Lionel Messiinspired Barcelona dump Man United out of Champions League

first_imgMessi could have had his hat-trick too after Luis Suarez found him with a superb cutback and there was an almost comical sequence in the second half when the Argentinian played with his United chasers before finally being bundled over by McTominay. Rashford might have made it interesting if he had controlled Pogba’s ball over the top but Barcelona were in exhibition mode, helped by a vintage Coutinho curler after he had cut inside from the left. Messi even attempted a bicycle kick and there were celebrations from the home fans when news went round that Ajax had taken the lead in Turin. They believe this is their year.© – AFP, 2019 Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Share43 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Nick Potts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 112 Comments Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho celebrate. Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona dump Man United out of Champions League Philippe Coutinho was also on target in a one-sided affair. LIONEL MESSI POUNCED on two Manchester United mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another Camp Nou comeback as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea.Philippe Coutinho, in perhaps his best performance of the season, added a third with a curling effort into the top corner and by the end, an outclassed United might have been relieved the score was not more traumatic than 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate.A dizzying opening spell, in which Marcus Rashford had hit the crossbar, was long-forgotten, even if it could offer Barcelona’s next opponents some encouragement.Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday, are the most likely obstacle between Barca and their first Champions League final since they last won this tournament in 2015. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane might feel encouraged.16′ Barcelona 1-0 Man Utd – Who else? Messi gives the hosts the lead with a superb strike #BARMUN #ChampionsLeague— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019 By AFP Subscribe Apr 16th 2019, 9:51 PM Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho celebrate. Image: Nick Potts Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 11:00 PM 30,640 Views – Magic Messi -Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team’s first convincing pass. Then, Barcelona had their own eight-minute flurry as United almost conceded a penalty, ruled out after Fred took the ball before bringing down Ivan Rakitic, and then did concede, twice, to Messi. Both could have been avoided, even if Young’s turn on the edge of his own box was punished in devastating fashion. Young lunged in to atone for his mistake but Messi skipped away from him, poked it through Fred’s legs and then whipped the ball past into the corner. The second was simpler. Fred and Scott McTominay closed in on Coutinho and the ball spilled out to Messi, whose dribbling shot with his right foot should have drawn a routine save. Instead, De Gea let is squirm under his body for 2-0. Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished. 61′ Barcelona 3-0 Man Utd (4-0) – Coutinho curls one into the top corner and Barca are heading for the #ChampionsLeague semi-finals #BARMUN— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019 Instead, United’s pair of early errors made this another night about Messi and ensured any faint hopes of repeating the comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, or even the famous 1999 rescue act against Bayern Munich, on this same pitch, were dashed. Messi now has his 109th and 110th Champions League goals and, potentially, three extra matches to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 126, after Juventus were dumped out by Ajax. Barcelona’s fans celebrated that too. United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had urged his strikers to be more lethal here but it felt ominous that even before kick-off, Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had hit 42 goals this season, while Messi on his own had 43. Around an hour before kick-off, Alex Ferguson was on the side of the pitch, shaking hands with Ryan Giggs and sharing words with Solskjaer, the scorer of that goal against Munich here 20 years ago. They could have hardly have asked for a better start. United were brilliant for eight minutes and could have been ahead within 30 seconds as Rashford raced onto a curving Paul Pogba pass and toed away a shot, which Marc-Andre ter Stegen bravely left to graze his own crossbar. 20′ Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd (0-3 agg) – De Gea gifts Messi a second. Game over? #BARMUN #ChampionsLeague— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019last_img read more

Freeze on liquor licences extended

first_imgThe freeze on late-night liquor licences in inner Melbourne will be extended for two more years, Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson announced yesterday. Introduced in May 2008, the freeze means no new applications for bar, pub and nightclub licences to operate after 1am in the municipalities of Melbourne (including Docklands), Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra will be granted by the Director of Liquor Licensing before 31 December 2011.Membership clubs and most restaurants and cafes are not affected by the freeze. “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to make Victoriaís licensed venues safer and more enjoyable and reduce the negative impact the irresponsible service of alcohol has on the broader community,” Mr Robinson said“We know many of the violent incidents in our entertainment precincts occur after 1am on weekends. The freeze will keep growth in late night venues in check so our other long-term strategies to improve the safety and amenity of our entertainment precincts can take effect.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australia to Greeces rescue

first_imgJulia Gillard has advised European leaders to “fast forward” their effort to pull Greece out of its financial crisis, accusing the union’s leaders of “muddling through” efforts to curb the debt crisis. Currently meeting with world leaders at the G20 summit in Cannes, the Prime Minister said she was prepared to increase Australia’s contribution to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to safeguard the well being of the global economy. Ms Gillard supported a deal being put forward by euro zone leaders last week that would put a cap on spending rates in Greece, saying the “plans need to be implemented.” “The G20 can play a role by bolstering political will and increasing IMF resources,” she said. But the opposition leader Tony Abbott is against Australia helping the European economy, challenging Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan in parliament, asking: “Why is the government planning to provide money it does not have to prop up the eurozone, which is the world’s largest economy?” Swan then retaliated by calling Abbott xenophobic for not wanting to assist Greece through their dire situation. Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou called a referendum on the deal, put forward instead of the tough austerity measures initially planned. In response to the proposed referendum, Gillard urged the IMF yesterday to increase resources ensuring there would be enough funds to deal with future crises. Swan also agrees that Greece should be doing more to overcome the budget crisis and “restore stability and support growth in Europe.” “Greece’s failure to act has done nothing to ease concerns about Europe’s capacity to deal with the sovereign debt crisis,” Swan said in a statement. “Of any country, Greece should be working hardest to make this plan work.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

AHC lobbies for genocide recognition

first_imgA joint delegation of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia), the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) and the Assyrian Universal Alliance Australia (AUA Australia) visited the Federal Parliament last week to draw attention to the plight of Armenian, Greek and Assyrian church properties in Turkey, and again advocate for parliamentary recognition of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides. The delegates visited the offices of a number of parliamentarians where they discussed the recent resolution adopted by the American Congress calling upon the Republic of Turkey to return those churches and monasteries confiscated during and after the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides from 1915 to 1923. At the meetings, representatives of ANC Australia, the AHC and AUA Australia presented a multimedia pack containing information regarding the condition of churches in Turkey, demonstrating how many had been converted to mosques, barns, storage houses or completely destroyed.ANC Australia Executive Director Varant Meguerditchian said: “By bringing to light the current derelict condition of the thousands of Armenian, Greek and Assyrian church properties which were confiscated during the genocide, we emphasised that the consequences of this crime against humanity are contemporary. “The lack of an appropriate acknowledgement of the three genocides within Turkey has led to the continued destruction of cultural monuments belonging to the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian ecclesiastical authorities.”Assyrian and Greek community leaders agreed with their Armenian community counterpart. “Recognition of the Ottoman genocide of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians by the government of Australia would be a welcome step in bringing an end to the ongoing destruction of religious monuments in Turkey,” said AUA Australia Representative Ninos Aaron.“Just as the Turkish government demands the protection of Ottoman monuments in south-eastern Europe, so our communities demand the protection of our cultural heritage in Anatolia”, added AHC (NSW) Coordinator, George Vellis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece Cyprus Israel to talk gas

first_imgA meeting between officials of Greece, Cyprus and Israel is being lined up for September so the three countries can agree on transporting natural gas from the Southeastern Mediterranean to the European market.Cypriot Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said on Tuesday that efforts are being made to arrange the talks. Kathimerini understands the issue was raised during last week’s visit to Greece by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Greek officials left Peres in doubt that Athens is willing to cooperate in the project.The three options open to the potential partners are to build a liquefying plant on Cyprus so the fuel can be shipped to the rest of Europe, constructing an underwater pipeline connecting the three countries or converting the gas into electrical power on Cyprus and then transferring the energy to Greece via an underwater cable.According to reports, Sylikiotis’s ministry submitted plans to the European Commission last month for a pipeline that would link Cypriot and Israeli gas fields with the Greek natural gas network.An estimated 7 trillion cubic feet of gas lies in Block 12 of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Noble Energy and Delek Group are among the companies bidding for offshore exploration licenses in Cyprus. These two companies, along with other explorers, have discovered a reported 26 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Leviathan and Tamar fields under the Mediterranean Sea, worth some 200 billion euros at today’s prices and enough to supply Israel’s needs for 150 years.Israel wants to export some of this gas and is reportedly examining plans to ship liquefied natural gas, or LNG, as far as Asia after 2018. But some government officials believe that most should be kept to cover the country’s own energy needs. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

No sign of easing for food prices

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Retail prices for basic commodities remain at particularly high levels in Greece, in spite of shrinking disposable incomes and a drop in demand, according to Eurostat data presented this week by the Development Ministry. Eurostat figures show that Greece is among the most expensive countries in the European Union, and in certain cases, such as dairy products, it has the highest prices in the whole bloc. Dairy products in this country cost 31.5 percent more than the EU average in 2011, while prices rose an additional 1.17 percent in the first eight months of 2012. This is mostly attributed to the reduced domestic production of cow’s milk and high producer prices. Data from the Hellenic Organization of Milk and Meat (ELOGAK) show that producer prices in the period from January to July 2012 averaged out at 0.46 euros per litre -10.38 percent higher than last year – while the EU average was 0.29 euros/lt. One proposal supported by many professionals and some within the government that could contribute to a drop in dairy prices is for the shelf life of fresh milk to be extended from five to seven or eight days. “We are expensive. It’s even worse than anticipated. We have not seen the correction in prices we had expected,” an official at the Development Ministry said this week, expressing serious concern about the level of prices for a number of agricultural products in the coming months, such as wheat and potatoes, as production will likely be reduced. Bread and cereal prices in Greece were 15.8 percent higher than the EU average in 2011, while there has been an additional increase of 0.5 percent in the last month that is worrying, given fears of a further rise in the international price of wheat. According to Development Ministry sources, the main reasons behind this price inflexibility in Greece are: the very necessity of those products, which means demand will always exist; the maintenance of market distortions; the high cost of transport combined with the need to ship products to the country’s many islands; and high taxation. Greece’s creditors have been pressuring the government over the level of retail prices. Their representatives in Athens have reportedly told the development minister in meetings that the price inflexibility may be put down to the possibility that while people’s nominal disposable incomes have dropped, their actual spending power may not have fallen by the same extent. The ministry’s policy is now based on two pillars: intensifying checks and introducing harsher penalties to correct distortions as well as lifting regulatory obstacles. There still is a considerable margin for price reduction, the ministry believes. Earlier this week, Deputy Development Minister Thanasis Skordas dismissed claims by the Federation of Greek Enterprises (SEV) regarding their inability to slash retail prices, saying: “Have the industries recently exhausted their options for modernizing production in order to reduce costs? Why did they not become more extroverted earlier, instead of targeting a market of just 10 million consumers?”last_img read more

Greek law school wins top spot in world competition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Department of International Studies and the team of undergraduate students of the University of Athens’ Law School have won first place in the Global Rounds of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot.It was the third time the Athens School of Law entered the international contest, battling for supremacy against another 82 institutions, supervised by lecturer Anastasios Gourgourinis.The competition, which simulates international investment arbitration, took place in London and lasted from 29 October until 1 November. Each team supports its position in memorial writing and performs an oral presentation before a panel of experts. The team coaches were students Irene Kikarea and Kleoniki-Maria Sergaki, while the competing members were students Despina Arslanidi, Eleftherios Dafermos, Thomas Papadogiannis Varouhakis, Dimitris Stamatis, Nikoletta Chalikopoulou and Maria-Eleni Chrysanthakopoulou. The Greek law students managed to beat their colleagues from Georgetown University, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Buenos Aires, the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, the Lomonosov State University of Moscow and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore).Harvard University, King’s College London, the University of Helsinki and PluriCourts University of Oslo were also among the major institutions taking part in the contest.Source: TVXSlast_img read more

Cyprus serial killer may have murdered up to 30 foreign women

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Army captain Nikos Metaxas, aged 35, has confessed to the murders of two women whose bodies were found in an abandoned mine shaft in Cyprus. He confessed to murdering Romanian national Livia Florentina Bunea, aged 36, and her eight-year-old daughter Elena Natalia in September 2016.He told police that one of the bodies was buried in the village of Orounda.It is now believed that the Cypriot soldier, who went by the name Orestes, may have killed more than 30 women, as well as at least two children.DNA confirmation identified the first woman to be found as slain FIlipina housemaid Mary Rose Tiburcio, aged 38. Her body was naked, bound and wrapped in a white sheet. The confessed killer told police that he also disposed of the victim’s young daughter, Sierra Graze Seucalliuc, by dumping her at Xiliatos reservoir, eight miles west of Mitseros. Divers are currently scouring the lake bed using specialized equipment.Another Asian female corpse was retrieved from the same mine in Mitseros, near Nicosia, and identified as that of Filipina Arian Palanas Lozano, aged 28, who had last been seen on 21 July 2018.The police are now looking to find other missing women, such as 30-year-old Filipina Maricar Valdez Arquiola, who disappeared on 13 December 2017. There are fears that he may have killed up to 30 foreign women after finding that he had numerous online contacts with foreign women on a dating site where he first made contact with the victims that had been found. The Limassol Intercultural Council has called for the reopening of missing person’s cases of foreign women that authorities had thought had left the country and whose disappearances had never been solved.last_img read more

Philippines le site du gouvernement attaqué

first_imgPhilippines : le site du gouvernement attaqué Philippines – Des pirates informatiques ont infiltré le site du gouvernement. Suite à cette intervention, le principal site d’information du pays a été bloqué une partie du week-end.Depuis dimanche, les autorités philippines sont en alerte rouge après une attaque informatique lancée par des pirates sur le principal site d’information du pays. “Nous alertons tous les services du gouvernement pour qu’ils contrôlent et améliorent la sécurité de leurs sites informatiques”, clame un porte-parole du pouvoir en place. Le site de l’Agence philippine d’informations a été bloqué dimanche pendant plusieurs heures. Dans le même temps, la page Facebook du président Benigno Aquino a été submergée de messages critiquant la police de son pays. La semaine dernière, une prise d’otages mal négociée par les autorités s’était terminée par la mort de huit touristes de Hong-Kong.Le 30 août 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hubble détecte la plus ancienne galaxie jamais observée

first_imgHubble détecte la plus ancienne galaxie jamais observéeLe télescope spatial Hubble a détecté ce que les scientifiques pensent être la plus vieille galaxie jamais observée auparavant. Treize milliards d’années. Ce serait l’âge de la galaxie nouvellement observée par Hubble. Celle-ci existait déjà 480 millions d’années après le Big Bang. La nouvelle image, prise par Hubble et publiée dans la revue Nature, a été détectée grâce à une caméra grand angle récemment installée sur le télescope spatial. Les scientifiques de la Nasa ont constaté une croissance rapide de cette galaxie en très peu de temps. Ils pensent alors qu’il y aurait eu une période pendant laquelle la formation des galaxies s’est activée intensivement. A environ 500 millions d’années après le Big Bang, il n’y aurait eu qu’une galaxie, alors que 150 millions d’années plus tard, une dizaine d’autres auraient fait leur apparition. Les chercheurs affirment même que ce compte a doublé 100 millions d’années après. Il y a d’abord eu quelques étoiles, puis des amas, des bébé galaxies, et finalement les galaxies majestueuses que nous connaissons aujourd’hui, d’après le professeur Richard Bouwens, interrogé par la BBC. Il compare la galaxie découverte par Hubble à un nouveau-né : elle est beaucoup est plus petite que des galaxies comme notre Voie Lactée, mais elle grandit plus vite. “Nous pouvons utiliser ces nouvelles mesures pour savoir à quelle vitesse les galaxies se forment et grandissent”, explique le professeur Bouwens. Elles permettront également d’obtenir plus de détails sur les premiers temps de l’Univers, à l’époque des premières étoiles et galaxies.Robert Massey, de la Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), pense que la nouvelle image capturée par le télescope spatial va aussi permettre aux astronomes d’ajuster leurs théories concernant l’évolution de l’Univers. Si cette nouvelle observation faite par Hubble doit encore être confirmée, les équipes scientifiques restent confiantes.Dans tous les cas, les astronomes attendent avec impatience le lancement du télescope James Webb de la Nasa en 2014. La résolution de ses instruments va être utilisée, entre autres, pour observer les premières étoiles et galaxies qui se sont formées après le Big Bang. Le 27 janvier 2011 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more