Referee blunders grab the headlines in Cyprus

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouTHE men in black (or green, or mauve, or blue or pink nowadays) were the unsavoury ‘stars’ of the final round of the Cyprus football championship this week before the Christmas break.In all but one of the seven games played, the officials managed to grab the headlines by willfully or not affecting the results with ludicrous decisions.The worrying aspect is that both inexperienced and experienced officials were guilty of such decisions. On the positive side, if one can call it positive, is that the gaffes were not intentionally made to favour a particular team, but merely because that is the standard of Cyprus refereeing.In the game between Paralimni and Ermis the ref disallowed what looked like a perfectly good goal and then minutes from the end awarded a non-existent (the striker who won the penalty managed to trip over his own legs outside the box) penalty to the team he had wronged earlier on in the game.Anorthosis, who so far this season had been accused by other clubs and fans of getting the rub of the green, got the short end of the stick this time.The referee awarded their opponents, Ethnikos, a penalty that even had their own players bewildered – in fact everybody believed that the ref had blown for simulation.The same referee then decided at the end of the 90 minutes to add on a further five for added time but when that was up and he still had some energy to burn, he added an extra three minutes for reasons known only to him.The referee of the Salamina v Ayia Napa game has to sit down and re-read the rules of football.The hawk-eyed official spotted a defender dragging an opponent to the ground in the penalty area with the ball in play elsewhere. A yellow card was brandished to the defender but for some reason no penalty was awarded.In the two big games between APOEL v AEK and AEL v Apollon, legitimate penalty claims were waved away while in the APOEL v AEK match, leg-breaking challenges that should have warranted red cards went completely unpunished.The icing on the cake though must be Omonia’s winning goal against Doxa. In the build-up, the ball had clearly gone out of play by a foot or so but neither the referee nor his assistant spotted it.A clean bill of health from their optician is a must for both if they are to officiate again.Doxa’s hapless coach was red carded for arguing the obvious to the ref but he should know better. He is no Sir Alex Ferguson or Manchester United as Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes will probably testify following an infamous incident in the Premier League back in 2005 (below).last_img read more

England beat Kosovo in eight-goal thriller

first_imgEngland’s march towards the Euro 2020 finals continued but not quite in the manner they might have expected as they beat a brave and enterprising Kosovo side 5-3 in an extraordinary Group A qualifier on Tuesday.Valon Berisha gave 120th-ranked Kosovo the lead after 35 seconds but England hit back seven minutes later through Raheem Sterling’s header and the rampant hosts led 5-1 at the interval with a brace for teenager Jadon Sancho.Kosovo were not about to depart the biggest night in their short footballing history quietly though.Within 10 minutes of the restart they had scored twice through Berisha and a penalty by Vedat Muriqi, leaving England manager Gareth Southgate wearing a frown.Harry Kane, who had scored England’s second goal, had a penalty saved by Arijanet Muric and Sterling then hit the post but Kosovo were still going forward until the final whistle and Bersant Celina went close to making it 5-4.England lead the group with a maximum 12 points having scored 19 goals in the process while Kosovo are third with eight points and still very much in the frame to qualify for their first tournament finals.The Czech Republic are in second place with nine points after a 3-0 victory in Montenegro.Elsewhere on Tuesday, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 93 goals when he scored four times to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania.Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his remarkable career to help Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.Ronaldo converted a penalty in the fifth minute but Portugal were surprised when Vytautas Andriuskevicius headed bottom-of-the-table Lithuania level in the 28th minute.Ronaldo put Portugal back in front in the 62nd minute with a shot which was fumbled by Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, then converted two chances set up by Bernardo Silva.William Carvalho completed the rout in stoppage time as Portugal stayed second in Group B with eight points, five behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand. France forward Kingsley Coman scored his third goal in two matches as he inspired the hosts to a 3-0 win against Andorra.The pacy Coman, who got a double in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Albania, put France ahead in the first half and hit the woodwork in the second with Clement Lenglet also finding the net after the break and Wissam Ben Yedder scoring in stoppage time.The world champions stay second in the section with 15 points from six games, level with leaders Turkey who won 4-0 away to Moldova helped by a Cenk Tosun double.Third-placed Iceland slipped three points behind the pacesetters after being sunk by late goals for Albania from Odise Roshi and Sokol Cikalleshi in a 4-2 away defeaTuesday’s Euro 2020 Qualifying results:England 5Kosovo 3Montenegro 0Czech Republic 3Lithuania 1Portugal 5Luxembourg 1Serbia 3Albania 4Iceland 2France 3Andorra 0Moldova 0Turkey 4last_img read more

Teen `legislators’ turn to disaster readiness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – If 29 Monrovia teenagers from the Santa Anita YMCA Youth and Government program had their way, California high school students would see a slight modification to their curriculum in the near future. The YMCA mock legislators will introduce a bill at the 58th Annual Model Legislature and Court Program that, if passed by the real state government, would amend the state education code. The bill to be presented at the Feb.23-25 conference is titled, “Emergency Preparedness Orientation and Education,” inspired by the events that followed Hurricane Katrina, and would require that health curricula include instruction that would prepare students for emergencies created by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires, to name a few. “We want to be able to help people if we had to deal with a natural disaster in California,” said Ashley Dunn, 17. “I think it has a good possibility of being passed because it is so relevant,” said Jennifer Postlewaite, the YMCA’s youth and family program director. Theimer, Dunn and their fellow delegates have spent the past six months deciding on a bill, drafting the bill, and selecting “mock” governmental positions. This is the second year Santa Anita has sent a delegation, which is one of the smaller groups going to Sacramento. “We are just big enough to be powerful.” Dunn said. (626)962-8811, Ext.2201last_img read more

Burton 1-1 Blackburn: Marvin Sordell denies Tony Mowbray first win

first_imgMarvin Sordell lashed home a stunning equaliser for Burton that meant new Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray had to settle for a 1-1 draw in his first match in charge.A headed own goal from Matty Palmer had given Blackburn a 31st-minute lead, as Mowbray led Rovers after taking over from Owen Coyle.But Sordell levelled soon after the break and Burton’s Lasse Vigen Christensen was then cruelly denied a late winner when his 20-yard effort hit both posts but stayed out.Both sides were desperate for a victory to ease relegation worries but more importantly neither side could afford to lose.Albion finished the night six points ahead of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship after a productive five points from three games in the last week, with Mowbray left to reflect on his side sitting two points from safety.Rovers looked anything but a bottom three side as they tore into Albion from the opening whistle and deservedly led at the break through Palmer’s own goal. Danny Graham’s right-wing corner flicked off the head of the Burton midfielder at the near post and looped into the opposite corner.Although fortuitous in nature, the goal was just reward for a vibrant first-half performance from Rovers.Neat one-touch passing and intelligent movement belied a club languishing in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship and it was not long before they had Albion penned back for long periods.With Marvin Emnes pulling the strings going forward, their fluidity caused Burton numerous problems. The Dutchman was constantly picking out men in blue and white and stretching the Burton defence.Emnes was also proving a danger in the box, his very presence just behind John Mousinho forcing two hurried clearances as crosses came into the Burton box in the first half.Sordell’s equaliser, eight minutes after the break, capped a good spell of pressure from Nigel Clough’s men. Picking up the ball from Christensen he cut inside and sent a curling shot over the stranded Jason Steele from 25 yards.Mowbray surprisingly substituted Emnes with just under a quarter of the match remaining, sending on Lucas Joao as part of a double change that saw Graham replaced by Sam Gallagher.Although Rovers continued to press without Emnes, Albion were able to deal with the visitors attacking threat more comfortably, however Rovers’ late substitute Connor Mahoney caused plenty of problems following his introduction.Albion were only denied an unlikely stoppage-time winner by both posts.Christensen took aim and watched in frustration as his sweet shot hit both uprights before Steele was able to grab it on the line. It would have been extremely harsh on Rovers had they left the Pirelli Stadium without so much as a point. 1 The Albion striker struck a late equaliser at the Pirelli Stadium last_img read more

Victims in A.V. lose thousands in lottery scam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the scam, which has victimized people not just in the Antelope Valley but around the United States, Simon said. Because the investigation is under way, he said he could not say much other than detectives have leads on suspects. But the best approach is to avoid being conned in the first place. Any mailing that asks for money should be evaluated with “extreme prudence,” Simon said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Legitimate-looking letters from an organization calling itself American Direct have conned thousands of dollars out of at least eight Antelope Valley residents who were told they won fake $250,000 lottery prizes, sheriff’s deputies say. The letters each contained a check for $4,800 – a purported advance from the winnings – but the victims were told to wire back $2,000 to cover insurance, handling and shipping of the full prize. After they sent the money, the victims found out the “advance” checks they got in the mail were not valid. “Unfortunately, lots of people are sending their money in to these people. We hope to get word out and stop any more people from losing their life savings,” said Deputy Kelly Simon, spokesman for the Lancaster sheriff’s station. last_img read more

Chelsea starlet gives club ultimatum over new contract

first_img LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos REPLY BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest PAYBACK revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap The 18-year-old, who scored on his first senior start in Chelsea’s midweek Europa League win over PAOK, has made just three appearances this season.The Guardian claims Hudson-Odoi wants assurances over his game-time before committing his long-term future to Stamford Bridge.He is attracting interest from clubs in Spain and Germany after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri suggested he wasn’t ready for top-flight football earlier this week.The Italian coach said: “I don’t know if he is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team.“If he’s already ready now to make a difference in the team like Chelsea, he would be the best player in Europe in two years.” Callum Hudson-Odoi is highly-rated by Chelsea chiefs center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 RANKED Callum Hudson-Odoi has told Chelsea to “play me or sell me” as he stalls over a new contract.The Blues offered Hudson-Odoi a new five-year deal in the summer, which he is yet to sign amid concerns over his playing time. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Hudson-Odoi could be the latest young English talent to move abroad, following in the footsteps of fellow 18-year-olds Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson.Sancho’s impressive form for Borussia Dortmund resulted in a first senior England cap in October, while Nelson has been tipped for a Three Lions call-up after netting six goals for Hoffenheim so far this season.Hudson-Odoi has 18 months left on his Chelsea deal.last_img read more

Hoosier Uplands Senior Fair June 9 in Paoli

first_imgHoosier Uplands announces their Senior Citizens Health and Information Fair will be held Tuesday, June 9 at the Paoli Community Center at 1075 North Sandy Hook Road.Doors will open at 9 a.m. with various exhibitors, health screenings and a dance from 1 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. with music performed by Classic Country.Lunch will be provided but is limited to persons 50 years old and older. However to receive the free lunch you must pre-register by calling Hoosier Uplands at (812) 849-4457 or (800) 333-2451. Persons with hearing/speech disabilities can call GTS’s TRS at (800) 743-3333. Door prizes have been donated by area businesses. Participants who come to the fair will be registered to win. You must be present to claim your prize.For more information contact Hoosier Uplands and ask for Barbara or Trudy.last_img read more

Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward

first_imgDonegal has had its fair share of Lotto wins recently, but it wasn’t the county’s lucky day this time around, as Ireland’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed.A large family syndicate from Naul in Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday’s massive €175.4m EuroMillions jackpot.It was revealed today that six sisters will share the winnings. The lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul. A family spokesperson, who is married to one of the syndicate, said: “This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves.”The win has been described as a ‘dream come true’ for the close-knit clan, who are mostly retired.The family spokesperson added: “We know this is a huge story and there is great excitement over this win.“We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don’t want this to dramatically change our lives.” The €175M jackpot represents the biggest ever lottery win on the island of Ireland.Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spencer boys basketball moves to 4-0 with blowout of Loyal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — The Spencer boys basketball team remains unbeaten this season after whipping Loyal 71-42 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday night at Loyal High School.Bobby Pilz had 21 points, and Miles Weber added 13 for the Rockets, who are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cloverbelt East.Cameron Brussow had 12 points to top Loyal (3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East).Spencer led 27-15 at halftime before scoring 44 points in the second half to finish off the victory.Spencer’s next game is Tuesday at home against Neillsville. Neillsville is in first place in the conference with a 4-0 mark (4-1 overall).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 71, Greyhounds 42Spencer 17 10 22 22 – 71Loyal 11 4 13 14 – 42SPENCER (71): Jonny Tomke 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Zastrow 1-1 0-0 2, Nate Mercier 2-3 0-0 4, Calvin Lenz 3-4 0-3 6, Bobby Pilz 9-11 1-2 21, Miles Weber 6-7 1-2 13, Jack Burnett 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Meyers 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Busse 4-7 0-0 8, Mitch Susa 3-12 0-0 7, Dakota Andreae 4-8 0-1 8. FG: 33-56. FT: 2-8. 3-pointers: 3-10 (Pilz 2-3, Susa 1-6, Mecier 0-1). Record: 4-0, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.LOYAL (42): Riley Geiger 4-13 0-0 11, Derrick Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Colton Roehl 2-7 0-0 4, Cameron Brussow 4-12 2-3 12, Ryley Fischer 0-3 2-2 2, Logan Genteman 2-2 0-2 4, Ben Zimmerman 1-2 0-0 3, Tyler Prust 1-5 0-2 2. FG: 16-47. FT: 4-9. 3-pointers: 6-16 (Geiger 3-7, Brussow 2-4, Zimmerman 1-2, Prust 0-2, Roehl 0-1). Record: 3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Security: Zero Trust Model for Cybersecurity

first_imgThe Zero Trust model is just that, no matter where access to a particular system is coming from, whether it is from inside or outside the perimeter of an organization, it should not be automatically trusted until it is verified.  The historical way security was implemented was like a castle and moat — security focused on the perimeter but assumed that anything inside and that had gotten past the external line of defense was okay.Charlie Gero, CTO at Akamai, said that “the strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don’t trust anyone. We’re talking about, ‘Let’s cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don’t allow access to IP addresses, machines, etc. until you know who that user is and whether they’re authorized.”Jeff Pollard, analyst at Forrester, said that “the reason why we rely on the idea of zero trust is because it solves the problem of the disappearing perimeter. Your users don’t work from the places they used to work. Your systems aren’t spun up in the way they used to be spun up. [With zero trust], you move from implicit permission to explicit permission.” Chase Cunningham, analyst at Forrester Research, said that “people buy technology and Frankenstein it together and think if they keep throwing tech at the issue they will get it right. The reality of it is, when I ask them ‘What is your strategy?’ most of them don’t even have an answer.”last_img read more