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Advíncula is on the Sampdoria agenda, according to ANSA

first_imgAdvíncula is in Madrid due to the coronavirus crisis. The postponement of the Copa América to 2021 will make its presence possible until the end of the season in the hypothetical case that LaLiga ends up resuming. Something that is still in the air. The international is a celebrity in his country, who follows all his movements on social networks: from his exercises at home so as not to lose shape to his imitation of his compatriot, ex-soccer player Cuto Guadalupe. Advíncula landed in Vallecas in the summer of 2018, when He arrived on loan from the Tigres and with a purchase option that Rayo finally exercised a year later. This operation was around three million euros and was carried out after the 2019 Copa América, where the Peruvian international played a great role. This campaign, the defender has been gaining prominence in the franjirrojo team and, right now, he is a fixture in the eleven of Paco Jémez. Luis Advíncula is on the Sampdoria agenda for the 2020-21 season, as reported by ANSA. This historic club is already planning the next course and has set its sights on the Rayo side, which it has been following for several months. It is not a fleeting interest. It seems that the Sampdoria is serious. Hence, according to the Italian agency, there have been contacts between both entities and the negotiation will start from four million euros.last_img read more

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Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games

first_imgHis late-game heroics have become so common that coach Tyronn Lue’s only instructions during late timeouts is to pick which player is going to pass it to James.“You just get the ball to ’Bron at the end of the game, he has been producing for us all season, his whole career,” Lue said Sunday as the Cavaliers got ready for Monday’s Game 4. “If the game is tied or the game is on the line, we got a great person to go to down the stretch.”Before the playoffs began, the Cavaliers, who are finally meshing after months of upheaval, were 38-0 when leading after three quarters. Following practice last month, James was asked if there was a reason for the team’s ability to preserve fourth-quarter leads.“’Cause we got a closer,” he said, with zero hesitation.Big shots. Timely blocks. Perfect passes.James has done it at both ends in the waning moments of games all season for a team that has only four holdovers from its 2016 title squad. Like he does every year, James has elevated his game in the postseason. He’s averaging 34.8 points, his highest in the playoffs since 2009, with 9.5 rebounds and a career-best 8.8 assists.The statistics, though, are only part of it.In his last three home games, James has made two last-second shots and scored 45 points in a win-or-else Game 7.“Right now, he’s just relishing these moments,” forward Kyle Korver said. “He’s been amazing. I think we are expecting him to win the game in the end when it’s close. We feel like he’s going to make the plays. He’s just done it so many times this year. He makes the right read, he makes the right play, he makes the shot. It’s been impressive to watch.”Lue has seen another player like James: He was Kobe Bryant’s teammate in Los Angeles. James and Bryant share plenty of physical traits with other players, but it’s the intangibles that separate the scorers and playmakers from the difference makers. After being criticized earlier in his career — it seems laughable now — for not being clutch or taking the big shot, James has become the NBA’s pre-eminent closer, the player best equipped to handle pressure and produce excellence when everything is on the line.Crunch time? He’s captain crunch. Tom Brady in the two-minute drill. Muhammad Ali in the 15th round. Mariano Rivera in the ninth. The fat lady.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt’s over when James says so.James added to his growing legacy for breathtaking finishes on Saturday night by banking in a shot high off the backboard at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win in Game 3 of their semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors, who had the closest view of a moment that all but ended their season. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Comedian apologizes for ‘edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green “They want the ball,” Lue said. “They’re always able to will their team to a win, a victory, making the right pass or play or making the big shot. It’s their will to win and making everyone better.”And while it’s true that James has carried the Cavaliers for most of his 11 seasons with them, he’s had to shoulder a heavier burden over the past 92 games. When Cleveland relented to All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s trade demand and shipped him to Boston, it left the team without another proven scorer capable of closing.It’s not that Love or Korver or J.R. Smith can’t make a big shot in a tough spot when called upon, it’s that James relishes the responsibility of being the one to take it — or defer if the situation demands.In Miami, James turned to Dwyane Wade down the stretch for help. He doesn’t have that same luxury in Cleveland, but it’s not stopping him.As he powered up the floor in the final seconds of Game 3, there was no doubt by the Raptors, the Cavaliers or the 20,000 fans at Quicken Loans Arena who was going to take the last shot.The closer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dribbling the length of the floor while outmaneuvering a Toronto defense designed to stop him, James got to a spot where he felt comfortable, rose off his left foot and with his right hand softly dropped a shot he’s practiced hundreds of times for this kind of moment.“That’s just who he is,” said Cavs center Kevin Love.On the official play-by-play sheet, James’ shot was listed as: “L.James 10′ Driving Bank Shot.”It was so much more. It was the 33-year-old’s second game-winner of these playoffs, coming 10 days after he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer in Game 5 in a first-round series to down an Indiana Pacers team that had him on the ropes but couldn’t knock him out.According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has made five go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime in the playoffs — two more than Michael Jordan — and he might not be done.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 05: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after hitting the game winning shot to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath. He carries one city, crushes the other.With mind-blowing ease, James can take over a quarter, a game, a series, a season and make it his own. His terms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Nonito Donaire confident he has ‘scary punch’ at 118 lbs

first_imgNonito Donaire Jr. has had a peculiar career for the past seven years bouncing around three weight classes while winning World titles along the way.The 2012 Fighter of the Year won World titles in the bantamweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight divisions and for his next fight he will go back to the 118-lb weight class.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Donaire (38-5) fought five times as a super bantamweight after his match against Narvaez where he put on a four-fight winning streak winning the WBC Diamond and WBO World super bantamweight straps before losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux in April of 2013.The Filipino Flash then moved up to featherweight where he won, and lost, the WBA Super World featherweight belt in a span of less than five months.From March 2015 until his last fight against Carl Frampton in April 2018, which resulted in a unanimous decision loss for the interim WBO featherweight belt, Donaire fought between the 122-lb and 122-lb weight classes.This dizzying foray into different weight classes earned Donaire a resume worth of envy winning six titles across the three divisions.Those accolades, however, doesn’t give Donaire that much of a mental edge over Burnett as he himself said he’s wary of the power of the British fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japan doctors warn heat could make 2020 Olympic marathon ‘deadly’ “One thing I know is I’m not going to underestimate him, he’s a tough guy, he’s going to go in there with everything he’s got. He’s very crafty,” said Donaire who also has a chance to win the WBC Diamond belt in his fight against Burnett.“I think I’m back to being the devastating guy, I’ve always been devastating, even at 126, they fear my power.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES WBA Super World bantamweight Ryan Burnett (19-0) will welcome Donaire back in the 118-lb division as the two lock horns in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.Donaire, however, last fought as a bantamweight way back in October of 2011 when he successfully defended his WBC and WBO World bantamweight championships against Omar Andres Narvaez.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“He’s a tough kid, a bit awkward,” said the 35-year-old Donaire, who is nine years older than Burnett, in an interview with Boxingscene. “I’ve talked to him even before the fight came in. He’s very respectful, a very good kid. But we’re here to get in there and square off.”“This is two divisions down and I know that I have just the punch in this division, I just have that scary punch and you just got to watch and see how it really plays out.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk It was a heartbreaking and costly loss for the Philippines, which slipped to fourth place in Group F after going 0-2 at home following a stunning loss to Kazakhstan last Friday.Jayson Castro led Gilas Pilipinas with 19 points in just his first game back after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl with Australia last July while Christian Standhardinger added 17 points and eight rebounds.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 ChrissJamshidi, who is no stranger to playing in Manila after playing for the Meralco Bolts as an import back in 2016, led all scorers with 26 points, most of which coming after Iran trailed, 52-60.Gilas, which blew a golden opportunity to force a three-way tie with Iran and Japan in second place, was up, 70-69, after June Mar Fajardo followed up a miss by Castro with 1:05 remaining. MOST READ Torres eyes bounce back win vs tough Yamaguchi in ONE: Destiny of Champions 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But the Iranians, who beat the Philippines, 81-73, in Tehran three months ago, kept their composure and ended the game on a 9-0 run.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img 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. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas faltered when it mattered most and dropped a 70-78 decision to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Monday night before a stunned crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.The Filipinos took an eight point lead in the fourth quarter but it only set up a spirited comeback from the Iranians led by their prolific swingman Mohammad Jamshidi.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Ramjattan dodges questions on Ally, a leading AFC Diaspora figure

first_imgAmbassador’s convictionEven as the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it was probing reports that Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir Ally was in 2003 convicted in the United States for dissemination of false financial information, Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan is refusing to say if his party intends to launch a probe into the allegations against Ally – a leading member in the AFC New York Chapter.Dr Shamir Ally, Guyana’s Ambassador to KuwaitAFC Leader Khemraj RamjattanWhen contacted on Thursday, Ramjattan declared “I have nothing to say to you”.When news of the conviction surfaced, Guyana Times had contacted the AFC Leader for a comment, but he had denied knowing about the issue.Ramjattan had said that there was a background check done on Dr Ally and that no such information ever surfaced. “I don’t know where you got that from; we did our checks (on Dr Ally) a long time ago. So you write what you have to even if it means a lawsuit.”AFC General Secretary, David Patterson had also said he was not aware of the allegations against Dr Ally.Guyana Times also emailed Dr Ally for a comment but is still to receive a response. When contact was made with the Guyana Embassy in Kuwait, this publication was told that there is no available telephone contact for the Ambassador who only arrived in that country last week.Dr Ally was appointed Guyana’s Ambassador to Switzerland under the current A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government, but was later seconded to Kuwait.When asked by journalists about the allegations against Dr Ally, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said his Ministry was reviewing the now public 2003 conviction, with a view of making recommendations to Cabinet with regards to the necessity of further action.“I have seen one of the publications and we are investigating – trying to establish the veracity and in determining the seriousness of the conviction,” Greenidge told reporters on Wednesday, following an accreditation ceremony held at the Ministry of the Presidency.Speaking to his credentials, Vice President Greenidge reminded that, “Dr Ally was also a member of Go-Invest; he had been on a number of other boards or bodies in Guyana.”With regards to the current investigation by the Guyana Government into Dr Ally’s US conviction, Greenidge pointed to some of the hurdles in acquiring the necessary information through official channels.Following Dr Ally’s appointment, his company, International Consultants Services made public his biography, listing all Dr Ally’s business employment and experience, including companies for which he worked.However, while it mentioned he has experience as a Corporate Controller, and experience in electronics, the company Acrodyne was not mentioned, leading to questions being asked whether Dr Ally would have deliberately left out this bit of information from his biography.United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that Dr Ally, Controller of Acrodyne; along with Acrodyne’s former Chief Executive Officer and President, A Robert Mancuso and Chief Financial Officer, Ronald R Lanchoney were involved in the dissemination of false financial information by Acrodyne Communications Inc in press releases and Commission filings in 1998, 1999 and 2000.The trio was aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that thefinancial transactions were accurately recorded.The Commission claimed that as a result of the actions of Mancuso, Lanchoney and Ally, Acrodyne engaged in inaccurate and improper cost accounting and revenue recognition.On March 4, 2003, US District Court Judge, Michael M Baylson entered final judgments against the men, prohibited Mancuso and Lanchoney from acting as an Officer or Director of a public company.Additionally, Mancuso was fined $50,000, Lanchoney $10,000 and Ally $10,000.According to court documents, the men consented to the entry of the orders without admitting or denying the Commission’s allegations in the action.last_img read more

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Musa Bility Is Undermining Media Integrity

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,I could not withhold the grief Musa Bility’s action by exposing the media to public ridicule is causing me.  While we all have our individual interests and biases, the ethics of Journalism and the media dictate that we suppress them for the sake of balance, truth, clarity and accuracy. Contrary to these ethical values, Mr. Bility has turned Truth FM into “Lie FM” by sacking Liberian Journalist Mamadee Diaketeh for publishing on his Facebook page statements allegedly made by George Weah. I don’t know if Mr. Bility carefully investigated the matter to know whether George Weah made the statement or not.  I believe Bility, considering all he claims to be, is aware of the heinous grammatical mistakes this self-style politician, George Weah, makes while speaking publicly. “First female women President,” My mother was a market women,” Move the children from among me,” “I done my part of part,” and many others are what Liberians,  including the very supporters of this man,  have taken note of since he came to public life. Is Mr. Bility telling the public that these statements, including the ones (We must go to meet with the Legislator, and the executive order is unconstitution), are false for which he sacked Mr. Diaketeh? Of all that Mr. Bility claims to be, is he telling Liberians that this character that has infected Liberian politics with political Ebola is the one to represent this country?Anyway, it does not surprise me much for Musa Bility to take this action for the sake of George Weah.  Many people have used Weah’s empty skull to ascend to recognizable positions to the detriment of the ignorant youths following him. In like manner, I believe Mr. Bility as a businessman, has interest in George Weah’s senatorial bid for what he (Bility) can get out of him and not for the sake of Liberia.  But what I can frankly tell Bility is that he means nothing good for Liberia; rather, he just wants to be strategically placed in a position that will allow him to apply Calicle’s principle by extorting Liberia’s resources without moral thought.  Woe unto him for this decision; for we have truly known him as one of the viruses in Liberia.  The gap of inefficiency and ineffectiveness leaves with Truth FM turned Lie FM forever.Thanks for the space.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Buchannan Port Gets Modern Facilities

first_imgThe management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has dedicated a modern health facility and a power-house at the Port of Buchannan in Grand Bassa County.The clinic will provide first aid treatment to the workforce and port users and is the first medical facility to be built within the Port of Buchannan since its establishment in 1963.Acting Managing Director David Williams said the clinic and powerhouse are milestones that will go a long way in the operation of the port.He said the management is convinced that the completion of the clinic, backed by the quantity of medical supplies and available equipment, will enable the facility to provide a sense of relief to anyone who might sustain injury or fall ill while on the job.“We are highly impressed with the construction of the new powerhouse within the Port of Buchanan the constant supply of electricity to this and the rest of the seaports in Liberia is vital to maintaining the security and movement of vessels in the port,” Williams asserted.He attributed the success at the Buchannan Port to the hard working management team headed by the Manager, Patrick B. Konneh, which he credited for keeping up the positive image of the port.Mr. Williams then expressed the hope that the commitment and efforts exhibited by NPA employees would translate into achieving the general goal of the entity with the aim to make the NPA the hub for transshipment and premier port in West and Central Africa.Located 272 kilometers Southeast of Monrovia the Buchanan Port is the second largest in the country next to the Freeport of Monrovia. The Buchannan Port was constructed by the Liberia-American-Swedish Mineral Company (LAMCO) between 1963-64 to accommodate commercial interests other than iron ore, logs, rubber and palm products.The Port has recorded increase in vessel traffic from 18 in 2010 to 182 to present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Todd, Scelzi open with victories

first_imgThe 24-year-old, who became the first African-American to win a NHRA professional class in 2006, has won four times in his past 12 races. In all, Todd has competed 20 times in the dragster. “It’s pretty surprising to myself,” Todd said. “I never expected it to happen as suddenly. Last year was a Cinderella season, but it wasn’t surprising to ourselves.” POMONA – Neither rain nor darkness failed to deter J.R. Todd or Gary Scelzi from winning performances at the NHRA’s Winternationals on Sunday. Todd, who opened the day with three career-best Top Fuel runs to reach the finals, took out Brandon Bernstein for his fourth career victory. His run of 4.482 seconds at 324.98 mph was the slowest of the day, but it mattered little as Bernstein lost traction 60 feet off the starting line. In the Funny Car finale, Robert Hight crossed the finish line first in the run against Scelzi. That was a remarkable feat considering Hight crossed the center line and hit a timing cone at 1,000 feet, an automatic disqualification. Scelzi, only the third driver in the 47 years of Winternationals to win both Top Fuel and Funny Car, was credited with a run of 4.716 at 332.26. There was no drama in Pro Stock, as Greg Anderson defeated Greg Stanfield, 6.651 at 207.05 to 7.001 at 163.64, to record his third win in the opener in the past four years. For good measure, it was the third consecutive win by Anderson over the famed Fairplex quarter-mile. In addition to back-to-back Winternationals, Anderson also won at last fall’s Auto Club Finals. “This track is magic for me,” said Anderson, whose string of three straight championships was snapped last year by teammate Jason Line. “It plays into our game plan, the 60-degree weather is right up the Pro Stock alley. When it’s like this, the horsepower shows up and we use it all.” center_img The late start, by two hours, coupled with the sun dancing in and out of the clouds and the late finish, changed the dynamics of the 47th annual event. The conditions produced some early upsets, most notably Joe Hartley taking out top TopFuel qualifier Tony Schumacher in the opening round. In Funny Car, four qualifiers in the top half of the bracket were ousted, including John Force. In Pro Stock, there were three opening-round upsets. “When the rain came, it just changed things significantly,” said Jack Beckman, who lost to Jeff Arend in the first round of Funny Car. “Once you saw half the lower-qualified cars winning, and once there was a pattern that got established in that right lane – it wasn’t necessarily a tune-up deal, it was a lane deal. “The higher-qualified cars switched over and for the rest of the round they won.” Associated Press contributed The fact he was able to get to the line was a testament to the Don Schumacher Racing team after Scelzi drove into the sand trap after a semifinal win against Mike Ashley. “Every single guy was working on the car, trying to get the sand out,” Scelzi said. “That was a lot of hard work. We got lucky against Robert, sometimes you might get lucky early, but we got lucky in the final.” Hight was despondent. “I feel I let the team down,” Hight said. “They worked hard all winter to give me a great car and all I had to do was keep it my lane and I would have won.” Ashley Force, in her first professional event, lost in the first round of eliminations. Force, the 10th woman to drive a Funny Car in professional drag racing competition, saw her chances of beating teammate and brother-in-law Hight go up in smoke when her Castrol/Auto Club Ford Mustang lost traction midway down the quarter-mile strip. The 24-year-old Force is Funny Car star John Force’s daughter. “I knew it was going to be pretty crazy,” she said. “First of all, Pomona, the first race of the year here at the home track, is always really hectic and there’s a lot of stuff going on. Then moving up into Funny Car and having the `Driving Force’ (reality television) show here with us again. I was kind of expecting it. I knew it would be kicked up a notch. “I wasn’t expecting how it would get to me internally. I’m usually a pretty calm person. But I was more terrified in that last qualifying session (Saturday evening) than up there with Robert (on Sunday). I was actually having fun getting up there.” louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3935 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Video: Arsenal fans loved it when this happened at the Emirates…

first_imgExactly four years ago (09/01/12) Thierry Henry made a triumphant return to the Emirates when he scored a late winner against Leeds in the FA Cup.The striker, on loan for two months from New York Red Bulls, was back in Arsenal colours for the first time since he left for Barcelona in 2007 and his goal was his 227th goal for the club.With just 12 minutes remaining, it was a dream return for Henry, who had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes and Gooners inside the stadium certainly enjoyed it.Watch the video above.last_img read more

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Independence day for film in Santa Clarita

first_img Jason Crawford, film administrator for the city of Santa Clarita, said that he was impressed with Ramon’s desire to locate a new festival here. “I think we could be edgy,” he said. “We’ve had a family film festival for 11 years now, and it’s very much a niche festival. I think Santa Clarita could support two festivals, especially with CalArts here. We have an edgy art scene understanding. There are so many people who want to make films and submit them for festival competitions, there’s definitely a market for them.” The festival will also feature student competitions on the college and high school levels. California Institute of the Arts professor Leo Hobaica said his students were familiar with festival competition, having won a few awards – including Academy Awards – in the past. “I think Santa Clarita has grown remarkably in the last 10 years and hope it isn’t looked upon as a cultural wasteland, especially with a premier art school in its backyard,” Hobaica said. “The organizers and students have both worked hard to get things together, and we’re happy to support their efforts. It’s a bravo that they want to do this festival.” Rachel Siner, a Golden Valley High School sophomore whose film “The Collector” is in the high school competition, said she used a script written by her father – about the Internal Revenue Service gone bad – as the basis for her five-minute video. “He acted in it, too, but I got to direct,” Siner said. “I was overjoyed, dancing in the hallway when I heard it was accepted for the festival. I love the art of video; it gives me a chance to interpret words and put it out visually with my perspective.” Her teacher, Charles Deuschle, encourages his students to enter festivals because so much of their work goes unnoticed. “There are so many projects done that people don’t get to see that are really great works,” he said. “These kids have grown up in the information age. It’s a language they understand, and it fits their personalities.” Taylor David, 14, a sophomore at West Ranch High School, has two films in the running: the music video “Twisted Sister” and his original film “The Briefcase.” “I made ‘The Briefcase’ for my class final; it’s kind of a straightforward story about a guy whose briefcase gets stolen, and he tries to get it back,” he said. Jennifer Swann’s film “Meet Me at the Tumor’s Door,” is one of three films from Valencia High School in the running. The title is taken from a song by Doghart Trio, one of the bands featuring in the film. “It’s about kids living in a suburban environment, how they come together to create a punk scene. It follows five or six bands who have no place to play and have to set up in parks, garages, anywhere and they’re really not welcome. It’s also about the hidden undertones, exposing the underbelly of beautiful landscapes and paseos and parks, about teenagers’ lives, dealing with family problems, divorce, things my friends talk about, like not having anything to do.” Classmate Jeremy Gerke produced “V7,” a cop thriller involving an officer possessed by a demon spirit who takes on his partner. Kenny Tang’s festival entry “Something to Prove” is also entered in the competition. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com NEWHALL – Studying abroad gave Ramon Hamilton a new vision in life. The Boston-raised philosophy student trekked to Cairo in his senior year of college, took an Introduction to Film class and was hooked. After a cross-country move to be closer to the magic of Hollywood, Hamilton, 28, settled in a Canyon Country condominium that now serves as the home office of his latest venture, the Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival. “There are so many people up here who work in independent films, those films that are not backed by any major studio or production company,” Hamilton said. “Independent films are the kind you put together with whatever resources you have; one friend has a camera, another has a computer on which you can edit and so on. There’s no venue here for those type of films to be shown, so we decided to start a festival. IF YOU GO Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival Venues include the Canyon Theatre Guild, Repertory East Playhouse and the Hilton Garden Inn Valencia. Nov. 11-14 Tickets $2 per screening, $5 per day or $25 VIP pass, which includes the awards ceremony Information: www.sciffestival.com, (661) 251-0274 ON SCREEN AT THE FESTIVAL SANTA CLARITA – The Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival will be held Nov. 11-14 in Newhall. Venues for workshops will be the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road (unless noted); all screenings will be held at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road. Nov. 11 11 a.m. – Workshop: “Shooting in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Jason Crawford, film and tourism administrator, city of Santa Clarita, at the theater guild. 1 p.m. – Film: “A Day Without a Mexican,” followed by question-and-answer period with writer Sergio Guerrero. 4 p.m. – Films: “Arc,” “Harmony Run,” “Carl’s First Day,” “The F-Word” 6 p.m. – Film: “The Guererro Project” 8 p.m. – Films: “The Writer,” “Zoomsuit,” “Retribution,” “Peter’s Price” 10 p.m. – Film: “Faede” Nov. 12 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Workshops 5 p.m. – Film: “Shell Ear” 6 p.m. – Films: “Why Shakespeare,” “Yak’s Last Ride,” “My Journey,” “Disposition,” “How My Neighbour Discovered Life on Mars” 7 p.m. – Film competition: California Institute of the Arts/College of the Canyons student film competition featuring CalArts films “The Shoes,” “Flurry,” “The Intruder,” “Liquid Substance,” “Offerings” and “Breathe the Glass”; and College of the Canyons films “Stay Behind” and “A Foreign Kiss in Times Square” 8:30 p.m. – Films: “Donnie’s Tree,” “Dummy” 10 p.m. – Films: “Three Paces to the Closet Door,” “A Year in the Death of Jack Richards” Nov. 13 11 a.m. – Workshop: Video formats for the independent filmmaker. 3 p.m. – Workshop: Raising money for independent films 5 p.m. – Film competition: Santa Clarita high school film competition featuring Valencia High films “V7,” “Something to Prove” and “Meet Me at the Tumor’s Door”; West Ranch High films “Twisted Sister” and “The Briefcase”; and Golden Valley High film “The Collector” 6:30 p.m. – Film: “Ties on a Fence,” followed by panel discussion on homelessness 8 p.m. – Films: “Why Shakespeare,” “Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants,” “Do You Want the Elephant Music?” 10 p.m. – Film: “ESL” Additional information available on the Web site www.sciffestival.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s working out 110 percent better than we thought it would. Even though it’s our first year and they’re taking a huge risk in backing us, people in the community saw our passion for film and because of that, it worked.” Of course, Hamilton has a project in progress, a psychological thriller with the working title “Within Dreams.” He has a few films that have enjoyed festival exposure in other cities, including “Roger,” the short film “Misery” and “Why2K.” He expects more than 1,500 people to participate in the screenings, workshops and entertainment offered during the three-day event that opens Nov. 11. The festival ends with an awards reception at the Hilton on Nov. 14. Free workshops will cover a variety of filmmaking subjects, such as financing, locations, the benefits of filming in Santa Clarita and the process of independent filmmaking. The former farmers market lot at the corner of Sixth and San Fernando will also be transformed into a festival venue, with vendors, food, music and other entertainment. last_img read more