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‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Doctors say a 22-year-old man from New Jersey is recovering after receiving a rare face and hands transplant. Joe DiMeo had the operation in August, two years after he was badly burned in a car accident. Such transplants are extremely rare and have happened only twice before. Experts say the procedure appears to be a success, but it’ll take a while to know for sure. Details of the transplant were revealed Wednesday. Since the surgery, DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze with his new face and hands. He’ll have to take lifelong medication to avoid rejecting the transplant.last_img read more

VTrans to close Route 104 in Fairfax on Monday for bridge repair

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on Monday, June 7 will close a segment of Route 104 in Fairfax so that it can rehabilitate a bridge over the Miller Brook. The bridge will be out of service through July 5, 2010, and traffic will be detoured. The official detour is rather long – Route 15 to Route 289 to Route 7 to Route 104A and then back to Route 104 – but that is the “official” detour as VTrans has to use state routes for any detour that we sign. However, there are quicker detours using local streets. Either way, motorists should schedule additional time to reach their destination.The Fairfax bridge rehabilitation is a long-planned project that will provide the bridge with a new deck along with rehabilitated abutments. The rehab will also widen the bridge a little. The road closure will last only until July 5, but work on the project will continue until the end of September.  Again, this is not a sudden closure. This rehab project has long been planned. In essence, this is an older bridge whose time for a facelift has come.As a reminder to motorists, the exit from I-89 South to I-91 North in White River Junction remains closed. Motorists should detour from Exit 1.Source: VTrans. 6.3.2010last_img read more

Strategic Training with a Comprehensive Approach

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo July 27, 2018 The Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia Paraguayan Army Command and General Staff College (ECEME, in Spanish) offers decision-making, operations management, leadership, and operational strategies and tactics among its professional training for military personnel. “We train senior officers with the rank of major to be the future commanders, directors, and advisors to commanders,” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Mario Centurión, commandant of ECEME. “[ECEME] is the highest-level educational institution in the Paraguayan Army,” Col. Centurión said. The institution offers the Command and General Staff course, which trains officers in efficient command, leadership, management, general staff functions, and advisory roles for military organizations in the Army. “We want to produce a roadmap to prepare officers for the future and truly honor our motto: ‘Leadership and Projection,’” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Roberto Manuel Piñanez, deputy commandant of ECEME. “We prepare them to face conventional conflicts and new asymmetrical threats.” Founded in 1929 as the War College, the institution—located within the premises of the Army Command in Asunción—was rebranded ECEME in 1969. In 2005, the academy took on the name of Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia, a decorated war hero and 34th president of Paraguay. The Ministry of Education and Science recognizes the military academy as an accredited institution of higher education to award master’s degrees in military sciences since 2004. Active and participatory education The two-year Command and General Staff course is divided into basic and advanced levels of one year each. Once officers graduate, they receive a Command and General Staff degree. In December 2017, ECEME had about 1,500 graduate officers. “Before joining ECEME, students anticipate doing things by following a guide,” said Paraguayan Army Major Hugo Yamanishi, a second-year student. “The course teaches us to interpret and better understand the commander’s intent to focus our efforts. It also provides a more critical and analytical view of every aspect of an operation, which reflects our evolution as officers.” “ECEME uses the educational philosophy under the doctrines of Constructivism,” said Col. Piñarez. “It’s an active, practical, and objective education in which real problems are raised within a particular situation to stimulate critical thinking.” The course is not mandatory for officers. However, it is crucial to advance in the military career. “This course is a must for me. I want to reach a rank that will give me an important position,” said Paraguayan Army Major Lino Britez, a second-year student. “The body of knowledge is invaluable. The doctrine and the critical and analytical part to solve specific situations, are essential.” For Maj. Britez, interaction with classmates is also important, since students’ different experiences serve as learning tools. Institutional projections ECEME seeks to have an international presence. “We want to be open to the command schools of other countries,” Col. Centurión said. The school has Argentinean and Brazilian instructors, and talks are underway to begin exchanges with Colombia. “Having foreign instructors allows us to see how other armies work, and this gives us a wider perspective,” Maj. Yamanishi said. “This is a very valuable initiative.” Other projects aim to improve the quality of education. “We have classes in a traditional classroom, conduct field exercises, and promote teamwork among our students,” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Alberto Brítez Maidana, head of ECEME’s Division of Education and Operations. “We want to update our library and create a digital library that allows us to connect with other libraries in the country and with command schools of other countries.” Other courses focus on doctrinal updates for professors, lectures and seminars on defense and national development, and academic exchanges with other institutions. ECEME is undergoing an accreditation process with the National Council of Higher Education for its new Master in Planning and Leading Military Operations. The institution also prepares plans and programs to train in joint and interagency operations. The Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia Paraguayan Army Command and General Staff College (ECEME, in Spanish) offers decision-making, operations management, leadership, and operational strategies and tactics among its professional training for military personnel. “We train senior officers with the rank of major to be the future commanders, directors, and advisors to commanders,” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Mario Centurión, commandant of ECEME. “[ECEME] is the highest-level educational institution in the Paraguayan Army,” Col. Centurión said. The institution offers the Command and General Staff course, which trains officers in efficient command, leadership, management, general staff functions, and advisory roles for military organizations in the Army. “We want to produce a roadmap to prepare officers for the future and truly honor our motto: ‘Leadership and Projection,’” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Roberto Manuel Piñanez, deputy commandant of ECEME. “We prepare them to face conventional conflicts and new asymmetrical threats.” Founded in 1929 as the War College, the institution—located within the premises of the Army Command in Asunción—was rebranded ECEME in 1969. In 2005, the academy took on the name of Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia, a decorated war hero and 34th president of Paraguay. The Ministry of Education and Science recognizes the military academy as an accredited institution of higher education to award master’s degrees in military sciences since 2004. Active and participatory education The two-year Command and General Staff course is divided into basic and advanced levels of one year each. Once officers graduate, they receive a Command and General Staff degree. In December 2017, ECEME had about 1,500 graduate officers. “Before joining ECEME, students anticipate doing things by following a guide,” said Paraguayan Army Major Hugo Yamanishi, a second-year student. “The course teaches us to interpret and better understand the commander’s intent to focus our efforts. It also provides a more critical and analytical view of every aspect of an operation, which reflects our evolution as officers.” “ECEME uses the educational philosophy under the doctrines of Constructivism,” said Col. Piñarez. “It’s an active, practical, and objective education in which real problems are raised within a particular situation to stimulate critical thinking.” The course is not mandatory for officers. However, it is crucial to advance in the military career. “This course is a must for me. I want to reach a rank that will give me an important position,” said Paraguayan Army Major Lino Britez, a second-year student. “The body of knowledge is invaluable. The doctrine and the critical and analytical part to solve specific situations, are essential.” For Maj. Britez, interaction with classmates is also important, since students’ different experiences serve as learning tools. Institutional projections ECEME seeks to have an international presence. “We want to be open to the command schools of other countries,” Col. Centurión said. The school has Argentinean and Brazilian instructors, and talks are underway to begin exchanges with Colombia. “Having foreign instructors allows us to see how other armies work, and this gives us a wider perspective,” Maj. Yamanishi said. “This is a very valuable initiative.” Other projects aim to improve the quality of education. “We have classes in a traditional classroom, conduct field exercises, and promote teamwork among our students,” said Paraguayan Army Colonel Alberto Brítez Maidana, head of ECEME’s Division of Education and Operations. “We want to update our library and create a digital library that allows us to connect with other libraries in the country and with command schools of other countries.” Other courses focus on doctrinal updates for professors, lectures and seminars on defense and national development, and academic exchanges with other institutions. ECEME is undergoing an accreditation process with the National Council of Higher Education for its new Master in Planning and Leading Military Operations. The institution also prepares plans and programs to train in joint and interagency operations.last_img read more

How Do You Advertise a Town Ravaged by Hurricanes?

first_imgComing AttractionsNow, back at the satellite office, Ms. Duncan and her team are working on budgeting for the next fiscal year, trying to come up with a plan to sell Lake Charles again. It’s about rebuilding, but rebuilding better, and taking advantage of the new things that might come out of this dark period of the city’s history.“There may be new restaurants, and new attractions that come from this,” she said. “There’s sort of this unfortunate beauty that might come from this. Maybe the inside of one of our attractions is gutted, and that sucks, but maybe they have an opportunity to reinvent themselves.”Seeing how Lake Charles has come together in the wake of two hurricanes has only made the decision easier. “It’s more fulfilling now, to be sure,” she said. “It validates why I choose to stay here. Yes, everyone’s lives are in chaos right now. But we’re still checking in on each other, making sure we’re OK. We worry about our neighbors, even in the midst of our own struggles.”Something about the fact that there are many obstacles ahead makes Ms. Duncan more dedicated to the place. “If I were to leave, I would be a different environment and all that,” she said. “But by staying, I’m constantly challenging myself. It’s that constant, daily challenge of thinking, what can I do better? How can I make this place better? How can I leave it better for the next generation?” It has Ms. Duncan questioning how she will continue to do the job of promoting the place she loves.“The reality is, what product do we have to pitch?” she said. “What event? What’s open? We know that all of our hotels are going to be filled till the end of the year with utility workers and first responders. And then, sooner or later, with families who have been displaced.” “We were still pitching stories during Covid-19,” she said, “but we couldn’t host anyone, because we really just can’t do that safely.” When Hurricane Laura hit, though, her bosses “mainly cared about our well-being and our health.” It has also shifted her thinking about her own future. (Lake Charles is not located on the coast, but it is still affected by frequent storms, a changing coast line and sea level rise.)“You start thinking, what does your house look like?” Ms. Duncan said. “What does your job look like? What is everything that I do for a living, promote for a living, going to look like?”Hurricanes One and TwoBefore the storms, Ms. Duncan’s job was to pitch stories to out-of-state writers and reporters about Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana, including about the Creole Nature Trail, a scenic byway that lets visitors walk through Louisiana tall grasses and alligator habitats, and Adventure Point, an attraction along the trail where kids can don real-life hunting gear and smell spices used in Louisiana cooking.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As a 24-year-old public relations representative for her city, Kathryn Shea Duncan eats, sleeps and breathes Lake Charles, La.The working-class town, home to about 80,000 people and just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is the big city she grew up visiting, and where she spent Thanksgiving with family. She rented her first home in Lake Charles. She met her boyfriend, Ryan Beeson, at the Panorama Music House downtown. She can tell you the best place to get a po’ boy, hold a baby alligator or crab off dry land.- Advertisement – It made Ms. Duncan reconsider her frustration. “I was kind of like, OK, maybe I need to chill out, and stay here a little longer,” she said, adding she felt that there was a reason she was here. Then, in October, Hurricane Delta made a turn for Lake Charles. Ms. Duncan boarded up her house once again, storing her television in her laundry room along with framed photographs of her deceased father.center_img On Aug. 25, the night Laura made landfall, Mr. Beeson and Ms. Duncan were at Ms. Duncan’s mother’s house in Crowley, La., a town about a quarter of the size of Lake Charles, and about an hour away by car. A Changing StateMs. Duncan’s family has lived in this region of Louisiana for generations, and have roots going back to the original group of Cajuns who were exiled from Acadia, in Canada, by the British in the 1700s.Physically, the state has changed a lot since then. In 2014, the map was redrawn to account for a shrinking coastline, and storms are more frequent — and more deadly — than ever. But Ms. Duncan is committed to riding it out.“We can make it better,” she said. “Through economic development and improving our infrastructure, and having a cleaner environment, and better transportation. You can’t do all of those big things if you don’t stay and work at it day by day.”“I’m a very future-oriented person,” Ms. Duncan said, sitting in her den in Lake Charles, under a framed, hand-drawn map of the state of Louisiana. “I’m always planning the next five years.” – Advertisement – It stands to reason that Ms. Duncan might eventually want to move to a different city. But Lake Charles is her home, she said. And leaving never felt as alluring as staying put.“If I were to move somewhere with a million people, it would be almost meaningless to try and make a difference,” she said. “But if I stay here, and am resilient, living in a city of 80,000, where mostly all of them think and act the same, and I’m a millennial who probably does not have the same thoughts and experiences as those around me, I can make a difference.”“If I leave,” she added, “then who is going to stay? Who is going to be that person?”October was a different story. With Hurricane Delta baring down on Lake Charles, she and Mr. Beeson evacuated once again, this time to San Antonio to stay with friends. With traffic, the normally five-hour drive took them 12. “To be completely honest with you, I wanted to move,” Ms. Duncan said. “I was frustrated. I was angry that this kept happening.”But after the storm, Ms. Duncan was overwhelmed with emotion seeing the work her community did together to rebuild. It’s exciting, she said, to be a part of that. There’s a Facebook group for her neighborhood, where people check in on one another, making sure they all have what they need.“Even our mail lady is in the group,” Ms. Duncan said, “and two days after Laura, she posted that she was on her way home, and that she was going to drop off the mail when she got there.” Mr. Beeson woke Ms. Duncan in the middle of the night. “I know you don’t want to see this, but I think you should know what’s going on,” he said, handing Ms. Duncan his phone. It revealed a photograph of the Panorama Music House, completely destroyed.“Literally, it had just fallen,” Ms. Duncan said. “Like a waterfall.”The owners had been in the process of building a small museum on the top floor dedicated to the musical history of Lake Charles, which Ms. Duncan was excited to recommend to visitors. (The country musician Lucinda Williams, for example, was born and raised nearby and named one of her most famous songs after the town.)“I just sat there, sobbing,” Ms. Duncan said. “Grieving for what might be lost.”That hurricane, a category four storm, ended up displacing more than 6,000 Lake Charles residents. Wind damage left small buildings and big box stores, like Best Buy and Hobby Lobby, in pieces, and tens of thousands of people were without electricity for weeks.Ms. Duncan’s home survived with minimal damage, but her office had to be gutted. Her neighbor had it much worse. “She had ceiling damage, so they’re gutting her side out,” she said. “She can’t live there. And she’s a nurse.” But Ms. Duncan’s resolve to stay in the city has been shaken by the series of hurricanes that have devastated the place and much of the surrounding area this year. Thousands of residents remain displaced, and aid — in the form of charitable giving and volunteers — has been hard to come by with the whole country struggling with coronavirus outbreaks and distracted by politics. (The mayor, Nic Hunter, has worked to spread awareness of the state of his city, appearing on CNN, Fox News and NPR, where he told listeners, “I am begging, I am pleading for Americans not to forget about Lake Charles.”)last_img read more

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

first_imgTopics : At least 3,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a commission set up to examine claims estimated Wednesday, adding that the real number may be much higher.The commission’s president Jean-Marc Sauve said preliminary figures suggested some 1,500 clergy and other Church officials carried out the abuse.The commission was set up last June at the request of French bishops after a series of pedophilia cases that rocked the Church in France and abroad. A hotline urging victims to come forward has received 5,300 calls over the past year, Sauve told journalists in a video conference.The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past seven decades.”I am deeply convinced that there are many more victims,” Sauve said.”What we do not know is how to consolidate these two sources” of potential cases — the hotline and the commission’s own inquiries, he said.  The call for witnesses has been extended to October 31 and reviews of Church archives have resumed after being suspended during France’s coronavirus lockdown.Pope Francis has vowed to confront criminal offences in the Church’s ranks, including several cases in which top officials knew of sexual assault but failed to inform the authorities.Last year, Francis passed a measure obliging those with knowledge of child sexual abuse to report it to their superiors, a move that was expected to bring numerous new cases to light.The commission headed by Sauve, a high-ranking civil servant, includes legal experts, doctors, historians, sociologists and theologians.It is expected to produce a final report next year with recommendations on how to prevent abuse. Payouts planned Victims’ associations have applauded the French Church’s pledge of transparency, having long accused its senior officials of covering up pedophilia cases to protect priests from prosecution.In the most recent high-profile case, a defrocked Catholic priest was given a five-year jail term in March for sexually abusing boy scouts in his care several decades ago.Bernard Preynat, 75, had confessed at his trial in the southeastern city of Lyon to “caresses” he knew were forbidden after victims testified of the abuses they suffered at his hands.He faulted the Church hierarchy, saying “They should have helped me… They let me become a priest.”The scandal became the subject of an acclaimed film last year titled “Grace a Dieu” [By the Grace of God] by director Francois Ozon, who worked with some of the victims.But in January, an appeals court overturned the conviction of Preynat’s superior, Lyon’s former archbishop Philippe Barbarin, for not reporting the abuse despite knowing about it for years.The court said that while Barbarin should have informed the authorities, he was not criminally liable for his lack of action.French bishops agreed last November to provide financial compensation to victims of sex abuse by priests.The potential sums were set to be discussed in April, with priority for victims from several years ago whose cases are beyond the statute of limitations for prosecution.But the coronavirus lockdown halted such meetings until further notice.last_img read more

Five reasons why wholesale online needs your attention

first_imgWhen thinking about reaching your potential in the wholesale channel, how much consideration are you giving to B2B eCommerce?Wholesaler websites have played a key role in ensuring c-store retailers have been able to meet the increased demand and footfall created by the coronavirus pandemic. With retailers becoming more time poor, online ordering has come into its own.Featuring detailed insights from the recently launched Lumina Intelligence Wholesale Online (Retail) Report 2020, this whitepaper highlights five reasons why the wholesale online channel needs your attention, including:Retailer usage of wholesale online platforms.How retailer behaviour towards wholesale online has changed since coronavirus lockdown began.How suppliers can be more tactful to ensure their media spend is effective as possible.Complete the form below to download the free whitepaper now.The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com. More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Noticelast_img read more

NRL supercoach Craig Bellamy agrees to Brisbane home contract

first_imgGreat space to cook up a meal plan. Property owned by Craig Bellamy at The Gap went under the hammer early this month. The home whose charms include cathedral ceilings, polished wooden floors, multiple living zones, indoor-outdoor entertaining, and a rumpus room with built-in bar, was just 11km from the Brisbane CBD in an area surrounded by parks and walking tracks.Bellamy hasn’t completely cut ties with Queensland either, maintaining two other stunning properties in Coolangatta. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Would you get frisky in front of your furbaby? Axe murderer’s home sold for millions The property was bought during his early coaching stint with the Broncos understudying Wayne Bennett.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe four bedroom home on a large 607sq m block in The Gap went under the hammer in Brisbane three weeks ago as “the ultimate lifestyle property for the growing family”.The twin premiership-winning, four-time Daly M coach of the year had bought the property the year after he got his first taste of coaching success as assistant coach of the Brisbane Broncos in 1998 — when the team won the NRL Grand Final.center_img Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy at a training session just days after his Brisbane home went under the hammer. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.RUGBY league supercoach Craig Bellamy may be sandwiched in a bidding war between the Broncos and the Storm — but there’s one contract he has given the nod to in Brisbane. He and wife Wendy have agreed to a contract on their Brisbane home, according to a listing on realestate.com.au. Though no price was revealed, it certainly wouldn’t have topped what Melbourne just counteroffered the supercoach — with Storm CEO Dave Donaghy last night confirming an offer of a three-year extension worth $1.25m a year. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04last_img read more

Ricky Lee Sturgeon

first_imgRicky Lee Sturgeon, 67, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Dillsboro, IN.He was born Sunday, September 26, 1948 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son of the late Lloyd Sturgeon and the late Geneva Powell Sturgeon.He served his Country as a Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force.He was an owner and operator for Dearborn Heating & Cooling for over 20 years.Rick was a member of the Church of Christ Greendale, the Lawrenceburg Lions Club and in his younger years he proudly served as president of the Little League. He enjoyed singing, fishing, horseback riding and hunting. His favorite thing was his time with his family and he will be greatly missed.Surviving are sons, Doug (Mary) Sturgeon,Brian (Regan) Sturgeon and Jason (Rania) Sturgeon; beloved, Sharon Sturgeon; siblings, Jim (Vivian) Sturgeon, Dana (Phil) Schimmel, Debbie (Gary) Hensley, and Margie (Ken) Evans; grandchildren, Austin, Samuel, Violet, Griffin, Lena and Liam Sturgeon and Rachel and Jess Lambert.He was preceded in death by his parents.Memorial visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2:00 -5:00 pm at the Church of Christ, 421 Ridge Ave., Greendale, Indiana.Services will be held at 5:00 pm with Pastor Tim Russell officiating.Graveside service will be Monday, March 14th at 11:00 am in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, IN 47025.  Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Greendale Church of Christ. If you are unable to attend services you may call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Zlatan quits LA Galaxy

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return to the LA Galaxy for the 2020 MLS season, the team said in a statement on Wednesday.The 38-year-old Swedish striker tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy, the team he joined in March 2018 from Manchester United.The charismatic Ibrahimovic, who has also played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Inter Milan and AC Milan, said he was leaving Los Angeles on a high note.“I came, I saw, I conquered,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans — you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan,” he said.“You are welcome. The story continues … Now go back to watching baseball.”Despite Ibrahimovic being the highest-paid player in the league, pocketing $7.2 million for the 2019 campaign, the Galaxy won just one playoff game in his two seasons.The team fell to crosstown rivals LAFC 5-3 in the MLS Cup conference semi-finals last month.He was the team’s top goal scorer both seasons and was twice named in the MLS Best XI list.Few had expected him to return for a third season with his contract expiring at the end of the year and it is unclear what is next for Ibrahimovic, who has been linked in media reports with returns to AC Milan and Manchester United.“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said in a statement, which described the decision as mutual.“Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”Tags: LA GalaxyManchester UnitedZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

WINGS CLIPPED: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on road behind Carter-Williams’ clutch 2nd-half play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Related Stories Freshman Grant continues stellar play, finishes with 10 points in win over LouisvilleTriche holds off Louisville early, earns praise from Pitino in upset of No. 1 LouisvilleDefensive struggle, late heroics mirror 2012 Syracuse win at LouisvillePoll: After upsetting No. 1 Louisville, where should Syracuse be ranked?center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse needed someone to make a play. Precious seconds ticked away with the Orange trailing Louisville by one.Each second gone was another moment closer to defeat. Then Syracuse got the play it so desperately needed with 24 seconds left.Michael Carter-Williams played the hero, atoning for a brutal turnover-filled first-half performance, coming away with a steal and racing down the court for an emphatic two-handed slam over Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng.“He’s a big-time player and he’s got a lot of heart,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll make plays and I knew when he got the steal, I knew he had to dunk it on Dieng and he did.”Carter-Williams’ clutch play in the game’s final moments was the defining play in No. 6 Syracuse’s 70-68 win over No. 1 Louisville on Saturday. It left the 22,814 once-raucous KFC Yum! Center fans in stunned silence, sealing a comeback victory for the Orange (17-1, 5-0 Big East), which trailed for the first 14-plus minutes of the second half. Carter-Williams’ play coupled with SU’s stingy defensive performance in the second half – limiting the Cardinals (16-2, 4-1) to 29-percent shooting – was the difference in a thrilling battle between the Big East’s elite.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They made some really terrific defensive plays down the stretch and that was the game,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “Give them credit, they made the plays; they made the shots when it counted and we didn’t.”The tough loss was even tougher to swallow for Pitino, who watched the Cardinals come up short despite controlling the game for the majority of the first and second halves.Syracuse came out strong, taking a 14-7 lead early behind eight quick points from senior guard Brandon Triche. The Orange held the advantage for the opening nine-plus minutes until Louisville ratcheted up the pressure.The Cardinals’ backcourt trio of Peyton Siva, Russ Smith and Kevin Ware hounded Carter-Williams throughout the half, greeting him with every inbounds pass and hassling him the length of the court. The pressure frustrated Carter-Williams, the nation’s leader in assists, into six first-half turnovers and threw a wrench into SU’s half-court offense.With Carter-Williams neutralized against the unrelenting defense, the Orange couldn’t find a rhythm and the Cardinals held a lead of nine twice.“They forced me to turn the ball over obviously and I just knew that I was better than that, better than I was playing in terms of turning the ball over,” Carter-Williams said. “It was tough but I didn’t lose faith in myself and I kept attacking.”Carter-Williams found some confidence at the end of the half, hitting a 3-pointer for his only field goal to that point to send his team into the break tied 38-38. Triche – who kept SU in it with 18 points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-7 shooting – ran down the court with a display of emotion toward the bench as the final seconds ran out.Syracuse was right in it despite a rough performance from its star point guard.But the second half wasn’t any easier. Louisville quickly ran out to a 48-40 lead, while limiting SU to two free throws in the first four-plus minutes. Like in the first half, though, Syracuse never let the hole get too big.The Orange remained within at least six throughout the half before cutting it to one thanks to a couple defensive stops and a drive by Carter-Williams.It set the stage for his go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing, giving Syracuse its first lead of the half at 64-62 with 5:28 to play. Running down the court, fists clenched, Carter-Williams and Syracuse could feel the tide turning.The next time down the court, the SU point guard saved a broken play, greeting a sloppy pass by Triche and firing it down low for an easy layup by Jerami Grant.“It’s not how you start all the time, it’s how you finish,” said Triche of Carter-Williams, who finished with 16 points and seven assists. “And I think he finished a game that he should, he finished in a way that pretty much won us the game.”He won it with his final clutch play on the steal and dunk with 24 seconds to go. Louisville owned the lead and controlled the game in the final two minutes until Carter-Williams streaked down the floor for the dunk and added a free throw.With one more play to be made, Carter-Williams came through again, tying up Dieng for the game’s final stop.“It was just all off adrenaline,” Carter-Williams said. “I just owed it to my teammates and to my coaches and to finish that play and to win the game.” Commentslast_img read more