Poland 1-1 Portugal (pens 3-5): Quaresma spotkick sends A Seleccao to semi-final

first_imgRicardo Quaresma scored the decisive penalty in a tense affair between Poland and Portugal to send A Seleccao through to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.Robert Lewandowski handed the Poles the lead moments after kick-off, before wonderkid Renato Sanches rewarded the faith placed in him by manager Fernando Santos by grabbing an equaliser just after the half-hour mark.Portugal recorded a number of further chances without being able to break the deadlock, and after a scrappy 30 minutes of extra-time, the penalty shootout brought glory for Quaresma and his Portuguese teammates.An entertaining affair started early, Lewandowski opening the scoring just two minutes after kick-off.A crossfield ball found its way to Grosicki, aided by Cedric’s mistimed jump, and he had the freedom of the left wing to charge into the area, before cutting the ball back into the centre of the box for the Bayern Munich forward to fire home.The early goal did much to dent Portugal’s concentration, and the White Eagles were finding it easy to dominate the game – although they were failing to make their chances count.Lewandowski twice went close, Milik fired a 20 yard attempt at goal which deflected off Pepe for a corner, and Blaszczykowski sent in a low cross after a lovely team move which no one could get on the end of.They were comfortable, but profligacy came back to haunt them.Portugal were starting to rack up chances of their own; Glik cleared an Adrian Silva cross and Ronaldo created space on the edge of the box before firing a low shot which Fabianski stopped well.Ronaldo then had what appeared to be a blatant penalty turned down after Pazdan shoved him into the ground, but the goal did come just minutes later.Renato Sanches, who had looked impressive in the opening stages despite Portugal’s struggles, picked up the ball from Nani, cut in from the right and shifted the ball onto his left foot.In a fraction of a second, he drove the ball towards goal with his weaker foot, and a deflection off Krychowiak sent it flying past the outstretched Fabianski.Sanches, aided by a confidence boost, then tore into the box with exceptional skill, only to be blocked by Maczynski.Portugal’s growing control of the game continued into the second period, Adrian Silva sending a cross into the box which Fabianski dropped under pressure from Ronaldo.The Real Madrid superstar then had one of his clearest goalscoring chances of the tournament, driving into the left side of the box ahead of the Poland defence.Although he was in a wide position, Ronaldo was one-on-one with Fabianski, but he could only lash the shot wide of the near post.Eliseu then had a long range attempt saved, and Ronaldo miskicked a Nani cross which set him up with a great opportunity in the centre of the area; Adrian Silva’s follow-up shot was blocked on the edge of the box.Cedric flashed a long-range attempt wide, in a second half Poland were failing to get into.They were chasing the ball in the middle of the park, conceding a number of chances, and failing to create any of their own.It took until the 70th minute for the Poles to register their first clear chance of the half, Milik directing a cross from close range into Rui Patricio’s grateful gloves.Grosicki fired over from long range when better options were ahead of him, and as the game became more open, Pepe headed towards goal for Fabianski to save.Jedrzejczyk also went close to firing past his own keeper, his clearance flying just wide of the Polish goal as Fabianski struggled to reach his post.Further chances came and went, and the game passed into a period of extra time in which Ronaldo had another airshot minutes after the restart, totalling his third wasted chance of the game.Quaresma, Sanches and Nani all had attempts stopped, whilst Poland grabbed a rare chance, Milik wasting another long-range shot.A pitch invader, 10 minutes from time, was the most interesting moment of a scrappy 30 minutes, as penalties came around to decide the game.And it was Quaresma who scored the decisive spotkick, sending A Seleccao through to a semi-final against Wales or Belgium. 1 Ricardo Quaresma sent Portugal to the semi-finals last_img read more

Ronaldo sale stunned Marcelo & Real Madrid

first_imgMarcelo has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer move away from Real Madrid came as “a surprise” to everyone, but he is eager to point out that “the club is bigger than any player”.The Portuguese had hinted on the back of capturing a fifth Champions League crown of his career, and his fourth with the Blancos, that a new challenge could be on the cards.It did, however, come as a shock when he called time on a record-breaking stint at Santiago Bernabeu and made his way to Serie A champions Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Real have struggled in his absence, but Marcelo remains adamant that a club of such stature will recover from the departure of an iconic figure, as they have done on several occasions in the past.The Brazil international told his official YouTube channel: “Ending our holidays and coming back to the routine of Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo was a surprise for us, we thought he wouldn’t go.”Real Madrid is a huge club, Cristiano Ronaldo is huge too, but the club is bigger than any player.”The history of Real Madrid is impressive and Cristiano Ronaldo added a piece more to the history of this club, but Real Madrid can’t stop.”The player changes club, stops playing, retires and Real Madrid will still be here.”The Blancos, who have slipped to seventh in the Liga standings on the back of a sorry slump, are currently preparing for a first Clasico clash with Barcelona since Ronaldo headed for the exits.That contest at Camp Nou will also see Lionel Messi missing from the grandest of Spanish stages, as he nurses a broken arm, but Marcelo is aware that a tough test awaits Madrid.Marcelo, Real MadridHe said: “Playing at Camp Nou and representing the badge is very beautiful, the feeling is beautiful when all of the fans are against you, it motivates you,” he told the La Liga website.”It’s a game where whoever makes fewer mistakes wins.”We have to be focused, as we know Barcelona’s quality and of the important players they have in attack.”When I came to Real Madrid one of my aims was to play in a Clasico and win it, I’ve played many and it’s always a joy to play against Barcelona.”The world stops to watch this game, whether it’s the start of the season or a final.”Every player wants to be there playing and I’ve had the privilege to be able to play in a few.”Another disappointing result in Catalunya would pile pressure on Madrid and could spell the end for under-fire boss Julen Lopetegui, with a man only handed the managerial reins over the summer already believed to be on borrowed time.”We will try to turn the situation on its head, as we aren’t very bad but we want to improve,” said Marcelo.”Lopetegui is trying to do everything possible to take Real Madrid as high as possible, where we have to be.”last_img read more

Shanice welcomed home in Grand Style in Grand Turk

first_img Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:grand turk, miss universe, shanice williams, welcome Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – Shanice Williams, Miss Turks and Caicos Universe today arrived home in Grand Turk and not only was there a warm welcome for her at the JAGS McCartney International Airport, but there was a motorcade and the beauty ambassador paid a visit to the House of Assembly. Premier Rufus Ewing informed House Members that they would have an opportunity to personally congratulate Shanice upon the steps of the NJS Francis Building; most likely they did so.last_img read more

TCIG Continues to Recogniza its Heroes During Social Workers Month – March

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Apr 2015 – As the Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, continues to recognize Social Work Month 2015, we celebrate the dedicated and committed Social Workers for the roles they have played in the Turks and Caicos Islands in “Paving the way for change”.The question was asked these serving officers “Why social work?” It is amazing to see that the most common factor is the desire to help others and bring about change in the communities they live and serve.These are the Social Workers of the Turks and Caicos Islands:Nicole WintSocial Worker, South CaicosInline images 2I believe it was Confucius who said “If you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is one philosophy that had stuck with me throughout my Social Work Career. The one thing I have always known I would like to do with my life is to assist others and intercede on their behalf.I was the youngest one in my class in College. People habitually asked me what I knew about Social Work being so young. Sometimes I would ask myself the same question but after realizing that my zeal to mediate on the behalf of others would not diminish, I knew I had chosen the right path.Having spent the last eight years as a professional Social Worker, I realize more each day that I am fulfilling my purpose. I am a better person due to my profession. I have learned how to be humble and put the needs of others before my own. Frankly, I would not have it any other way.Olivia DayeSenior Social Worker, ProvidencialesInline images 3I entered the Social Work profession out of a genuine desire to improve the lives of others. Making a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small or how great has always been important to me. As a child growing up, my first career choice was to become a medical doctor and as such, I was mentored by one. I observed my mentor giving of herself to the children of a Children’s Home that was located in close proximity to where she had her private practice. She got so involved to the point where she adopted two of the children from the home.My parents also were highly involved in the nurturing of other children and caring for persons in need within our community. The influence of these positive role models in my life inspired me to make a difference in the lives of others. Working with different personalities of varying background on a day-to day basis has proven to be challenging and sometimes overwhelming but no doubt rewarding. For me, my work is not just an interest but a divine calling. I have been in this profession for 13 years and in spite of the challenges encountered, I am still very passionate about improving the lives of others.Jaala KennedySocial Worker, Grand TurkInline images 4I reflect on the theme for Social Work Month 2015 “Pave the way for Change” and my reason for pursuing the profession of Social Work. I realized that today it is somewhat different from what drove me to become a social worker ten years ago.I initially wanted to empower others. Today I have decided to continue striving in this noble profession because it allows me the opportunity to be empowered myself.The clients I have served and encountered as a Social Worker have amazed me by their unexplainable bravery to fight the odds they daily face by choosing to Believe despite their persecutionsDream beyond their current situationsLive in spite of their limitationsI have recently decided to broaden my prospective and adopt the mindset of many I serve and have dared to believe, dream and live. These are the first three steps needed in paving the way for change in this profession and the world in which we live.Tania Allen-LewisSenior Social Worker, Grand TurkInline images 5To say that Social Work was my first area of interest as a Profession would be disingenuous because my desire was to become a Psychologist. Although this desire was not actualized and has not vanished, I strongly believe that it was my destiny to become a part of the Social Work Profession because of the innate qualities that makes me who I amMatthew 22:14 says that “Many are called but few are chosen”. Throughout my eight years of experience as a Social Worker, there is no doubt in my mind that one has to be chosen for such a Profession as this. I have always been of the opinion that if everyone contributes positively in the communities they live and help their fellow men by way of giving of themselves and their support, this world will be a better place.The theme for Social Work Month 2015 “Social Work pave the way for change” not only encompasses what Social Workers have done to bring about change in their communities but also the positive changes brought about within all of us.Tiffany Thomas-BrowneDeputy Director, Grand TurkInline images 6I first became fascinated with the field of Social Work by observing a Social Worker who was practicing and working directly in the field. I was amazed and excited with the way she conducted investigations, interviews, interacted and engaged the client on a child abuse case.I got my foot wet and was introduced to this field as a Clerical Officer/Welfare Assistant in South Caicos in 1999. I grew a keen interest and became inquisitive on how to become a Social Worker. I observed that there were certain skills that one must possess including: compassion, empathy, problem solving, confidentiality, communication and an overall passion and desire to help people help themselves. What’s most fulfilling about my career is being able to connect, engage and get through to clients; seeing clients follow through with services and eventually leave the system; and providing counseling, mentoring and long-standing programs. We will continue to pave the way for change.Are you committed to our cause? If so, join us! Become a Social Worker and begin paving the way for change. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:recognize, social worker, TCIG Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15last_img read more

Grand Bahama Island power shutdown due to winds from Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Grand Bahama Power Company Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 11, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama Island is currently on an island-wide shutdown of power and the Grand Bahama Power Company has put out this statement on social media:While we fought to maintain power to customers throughout the storm, moments ago worsening storm conditions and sustained wind gust in excess of 64 MPH resulted in our system shutting down to protect itself.At this moment the entire island is without power. We will begin restoration efforts at first light tomorrow morning.We ask that residents stay safe and report all downed poles and power lines.Press release from Grand Bahama Power Company.last_img read more

Forest dept successful in cutting down humantusker conflicts

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department has made a significant achievement in bringing down human deaths resulting from conflict with elephants across the state.Statistics recently compiled by the department has revealed that the number of persons killed in human-elephant conflict, which was 89 in 2014-15, has come down to 52 in 2018-19. The number of persons injured in connection with jumbo attacks has also dropped drastically from 102 in 2014-15 to 33 in 2018-19. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe fall in the number of deaths has been more or less the same in both North Bengal and South Bengal forests. There have been instances when the jumbos had entered villages adjoining forest areas and caused havoc at farmlands, resulting in damage to crops. “However, strong vigil from Forest department officials has also resulted in improvement, with crop damage caused by the pachyderms being much less. 8,340 hectares of farmland was damaged in 2014-15, which has come down to 416 hectares in 2018-19,” a senior official of the Forest department said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe damage caused by elephants to village huts has also fallen from 4,357 to 336 in number, in the last five years. “Fire torches are used to scare away the animals but there has not been a single case of inflicting torture on the animals,” the official added. The Forest department has been constantly undertaking measures to address the issue of human-elephant conflict. Habitat improvement for the jumbos, regular awareness generation campaigns, rapid response force of the department, regular training of staff etc. are some of the steps that have been taken. “The Airavat vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for better management of conflicts between elephants and villagers living near forests that were launched in September 2017, have also yielded good results,” the official said. The vehicles are GPS-enabled and have space to keep tranquilliser guns, which are needed to control marauding elephants. The department is also maintaining liaison with the Railways and holds meetings every month to prevent elephant deaths on railway tracks, which still pose a major concern. Till December 2017, as many as 30 elephants had died in Bengal after being hit by speeding trains in the last five years. “We are trying to use technology in rail tracks to curb jumbo deaths. Three censor-based technologies- seismic, acoustic and infrared, have been exhibited in detail at a national level workshop in Chalsa in November last year. The technology can be interlinked with artificial intelligence to track movement of tuskers or other animals along rail tracks,” the official added.last_img read more

Facebook Adds TapandHold Video Recording Feature to Messenger App

first_img If you can’t buy them, join them. At least that is what Facebook is thinking.After a botched attempt at buying Snapchat, Facebook appears to have taken a cue from the startup with a new messaging feature that lets users tap and hold the camera button to record a video straight into the message.The new feature uses the selfie-side camera by default but can easily be switched to the front facing camera. The update is available on iOS and will be on Android shortly, allowing Facebook’s more than 200 million users the ability to quickly and easily make and share moments in movie form.Related: Facebook Reportedly Developing Its Own Snapchat — AgainThe Messenger update comes just days after Facebook’s direct competitor to Snapchat, Slingshot, was leaked into the app store momentarily before it was quickly taken down, TechCrunch notes. The app will supposedly allow users to write on photos and video messages before sending. But one major difference between the two is Facebook will require a reply from a user, meaning someone will have to send a message before they can view a message. This could be an issue if people on the social-media platform have yet to add the feature. But this forced response could also help Facebook boost its user base quickly.Facebook updated the Messenger app in April with the ability to send pre-recorded videos and a split screen mode that lets user take photos and send messages in the same view.Related: Facebook Lets Users Determine the Ads They Want to See 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. June 13, 2014last_img read more