The need for more women joining the labour force was recently stressed by the Deputy Programme Manager in Gender and Development at Caricom, Ann-Marie Williams during a recent interview with Guyana Times.Her sentiments were shared at a forum earlier this week before Guyana joined the rest of the world in observing International Women’s Day.According to Williams, Government should do more for women in the area of violence, while also highlighting the importance for the rates of women’s participation in the workforce to increase.The need for more women earning their own living has been earmarked as a major method of decreasing the levels of violence against them.It is a known fact that most women endure abusive relationships, especially if they have children to fend for.Deputy Programme Manager in Gender and Development at Caricom Ann-Marie WilliamsAsked what Caricom has been doing to ensure that more women join the workforce, Williams said it is not an issue that can be tackled independently.“It’s not really an issue for Caricom to tackle singlehandedly but it is an issue for the entire region to tackle. We need to support women in economic empowerment opportunities,” she said.Williams stressed that parents tend to train their children to grow up and gain employment with the Government, instead of teaching them to create jobs.“If you look at where women are concerned a lot of them work in the informal sector so how do you help them with small loans and small grants to sort of formalise that kind of business and to raise the labour force participation rate,” the Caricom representative posited.She was keen to note that some educated women choose to stay at home, which is an important decision.According to her, if the Government is serious about employing measures to help women build their own businesses then more taxation may be necessary.Williams, when asked by this publication if she feels that the Government is doing enough for women in this regard said “no”. She explained, “It will never really be enough but we really have to look at how development agencies and partners can really support countries in these initiatives for them to raise more grant monies and also small corporative and communities can support each other in terms of getting more employment for women”.The Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally, at a recent forum acknowledged that Guyana is currently grappling with certain issues pertaining to gender equality.Ally also pointed out that she is cognisant of the fact that limited access to finances for women to pursue business ventures can be a major obstacle that prevents women from becoming entrepreneurs.
As the Ryder Cup gets set to tee off at Gleneagles, it has once more raised the question of what it’s like when individuals who compete against each other week in, week out come together as a team.And that got the Colin Murray team thinking – what’s best, being part of a group or the pursuit of individual excellence?And who better to ask than former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy, and double Olympic decathalon champion Daley Thompson…GLORY AS A TEAMDanny Murphy: “When you achieve something and celebrate together, you feel as though you’ve shared that experience with other people, as a collective. It’s hard to compare. I haven’t experienced what Daley has, but he’s missed out on the comradery of the achievement as a team or a club. I don’t mean partying afterwards in a bar, I’ll never forget putting our arms round each, not just the players but all the members of staff, including the physio and kitmen who are all earning buttons, and singing, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ after winning the FA Cup. If I was on the pitch doing it on my own, I’m not sure it would have felt the same.”GLORY AS AN INDIVIDUALDaley Thompson: “It’s awesome. You’ve dreamed about it and all you’ve ever done is try and focus on that moment. It’s difficult to quantify when you’ve done it because you’re never sure what you’re going to expect. What you do have, as an individual, is the completely selfish knowledge that you’ve done it yourself. You don’t have to thank many other people. Obviously you have coaches but you’re out there doing it on your own.”DEFEAT AS A TEAMDM: “If it’s not your fault and someone else has made a huge error, then you can say, ‘we did well’. If you lose gallantly or put in a brave effort as a team, and it doesn’t quite go for you, there’s something nice about having people around you who are feeling the same way, to have empathy with you and understand what you’re going though. That’s a nice thing to be involved with as a collective when you are feeling down together. You lift yourself up and you have people around you to help pick you up.”DEFEAT AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “It is all on your shoulders. It’s one of those things that occasionally you just have to bear. It is much easier in a team. You don’t want to have to go through it too often.”TRAINING AS A TEAMDM: “This is the easy one. Of course it’s easier. You are training, playing every day with a group of lads who are your mates, you have banter, fun. All my memories and the things I miss the most have been with the lads.”TRAINING AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “I probably spent my first six or seven years of training two of three times a day 90, 95 per cent by myself, and that is seriously hard work. The most enjoyable times I had training were later on in my career when I had a bit of money and I used to go on training camps with the likes of Roger Black and Kris Akabusi. We used to have the best time, so I will have to agree with Danny.”REWARDS IN TEAM SPORTSDM: “Even when you get introduced to someone, when someone can say ‘Daley Thompson, Olympic gold medal winner’, it’s a very individual, brilliant accolade. That sounds better than ‘Danny Murphy, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder’. Even if you’re introduced as a former World Cup winner, you can theoretically have done that without playing a single minute. It’s about longevity as well, because Daley created longevity in his sport and enjoyed success for a long time, which is not normal. There are people, I would imagine, who have won gold medals at the Olympics and if you said their name now, nobody would know them. What Daley did was create it over a period of time. Even for me, I’m quite proud that I remained at a decent level in my career for a long time and that’s more successful than necessarily winning one trophy here, or two trophies there. And that’s where Daley’s ability shone through. Everyone knows Daley, don’t they? And not everybody knows me.”REWARDS AS AN INDIVIDUALDT: “For me, because I started off when people weren’t getting any money, but now that I’m a much older person, probably the greatest thing that’s come from it is just the love of the people… (Danny Murphy jumps in… ‘Hold on a minute, this is the man who said he’d swap his medals for my money! Talk about a different man off air…!’).”So, Danny or Daley? Team sport or individual? You decide. Comment below…
0Shares0000Having helped France to the World Cup, Antoine Griezmann has set his sights on personal glory: winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award © AFP/File / Franck FIFEMADRID, Spain, Sep 17 – Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann says he still can’t fathom why he was not voted one of the world’s top three players by FIFA — but hopes winning the “more prestigious” Ballon d’Or will make amends.“It’s a prize from FIFA and it seems a pity that no World Cup winners were nominated,” Griezmann, who helped France to World Cup glory in Russia this summer, told Spanish sports daily AS. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, World Cup finalist Luka Modric of Croatia and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who enjoyed a stunning campaign with Liverpool last season, were the three players nominated by FIFA for the world ruling body’s top prize.Now grouped within the FIFA Best awards, it will be presented on September 24.For Griezmann, who helped Atletico to Europa League glory as well as playing a pivotal role in France’s World Cup win, FIFA’s choice was unwarranted.“We had a really good World Cup campaign, the whole team deserve to be awarded: (Kylian) Mbappe, (Raphael) Varane, (N’Golo) Kante, who had an amazing World Cup even though no-one talks about it, or even myself.“But that’s the way it is.”The snub has galvanised Griezmann’s ambition to land the Ballon d’Or, the prize awarded by France Football magazine to the world’s top player as voted on by journalists around the globe.“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige, a richer history,” said Griezmann.Conceived in 1956, it has been won by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi a record five times apiece. By contrast, the FIFA Best award has been a stand-alone award only since 2016, having spent the 2010-2015 period merged with the Ballon d’Or.He added: “It’s on my mind and I’ve got three months to give it everything (to win it). We’ll see what happens.”Asked if he felt comfortable “sitting at the same football table” as five-time Ballon d’Or winners Messi and Ronaldo, Griezmann said: “Yes, I think so, although other players would be there as well.“I’m enjoying being at this table, although I know I can do better.“I’m at the summit but I know I can improve, I want to be the most complete player possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
But Gold said the public and corporations can go further. So today, environmental groups will be joined by chain stores Ralphs, 99 Cents Only, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Whole Foods to kick off the giveaway at The Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district, where elected officials will hand out thousands of free totes to holiday shoppers at 11 a.m. Shoppers who spend $49.99 at any one of the 74 county 99 Cent Only stores also will receive a free, reusable tote bag. “We see this partnership as raising consumer awareness in how wasteful the plastic bag is,” said Henry Chu, vice president of marketing for the discount chain. Chu said the company is considering ways to reduce the use of plastic bags in their stores. “We are going through that debate right now,” he said. And those who shop at any one of the 180 Ralphs supermarkets in the county will receive 6 cents, or double the usual amount, if they bring in a plastic bag to reuse. Those who bring in paper bags or reusable totes will receive 10 cents. In addition to the rebates, the Ralphs market at 14049 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks will give away free bags beginning at 10 a.m. “We’re doing this because we believe it’s important for us to be a part of the solution,” said Ralphs spokesman Terry O’Neil. “The public is much more environmentally conscious. When we introduced the reusable bag, it surprised us how quickly they were selling.” firstname.lastname@example.org 818-713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We are at the point where the city and county are very aware of the issue of how plastic bags are a huge problem,” Gold said. A county report released earlier this year found that 6 billion shopping bags are used each year by residents. Less than 5 percent of that is recycled. And state taxpayers dole out 17 cents each time a bag is collected and disposed of, a cost of $50 million a year, according to published reports. “How are they going to tackle the problem? It’s about leadership,” Gold said. “San Francisco was by far more bold. But I believe (Los Angeles officials) are taking it very seriously from various perspectives.” A state law authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires major supermarkets and pharmacies to accept plastic bags for recycling. Stores also must sell canvas or other reusable bags. Hoping Los Angeles residents will forgo the landfill-clogging, street-drifting, wildlife-choking plastic grocery sack, environmentalists plan to hand out free reusable totes today at various spots. Calling it a “day without a bag,” Heal the Bay’s one-day movement comes just as Los Angeles County supervisors will return Jan. 8 to consider the issue of reusable bags versus plastic and whether to enact a ban. This summer, San Francisco became the first American city to ban plastic bags from chain grocery stores. Mark Gold, Heal the Bay’s executive director, said he believes government will make the right decision, especially since the public is increasingly interested in conservation and recycling.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The top 12 movies over the weekend grossed $92.4 million, down 10.7 percent from the same weekend in 2005. After a strong start this year, Hollywood has slipped back into a slump that persisted last year, when domestic attendance fell 7 percent from to 2004 levels. While revenues are up slightly this year, factoring in higher ticket prices, attendance is down about 1 percent from year-ago levels, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “You don’t want a repeat of what happened last year,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s still early in the year to call it, but every weekend it’s down is chipping away at the advantage we had early on this year.” The three new wide releases offered solid variety for audiences, with “Failure to Launch” drawing the date crowd, “The Shaggy Dog” grabbing parents and their children and “The Hills Have Eyes” bringing in horror fans. “Failure to Launch” stars McConaughey as a 35-year-old still living with his parents, who hire a bombshell (Parker) to entice him into moving out. The weekend audience was two-thirds female, according to distributor Paramount. “Failure to Launch,” a romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, took off at theaters, debuting as the top weekend movie with $24.6 million. Two remakes opened in second and third place. Disney’s family flick “The Shaggy Dog,” starring Tim Allen, was No. 2 with $16 million, and Fox Searchlight’s horror tale “The Hills Have Eyes” was No. 3 with $15.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Reviews generally were poor for all three new films, but they overcame the weak critical reception to combine for a healthy $56.1 million. Still, they were unable to match last year’s top three over the same weekend, “Robots,” “The Pacifier” and “Be Cool,” which combined for $64.4 million. “Failure to Launch,” released by Paramount, bumped off Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” which had been the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends. That movie slipped to No. 5, grossing $5.8 million to raise its total to $55.8 million. “There hasn’t been a good date movie in a while, and I think women just felt like it was going to be a fun movie,” said Rob Moore, the studio’s worldwide head of marketing and distribution. “The Shaggy Dog” features Allen, Robert Downey Jr. and Parker’s “Sex and the City” co-star Kristin Davis in an update of the 1959 Disney original and sequel, “The Shaggy D.A.” Allen plays a prosecutor transformed by a canine bite into a goofy sheepdog. “The Hills Have Eyes” updates Wes Craven’s 1977 horror story about a family road trip that takes a grisly detour when the travelers encounter mutant cannibals. Craven serves as a producer on the remake. Though already out on home video, the ensemble drama “Crash” returned for an encore in theaters to capitalize on its best-picture Academy Award the previous weekend. The film reopened in 175 theaters and grossed $357,000, raising its theatrical total to $53.8 million. TOP MOVIES Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Failure to Launch,” $24.6 million. 2. “The Shaggy Dog,” $16 million. 3. “The Hills Have Eyes,” $15.5 million. 4. “16 Blocks,” $7.3 million. 5. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” $5.8 million. 6. “Eight Below,” $5.4 million. 7. “Aquamarine,” $3.65 million. 8-9 (tie). “The Pink Panther,” $3.6 million. 8-9 (tie). “Ultraviolet,” $3.6 million. 10. “Date Movie,” $2.5 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Classics Book Club will meet, 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Reptile Club for ages 7-12 will meet, 1-2 p.m. and for ages 13-17 will meet, 2-3 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Teen Writing Workshop, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. AHA! (Artists Helping Artists) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242 or e-mail AHA@Trish Lester.com. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY TODAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Newhall Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233.
Diego Costa scored his first European goal for Chelsea to all but set the seal on a winning start to their Champions League campaign.The Spain striker hooked a terrific volley into the top corner on 58 minutes to end his drought in the competition.His previous Champions League goal had come at Stamford Bridge for Atletico Madrid in their 3-1 semi-final victory in April 2014.The Blues, ahead at half-time through Willian’s fortuitous free-kick and an Oscar penalty, began the second half as they ended the first, on the front foot.But Chelsea survived a scare when Avarham Rikan’s volley took a couple of slight deflections and spun just past the far post.However they extended their lead thanks to Costa’s first-time effort from Cesc Fabregas’ cross.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian (Costa 22), Oscar (Ramires 64), Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Matic, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Rebels of the BJP and the Congress filed nominations as Independents from at least five Assembly constituencies in south Haryana, comprising Gurugram, Nuh, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts, on the last day of filing papers on Friday, altering the electoral arithmetic for the candidates of their respective parties.In Gurgaon Assembly seat, the BJP’s Sudhir Singla faces a strong rebellion in the form of his own partyman and sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal, who made his wife Anita Aggarwal contest as an Independent from the prestigious constituency after the party snubbed him. Mr. Aggarwal, who had won the seat with a record margin of over 80,000 votes in 2014, has not been on good terms with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ever since he led a rebellion against him in 2016 along with a dozen party MLAs.Khattar blamedFiling her nomination papers, Ms. Aggarwal minced no words in blaming Mr. Khattar for the denial of ticket to her husband. She added that her husband had only raised his voice for the people of Gurugram, but it did not go down well with the Chief Minister.Similarly, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram Senior Deputy Mayor Pramila Kablana’s husband Gaje Singh Kablana and councillor Seema Pahuja filed their nominations as Independents from Gurgaon after the Congress chose former Minister Sukhbir Kataria over them.In Pataudi, former MLA Rambir Singh and Mukesh Kumari decided to take on Congress’s Sudhir Chaudhary as Independents after the party denied them the ticket. Similarly, BJP’s Satya Prakash Jaravata, who was chosen over the sitting MLA Bimla Chaudhary, faces opposition from party rebel Narender Kumar, an Independent candidate.In neighbouring Rewari district, BJP’s Sunil Musepur, a close confidant of Union Minister and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, has been challenged by the party’s sitting MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas, who filed his nomination as an Independent. Mr. Kapriwas had alleged that the party high command denied ticket to him at the instance of Mr. Singh.In Punhana, the Congress replaced Mohammad Ajaz Khan with Mohammad Ilyas as its candidate minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline for filing of nomination in view of stiff opposition. Still, three rebel Congress leaders are in the fray from the seat. The BJP’s Kumari Nouksham Choudhary faces party rebel and sitting MLA Rahish Khan, who also threw in his hat as an Independent. In Ferozepur Jhirka, Congress’s Mamman Khan too faces party’s two rebels.BJP candidates in Badshahpur and Bawal may also face opposition from their own partymen.
Real Madrid Benzema silences Bernabeu boos as BBC show Madrid what they have been missing Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:22 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Real Madrid v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Primera División Opinion The three forwards all contributed as Los Blancos beat Alaves 4-0 at the Bernabeu in a timely return to form ahead of the trip to PSG in early March The Real Madrid fans were growing impatient. First, Karim Benzema slipped to scuff a shot when it looked easier to score and then, minutes later, the France forward hit the post from two yards out with the goal at his mercy in an action that – mercifully for him at least – was called offside.Benzema is having one of those seasons and, on Saturday, against Alaves, it seemed as if he was going to endure another frustrating afternoon. But in the blazing sun at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 30-year-old kept his head down and this time, things went his way.Jeered by fans after his earlier miss, Benzema laid off the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring a minute before half-time and save the team from further boos at the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was a timely breakthrough and, a minute into the second half, Benzema stole possession and advanced with the ball, feeding Gareth Bale to double the hosts’ advantage. Suddenly, Zinedine Zidane’s side, lacking in rhythm for much of the first period, had settled a potentially tricky fixture either side of the break.Up until then, Lucas Vazquez – in the team for a third consecutive start – had been Real’s standout player, causing problems for Alaves with some superb dribbling and incisive runs.Bale, widely linked with a summer departure by the Madrid media on Friday, had blown hot and cold. The Welsh winger, playing on the left of midfield in a 4-4-2 formation, had come close with one spectacular overhead effort, but also wasted possession on a couple of occasions.However, his goal will do him the world of good as he looks to recover from recent criticism and being benched for three out of the last four matches by Zidane, who summed up the 28-year-old’s poor performance at Betis last weekend by saying: “Gareth… he played his game.”Lucas then teed up Ronaldo for the third and in the closing stages, as Bale was sent tumbling in the box, Cristiano handed the ball to Benzema and the France forward fired home from the spot. It was a nice gesture from the Portuguese and the striker had deserved a goal despite his problems earlier on.In the end, it was straightforward enough against an Alaves side that had taken 22 points from their previous 11 games, making them the third-best team in La Liga in that period (after Barcelona and Atletico). And it was much to do with the BBC, who all netted one goal in the same game for the first time since April 2016.Reunited in attack all together earlier this term for the first time in 273 days, Madrid’s famous forward line has remained under scrutiny with both Bale and Benzema off form in recent weeks.That has coincided with the impressive displays of Marco Asensio and Lucas, who both came on late against Paris Saint-Germain in the teams’ last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu to help win the match for Real.Those two will obviously be in contention to start in the return match at the Parc des Princes on March 6, but Bale, Benzema and Cristiano can be devastating together when all on song and the BBC’s Saturday’s showing will delight Zidane ahead of the big match in Paris. How they have been missed.
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 10:33 IST HIGHLIGHTSOppo may launch the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo in India soonThe F11 and F11 Pro may come with 10x optical zoom and triple rear camerasThe R17 Neo sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipOppo is planning to launch a trio of smartphones in India, possibly by the end of the first quarter of 2019. A new report details that the Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo are coming to the country along with some specifications. It is possible that the F11 phones may be Oppo’s first smartphones to come with 10x optical zoom. Oppo may debut the F11 series at MWC 2019 in February after which an India launch is expected.Oppo has already announced that it is bringing 10x optical zoom to smartphones and it will reveal this at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. According to a report by MySmartPrice, the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro might just be those smartphones. They were recently certified The F11 duo may come with triple cameras as well, but beyond these details not much is known about the devices as of now. The report also does not provide an exact timeline for the launch of the F11 and F11 Pro in India.Meanwhile, the Oppo R17 Neo is also expected to land in the country soon. The phone was first announced in Japan in October as a lower mid-range version of the Oppo R17 Pro. The R17 Neo sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. In comparison, the R17 and R17 Pro offer Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 chips, respectively.The Oppo R17 Neo also comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, the R17 Neo gets a 25MP selfie snapper. The R17 Neo is offered with 128GB of internal storage, 4GB and Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. It houses a 3,600mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 with ColorOS 5.2 on top.advertisementThe R17 Neo has a price of JPY 38,988 in Japan, which roughly translates to around Rs 25,000 in India. This is what we expect the India pricing to be considering the R17 slots a little higher at Rs 34,990. Oppo should start teasing the launch of these phones in a few days if they are indeed set for a Q1 2019 launch in India.ALSO READ | Oppo R15 Pro launched in India with Snapdragon 660, now on sale on Amazon IndiaALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast chargingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo F11Follow Oppo F11 ProFollow Oppo R17 Neo Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soonOppo is reportedly planning to launch at least three new smartphones in India by the end of Q1 2019 and this may include the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo.advertisement