had neglected the child.Asked if he knew Mr Browne, Gallagher said: “I may have known him when he lived in Gweedore. I wouldn’t have recognised him. When I knew him he had long hair.“Surely if I assaulted him in the hospital, it would have been on camera. I saw the video and I don’t see any evidence.”Gallagher, of Fairgreen, Letterkenny, said that he ‘probably was’ in the hospital on the day in question as his son had been born on August 6.“The last time I saw the video was in 2014. At the time I recall saying it wasn’t me. I haven’t seen it in two years. It was a pretty grainy picture.”Judge Paul Kelly viewed the CCTV from the hospital and gave Mr Gallagher an opportunity to do so.Mr Gallagher said he didn’t recognise anyone in the footage and that he hadn’t seen Mr Browne in 14 years. He said that he had no relationship with Browne.“He knew my sister. His friend was my sister’s boyfriend,” Gallagher told the court.Inspector Doyle said that Browne alleged that Gallagher accused him of having a child with Gallagher’s sister and claimed he had neglected the child.Mr Gallagher denied causing assault to Mr Browne on the day.Judge Kelly said “There is no doubt in my mind that the defendant is in the Donegal top in the video. He has been identified by Mr Browne.In the video, we see Mr Browne walking the corridor in discussion with the defendant.“The body language is that Mr Browne is trying not to engage closely. The defendant is talking and gesticulating and Mr Browne is wiping blood from his face.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was a married father-of-three and a mature student who was nearing completion of a course and who had been in receipt of ‘assistance from professionals’.Mr Gallagher, who has 18 previous convictions, was found guilty and will be sentenced in May.Man assaulted another man in hospital while visiting his new-born baby was last modified: February 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalFalcarraghlast_img read more

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Man United star doubtful for the derby due to ‘little injury’

first_img TOP WORK 2 Press Association Sport report Pogba was at the Aon Training Complex on Friday but instead did indoor work rather than taking to the training pitch as a result of the issue.Romelu Lukaku is already a doubt for the derby, having missed the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus with a hamstring injury sustained last Friday. Manchester United star Paul Pogba in action against Juventus. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 predicted The striker trained with the group this Friday, as did Alexis Sanchez, who took a blow in Turin.Mourinho said ahead of the session: “Lukaku is training with the team this morning.“We have of course one more session tomorrow, but if the answer is positive, he’s ready.“But in this moment, I can only say he trains with the team. I don’t know his answer.” How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed Pogba may be out of the Red Devils’ derby clash on Sunday. The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes against former club Juventus on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho’s men came back to secure a stunning 2-1 win in the Champions League.However, Pogba was conspicuous by his absence from United’s training session on Friday – an unneeded injury scare ahead of Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium, where he netted a brace in April’s 3-2 victory.The Red Devils will be hoping that what is being described as a “little injury” will not keep the World Cup winner out against City. SORRY Manchester United have doubts over the fitness of Paul Pogba ahead of their derby match with Man City on Sunday.According to reports, the France ace missed training on Friday and was instead doing ‘indoor work’. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense huge blow gameday cracker Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Premier League Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest whoops Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? last_img read more

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Showcasing SA’s hottest property

first_img27 January 2004Selling houses has traditionally been done via newspaper advertising and occasional shopping mall exhibits, mainly attracting distracted shoppers who have three bags of shopping, two kids and a husband in the car wanting to get back to the rugby. South Africa’s Hot Property Exhibition has changed all that.First launched last year in conjunction with Decorex SA, the Hot Property Exhibition comes to Durban (18 to 22 March), Cape Town (21 to 25 April) and Johannesburg (5 to 9 August) with a show featuring beach resorts, golf resorts, game farms, cottages, urban developments and more.“Hot Property Exhibitions are a national, independent property showcase which allows property developers to expose their products in one-on-one discussions with motivated, potential buyers”, says Peter Weaver, co-owner of Hot Property Exhibitons.“One of the biggest markets for South African property is international buyers”, says Weaver. “Hot Property Exhibitions attracts such buyers by providing a consolidated marketplace showcasing properties from all over SA at one venue.”According to Weaver, South Africa has “the best climate, incredible scenery, and quality property developments which are financially attractive by international standards”, making the exhibition a winning formula both for visitors and for participating property developers.Nearly 100% of 2003 exhibitors have rebooked for the Johannesburg show and are booking for Cape Town as well. “The reason”, says Weaver, “is buyers in Gauteng have an unprecedented opportunity to view all kinds of property at the show, from luxury golf estates to wine estate developments to mid-priced urban housing, from all around the country, under one roof.”Melanie Froneman of exhibition organisers South Africa RAI says Decorex and Hot Property Exhibitions is a perfect match. “Now, at one show, you can search for your perfect home and pick up on the latest decor, design and home lifestyle trends.“This method of selling properties is universally accepted as being the most pro-active, hard-selling vehicle available to property developers”, says Froneman. “It is amazing to me that there has never been a fully independent national property exhibition in this country.”Froneman says a measure of the mark the Hot Property Expo has already made is that international developers and agents from southern Europe have been attracted to the 2004 exhibition. Besides the foreign interest, all parts of South Africa are represented.Source: South Africa RAIlast_img read more

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