Real as desperate as ever to win the Champions League- Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane has told Liverpool his Real Madrid team are hungrier than ever to win the Champions League, despite clinching the title in three of the last four years © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 22 – Zinedine Zidane has told Liverpool his Real Madrid team are hungrier than ever to win the Champions League, despite clinching the title in three of the last four years.Real are gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive success in the competition on Saturday while Liverpool have reached the final for the first time since 2007. “No one can tell us we are less hungry,” Zidane said. “I can’t speak for our opponents but we want to stress we will always have the same motivation, the same as always, no one can tell us we are less hungry than the rest.“We are Madrid and despite what we have, we always want more, and we will give everything to get even better.”Real’s experience at the deep end of the Champions League dwarfs that of this Liverpool team, who do not have a single player to have made it this far before.Zidane also has his own personal achievements to draw upon, having won the most coveted prize in club football three times as a player and manager combined.“It’s true I lived 18 years as a player inside the changing room, with many coaches, with many players, with just as much ego as me,” Zidane said.“I know the changing room and I know the mind of a player and that is an important thing for me, but it is not the only thing.“I am not the best tactician, but I have other things – passion, motivation – and those are worth much more.”Some have billed this weekend’s showdown as a contest between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah but when asked if he would swap Ronaldo for the Liverpool forward, Zidane simply replied: “No.”On Ronaldo’s influence on the final, Zidane said: “The most possible. He is the best so it will be the maximum.”Zidane would offer no clues as to his starting line-up in Kiev but he did ackowledge the excellent form of Gareth Bale, who has scored five goals in his last four starts.“He is playing very well, he has scored many goals recently,” Zidane said. “Not only that but he has been very consistent. He has not played so much, but the last three games he has played he has played well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports

first_imgClearing of the Hakskeen Pan has beenunderway since early in 2011. The Bloodhound car will reach a speedof 1 000 mph in under a minute.(Images: Bloodhound SSC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Mckuchane  GM, Northern Cape Tourism  +27 82 467 2525 • Monwabisi Mkompela  Spokesperson, premier’s office  +27 53 838 2600RELATED ARTICLES • African eyes on the universe • Kimberley goes for gold • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Human polar makes swim for peace • World first for SA extreme swimmersEmily van RijswijckThe Northern Cape province is aiming to become South Africa’s preferred extreme adventure and sports destination.The semi-arid region is home to breathtaking scenery and unusual nature formations and offers some of the best opportunities for abseiling, white water river rafting and deep cave diving in the country.But with its vast expanses and perfect thermal conditions, it also offers opportunities for lesser known extreme sports like paragliding, flying and landspeed records.With a new landspeed record attempt due to take place in 2012 at the 19 km long Hakskeen Pan, located about 160 km north of Upington, the world is taking note of what the province has to offer.The Northern Cape Tourism Authority promotes the province as a preferred adventure destination, says GM for business tourism Peter Mckuchane.He says the Northern Cape not only offers extreme sporting opportunities but is a destination of “extreme nature and extreme cultures”, aspects which add to the appeal of the province.Maloof Money CupIn September 2011 the Northern Cape hosted the first international Maloof Money Cup (MMC), an annual skateboarding championship that will take place for the next three years in the provincial capital, Kimberley.It was the first time that this American event was hosted outside its home base, and it attracted the best current world skating champions to South Africa’s doorstep.In signing the contract with competition founders the Maloof family, the Northern Cape provincial government showed its commitment and formal endorsement of skateboarding as a sporting discipline in the province, Premier Hazel Jenkins said at the time.Kimberley now boasts one of the world’s best skating parks and plans to introduce the sport to other parts of the province.The MMC was broadcasted internationally over three days and included a five-event skateboarding competition and skateboarding festival. Considered to be the world’s richest skateboarding championship, it has a total purse of R3.75-million (US$458 000).The event also turned out to be a real money spinner for Kimberley, with hotels and restaurants overflowing and extra workers hired to cope with the massive influx of fans from all over.Jenkins added that the event really galvanised the people of the Northern Cape. She is also excited about the possibilities which the province’s new role as host of the latest landspeed record attempt will bring to the area.“The opportunities it affords the province can act as a catalyst for the establishment of a science orientated university in the Northern Cape and offers tremendous tourism potential,” she said on welcoming the landspeed record hopefuls, the Bloodhound SSC team from the UK.Towards a new landspeed record The team, led by Royal Air Force Pilot Wing Commander Andy Green, the current landspeed record holder, were in South Africa earlier in November 2011 to promote the event. Green hopes to set a new record of 1 609 kph (1 000 mph) at the Hakskeen Pan in 2013.Green set the current record in October 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC to a new world record of 1 227 kph (763 mph), in the process breaking the sound barrier and improving the previous record by 209 kph (130 mph).The latest attempt will take place at the Northern Cape pan, chosen over 34 others because of its near perfect conditions. Over 19 km long and 5 km wide, with a vertical variation of only 61 mm over the entire 2 km distance of the run, the pan’s surface is ideally hard and flat. The area offers ideal weather conditions, factors which were confirmed by Green and his team during their South African visit.For the attempt to be successful, the car must complete two runs within the space of an hour, with the average times calculated as the new record.“The ability to control the car’s stopping, and therefore the turnaround time, is key to the success of the record attempt,” the official Bloodhound website notes.Bloodhound is about more than breaking records, Green reminded the gathering.“Yes, we want to break the record, but we also want to create a global showcase for science and technology,” he said.“The UK, Europe and South Africa have a critical shortage of engineers and scientists. We hope the project will inspire young people to become engineers, mathematicians and scientists.”Parliament has already approved in principle the establishment of a Northern Cape university but the institution’s focus still has to receive the green light and will be subject to funding, Jenkins confirmed.Employment boostThe speed attempt will also bring about much-needed employment opportunities. Mckuchane says the province has undertaken to prepare Hakskeen Pan for the world landspeed record runs, with the first trials to start early in 2012.Additional job opportunities will be created running up to the event, with 315 unemployed locals tasked with clearing the track of stones and debris, critical for such a dangerous event as even the smallest stones become bullet-like at these speeds.The clean-up project will be undertaken through the national Expanded Public Works Programme and will take about six months to complete. The event is expected to spawn more opportunities in tourism and extreme sports.“The Northern Cape government believes the record attempt has the potential to generate a lot of future interest and if the attempt is successful, could turn the area into a tourist hub where similar events can be hosted in the future, as it will be the fastest track in the world,” says Mckuchane.The event alone is expected to bring thousands of spectators to the area.Thermal heights and cave depthsBut the Northern Cape also offers a host of other extreme activities. The province regularly plays host to international paragliding competitions, with the Paragliding World Cup taking place in March 2012 in the Karoo town ofDe Aar.The area is considered to be one of the top paragliding sites in the country because of the hot desert conditions which create massive hot air bubbles, providing the perfect lift for paragliders.De Aar itself is recognised as the home of cross-country paragliding in South Africa, and is the venue where numerous international and national paragliding records have been set in recent years.Extreme cave diving is another favourite and here the Northern Cape again has some of the most dangerous – and exciting – on offer.Boesmansgat is a unique sinkhole on the farm Mount Carmel where many world records in cave diving have been set and where a number of divers have lost there lives. The third deepest freshwater cave in the world, it was the scene of Nuno Gomes’s 1996 cave diving record of 282 metres.Unrivalled natural beauty The Northern Cape is South Africa’s biggest province, a dry land mass of 361 830 km2 which offers a surprisingly wide range of natural treasures, each with its own unique perspective on this sparsely populated region.There is the red sand veld and yellow grasses of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari; the wild shrubs of the Karoo Hantam with its clear, star-studded evenings and the floral splendour and big skies of Namaqualand, to name but a few.The area also has a rich archaeological and geological history. Names like Nossob, Okiep, Ais-Ais, Aoub and Gannaga ring strangely in the ear, reminders of a time when the only human inhabitants here were the indigenous San bushmen, migratory hunter-gatherers who lived in simple harmony with nature.Later, white inhabitants moved into the area and added their own contributions: Kieliekrankie, Hotazel (Hot as hell) Riemvasmaak, Mier (Ant) and Pofadder, descriptive Dutch names which tell a visitor more than they may wish to know about a place.Today the area has a rich cultural diversity with Tswana, San, Nama and European all calling it home.It is here that you will find South Africa’s largest river, the majestic Orange and the country’s biggest waterfall, the Augrabies. The Eye of Kuruman, a natural fountain which is reputedly the biggest in the southern hemisphere is also located in this province, as is the biggest hand-dug mining excavation in the world, the 215m deep Big Hole of Kimberley.The driest province in the country is also the most colourful when Namaqualand rolls out its massive carpet of spring flowers from late July until October, splashing the brown earth in a breathtaking and abundant display of oranges, purples, whites and yellows every year.last_img read more

More civilians displaced in Rajouri

first_imgAt least 435 civilians living in the border areas were displaced as fresh shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the Line of Control (LoC) disrupted life in Rajouri district in the Pir Panchal Valley.“A total of 2,180 civilians are living in relief camps now. The fresh ceasefire violation on Tuesday night forced evacuation of 435 more people to the camps,” Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said .On the crossfireThe official said bullet-proof bunkers and ambulances were used to shift the civilians following heavy shelling in the Balakote sector.A defence spokesman said the violation of the ceasefire started at 12.50 p.m. and continued till 1.30 p.m. Small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm and 120 mm mortars were also used earlier in the evening in Nowshera sector, said the spokesman. “A fitting reply was given to Pakistan’s violation,” he added.The areas affected by the shelling included Ans Bhandhaar, Lam and Kalsian.Three civilians were killed and around seven injured in the past one week due to shelling by the Pakistan Rangers in Rajouri district.National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana has cautioned against the tendency to make the LoC “a political theatre.”Collective strategyHe called for a collective strategy towards minimising the suffering of the border dwellers. “We urge all the political parties to rise above politics and work towards seeking a safe, secure and better life for our people, who remain at the receiving end whenever border skirmishes take place,” Mr. Rana said, during his visit to Nowshehra sector of Rajouri. He said successive governments at the Centre promised construction of shelters, community bunkers, allotment of plots and jobs to the border youth. “On the ground, there has been no forward movement,” he alleged.last_img read more

Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930. View comments LATEST STORIES Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

9 months ago​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia ban

first_img​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Here’s Urban Meyer Teeing Off At The Famous 16th Hole At TPC Scottsdale

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer lives next to a golf course in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State coach jokes that he and his son, Nate, will often sneak onto the Muirfield Village Golf Club course and play a couple holes. The Buckeyes’ head coach has found some time to golf amid the post-national championship tour and recruiting period. For those who care, Urban Meyer is soon to take part in a hole in one contest at the Phoenix Open. It’s live on Golf Channel NOW— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) January 28, 2015Here’s the 50-year-old coach teeing off at the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, home of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Based on how Meyer’s month has gone, he probably hit a hole-in-one.last_img read more


first_imgOVO FEST TICKETS COST UP TO $10,000 EACH ON TICKETMASTER & PEOPLE ARE PISSEDTickets for Drake’s highly anticipated OVO Fest went on sale this Friday and they’re not cheap. The Raptors global ambassador had announced the festival’s lineup this Thursday. However, based on the current prices of OVO Fest 2019 tickets, it looks you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg to get in.According to, lawn tickets for the festival’s August 5th date, which Drake himself will be headlining, are going for as much as $800 each – and those are the cheap seats. The most expensive tickets available, which seat you in Section 201 Row A, are going for as much $10,000 CAD. Yup, you read that right – you could literally buy a car for the price of prime seating at this year’s festival. READ MORETICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S OVO FEST ARE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVESay what you will about this year’s decidedly, um, “vintage” lineup: Drake’s OVO Fest remains the hottest ticket in town — and unless you’ve already scored a seat (or have thousands of dollars to spare), your chances of getting in are slim.Is this a glitch? #OVOFest— Stefflon Don @ Rebel July19th (@EnergyKidd) July 12, 2019 Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Tickets for the ninth annual OVO Fest went on sale this morning at 10 a.m., just one day after Drizzy himself officially announced the return of his headline-making concert series after a year-long hiatus. READ MORE HIGH TICKET PRICES FOR OVO FEST LEAVE FANS SHOCKEDIf you were hoping to get tickets to Drake’s two-day OVO fest this year, be prepared to shell out a lot of cash.Tickets for the ninth OVO fest officially went on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday morning.To attend the August 5 show at Budweiser stage — which has only Drake on the bill — will set you back $800 to $1,000 for general admission. To actually get a seat, it will cost you around $2,500.Many angry fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration. READ MOREOVO FEST TICKET PRICES AREN’T CHEAP, AND DRAKE FANS AREN’T AMUSEDOVO Fest has run annually in Toronto since 2010, but did not take place in 2018, which left many Drake fans concerned about the festival’s future.Fortunately for them, the 6 God confirmed its return last month during the 2 million-people-strong Toronto Raptors’ victory parade.The result? A massive amount of buzz across the country. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver Islanders hoping to get their big break in the local film industry may want to check out a job fair in Victoria on Wednesday.The Jobs Canada Fair, held July 17 at the Parkside Hotel, will feature dozens of exhibitors including the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission.While the commission doesn’t hire directly for local film shoots, it does keep a database of trained film professionals. The databuse is used to help land film jobs for people with transferable skills like construction, hair and makeup and accounting. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’ve been working hard to build the infrastructure for our film industry on the South Island and part of that is building our local crew base,” said VISFMC administrative coordinator Andrea Rogers.Having crew ready to work means that the South Island is more attractive for film productions, as it’s cheaper to hire locally than to bring over workers, Rogers said. Login/Register With:center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook The ‘We Love Film Too’ campaign launched Wednesday at the B.C. legislature, Jul 10, 2019. (CTV Vancouver Island)last_img read more

Earl Cook memorial held at MTS Centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarl Cook struggled with osteosarcoma, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s, before passing away late last week. He was an inspiration to many in the hockey world, including Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and  TSN insider Darren Dreger.A memorial for Cook was held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, where many joined in celebrating the life of the man who had touched so many.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was there.last_img