Kane jets to Caribbean for warm weather rehab in bid to be fit for Euros

first_imgHARRY KANE is hoping a trip to the Caribbean will speed up his recovery from hamstring surgery and have him perfectly poised for the Euros, according to reports.The Daily Mail say the Spurs striker has flown out to the tropics to complete a warm weather training programme.2 Kane has flown out to the Caribbean to speed up his recoveryCredit: ReutersEngland frontman Kane had an operation last month to repair the damage he suffered in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamOne top doctor has warned Kane is likely to miss the Euros because his recovery will take longer than expected.But the man himself looked to be making great strides in a workout video he posted to his 2.3 million Twitter followers last week.He said he was making “good progress”.And this journey to warmer climes is all part of his planned rehab carefully put together by Tottenham medics.Clubs regularly plan warm weather training camps.The heat loosens tight muscles and increased vitamin D levels are reportedly beneficial to those in rehab.Kane is expected to start running outdoors next month and could make the final few games of his club’s season.2tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerA run out there should stand him in good stead to lead his country at what is basically a home Euros.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho did look to try to land Olivier Giroud in the recent window as a replacement for Kane.But winger Steven Bergwijn and midfielder Gedson Fernandes were the only new arrivals.Harry Kane works out to stretch his leg in Tottenham training gymlast_img read more

Uva, UEFA vice president: “We will stop football only if the situation degenerates”

first_imgMichele Uva, UEFA vice presidentHe said Tuesday that the European competitions, including the June European Championship, they will be interrupted only if the coronavirus emergency “degenerates” and that the body that manages European football is in a “waiting phase”, and in constant contact with the governments of the various countries.“We are in a waiting phase, we are waiting for all countries. Football must follow the indications it receives for the various countries. We try not to stop the competition“, said Uva in an interview with the Italian national radio station ‘Rai Radio 1 Sport’.“The development of competitions will be interrupted only if the situation degenerates“said the vice president of UEFA.The 2020 Eurocup will be organized in 12 different countries and will hold the opening match precisely in Italy, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. In total, there will be three games of the group stage in Rome, in addition to a quarter-final.Europe and Italy in particular live moments of emergency because of the coronavirus, which caused seven deaths and more than 280 infected in recent days in several regions of the north of the country. In this context, the Italian Government approved the Italian Football Federation to play matches in the affected areas behind closed doors. After four league games were postponed last week, several meetings of the next day, including the classic Juventus-Inter will be played without audiences for security reasons.Inter himself will be the first team to play without an audience in the Europa League, receiving the Ludogorets on Thursday in San Siro in the round of the round of 16.Grape also referred to the penalty recently inflicted by the UEFA Financial Control Committee at Manchester City, with thirty million euros of fine and the exclusion of European international competitions during the next two seasons.“We await the decision of the Sports Arbitration Court. The European rules are almost never similar to the national ones and UEFA is working so that some European rules also become mandatory in the leagues“, he said, when analyzing the possibility of canceling the national trophies won by the English team in the period (2012-2016) for which he was punished.last_img read more

Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A

first_imgFinally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Former NBA basketball player Stephon Marbury, left, talks to NYU freshmen at a question and answer session Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. Marbury gave all the people in attendance a pair of his Starbury sneakers. Marbury had a few stellar seasons in China after an NBA career that included stints with five teams, and he’s become an iconic figure in the country. He has a statue and was featured on a postage stamp in Beijing, and then he got a museum and a musical in his honor. (AP Photo/Doug Feinberg)NEW YORK — Stephon Marbury had to wipe tears from his eyes.He had just shared a surprising, emotional hug with NYU freshman Zhou Sheng Kang. The 19-year-old student, who grew up in Beijing, was overcome with emotion while standing a few feet away from the player he watched lead his hometown team to three Chinese league championships.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees “We understand the dynamics of what we need for the shoes to be made and get them to our warehouse,” Marbury said. “The way social (media) is and how platforms are set up with Instagram and Facebook. It’s the perfect time for us to be able to sell the products we have. People can buy products so fast with just three or four clicks. It’s amazing for us with impulse buying. The timing couldn’t have been better for us.”He gave out sneakers to all the NYU students at the event and spoke of how he still wants to make affordable shoes.“I grew up one of seven kids and my mom couldn’t afford to get us any of the $150 shoes,” he said. “I want to make sure that people can always have affordable shoes to wear.”He respects what LaVar Ball and his sons are trying to do by building their own brand from scratch, but he thinks they’re off in pricing their sneakers at $500.“I think that’s where the message is a little mixed up at,” Marbury said. “Where they’re making people make a decision is where the price comes in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marbury had a few stellar seasons in China after an NBA career that included stints with five teams, and he’s become an iconic figure in the country. He has a statue and was featured on a postage stamp in Beijing, and then he got a museum and a musical in his honor. He even starred in an autobiographical movie titled “My Other Home” and won Best New Actor for his performance at the Shanghai Film Festival.“I never in a million years would have thought any of this would have happened,” he said.Marbury’s playing days will end after this season, but the 40-year-old New York native will stay near the game. He wants to coach the Chinese national team, and Yao Ming has told him he’ll be considered if he learns Chinese. Marbury plans to take classes during the upcoming season. He may also try his hand in the Big3 3-on-3 league.“Basketball is my life and I definitely will still be involved with it,” Marbury said.Marbury also has his Starbury athletic shoe and clothing company to keep him busy. He re-launched the Starbury brand in 2016 after it first hit the market in 2006. His shoes are sold for as low as $15.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marbury was speaking at a question and answer session for incoming NYU students at the school Wednesday, touching on his career with the Beijing Ducks that included the franchise’s first championship in 2012.“I had no clue. I couldn’t stop crying,” Marbury said of meeting Zhou . “I know how he feels, and he’s sharing the feeling of how happy he is. It goes to show the level of respect and love that comes from winning championships. Being a New Yorker, it’s like if the Knicks won a championship for the first time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Zhou, who was holding a scarf emblazoned with the city’s soccer team, Beijing Guoan, didn’t know Marbury would be speaking at an NYU dorm until Tuesday.“It was like a dream come true meeting him,” Zhou said.last_img read more

PSC presses for establishment of PPC, Integrity Commissions

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) is once again calling on Government to convene an extra-parliamentary meeting to address the establishment of the Public Procurement and Integrity Commissions.The PSC said it was time an end was brought to procrastination on such matters, noting that both Government and the political Opposition need to give effect to the promises they made for the setting up of the Commissions.It said failure to so do would create an all-time lack of interest by society in politics on a whole.The PSC was speaking directly to the long delay in the establishment of the Public Procurement and the Integrity Commissions.According to the PSC, there must be compromise on both sides as those Commissions are not political institutions but are meant to add to transparency and accountability.It said good civil society members (regardless of how they are regarded politically) should be placed on these Commissions.The Private Sector body said the failure to establish the entities posed a threat to legitimate business activities, created unfair business-to-business competition and was most certainly the reason why some legitimate businesses could not stand up to new competition.Meanwhile, the Commission also called on Government to fully operationalise the Financial Intelligence Unit and to equip the entity with the necessary personnel to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.PPCs are usually made up of Government and Opposition parliamentarians, and traditionally chaired by an Opposition member of the House.Government itself had come under fire for failing to establish the PPC earlier; a promise it made in its manifesto. The absence of the PPC had caused even more outrage against Government, particularly because of its move to carry out a number of forensic audits at State entities across Guyana without carrying the requisite tendering process.last_img read more

The Need to Create an Environment for Local Content Development: Making the Internet Affordable…

first_imgLast week I participated in the Internet Society Africa Chapters Members meeting held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. At that meeting several issues were discussed including access to the Internet for the physically challenged, access to the Internet for people living in the rural areas, privacy, trust, the need to develop internet policies, the need to develop local content for the Internet, etc. While all of the issues discussed were crucial and relevant to my home country (Liberia), the issue of developing local content kept resonating in my head while I was en route to Liberia. So, in today’s article, I will provide insight into why it is imperative that we create an environment that allows the creation of local content in Liberia. First, let’s define content. Content (in the context of the Internet) is anything that is created to be placed on the Internet for the consumption by other Internet users. Content could be videos, articles, text, audio, photos, etc. All of the photos, videos, text that we upload to the social media are considered content. But these types of contents are resident or hosted outside of the country, which makes access to them expensive and slow. “Content “involves those thing related to our way of living/culture or things that have to do with life events. Liberia like many other countries has a rich heritage and history that should be recognized, recorded and shared for the benefit of people throughout the world. In fact, today there is a lot that goes on in Liberia that never gets recorded or recognized, thus making what could be referred to as local content inaccessible to the local population, not to mention at a broader level. Speaking of local content, let’s look at it from two perspectives: local by context and local by the location hosting server. Local content can be seen as web content that has its contextual origin in the region it is utilized or served from. This content includes information and videos on cultural practices, traditions, business practices and infotainment. Production of local content (in local language) can and will spur local Internet usage in Liberia. Currently, in Africa (Liberia in particular) majority, if not all of the users of the Internet receive information from foreign sources in the US and Europe. This is not anything astonishing since African traffic consists of less than 2% of the entire Internet traffic. The good thing about the creation of local content is that it provides the opportunity to create jobs, preserve culture and spur the use of Internet in the daily lives of the local people as content on the Internet will now be relevant to their lives.On the other hand, Local by location of hosting server means content hosted in data centers that are local to the country. This is still a challenge in Liberia since we do not have data centers that host local content; not yet at least. So, unlike our counterparts in Europe or the US, Internet users in Liberia and the entire Africa continent have to cross the ocean for nearly 100% of the content they access. Even local news websites are hosted in the US or Europe as opposed to being locally hosted. For example, a user visiting the Liberian Observer’s website which is a local news daily, has to traverse the oceans toEuropean or American data centers to access it. If on the other hand this website was hosted in Monrovia, a user in Paynesville accessing it does not even leave the city, Internet access becomes a local loop connection. So why is Liberia, like many other African countries not hosting its content locally? Two cardinal reasons: Lack of infrastructure and lack of an Internet ecosystem that is content-driven. While Liberia has made and continues to make progress in building its ICT infrastructure, much more needs to be done to enable the creation of local content. The lack of data centers to host local content is a primary reason why local content is not being developed. This also makes access to the Internet expensive and slow. With the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) in Liberia allowing access to broadband connectivity, the installation of the Liberian Internet Exchange Point and all other strides that have been made, there is hope that local content will be developed in Liberia soon. What needs to be done now toenable local content development include the building of data or hosting centers and the deployment of cache server or servers. In addition, we will need an Internet society or ecosystem that is gravitated toward the development of local content for the Internet. Liberia has an internet exchange point that has not begun functioning as it was intended to. Because of this, access to content is slow and costly. In fact, an email sent from 18th Street to Lynch Street will have to go through Europe from the sender on 18th Street before it reaches the receiver on Lynch Street. Fortunately, for us, we are working with Google to set up a Global Cache Server that will make traffic faster and affordable. News of Google’s advent and USAID’s intervention in Liberia’s ICT ecosystem brought joy to many Internet and ICT lovers. Yet, with the expected infrastructure in place, there will still be a need for local content to be developed. So, all of us in the private and public sectors should start planning strategies on how to make our content local. With more local content, a lot of Liberians will strive to gain access to the Internet, which will increase Internet usage in Liberia. In addition, local content will provide better user experience as websites load faster because the page is essentially just from few hops away (on cache server); it will lower our dependency on erratic submarine cables; and since we will not be using international capacity (cache server), Internet access becomes cheaper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former NOCAL CEO to Lose Home for US$173K Bank Debt

first_imgSheriffs at the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice are now poised to auction the home of Christopher Z. Neyor, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), as Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) tries to recover US$173,490.38 Neyor and his Morweh Energy Group owe the bank.Neyor used his Old Road, Sinkor, home as collateral to borrow US$150,000 for a period of six months, a loan the bank claimed he is unable to service.According to the bank, Neyor’s deliberate refusal to settle his US$150,000 debt, including the 14 percent interest on the loan and 17 percent legal fees, has summed-up the total amount to US$173,490.38.He took the “Time Loan Facility” on December 22, 2015 as CEO of Morweh Energy Group, a Liberia-based company.Additionally, Neyor signed a domiciliation agreement promising to have all Morweh’s assets, including his home, sold if he did not meet-up with the terms and conditions of the loan.Under a domiciliation agreement, a unique code is obtained from the bank, which identifies the agreement between the bank and the customer, the bank’s lawyer, Atty. Jonathan Massaquoi, explained.For that, the court has summoned Neyor to appear in court on Tuesday, October 4. Unfortunately, the writ was issued before the court gathered that he and his wife are out of the country.According to court records, Neyor has not honored some of his earlier court scheduled dates.Neyor’s frequent failure to attend hearings prompted Atty. Jonathan Massaquoi, one of the bank’s lawyers, to request the court to hold the defendants (Neyor and Morweh Energy Group) liable for the amount of US$173,490.38 and the cost of recovery stipulated in the loan agreement.It is not clear if Neyor would attend Tuesday’s hearing; if he does not, the court may likely issue the order to have his home sold.In their “Action of Debt” lawsuit, the bank alleges that on December 22, 2015, it granted Neyor, also CEO of Morweh Energy Group, a “Time Loan Facility” valued at US$150,000 for a period of six months “to partly finance his personal obligations.”The bank’s lawyer, Atty. Massaquoi, claimed that the credit facility provided for six equal monthly installments or payments of US$25,000.“But Defendant Neyor has refused and neglected to make one single payment against the facility,” Atty. Massaquoi complained to the court.He claimed that the “Time Loan Facility” was granted to the company at a rate of 14 percent.The bank also said it issued several written communications to Mr. Neyor before taking the matter to court.The suit named one lot of land situated in Oldest Congo Town as some of Neyor’s security collaterals for the loan, which he had earlier registered in favor of the bank’s security interest during the loan transaction.The lawyer told the court that after several failed attempts to recover the amount from Neyor, they hired the services of an external lawyer at a rate of 17 percent service fee of the outstanding amount to file the suit against the defendant at the court.“This action is intended to recover from the defendant the default amount of US$173,490.38, plus all other costs of recovery consistent with the Time Loan Agreement,” the bank pleaded in the suit.It may be recalled that Neyor contested the 2014 mid-term senatorial election for Montserrado County, but lost.A legal expert told the Daily Observer that the Commercial Court is currently clogged with cases of borrowers, who are unable to repay the various amounts of money they borrowed from a dozen financial institutions.“If this trend is left unchecked, several banking entities could end up folding up, because they may not be in the position to recover millions of dollars of credit,” the expert noted.According to the expert, in the past two years alone, more than 20 Liberian-owned businesses have lost their properties, most of them their only family home, as their creditors used the legal means to recover unspecified amounts of money they had earlier borrowed from banking institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPHL Awards and All Star teams announced

first_imgHunt has also posted the NPHL’s best average three straight years. In 2006-07 he had a 2.61 GAA, last year he lowered the mark to 2.02. Hunt now has an NPHL career mark of 60-13-2 with nine shutouts and a sparkling GAA of 2.77.Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs was only two points behind in voting; Grande Prairie Athletics goaltender David Larson five points behind. 3 Flyers named to NPHL First All-Star Team Goaltender:                Troy Hunt, Fort St. John FlyersDefence:                Kip Noble, Fort St. John FlyersDefence:                Donny Lloyd, Spirit River RangersCentre:                Kelly McLeod, Grande Prairie AthleticsRight Wing:                Todd Alexander, Fort St. John FlyersLeft Wing:                Mike Lefley, Spirit River Rangers Shipton, who enjoyed a fine season scoring 18-29-47 points and placing sixth in team scoring, becomes the first Flyer to win the award. Other players receiving votes were Jared Zawacki of the Falher Pirates, Dustin Craig of the Fairview Kings and Cody Willier of the High Prairie Regals. Troy Hunt wins Best Goaltender Award Troy Hunt of the Fort St. John Flyers is starting to make the Best Goaltender Award his own personal trophy case. Hunt won the award for the third straight year and becomes the first goaltender to accomplish the feat since Manning Comets’ Eric Henitiuk won seven straight awards from 1982-83 to 1988-89.Hunt led the NPHL in goaltending average this year with a mark of 3.23, more than a goal better than runner-up Matt Yesemeniski of the Spirit River Rangers. Hunt also recorded a record of 12-1 and had one shutout. Advertisement Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his third NPHL MVP Award. Voting was announced Feb. 15 by NPHL President Jack McAvoy.  Noble, who has now won the award three times with three different teams, received one more point than Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers and two points more than Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs. The voting was the closest in many years. Advertisement Jeff Shipton of the Fort St. John Flyers is this year’s runaway NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Award winner.Shipton received twice as many points in award voting (18 points to nine) than Brenin Rycroft of the Hythe Mustangs and Scott Taje of the Grande Prairie Athletics. Advertisement Most Valuable Player:        Kip Noble, Fort St. John FlyersRookie-of-the-Year:        Jeff Shipton, Fort St. John FlyersCoach-of-the-Year            Wade Wallan, Hythe MustangsMost Gentlemanly Player:    Donny Lloyd, Spirit River RangersBest Goaltender:            Troy Hunt, Fort St. John FlyersBest Defenceman:            Kip Noble, Fort St. John Flyers- Advertisement – North Peace Hockey League First All-Star Team Noble, who was also named to the NPHL First All-Star Team for the seventh time, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring. Noble previously won the MVP award in 2003-04 with the Dawson Creek Canucks and in 2004-04 with the Horse Lake Thunder. It is believed Noble is still the only defencemen to win the MVP award since Cliff Mein of the Grimshaw Huskies won it in 1960-61. Jeff Shipton wins NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Awardcenter_img Kip Noble wins NPHL MVP Award North Peace Hockey League Major Award Winners Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his seventh Best Defenceman Award.Noble, also named the NPHL’s MVP, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring. Noble’s seventh award now places him one behind the all-time leader, Mike Tookey of the Peace River Stampeders. Tookey won seven straight awards from 1992-93 to 1998-99 and added an eighth in 2000-01. Tookey took 1999-2000 off. Noble began his NPHL career in 2000-03 with the Dawson Creek Canucks. Since that time, he has amassed incredible totals. He has now played 192 games and recorded 175-333-508 points. Noble has now won the award with three different teams and is the only player in NPHL history to accomplish the feat. Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers placed second for the second straight season coming only four points behind Noble in voting. Stories By Chris Clegg,NPHL Statistician North Peace Hockey League Second All-Star Team Goaltender:                Mike Walker, Hythe MustangsDefence:                Chad Wilchynski, Spirit River RangersDefence:                Mike Mohr, Grande Prairie AthleticsCentre:                Aaron Parenteau, Peace River StampedersRight Wing:                Rod Bowers, Grande Prairie AthleticsLeft Wing:                Nick Laporte, Peace River Stampeders Advertisement Kip Noble wins Best Defenceman Award The Fort St. John Flyers have placed three players on this year’s First All-Star Team. Goaltender Troy Hunt is joined by defenceman Kip Noble and right winger Todd Alexander. Completing the team are defenceman Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers, Kelly McLeod of the Grande Prairie Athletics at centre and Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers on left win. The selections means the West Division completed a clean sweep of First-Team All-Star selections.Hunt was named to his third straight First All-Star Team while Noble was selected for the seventh time on the First All-Star Team with three different teams; the Dawson Creek Canucks and Horse Lake Thunder being the others. Alexander, who was named to his third All-Star Team overall, was selected to the NPHL’s Second All-Star Team on left wing last season. In 2006-07 he was named to the First All-Star Team on right win. He was seventh in NPHL scoring this season with 25-33-58 points. Donny Lloyd’s selection was his second in as many years and the second straight year he has placed second to Noble in Best Defenceman balloting. He was eleventh in NPHL scoring this year with 14-40-54 points. Lefley, who led the NPHL in scoring this year with 45-42-87 points, was also named to the First All-Star Team last season on left wing.last_img read more

V-Net support Wakenaam’s Zeelandia Cricket Team

first_imgV-Net Communications have partnered with Canada-based realtor Wazeer Dahar to donate 20 coloured outfits to the Zeelandia Cricket Team of the island of Wakenaam.Safraz Sheriffudeen (centre) handing over the donation to representatives of the clubThe donation was made by Safraz Sheriffudeen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the satellite company located on Delph Street, Campbellville.Sheriffudeen disclosed that the donation is part of the company’s continued efforts to play a greater role in social development of communities, and by default individuals.This is not the first time the entity has supported a sporting cause, since they have sponsored cricket tournaments on the island of Wakenam, and assisted their brand ambassador, Windies all-rounder Keemo Paul, with giving back to Saxacalli.More so, Dahar, who is a former member of the club, explained that he was elated to partner with V-Net Communications, given their emphasis towards development of youths.Ricardo Adams, currently playing for the Guyana Jaguars in the regional Super50, is a product of the club, which has over 60 years of heritage.Club captain Navishaul Pooran was quite appreciative of the gesture, which according to him will be extremely useful to the young members of the club, who number approximately 80 active members.Meanwhile, Essequibo Franchise captain Antony Adams was on Monday rewarded with a new gear bag for his stellar work. He led the franchise to both the Three-Day and 50-Over league titles in two years.last_img read more

The arrogance of Barca fans! ‘Why would Pedro join a tinpot club like Man United?’

first_img Pedro set for Manchester United transfer from Barcelona 1 Speculation persists that Pedro is on his way from Barcelona to Manchester United, but while the Red Devils are one of the world’s biggest football clubs, not everyone sees the potential move in a good light.The Spanish international has won 11 major trophies with the Catalan club, including two Champions Leagues at the expense of United.Now on the periphery of the Barca first team, Pedro came on as a substitute to score the winner in a thrilling UEFA Super Cup final, to make it 20 winner’s medals overall in club football for the diminutive attacker.But despite United’s wealth and heritage, some fans have suggested moving to Old Trafford would be a major step down for Pedro…last_img

Christopher Reeve’s widow dies at age 44

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Dana Reeve, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her “Superman” husband, Christopher Reeve, through his decade of near-total paralysis, has died of lung cancer at the age of 44. Reeve, a singer-actress who gave up some of her own career to be one of the nation’s best-known caregivers, died late Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, said Kathy Lewis, president of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Reeve had succeeded her husband as chair of the foundation, which funded research into spinal-cord paralysis cures. She announced in August that, while she wasn’t a smoker, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Lewis visited Reeve in the hospital Friday and said Reeve was “tired but with her typical sense of humor and smile, always trying to make other people feel good, her characteristic personality.” “She was a woman with an incredible heart who really put herself out there to help people with disabilities and especially those who are caregivers – something she knew a lot about,” Lewis said. Comedian Robin Williams, a longtime friend, said of Reeve’s death: “The brightest light has gone out. We will forever celebrate her loving spirit.” Four months ago, at a fundraising gala for the foundation, Reeve looked healthy in a long, formal gown and said she was responding well to treatment and her tumor was shrinking. “I’m beating the odds and defying every statistic the doctors can throw at me,” Reeve said then. “My prognosis looks better all the time.” Asked how she kept her spirits up, Reeve said she “had a great model.” “I was married to a man who never gave up,” she said. She was still looking well on Jan. 13, when she sang Carole King’s “Now and Forever” at Madison Square Garden during the retirement ceremony for Mark Messier’s New York Rangers jersey. “Despite the adversity that she faced, Dana bravely met these challenges and was always an extremely devoted wife, mother and advocate,” former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. They described Reeve as “a model of tenacity and grace” and an “inspiration to us.” Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said of Reeve: “I thought that after everything that she had gone through with Chris that she would have time to smell the flowers and be in the sun. But apparently that was not meant to be.” Christopher Reeve, star of Hollywood’s “Superman” movies, died Oct. 10, 2004. After a horse-riding accident paralyzed him in 1995, he became an activist for spinal cord research. Dana Reeve was a constant companion and supporter of her husband during his long ordeal and his work for a cure for spinal cord injuries. The couple had a 13-year-old son, Will, and Dana Reeve had two grown stepchildren, Matthew and Alexandra. Reeve, who lived in Pound Ridge, had appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and regional stages and on the TV shows “Law & Order,” “Oz,” and “All My Children.” She was performing in the Broadway-bound play “Brooklyn Boy” in California when she had to rush home to reach her husband’s bedside before he died. She gave up the role for the New York run. A month after she was widowed, before her own diagnosis, she told The Associated Press, “I definitely will be getting back to acting. … I am an actress and I do have to make a living.” Reeve also was on the board of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, where she met Christopher Reeve doing summer theater, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. A year ago, she won a Mother of the Year award from the American Cancer Society. A society vice president, Dr. Michael Thun, said Reeve “has shown strength and courage in the face of tremendous adversity.” Doctors say 1 in 5 women diagnosed with the disease never lit a cigarette. In addition to her son and step-children, she is survived by her father, Dr. Charles Morosini, and sisters Deborah Morosini and Adrienne Morosini Heilman. No funeral plans were announced. The family said donations could be made in Dana Reeve’s memory to the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Short Hills, N.J.last_img read more