Ever controversial, Maradona makes winning debut in Mexico

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses Diego Maradona, head coach of Dorados de Sinaloa soccer team, celebrates a goal during a second-tier national league soccer match against Cafetaleros, his first game as coach for Dorados in Culiacan, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)Controversial and combative as ever, Diego Maradona made his Mexican coaching debut Monday with a 4-1 win for his new club, the second-division side Dorados.It could hardly have been otherwise in the country that saw the Argentine legend score his infamous “hand of God” goal as he led his country to the 1986 World Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT 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 But not all Dorados fans are convinced.Maradona arrived to a hero’s welcome last week, but has also been the butt of more than a few jokes about why someone who has battled publicly with drug addiction might take a job in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country.“I’m not expecting much. Maradona has never shown himself to be a good coach. I think there are better coaches than him in Mexico,” said Kevin Juarez, a 26-year-old fan, ahead of the match.“The one good thing is that Maradona’s arrival has drawn the world’s attention to Dorados,” he told AFP.Maradona once coached the Argentine national team, including at the 2010 World Cup, but the rest of his managerial career has lacked the sparkle of his playing days.ADVERTISEMENT Home to the Sinaloa drug cartel, the western state is in the grips of a bloody power struggle for control of the organization since its founder, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was extradited to the United States last year.So far this year, 879 people have been murdered state-wide, and 144 in Culiacan.Dorados’s owners, the politically powerful Hank family, have been accused of ties to drug traffickers.But Maradona insists he just wants to concentrate on football.His outsize legacy in the sport was on full display as he took the pitch on Monday.Grinning in his track-suit pants and T-shirt, he gave an affectionate pinch on the cheek to rival coach Diego de la Torre, 23 years his junior.It was a special encounter for the beaming De la Torre: he was named after Maradona by his father, an ex-footballer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Other fans in Sinaloa are more optimistic.“With Maradona’s help, this club can gain a little character and get promoted,” said fellow fan Hector Cuen, 40.“I can’t see anything bad in Maradona coming to Culiacan.”Diego meets MaradonaEven El Diego only managed to fill Dorados’s 20,000-seat stadium to about half capacity — though that was still more than double the average attendance at the club’s most recent home matches.Maradona, however, was unfazed by the empty seats.“Dorados fans are amazing,” he said.“I looked up and thought I was on the field at Boca” — his old Buenos Aires club, which is legendary for packing its stadium with rowdy crowds.Sinaloa is more baseball than football country.And residents perhaps have more than sports on their minds these days. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Alternately grinning and defensive, Maradona thumbed his nose at his critics after Ecuadoran forward Vinicio Angulo scored a hat trick to give Dorados the win over Cafeteleros of Tapachula.“Some people said Maradona’s useless. There were a lot of stupid people going on television to fill up the time,” Maradona told a packed post-match press conference in Culiacan, Sinaloa, his new club’s home base.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I hope they’ll come to the pitch now and look at my record and see what we’re actually doing, see that I know how to do this.”Maradona, 57, vowed it was just the beginning for the struggling club, who leapt from 13th place in their 15-team league to 10th with the win over last-place Cafeteleros. View commentslast_img read more

Albino Society Honors Miatta Fahnbulleh

first_imgThe Liberia Albino Society (LAS) has presented a “certificate of honor” to Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh for what they termed her “standing with them” from the inception of their organization a few years ago.In their recognition of “Aunty Miatta’s” good deeds towards them, Ms. Ruth J. Tulay, Planning Committee head, LAS, said they decided to honor her on her birthday because of the many good things she has done and continues to do for them.Ms. Tulay said, “This certificate of honor has been presented to Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh for her immense contributions towards persons living with albinism in Liberia.”She stated that whenever the society calls upon Ms. Fahnbulleh, she (Aunty Miatta) is always willing to attend to their call and for this they had come to say “thank you.”After the presentation, Ms. Fahnbulleh told our reporter that the society was challenged with the lack of a vehicle for easy movement. She described how on many occasions, albinos are discriminated against when they get on public vehicles.“Most times the person sitting next to us in a taxi or a bus will try to push far from us so that his/her skin does not touch ours,” Ms. Tulay said. She told those who see them as not being humans like them that albinos are humans just like anyone else except for the pigmentation of their skin.She presented the honor to Ms. Fahnbulleh in the kindergarten class of the OBAA’S Girls Educational Outreach, which is run by the honoree.Receiving the certificate, Aunty Miatta, turned to the kids and said, “My darlings when you learn to do things for people, when you learn to share with people, when you learn to remember your neighbors as your friends, people will always come back to say thank you.”She urged the little ones always to share with their classmates when they can and to do good for people whether they know them or not, adding, “One day when you least expect, somebody will come back to say thank you.”She thanked the LAS for the recognition and promised to do more to help the society. She praised the leader of the society, Madam Patricia Logan, for her hard work in bringing the issues of people living with albinism to light in Liberia.Aunty Miatta, who is one of Liberia’s musical icons, turned 67 yesterday. She has spent nearly 40 years of her life in advocacy, especially for the girl child.She has influenced at least two generations of African musicians.Aunty Miatta Fahnbulleh was born in Monrovia and educated in England, Sierra Leone, Kenya and the United States. She has lived in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  She is the mother of two – a son and a daughter and she is also a grandmother.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Northern Lights bright over Peace Region

first_imgA lot of chatter amongst residents of the Peace Region was happening on the Social Networks Friday evening as the Aurora Borealis made a spectacular appearance.Aurora Borealis, or better known as the Northern Lights, do not show up as much in the Peace Region as they do in Northern Canada, but that didn’t stop them from dancing across the sky Friday evening. The show consisted of green stretches of light going clear across the sky, which were very visible despite the amount of light the moon was projecting.- Advertisement -As the Northern Lights are such a rare but magnificent sight to see, we are asking those who captured them to share them with everyone on our Facebook Page. So if you had the opportunity to capture a glimpse of the lights and want to share the experience with everyone go to our Facebook Page and post them there.last_img read more

Northridge snaps 4-game losing skid

first_img“I think this was a step in the right direction. Everyone was into what we had to do,” said Calvin Chitwood, who scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds. “We played together defensively and pounded the ball inside.” CSUN led by as much as 16 in the first half, highlighted by a pair of crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunks. Jayme Miller (16 points) came through with the first, slamming home a tomahawk-style dunk midway through the half. Chitwood followed with an equally powerful slam off an above-the-rim pass to make it 41-25 with two minutes left before halftime. “We were just having fun, doing what we were doing,” Miller said. CSUN dominated inside, outscoring UC Riverside (5-18, 1-8) 54-12 in the paint and holding a 44-31 rebounding advantage. “I was pleased,” said coach Bobby Braswell, who missed two practices because of strep throat and was still under the weather Thursday. “They showed great leadership, and that’s very satisfying as a coach. It was a good effort.” Northridge forced 16 turnovers – 12 in the first half – and shot 56.3 percent, a good sign for a team that’s been struggling offensively. UC Riverside didn’t go away easily, cutting the lead to six on Henrik Thompson’s 3-pointer five minutes into the second half. This was just what slumping Cal State Northridge needed, an easy 89-69 Big West men’s basketball victory Thursday over UCRiverside to break a four-game losing steak in front of 1,028 at the Matadome. The losing skid was North- ridge’s longest since 2003-04. With seven games remaining in the regular season, Northridge (11-12, 4-6) still has a chance to find itself before the conference tournament beginning March 7. center_img But Northridge pulled away over the next five minutes, extending the lead to 62-49 on Chitwood’s short jumper over ex-Burroughs of Burbank center Sean Anderson. UC Riverside’s Larry Cunningham scored 24 points, and Chris Johnson added 19. Northridge’s Rob Haynes scored 13, and Jonathan Heard added 12 points and seven assists. Northridge plays host to Cal State Fullerton (17-5, 7-3) at 7:05p.m. Saturday. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Reports – Will Barcelona blow Chelsea and Man United out of the water in the race this star?

first_img Douglas Costa in action for Shakhtar Donetsk Barcelona are already lining up a January move for Chelsea and Manchester United target Douglas Costa, according to reports in Spain.The Nou Camp club are currently under a transfer embargo and will not be allowed to sign players during the summer.However they are already drawing up their plans for the New Year window and manager Luis Enrique has put Shakhtar Donetsk ace Costa at the top of his list.Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has reported that the Barca manager reckons the 24-year-old would be the perfect addition to his already glittering front line.It has also been suggested that Barca officials will be in attendance when Shakhtar take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday to gauge how Costa copes under the pressure of a ‘big game’.But, with Barca’s interest in Costa now emerging, Chelsea and United could be ready to go head-to-head for him this summer when the Spanish club are still not allowed to bring him in. 1last_img read more

Sergio Aguero wants to leave Man City and make shock Red Devils switch!

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed he plans to leave the club when his contract expires in 2019, to return to boyhood club Independiente.The Argentine ace began his career at Independiente – nicknamed Los Diablos Rojo (the Red Devils in English) – with their academy at the age of nine and went on to make his debut as a 15-year-old.And 27-year-old Aguero, who has scored 116 goals in 176 games for City since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, says he wants to return to his homeland when he turns 31 “if everything goes well”.In an interview with French football magazine So Foot, the City star said: “I have always said that I want to return to Independiente and I will do just that.“I will return to Independiente when my contract with City expires.“I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31.” Man City striker Sergio Aguero 1last_img read more

Chelsea’s latest decision over Loftus-Cheek is sure to anger fans

first_imgChelsea will NOT sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, but he could leave Stamford Bridge on loan, according to reports.Loftus-Cheek, the midfielder, is currently part of the England squad at the World Cup, impressing in the two games he has played so far; he came off the bench in the 2-1 defeat of Tunisia, then completed the full 90 minutes against Panama on Sunday. 2 The 22-year-old looks to have established himself as one of Gareth Southgate’s key players, and following his impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace, it was expected he would be part of Chelsea’s first-team next term.Loftus-Cheek has made it clear he will not settle for playing a bit-part role in west London, and Premier League trio Palace, West Ham and Everton are all showing an interest in moving for the youngster if he is frustrated about his playing time, according to The Guardian.Chelsea have no intention of selling Loftus-Cheek, even though other clubs have shown interest in securing him on a permanent deal, but they are willing to consider another loan move for the midfielder.Loftus-Cheek could sign a new long-term contract before leaving Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea Loftus-Cheek has impressed playing for England at the World Cup Chelsea fans have long called for the inclusion of Loftus-Cheek in the club’s plans moving forward, and any decision to not utilise him in 2018/19 is sure to anger the Stamford Bridge faithful. 2last_img read more

Chelsea boss insists there was no Europa League hangover against West Ham

first_img“We knew today was a very difficult match. They are a very good team.“So I am not disappointed but I think we could have done better, especially in the last 25 minutes of the first-half. We played well in the second-half, very well in the last 25 minutes.“In the first-half we move the ball very slowly and there was little movement without the ball.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY Sarri’s men were sluggish at times as their perfect start to the season ended, and could’ve lost if West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko converted a simple header from point-blank range.However, when asked about a Europa League hangover, Sarri told talkSPORT: “No, because we have played better in the second-half than the first-half. So in this period of the season, I don’t think so. Maurizio Sarri insists Chelsea’s goalless draw with West Ham had nothing to do with their delayed return from Greece on Thursday night.The Blues were forced to remain in the country after their Europa League victory over PAOK due to a cancelled flight and did not arrive back in London until Friday afternoon, just 48 hours before the West Ham clash. 2 2 RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Yarmolenko could’ve won it for West Ham England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED center_img silverware impact ADVICE REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea were held at the London Stadium last_img read more

Weather: Flash flooding in parts of Letterkenny

first_imgThere are flash floods in parts of Letterkenny this Saturday evening after a major downpour.Heavy rain brought traffic to a crawl in parts of the town at around 4.15pm.Minor flooding has occurred on some roads, including the Ballyraine area and Polestar Roundabout. Met Eireann has forecast further showers for Ulster tonight, with some turning heavy. There is also a risk of thunder this evening.Weather: Flash flooding in parts of Letterkenny was last modified: August 3rd, 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)last_img read more

Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy Settings

first_imgFollowing one of the biggest changes to the culture of Facebook in years, founder Mark Zuckerberg has changed his own privacy settings to reflect what’s now recommended for everyone else.“For those wondering,” he wrote this afternoon, “I set most of my content on my personal Facebook page to be open so people could see it. I set some of my content to be more private, but I didn’t see a need to limit visibility of pics with my friends, family or my teddy bear :)” Hopefully he’ll remember that not everyone feels the same way about privacy. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Zuckerberg has both a personal profile and a Facebook page on the site. Most of his photos are on his personal profile.As of this week, Facebook users are no longer able to make their profile photos, home towns and friends lists viewable only by approved friends. Those are all public now. Posted content, like status messages and photos, are for the first time “recommended” as a new default setting to be public – for any users who hadn’t edited their privacy settings before. The company told us last night that only 15 to 20% of Facebook users had changed their settings before.See also: Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy PolicyAs a public figure it would be understandable if Zuckerberg didn’t want his friends and family photos exposed to 350 million Facebook users and the web at large – but as the founder of a world-changing company that just did an about-face on the privacy recommendations that have been at its core throughout this massive period of growth, it makes more sense for Zuckerberg’s photos to be as public as he recommends yours be.Of course if you’re a person who wants to show your status messages and photos only to approved friends, you can opt-out of the new settings at any time. And if there are specific people you don’t want to see those things, you can easily block them as individuals.But after years of saying that Facebook data is private between friends because that’s what makes people comfortable enough to share – this is a radical change. Zuckerberg used to post his photos privately, what made him change his comfort level? (And how do the people in those pictures with him feel?)It’s a good thing you’ve got that teddy bear to squeeze, Mark. These changes are likely to get pretty rocky. Especially given that you’re probably not going to stop suggesting that people open up publicly after this campaign alone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more