APOEL cruise through in Champions League qualifying

first_imgAPOEL are through to the third round of Champions League qualifying after a 3-0 win over The New Saints on Tuesday night at the GSP Stadium.The Cyprus champions, after failing to break the deadlock in the first leg in Wales last week, needed a win at all costs to book their place in the next round, and a sizeable crowd turned up to roar their side to victory in the Nicosia heat.Despite their wealth of experience in the tournament, and superior individual quality, there was an element of anxiety in the atmosphere due to the club’s recent home record on the continent as APOEL had won just one of their previous nine European encounters on the island.APOEL started on the front foot, while The New Saints looked intent on sitting back. Tomas De Vincenti engineered the first decent chance of the match, as his cross found Vinicius but the Brazilian headed well off target.The home side came mightily close on 40 minutes when Vander connected with a sweeping diagonal ball from Astiz but the winger’s cross-shot found the corner of the woodwork. And then, on the stroke of half-time, Pieros Sotiriou rose highest to head the ball beyond the Saints keeper, only for his effort to be cleared off the line heroically by defender Phil Baker.The complexion of the game hardly changed in the second half, as the APOEL onslaught continued. Just when it was beginning to look as though it was not going to be APOEL’s night, a tame clearance from the Welsh defence bounced into the path of Nektarios Alexandrou at the edge of the box.The full-back struck firmly and, with the aid of a deflection, the ball crept beyond the keeper into the corner to finally break the deadlock.On the hour-mark, the game should have been put to bed. De Vincenti threaded the ball through to Sotiriou, who then skillfully turned his man to leave himself one-on-one with the keeper, but the Cypriot international could only find the far post.However, the 23-year-old made amends after 73 minutes, controlling Alexandrou’s drilled cross before lashing the ball into the net, albeit via a ricochet.There was still time to add icing to the cake, as De Vincenti was mowed down in the box in the very last minute of added time. The Argentine dusted himself down before leathering his penalty down the middle of the goal.It was not a vintage performance from APOEL who still look far from their best, but the result was the main priority on a night they simply had to win.APOEL will face either IFK Norrkoeping or Rosenborg in the third round next week. The Scandinavian duo play their second leg match on Wednesday night, with the latter leading 3-1 from the first leg.last_img read more

Tiger Woods: US must ‘unite’

first_imgWoods urged Americans to “come together and do what’s best for our country,” the former world No. 1 golfer told CNN’s Living Golf in Dubai.Woods was talking in the aftermath of President Trump’s controversial immigration ban, which has caused ructions in the US and throughout the rest of the world.Trump’s order has suspended the US refugee system for 120 days, suspended the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, and banned entry from seven Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days, among other things.”We need to unite, and be Americans,” said Woods, who played golf with the then president-elect in December.”I know there is a lot of divisiveness as of right now but time, patience and unity I think will win out.” ‘No pain’Woods is playing this week’s Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour, his second tournament in a row after missing the cut on his 2017 season-opener in California last week.The Californian says he was rusty at Torrey Pines in what was only his second event back, following December’s Hero World Challenge.But he is unconcerned what people think about his technique, which has undergone various reincarnations over the years to accommodate his injuries.”I just play away from pain, it’s very simple,” said Woods. “Whatever that swing looks like, if it looks awful, then fine, I don’t care.”If it looks like Jim Furyk, that’s fine, too,” added Woods, referring to the Ryder Cup captain whose unconventional swing has been likened to an “octopus falling out of a tree,” among other things, though it has netted him a US Open and 17 PGA Tour wins.”As long as I don’t have pain, I can play.” Chasing recordsWoods insists his competitive fire burns just as fiercely, despite his advancing years and his time away from the game.”That hasn’t changed,” he said. “That part is still there. I just need to get to where I’m playing enough tournament rounds to hit tournament shots. Hitting shots with your buddies back home is not the same as hitting tournament shots.”Woods is also scheduled to play the Genesis Open in California (February 16-19) and the Honda Classic in Florida (February 23-26) as he builds up to a return to Augusta for the Masters in April.He won the last of his four green jackets there in 2005, but has had seven top-six finishes in his nine appearances since then.Woods has won 79 PGA Tour titles, second only to Sam Snead’s record of 82, but none since he clinched five wins in 2013.Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and videosHe remains four major titles behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.center_img ‘Not funny’The 41-year-old, who makes his second appearance of the year in Dubai this week, feared he would never play golf again during “dark times” as he recovered from multiple back surgeries in late 2015.”It was a tough, tough road,” said Woods, who returned to golf in December after 15 months out. “There was a lot of dark times where I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t move, the pain was too great.”Anyone who’s ever had nerve pain in their back, they certainly understand what that feels like. I honestly didn’t know this time last year, I didn’t know if I’d ever play golf again. Just because of the fact that it’s nerve pain.”Woods has also missed several spells for knee surgery, notably after winning the last of his 14 major titles in 2008.”You know, I’ve had a damaged knee, I’ve had a few operations on the knee, give me that any day of the week,” he said.”I’d rather have that every day and deal with that pain than deal with nerve pain. It’s like hitting your funny bone a thousand times a day. It becomes not so funny.”last_img read more

Adolescent conversations on suicide

first_imgWith the second season of ‘13 Reasons Why’ released, the topic of suicide will inevitably be brought to the forefront of adolescent conversations. The show itself received serious backlash following its release last year. If you aren’t aware, the show details the life of a high school girl, Hannah Baker, and the self-described reasons for her suicide, which she includes in 13 recorded tapes that she mails to her classmates.One of the reasons the show was widely criticized was the manner in which it chose to portray her suicide. In the show, the method is documented in extreme detail, featuring graphic imagery. Mental health experts agree that graphic representations of suicide may be harmful to viewers, especially those who have attempted suicide themselves, or are contemplating suicide. Days after the show’s release in April of last year, two Californian teens, Bella Herndon and Priscilla Chui, took their lives. Their families believe that this is in part due to the fact that the show made them feel as though suicide was a viable option; one which people would understand if they provided good enough reasons, with Priscilla’s uncle saying, “I feel as if the show gives only one alternative for cyber bullying and other teenage issues.” The same relative further said that the scene in which Hannah commits suicide is “very graphic” and can “act as a trigger”. He did, however, explain that Priscilla had been battling with depression for a long time.Something else, too, that was dangerous about the show was that it did not seem to focus on Hannah’s internal struggle. Most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness at the time of their death. The show did not portray her reaction as unhealthy, but rather as understandable; and further, went on to make it seem as though through suicide a person can be avenged — that by committing suicide you can ‘punish’ people who have wronged you.These criticisms are not to say that suicide should not be talked about. However, they are to say that suicide should be talked about responsibly. Netflix and the producers of the show have appeared to listen, including additional warnings on triggering episodes, and a general warning at the beginning of the second season, where cast members explain that if you have been suffering from depression, are contemplating suicide, or have been sexually assaulted, the show “may not be for you”; and advise that if you should still want to continue watching, you watch with a “trusted adult”.Personally, I can’t say how much influence media portrayal has on suicide becoming an actuality. There are two types of suicide: impulsive ones, and planned ones. In an article titled “The Role Of Impulsiveness Is One Of The Saddest Things About Suicide”, published on Business Insider by Corey Adwar, he explains that according to the New England Journal of Medicine, anywhere from a third to eighty percent of suicides are impulsive. He further went on to say that twenty-four percent of people who had nearly succeeded in committing suicide said they made the decision within five minutes, and about seventy said the decision had been made within an hour. The same article then detailed that, “90% of people who survive suicide attempts, including the most lethal types like shooting one’s self in the head, don’t end up killing themselves later.” Even making reference to a study in 1978 of 515 people who were prevented from attempting suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge between 1937 and 1971. The study found that after more than 26 years, 94% were still alive or had died of natural causes. I think in cases where suicide is impulsive, shows like ‘13 Reasons Why’ have far greater impacts. People who attempt to commit suicide impulsively are described as “indecisive”, and as suicidologist Edwin S. Shneidman put it, “The prototypical psychological picture of a person on the brink of suicide is one who wants to and does not want to. He makes plans for self-destruction and at the same time entertains fantasies of rescue and intervention. It is possible — indeed probably prototypical — for a suicidal individual to cut his throat and to cry for help at the same time.” In such instances, a person is not completely sure that they want to die, but, in the moment, are overwhelmed by negative thoughts which push them to the edge. I think (that) in this case, a triggering scene in a show can be what encourages a person to go through with their attempt.I think, though, that there is something good to be said about the show. It has started a discussion — one about how we should safely discuss and portray suicide in the media, as well as one about what issues teens are facing in schools. It is obvious that people can relate on some level to challenges Hannah faced, and it is important to talk about them. However, it is even more important to remind teens that these issues are not permanent: that they can be resolved, and that there are people who are willing to support and counsel them.Guyana remains having one of the highest suicide rates in the world, largely due, I think, to the lack of mental health education (about mental illnesses and the causes and warning signs of suicide), and the lack of safe spaces to discuss issues. Young people can feel isolated; they don’t feel like they can discuss their depression with their parents or relatives (as they won’t be taken seriously), they don’t feel comfortable talking to their teachers, and our schools don’t have counsellors. It is up to us to change the environment, and to break down the walls of stigma surrounding suicide and mental illnesses by discussing them in a safe and responsible manner.last_img read more

We are all canecutters

first_imgIt does not appear that the enormity of the tragedy that is unfolding on the sugar plantations of our country has touched the Guyanese public at large especially in our urban centres. But out of all the plantations, Wales should remind us that contrary to the received wisdom, the sugar industry still employs Africans, Indians and all other groups in Guyana. And the “severance” pay these 10,000 Guyanese to be laid off will receive, will not tide over a typical family for six months.To paraphrase our national poet Martin Carter, we are all involved as we have been from the beginning of this project we now call “Guyana”. While we were brought in a linear sequence, we yet all had to pass through the sugar plantations that have been called a “total institutions”. “Total” because every aspect of our lives was controlled to the “T” for one purpose – to be the most efficient producer of sugar. That was the raison d’etre of the colony and of each of us and we all retain traces.Guyana was founded as a colony by the Dutch who had fled Brazil, to produce sugar for an eager European market – but at prices that could only be achieved through slave labour. And though, as Eric Williams argued, that labour produced the wealth on which the industrial revolution was built and which gave the Europeans an advantage they enjoy to this day, the individuals providing the labour were dehumanised and equated into animals.Maybe it was not surprising that, to use the felicitous phrase coined by Marx a decade later, the freed labour became “alienated” from the land and the honour to coax from it, life’s sustenance. The scorn was transferred to the land so when indentured labour replaced the slave, he too was cathected with assumptions of a lesser humanity and this is what appears to have survived to this day. Ironically in Guyanese of all persuasions.Today it may surprise some to learn that fully one out of three canecutters is of African heritage and perchance one may see this as a sign of progress. A lessening of the self-hating scorn in the wider society, even though one member of the culturati – a pretender to even Carter’s mantle – has used “canecutter” as a trope for all that is backward and uncivilised. As the ultimate put down, he made reference to “some Canecutopian official or their ignorant spawn” for committing some faux pas or other.And it is why, one of the canecutting father of the valedictorian at UG a few years ago could recount how he took his son to the canefields and made sure the lad would look beyond the canefields. Not for the honest labour; not for the salary that is perhaps more than a graduate earns nowadays, but for respect never given to the canecutter after all these years. The story can be starkly summarised by juxtaposing the millions canecutters are supposed to earn versus the refusal of the 40% of our unemployed youths to accept that job. It is reminiscent of the challenge the African-American comedian Chris Rock threw out to the whites in his audience to a deafening silence: “Which one of you would exchange your place with me – a Black millionaire?”Today, the government has thrown the sugar industry to the wolves and it is conveniently forgotten that during the dark days on the seventies and eighties as the economy imploded from mismanagement, the sugar levy – extracted like blood from stone – kept the entire nation afloat.But there is the denouement predicted by Carter:I come from the nigger yard of yesterdayleaping from the oppressors’ hateand the scorn of myself;from the agony of the dark hut in the shadowand the hurt of things;from the long days of cruelty and the long nights of paindown to the wide streets of to-morrow, of the next dayleaping I come, who cannot see will hear.last_img read more

Suicide stats, related facts

first_imgDear Editor,Last year, a motion to decriminalise attempted suicide was debated in Parliament. Supported in principle by both sides of the house, it was voted against by the Government so as not to allow the Opposition to ‘score political points’.The Caribbean Voice, in a letter to the media, suggested that the bill be sent to committee to thrash out something acceptable at a bipartisan level, which would not water down the necessary mechanisms for suicide prevention. Another suggestion was to set up a broad-based committee that includes the Government, Opposition, civil society and NGO stakeholders to rework the motion and have it jointly sponsored by a member of the Gov’t and a member of the Opposition. Nothing to date.Secondly, while no stats were given at the press conference of Jan 19, The Caribbean Voice has constantly been putting out stats and facts on suicide in Guyana, and thus we were a bit puzzled by the PAHO/WHO Director Dr William Adu-Krow’s inaccurate figure that the suicide rate had plummeted to 20.6 per 100,000 people in 2015, as well as the inaccurate stat that the 2012 suicide rate was 44.2 per 100,000 people.Clearly, the 2012 figure is an anomaly, especially given that the only adjustment actually made by the WHO is from crude rate to age-standardized suicide rate, to eliminate the effect of differences in population age structures when comparing crude rates for different periods of time, different geographic areas, and/or different population sub-groups. Thus the 2015 crude rate of 29.0 was adjusted to 30.6.Whatever led to this apparent anomaly, it presents a skewed picture that makes the work of suicide prevention NGOs and activists that much more difficult, besides seeming to imply that, with such a significant rate reduction, the Government does not need to ramp up resources to tackle suicide.That PAHO Rep Dr Adu Krow was quoted a number of times in certain sections of the media as stating that the 2015 rate was 20.6 is even more puzzling; and despite The Caribbean Voice’s suggestion that Dr. Adu Krow may have been misquoted, he has not, to date, provided any public clarifying statement.Finally, in 2015, just prior to the elections, the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) met with The Caribbean Voice, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the Rights of the Child Commission, and a couple of other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of implementing an adaption of the Sri Lanka Hazard Reduction Model, which had reduced pesticide suicide in that nation by about 50% in about a decade, and for which The Caribbean Voice had been lobbying. An undertaking was given by the PTCCB to roll out such a policy a few months down the road, but a change of Government came in May 2015, and that undertaking was apparently scrapped.The Sri Lanka Hazard Reduction Model is still the most viable and results-oriented strategy to tackle pesticide suicide anywhere, and we strongly believe that it needs to be adapted and implemented in Guyana, especially since all other measures have thus far failed miserably.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Liverpool felled by Rooney sucker-punch

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LIVERPOOL, January 17 – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney pounced to score a 78th-minute winner as his side stunned eternal rivals Liverpool with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at a freezing Anfield on Sunday.Presiding over his first game against United, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watched his team dominate, but Rooney punished their profligacy with his fifth goal in four games, a close range snapshot after Marouane Fellaini had hit the bar. It was United’s first shot on target, but it was enough to give visiting manager Louis van Gaal his fourth win over Liverpool in four games and a first away victory since the 2-1 success at Watford on November 21.Victory took United to within two points of the Champions League places and allowed them to reclaim fifth place from West Ham United, leaving Liverpool six points back in ninth place, their top-four hopes fading.They may be England’s two most decorated clubs, but Liverpool and United are not this season’s leading contenders and a scrappy, shapeless first half reflected both clubs’ recent difficulties.Both teams had drawn 3-3 on their previous outings — Liverpool at home to Arsenal, United at Newcastle United — but there was to be no frenzied attacking to warm the 43,865 shivering souls at Anfield.What quality football there was came chiefly from Liverpool and, in particular, Roberto Firmino, preferred once again to Christian Benteke as the nominal frontman.He was involved in two early chances, first drilling narrowly wide after Jordan Henderson, freed by Lucas Leiva, had seen a header palmed away by the outrushing David de Gea and then releasing James Milner to slice wide with a fine, half-volleyed pass.It was from a Firmino flick, meanwhile, that Henderson flashed a shot across goal and wide after a neat move also involving Adam Lallana.– United trio watch –The Brazilian looked poised to put Liverpool ahead six minutes before half-time, but as he cocked his right foot to shoot, Anthony Martial nipped in to intervene.A ragged half for the visitors ended with Ashley Young hobbling off after appearing to injure his groin, with youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson coming on.Stationed out on the left, Martial had to wait until first-half stoppage time for a sight of goal, but after driving into the box, his shot was blocked by Mamadou Sakho.Injured United trio Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo were among the fans in the away end and they could only look on with concern as Liverpool’s dominance continued in the second half, De Gea saving with his feet after Emre Can had flummoxed Chris Smalling with a step-over.Martial threatened in the 56th minute, fizzing a shot wide after Borthwick-Jackson’s cross was deflected into his path, but Liverpool were soon back on top.De Gea fielded a side-foot effort from Henderson and then plunged to his right to parry an effort from Can before springing up to claw away Firmino’s cross from the rebound.Van Gaal sent on Juan Mata, match-winner in United’s 2-1 victory at Anfield last March, and Memphis Depay, but still Liverpool came, Mamadou Sakho heading Milner’s cross over.They could not make their pressure count, however, and with 12 minutes remaining Rooney made them pay by slamming the ball past Simon Mignolet after Fellaini’s header came back off the bar.Liverpool’s best chance of an equaliser fell to Firmino, but he could not control Milner’s mishit shot right in front of goal and as his disbelieving glance at the linesman testified, there was no offside flag to spare his blushes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More miles of car-pool lanes for I-5

first_imgDespite soaring gas prices, the San Fernando Valley got some good news Friday: Three more miles of car-pool lanes will be built on Interstate 5. The California Transportation Commission approved spending $38 million for the Valley project as part of a five-year, $5.18 billion statewide plan. Los Angeles County will get $55 million in new allocations and a total of $967 million over the next five years. “It’s long overdue,” said David Fleming, who chairs the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and sits on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, also an MTA board member, said the rail project has the potential to relieve some of the heavy traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway. “This is great news for the region,” he said. Construction on the $640 million rail line along I-10 is expected to start this summer. But some said the county came up short in new transportation funding, which uses a formula set by the Legislature to dole out transit funds based on county population and state highway miles. “When you look at San Diego County, they got several projects in the multimillion-dollar range,” said Michael Cano, transportation deputy to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “Los Angeles County did not do very well in that allocation. In general, when we get funding by formula, the county does not get its fair share.” San Diego County, the sixth-largest county in the nation, will receive $81 million in new funding – $26 million more than the nation’s largest county. “Los Angeles County has done pretty well in the past,” said David Brewer, chief deputy director of the CTC. “They have gotten ahead of the game. This is just evening it out. “If you spread state money around on a population basis, the rural areas wouldn’t have decent transportation or roads.” Statewide, the commission’s 2006 State Transportation Improvement Program includes $3.8 billion for highways and roads, $1 billion for rail and public transit and $350 million for transportation enhancements such as pedestrian and bike facilities, landscaping and rehabilitation of historic buildings. For the first time, the plan introduces a discipline of accounting that makes transportation planning and expenditures performance-driven. Caltrans and regional planning agencies will use performance measures to identify the most essential projects that will deliver the “most bang for the buck,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton. The commission also approved $16 million to add car-pool lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway from the 605 Freeway to Highway 57 over Kellogg Hill on the eastern edge of the county. “The (car-pool) lanes stop at the county border,” Knabe said. “That really jams things up. So this is good news.” Still, several officials said that unless voters approve major infrastructure bonds the funds available for the five-year plan will be limited. “It’s good that they are starting to make these dollars flow again,” MTA board member and county Supervisor Don Knabe said. “I know we have significantly more than $55 million in project needs, but we never expect to get all our projects funded. “The bottom line is this shows the competitive nature of obtaining transportation dollars. That’s why I hope (state officials) can come together on some of these infrastructure bonds and get them on the ballot.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It’s been a real tragedy that so little has been devoted to transportation and highway improvements in the last few years. “We have $300 billion in infrastructure in the county, a lot of it is decaying and it’s high time we finally play catch-up,” said Fleming, a former member of the CTC. The new funding will pay for car-pool lanes on the Golden State Freeway between the Hollywood and Ronald Reagan freeways. Funding was previously approved for car-pool lanes on I-5 from the Antelope Valley to the 118 freeways. Under the five-year plan approved by the commission, the county also received $315 million for the Exposition Rail Transit Project. “With this funding, we are one step closer to breaking ground on the Expo Line,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the MTA board. last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show – Thursday 1 February

first_imgTom Rennie and David Walker are joined by former Spurs midfielder Kevin Watson and ex-Leicester striker Iwan Roberts to preview gameweek 26 of the Premier League season.They take a look at the winners and losers in the transfer window, the uncertain future of Antonio Conte, the increasingly intriguing race for the top four, and round up the rest of the action ahead of another packed Premier League weekend.last_img

The three goalkeepers Leeds are monitoring, plus teenager star to leave?

first_img Casilla is a frontrunner to be Leeds goalkeeper Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Bielsa wants to add to his ranks to continue his side’s surge for promotion Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal)Another goalkeeper who is being monitored by Leeds is Arsenal keeper Emliano Martinez.Just like Casilla, Martinez’s chances of first team action have been limited with Petr Cech and summer recruit Bernd Leno in the Gunners’ ranks.According to the Mail, the keeper is interested in playing in the Championship and he could move out on loan to the league leaders this month.Martinez, 26, was convinced to stay at the Emirates by Unai Emery to partake in their pre-season tour, but he now may wish he moved on in the summer. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on OutJack ClarkeRising star Jack Clarke has been mightily impressive since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa.The teenager, 18, was handed his debut against Brentford in October and has appeared 13 times in the White shirt since.Clarke has also scored twice and assisted a further two in since his promising debut – and in his last outing against Derby he earned a standing ovation from the Leeds crowd for a Man of the Match performance in their win.Unfortunately for Leeds fans Premier League clubs are now circling, and Southampton are reportedly keen to bring him to the south coast.With the Saints renowned for playing youth and Hasenhuttl reportedly an admirer, Clarke could be in the top flight soon. Latest Transfer News Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 5 Fraser Forster (Southampton)According to The Sun, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster could be on the way to Elland Road to replace Blackman.The former England international fell out of favour at Saint Mary’s last season and is not in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.But his experience with Celtic and in the Premier League is an attractive asset for Bielsa.However, he is very much a back-up option with Casilla frontrunner to be the new no.1. in the coming days. three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Forster could move to Leeds talkSPORT.com has a look at all the transfer gossip surrounding the Whites.Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid)One transfer that is reportedly close to completion is a move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Cassilla.Casillla’s game time was already limited due to Keylor Navas last season but this term it has been cut even further with the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman broke his leg in November and Northern Irish keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been his replacement, but Bielsa is keen on bringing in a more experienced shot-stopper.Having started his career at Real, Casilla, now 32, moved to Espanyol in 2007 before returning to the Bernabeu in 2015, after which he served as the back-up for three seasons.The former Spain international made 17 appearances for Real last season, including their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League group stage. It could be a busy week for Marcelo Bielsa’s table-topping Leeds as they look to recruit to continue their surge for promotion.The priority for the Argentine is to sign an experienced keeper between the sticks, but who are the reported targets and who could be on their way out of Elland Road? IN DEMAND REVEALED center_img RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets 5 LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets 5 5 TOP WORK LATEST Martinez is not getting game time for Arsenal 5 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Clarke put in a Man of the Match performance against Derby on Fridaylast_img read more

Community devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blaze

first_imgThe community of Buncrana is left reeling this morning following a major fire which destroyed two iconic buildings on main street.John Barr’s drapery store and the Buncrana Plaza were gutted by flames in the fire which broke out after 9pm on Sunday night.Six fire units from Donegal and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service battled the blaze through the night, with over 60 fire fighters in action at its peak. The fire was eventually brought under control and the scene is blocked off today for examinations. No injuries were sustained in the incident.The scene of last night’s fire on Buncrana Main Street. Photo: Northwest NewspixCommenting today, Cllr Jack Murray of Inishowen MD said that the situation could have been much worse without the massive efforts of the fire service.Cllr Murray said: “I have to commend the fire fighters for all they did last night. I was at the scene at 8am this morning and there were fire fighters who were there since 9pm. If it wasn’t for them this would have been much worse.“The Plaza building goes so deep back down from the street that the fire nearly reached the Tyre Centre behind it. If that went up this would have been a much worse situation.” Local businesses and residents have been shocked to see the aftermath of the fire as two of Buncrana’s most well-known buildings lie in ruin today.Cllr Murray said: “The community is devastated. John Barr’s shop supplied nearly every school uniform in Inishowen. The Plaza is the centre of the town. Any community fundraiser, concert or gig would have been there and people all have fond memories of it.“When you walked into the plaza, the entrance was full of black and white photos of dances from the 50s and long ago. Generations of people enjoyed it.“From the plaza you can see a list of gigs they had planned. It’s vital to the community to have a venue like that.”The area remains closed off this Monday morning for safety precautions. Main Street in Buncrana is closed from West End to Market Square, Ferris Lane and all footpaths at Upper Main Street are closed.  Diversions are in place.Local residents were evacuated during the night due to airborne asbestos inhalation fears. Those residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.Some nearby businesses and residential properties were also without electricity this morning.The fire services and local authority are currently working to ensure the area is completely safe before diversions are lifted. Community devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blaze was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncrana main streetCllr Jack MurrayfireInishowenlast_img read more