Daily Archives: May 6, 2017

Messi, Suarez and Neymar combine to down Villarreal

BARCELONA, Sha’ban 10, 1438, May 6, 2017, SPA — Barcelona’s formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored as the champions beat Villarreal 4-1 on Saturday to stay top of La Liga and keep the pressure on title rivals Real Madrid. Barca top the standings with 84 points after 36 games, three ahead of Real who have played two games fewer and were visiting already-relegated Granada later on Saturday.
Neymar was in sensational form in his second game back from suspension and nudged Barcelona ahead in the 21st minute after pouncing on a deflected pass from Messi.
Cedric Bakambu fired Villarreal level in the 32nd after beating the offside trap to latch on to a clever through ball from Roberto Soldado.
Barca were temporarily punctured by the leveller but a marvellous piece of skill from Messi allowed them to restore their lead on the stroke of halftime with a shot from the Argentine which flew beyond Andres Fernandez with the help of a deflection.
Suarez powered the ball under the Villarreal goalkeeper in the 69th to score his third goal in two games and the 100th for the feted front three this campaign, while Messi grabbed the fourth with a deft chip from the penalty spot in the 82nd.
Messi’s penalty inflicted the heaviest league defeat of the season on Villarreal, who have the second-best defence in La Liga.
“We played very well with and without the ball and scoring four goals against this Villarreal side shows how well we did. Our pressure was key and we produced a complete performance against a great side,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters.
Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 1-0 with a second-half strike from Saul Niguez to move five points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla and tighten their grip on the last automatic Champions League berth.
Saul met a cutback from Diego Godin first time to send the ball into the bottom corner in the 69th minute. Uruguayan defender Godin was sent off in injury time for picking up two bookings inside three minutes. Atletico coach Diego Simeone made just two changes from the side that were thrashed 3-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, resting only Kevin Gameiro for next week’s semi-final second leg, although Stefan Savic was suspended.
Sporting Gijon kept up their slim hopes of survival by beating Las Palmas 1-0, moving three points behind Leganes who occupy the final spot outside the relegation zone and host Real Betis on Monday.
— SPA
23:20 LOCAL TIME 20:20 GMT

Man City thrash Palace to move into third place

London, Sha’ban 10, 1438, May 6, 2017, SPA — Manchester City strengthened their Premier League top-four aspirations with a 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Crystal Palace side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, according to Reuters.
City never looked back after David Silva’s 50th goal for the club in the second minute although it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.
Victory moved City into third place with 69 points, above Liverpool on goal difference. Fifth-placed Manchester United, who play sixth-placed Arsenal on Sunday, have 65.
It was the kind of vibrant play City produced at the start of the season when they topped the table and should Arsenal defeat Manchester United on Sunday they will be hot favourites to seal another season of Champions League football.
“Our performance was high level. I’m pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here,” manager Pep Guardiola, who has bemoaned his side’s finishing of late, said.
Palace’s third consecutive defeat means they are still anxiously looking over their shoulders at the teams below them although they remain six points above third-bottom Swansea City who are in action on Sunday at home to Everton.
Two consecutive draws had undermined City’s hopes of finishing in the top four but they hit top gear from the first whistle and did not have to wait long to go ahead.
Silva’s chipped pass sought out the clever run of Sterling and when his lob was headed weakly away by Martin Kelly the lurking Silva drove a volley past Wayne Hennessey.
Palace were in danger of being overrun and the fleet-footed Leroy Sane forced Hennessey into two good saves.
The visitors could have equalised when Andros Townsend’s fine cross was net powerfully by Christian Benteke but Willy Caballero made reflex save to keep out the Belgian’s header.
City’s second goal arrived two minutes after the break from an unlikely source – Kompany crashing home an unstoppable shot for his first home goal since August 2015.
Wales keeper Hennessey was at fault as he let Kevin de Bruyne’s weak shot creep inside the post to make it 3-0 on the hour as City forged clear.
Sterling’s sweetly-struck left-foot shot made it 4-0 before defender Otamendi got on the scoresheet with a diving header from De Bruyne’s chipped free kick – only his second City goal. Palace manager Sam Allardyce was critical of his team’s defending.
“All five goals were avoidable. We didn’t make them produce their brilliant talent, we gifted them five goals. They punished us heavily,” he said.
— SPA
18:26 LOCAL TIME 15:26 GMT

TURKEY, MOLDOVA AGREE TO BOOST TIES

Chisinau, – Turkey and Moldova have agreed to boost bilateral relations, as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim paid his first official visit to Chisinau.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip on Friday, Yildirim said that his visit would add a new dimension to the bilateral relations especially since this was the first official visit at the prime ministerial level.

“It will be possible to take our economic, commercial, tourism, cultural area relations ahead within the framework of agreements signed here, he said, adding that the present economic level of relations were far below the real potential,” he said.

The prime minister noted that trade volume between the two countries is $400 million and has the potential to reach $1 billion.

For his part, Filip said that Turkey is a strategic partner for Moldova. He said the agreement signed to establish a high strategic council between two countries would help in enhancing ties.

Prior to the press conference, the two leaders held a meeting as part of the Turkish Prime Minister’s two-day visit to Moldova. The meeting was followed by the signing of a number of agreements in the capital Chisinau, including a deal on social security. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

US ANNOUNCES BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE REVIEW

Washington, – US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has directed the start of the department’s Ballistic Missile Defense Review, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

The review is conducted to identify ways to strengthen missile-defense capabilities, rebalance homeland and theater defense priorities and provide the necessary policy and strategy framework for the nation’s missile defense systems, White said.

Defending the nation and US interests abroad from ballistic missiles is one of the department’s highest priorities, she added.

The review, running concurrent to the Nuclear Posture Review, will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and include interagency partners, White said.

The process will culminate in a final report and will be delivered to the president by the end of the year, she said. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS ATTACK AGAINST UN MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN

New York, – The UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the attack against the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) two days ago in Leer, South Sudan.

“The members of the Security Council expressed appreciation for the actions taken by UNMISS peacekeepers to repel the attack,” the 15-nation UN body said in a press statement.

“The members of the Security Council recalled that individuals who, directly or indirectly, engage in attacks against United Nations missions, international security presence, or other peacekeeping operations, or humanitarian personnel, may be designated for targeted sanctions,” said the statement.

The council members further condemned the continued violence committed by all parties in South Sudan, including the ongoing military offensives, and called on all parties to immediately adhere to the permanent ceasefire as called for in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan and to remove all obstacles to delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance, the statement added.

The UN Mission’s Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in Leer town in the former Unity State came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby government-held town last Wednesday.

The Ghanaian company of UNMISS peacekeeping forces based there quickly and robustly returned fire, deterring the attack. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

FLOODING WREAKS HAVOC ON ROADS IN NEW YORK

New York, – A major rainstorm battered the New York city region, caused flooding in the region within minutes, submerging cars and taking down highway retaining walls, suspending some transit service and delaying flights by nearly six hours.

Traffic crawled on New York City roadways, some of which temporarily closed because of the flooding. The West Side Highway was closed in midtown briefly because of the rising water. Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn, were flooded, and a stone wall collapsed under the elevated Gowanus Expressway. Fire officials on the scene said too much water caused the wall to slide.

Penn Station shut down its main entrance at 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue for about an hour because of the heavy rain; the stairwell at 31st Street was also closed. Workers were scrambling to contain and clean up after leaks at World Trade Center’s Oculus, while water cascading down inside Grand Central Terminal forced people to walk through the halls with their umbrellas open. Some subway stations were flooded and water was pouring down ceilings.

Meanwhile, highways and roads across other parts of northeastern New Jersey flooded quickly: water rose quickly on Route 440 and West Side Avenue, and cars were completely submerged in some parts.

Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms and showers to continue through Saturday. The chance of rain is about 60% for Saturday, the National Weather Service said, with a tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

ASPIRE FOUNDATION SIGNS MOU WITH FRENCH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SPORT EXPERTISE

Doha, – Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the French National Institute of Sport expertise and performance (INSEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) cementing AZF’s commitment to elevate the expertise of its members as part of its mission to become a global leader in elite athletic management by 2020.

The agreements aim to improve sporting performance and enhancing the experience of the foundation’s members in Aspire Academy, Aspetar, and Aspire Logistics to help achieve the target of becoming a global leader in athletic management by 2020.

Director General of Aspire Logistics Abdullah bin Nasser Al Naemi signed the MoU on behalf of CEO of Aspire Foundation Mohammad Khalifa Al Suwaidi. On the French National institute’s side, its CEO Ghani Ylaouz signed. HE France’s Ambassador to Qatar Eric Chevallier attended the signing along with a number of ranking officials at INSEP.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement, Al Naemi said that Aspire Foundation was “very pleased to be collaborating with a center of excellence in sports like INSEP, as partnership is a key approach in our way to excellence…We believe that sharing knowledge between both institutions will bring tremendous benefit to the members of the Aspire Zone Foundation family, including Aspire Academy, a leading sports school for young athletic talent, Aspetar, the region’s first orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, and Aspire Logistics, which organises world-class local, regional and international sporting events.” For his part, Ylaouz said that INSEP “has chosen to further broaden its international horizons in order to enrich its knowledge and share experiences with best centres from all five continents whose efforts are shaping the sports of tomorrow and contributing to growth and development. That’s why we look forward to working with AZF’s specialists and coaches and welcoming them in France soon.” HE Ambassador of France Chevallier also commented on the signing of the agreement and said that “France and Qatar have an exceptional bilateral relationship which covers beyond a confident political dialogue, a wide range of sectors…I am eager to see the fruits of this partnership in the future and believe it will bring significant benefits to both sides.” As part of this partnership, Aspire Zone Foundation and INSEP will facilitate opportunities for all those involved in elite-level athlete and sports management to improve their knowledge and skill-sets through internships, conferences, as well as participation in training camps and collaborative research initiatives.

Source: Qatar News Agency