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first_imgMessi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.United hit the bar inside the first 40 seconds through Marcus Rashford but were dominated after going behind.Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close at the visitors came in the second half.It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the tournament, headed the hosts in front from a first-half corner. However, Ajax battled level as Donny van de Beek controlled Hakim Ziyech’s shot and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny.Ziyech went close after the break before De Ligt, up from the back, scored a decisive, powerful header.The away-goals rule left Juventus needing two in the remaining 23 minutes, but it could have been even more comfortable for the visitors in the closing stages with David Neres shooting wide and Ziyech flagged offside after whipping a smart shot into the top corner.As their fans twirled shirts over the heads high in the Juventus Stadium stands, the visitors ran out deserved victors.Ajax will face the winner of Manchester City and Tottenham’s quarter-final, which Spurs leading 1-0 before Wednesday’s second leg at Etihad Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing 3-0 victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp.Elsewhere, Ajax’s sensational Champions League run continued as teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt’s goal eliminated Juventus 2-1 and secured their place in the semi-finals.Manchester United, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started brightly but were then undone by brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea.last_img read more

first_img29 Apr 2015 England Golf partners 59Club to help grow the game England Golf, the governing body for English amateur golf, has partnered with 59Club, Europe’s leading customer service analysts and training consultants, to help create an even brighter future for the sport. The agreement includes support for a pilot project which England Golf is running in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership. 59Club’s mystery testers will make telephone enquiry calls and live visits at selected clubs in each of the three counties. They will analyse customer service levels, including those offered to non-members who visit as day guests. 59Club will also gather feedback from current golf club members. The data and feedback will be collated and analysed before a series of staff training programmes takes place, led by 59Club’s team of experienced trainers. In addition, England Golf has agreed a package for its GolfMark clubs, giving them access to 59club’s customer service and sales resources at a subsidised rate. The GolfMark award recognises clubs which achieve high standards in recruitment and retention; management and sustainability; coaching and competitions; and safeguarding. The partnership between the two organisations supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan – Raising Our Game – which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. Richard Flint, the England Golf director of participation and club support, said: “59Club has a track record of success with individual resorts and golf clubs and many of its analysis tools – including in-depth, golf-member surveys – will prove advantageous to us as we work to grow the game. “This partnership will allow England Golf to use club profiling to identify clubs requiring support, and also to trial 59Club’s customer-service tools and mentoring.” Simon Wordsworth, chief executive at 59Club and a fellow of the PGA, added: “We are delighted to be able to make available parts of our process for the use of England Golf. Growing the game at the amateur level is essential for the whole industry moving forward, and if we can, in even a small way, play a part in making that ambition a success, we will be delighted.” 59Club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals. The unique benchmarking and training service has already benefited hundreds of PGA members and golf-course operators including Wentworth, Marriott, Stoke Park and Goodwood. The services include a series of mystery shopper recorded enquiry calls and live visits, followed up with regular analysis and training to ensure venues can identify trends and compare, improve, or maintain, service standards.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook386Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of TumwaterLooking for free fun for the whole family?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for “Screen on the Green” outdoor movies, Friday evenings in August.Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501). Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE.  Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River’s Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic (park rules apply). Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information: (360) 754-4160. We look forward to seeing you on the GREEN!2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up:Friday, August 1 “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG-13)Friday, August 8 “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG)Friday, August 15 “Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13)Friday, August 22 “Frozen: The Sing-Along” (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar (see below for details) Root Beer Float Bar – Friday, August 22 (Sponsor: Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce)At this year’s final SOTG movie, you will be treated to a free Root Beer Float while enjoying the Sing-Along version of “Frozen.” Root beer floats courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare Church.  For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreat.last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid Waste Are you feeding your extra food to Zombies? You might be a Food Waster. Thurston County Solid Waste invites you to learn a better way to manage extra food.Are you a Food Waster or a Food Warrior? Thurston County Solid Waste’s new virtual workshop can tell you! What should you do with food that’s been wasted? If you answered, “Feed it to zombies,” you might be a food waster.  Still not sure? What if we asked you whether wasting food impacts the food insecure members of our community? If your answer is, “Who cares, let them eat cake,” well then, you might benefit from the fun and informative virtual workshop brought to you by the county’s Waste Less Food campaign.Staff at TCSW want residents to understand the impacts of wasting food – and have fun in the process! Modeled after the City of Olympia’s award-winning Grasscycling virtual workshop, the Waste Less Food workshop shares important information along with twelve questions that will help participants understand why they should care about wasting food, how wasting food affects them, the environment and their community, as well as sharing some easy steps they can take to waste less. Those completing the workshop will be entered in monthly giveaways between now and April 2016 for fun kitchen gadgets and food saving items like cookbooks, veggie spiralizers, stainless steel lunchboxes and more.And let’s face it, learning is a lot more fun when there are zombies and a dash of snarkiness, right? Find out if you’re a Food Waster or a Food Warrior at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WasterorWarrior. Facebook54Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe first place Seattle Stars scored a fifth minute goal and a stoppage time goal near the end of the game to knock off the Oly Town Artesians 2-0 on Saturday evening at Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College.Aty Taylor scored the opening and what proved to be the game winning goal for the Stars on a bicycle kick from an Artesians clearance gone awry. Tyler Bjork got a piece of the clearance and was credited with an assist on a shot that happened to find the perfect angle through a seam in the Oly defense.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Brandson SparksBjork, the league leader in goals with 13 and scored four goals in the previous meeting between the Stars and Artesians, was held scoreless and was forced to leave the game for most of the second half with an injury. He returned to the game late, but could not get on the board thanks to a fantastic game by Oly Town center backs Collin LaBranche and Brett Stallworth. Oni Mayer also had a nice game from the back line including a handful of crosses into the box on offense that kept the Stars on their heels throughout the contest.The Artesians came out of the gates aggressively and out shot the Stars in the first half and had more shots on goal in the second half. The two teams traded shots throughout the physical but fast paced game, but Stars keeper Carlos Rodriguez made four saves to post his third clean sheet of the season. Miles Sanchez scored the insurance goal late in stoppage time to seal the 2-0 win for Seattle.Oly Town dropped to 4-5-3 with 15 points in their inaugural season in the Evergreen Premier League. Meanwhile, Seattle retook first place in the EPLWA after Bellingham United took the lead with a 3-2 win over Spokane earlier on Saturday.The Artesians will look to finish strong with their home finale on Sunday, July 23. First kick against Washington Premier South Sound FC at The Evergreen State College is set for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is Fan Appreciation night and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and will be invited onto the field for introductions with the teams.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL properties are set to go under the hammer at an Allsop Auction in Dublin this week.Houses with reserve prices of just €20,000 are included in Thursday’s sale with homes in everywhere from Bundoran to Carrick to Ramelton up or for sale.The sales are a reminder that the prices of some properties have yet to recover from the the downturn. But many estate agents believe this will be among the last of the bargains as the property market begins to change upwards – with more rentals in future.A house in Castlefin will have a reserve for just €20,000, whilst an apartment in Bundoran will be listed for €25,000.In all 210 homes are up for sale with reserve values of more than €24 million.The auction will take place in the RDS. At least two houses in Raphoe will feature: one, a detached house in William Street with a reserve of €30,000; the other, a derelict semi-detached in Meetinghouse Street, which also has a reserve of €30,000.A second floor two bedroom apartment at 215 Summerhill Apartments in Bundoran will be offered for €25,000.And an end of house terrace at The Diamond, in Castlefin is one of the cheapest lots on offer at €20,000.Several other Donegal properties with slightly higher reserves also feature including a semi-detached house in Forest Park, Killygordon for €65,000 and semi-detached house at Coylin Court, Ramelton for €60,000.There is also a semi-detached three bedroom house at Ard Na Carraige, Carrick for€60,000 and a three storey mid terrace mixed use building in Castle Street, Ballyshannon for €55,000. Jonathan Fenn, Divisional Director, said: “We have 213 lots for the first of three auctions over the next couple of months.“A number of multi-family lots will undoubtedly draw interest from investors, given the asset management and development opportunities, which will bring much needed accommodation to families under pressure to secure a home.”DONEGAL PROPERTIES GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €20K AT AUCTION was last modified: April 24th, 2016 by John2Share 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:ALLSOPdonegalproperty auctionlast_img read more

first_img Valley College student Melik Melikyan, 20, of North Hollywood said he hopes Young will lobby the Legislature for lower fees, and provide more bilingual counselors and more classes that fit in with the students’ schedules. “He should be our voice to represent the students and the faculty,” Melikyan said. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Young, 57, of Thousand Oaks was named chancellor of the nine-college Los Angeles Community College District in May by the board of trustees, after serving a year as senior vice chancellor for the district and four years as president of Pierce College. More than 400 people attended the event, which featured food catered by Mission College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College students modeling the fashions they designed, and singers and dancers from the other colleges. The Pierce College Symphonic Winds played the theme of “Rocky” as Young entered the hall. Carl Friedlander, president of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, noted that “the economic and social health of the region to a significant extent depends” on the district being run well. “Rocky has the array of skills and abilities that it will take to succeed – and excel,” Friedlander said. VALLEY GLEN – Darroch “Rocky” Young pledged on Tuesday to take the Los Angeles Community College District to a “higher level of achievement and excellence” at his inauguration at Los Angeles Valley College. “We cannot ever settle for mediocrity,” Young said of the state’s largest community college district. “If we are going to be a juggernaut, we need to believe it, and we need to act like one.” Young touched on some immediate challenges facing the colleges: boosting enrollment by 25 percent over the next five years, improving student persistence and success, and reaching out to the estimated 90,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 without high school diplomas. “I came to change what is, not sustain it,” Young said. “We are supposedly the biggest community college district, but we are not yet the best. That is not acceptable to me, and we should not be content until we realize our potential and make ourselves the biggest and the best.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Soweto Gospel Choir are known andloved for their exuberant performances. (Image: University of California Santa Barbara, Arts and Lectures) The Soweto Gospel Choir make history by becoming the first SA musical act to perform at the Oscars. (Image: Soweto Gospel Fans) Members of the choir on the red carpet at the 81st Academy Awards. (Image: Soweto Gospel Fans) Former president Thabo Mbeki praised the Soweto Gospel Choir on their second Grammy Award success. (Image: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS ) The Soweto Gospel Choir perform for former president Nelson Mandela. (Image: Soweto Gospel Choir)Janine ErasmusThe Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir added another notch to their collective belt by wowing the audience at the 81st Academy Awards. The multi-award-winning group performed their Oscar-nominated song Down to Earth from Disney’s animated hit film Wall-E.“Down to Earth” was one of three nominees for Best Original Song and was up against renowned composer AR Rahman’s “O Saya” and “Jai Ho”, both taken from the film Slumdog Millionaire. Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A, on which the film was based, currently works in Pretoria as India’s Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa.“Jai Ho” was the winner on the night, while Slumdog Millionaire itself bagged a massive haul of eight statuettes, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Score. Wall-E won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.Making historyThe pride of the local choral scene made history by becoming the first South African musical act ever to receive an invitation to perform at the Oscars. The ceremony, arguably the world’s greatest showbiz event, took place on 22 February and was broadcast in 53 countries.The choir’s executive producer, Beverly Bryer, was ecstatic. “This is an unbelievable accolade,” she enthused. “They have achieved so much since the start of their musical journey, but being on stage and singing before a worldwide audience, at the most prestigious of all awards ceremonies, is an honour they will always treasure.”The choir recorded “Down to Earth” with famous musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel, but performed it at the awards ceremony with six-time Grammy winner, John Legend.Gabriel withdrew from participating at the Oscars as a gesture of protest, after he was informed that the three nominated songs would be presented as a medley and that the audience would be treated to just a portion of “Down to Earth”. The singer said he didn’t feel that the allotted 65 seconds was enough time to properly showcase the song. Nonetheless even in that short time the choir managed to leave their mark on the Academy Awards audience.In February 2009, at the latest edition of the Grammy Awards, “Down to Earth” scooped the award for Best Motion Picture Song.Humble beginningsFrom humble beginnings at home, the Soweto Gospel Choir has risen to become an international sensation. Considering that they have been together for just seven years, they have notched up a number of remarkable achievements, including two Grammy awards and performances with Gabriel, Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, Annie Lennox, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others.The 52-member choir has performed all over the world, delighting audiences with their soaring harmonies, energetic dancing and vibrant costumes. They have entertained the likes of former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, former US president Bill Clinton, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu is the choir’s proud patron.The Soweto Gospel Choir, which sings in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages, was formed in 2002 by Bryer and choirmaster David Mulovhedzi and was drawn from church and community singing groups in the Soweto area.The group sings traditional and contemporary music and has won accolades from many countries, including an Australian Helpmann Award in 2003, an American Gospel Music Award in the same year, and three Grammy nominations. They have appeared on high-profile television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.The choir’s debut album Voices from Heaven topped the Billboard world music charts. Their follow-up release Blessed followed suit, and both it and the third album, African Spirit, won Grammys in 2007 and 2008 respectively for Best Traditional World Music Album.The Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in 2009 but failed to make it three in a row. However, fellow nominees Ladysmith Black Mambazo walked off with the Best Traditional World Music Album award for their latest release Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu.Supporting those in needA very important aspect of the Soweto Gospel Choir’s mission is to raise funds for its own Aids orphans foundation Vukani, established in 2004. Vukani (isiZulu, meaning “wake up”) has adopted Nkosi’s Haven, a long-term refuge for mothers suffering from Aids and their children, as well as those already orphaned.Nkosi’s Haven was named after the extraordinary child activist Nkosi Johnson, who was born HIV-positive and died of Aids in 2001 at the age of 12. The group gives 50% of all donations to the haven, according to Bryer, and to date has raised well over R3-million for the cause. The remaining 50% is shared amongst other needy organisations.“That’s very important to us,” said Mulovhedzi. “We feel proud we are doing something and not just singing.”As ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s Aids awareness 46664 organisation, they continue to support those desperately in need. “Being 46664 ambassadors has given them the chance to travel and meet other ambassadors around the world,” commented Bryer. “It is their pride and joy.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesMambazo win their third GrammySouth African musicHealthcare in South AfricaHIV-Aids in South AfricaUseful linksSoweto Gospel ChoirSoweto Gospel FansNkosi’s Haven VukaniNkosi JohnsonAcademy AwardsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences46664last_img read more

first_img21 June 2012 The South African government has expressed its joy following the release on Thursday of a South African couple held captive by Somali pirates since October 2010. The Durban couple, Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz, were freed following negotiations between the South African, Somali and Italian governments. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation expressed its gratitude to both the Somali and Italian governments on Thurday. It said the couple had been released unharmed and were receiving consular support from the South African mission to Somalia, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Arrangements are being made for the return of the couple to South Africa. “South Africa’s ambassador designate to Somalia, Ndumiso Ntshinga, is in contact with the couple and the authorities in Somalia and has verified that the couple is in good health and eager to be re-united with their loved ones,” the department said in a statement. Throughout the ordeal, the pirate ring demanded ransoms for the couple’s release, initially demanding US$10-million from the families of the couple. The ransom dropped to $500 000 in March last year. The couple were taken hostage off the Gulf of Aden in October 2010 after armed pirates hijacked their yacht as it was about to enter the Mozambique channel south of Dar es Salaam. A third crew member was rescued by the European Union’s anti-piracy taskforce. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgThere was no stopping the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ as Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi inched closer to their maiden Grand Slam title together by advancing to the US Open finals in New York.Continuing with their message of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, 16th seeds Bopanna and Qureshi beat Argentines Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (5) 6-4 to set up a summit clash with top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the finals.”I mean, to win a Grand Slam you have to beat the best there is. That’s what Aisam and me keep telling (each other),” Bopanna said after the win on Wednesday night.The Indo-Pak duo was cheered on from the stands by, among others, the United Nations ambassadors from their respective countries. India’s ambassador Harpreet Suri and his Pakistan counterpart Abdullah H Haroon even met the two players after the match.Though there summit clash seems tough on paper against the Americans but Bopanna and Qureshi can draw confidence from the fact that they beat the Bryans just a few weeks ago in an ATP tournament in Washington.”They are the best out there now. For us, we just have to go there, play our games. You know, we just beat them few weeks ago in Washington, so, you know, we are really looking forward to that Friday match, and we go in confident, playing and doing well there,” Bopanna said.Qureshi said his pairing with Bopanna has worked perfectly so far because he shares a warm relationship with the Indian off-court as well.advertisement”I always believed if we played consistently on ATP, me and Rohan both as a team, we can do really well on the tour and we can make our mark,” he said.”And in the last past two or three months we have had I think wins against all the top 10 teams in the world. It just shows that I was pretty right about our pairing together, and you know, it would be just a matter of time. I always believe we can do really well in the Grand Slam on the ATP circuit.”Making quarterfinals at Wimbledon was a huge learning experience. I definitely learned a lot from it, and that whole experience is definitely paying off in this US Open these last two weeks,” he added.last_img read more