Season Opener this weekend at the Taylor Motor Speedway

first_imgAdmission to attend the Invitational is $10.00 per person, $5 for seniors and students.The Viper Innovation Bomber Invitational is taking place this weekend, Friday and Saturday nights, at 7:00 p.m. at the Taylor Motor Speedway. TAYLOR, B.C. – This weekend is the season opener at the Taylor Motor Speedway with the Viper Innovation Bomber Invitational.The Invitational will be taking place on May 24 and 25 with both races taking place at night.According to Speedway President, Kelly Hildebrand, they will be setting up lights to allow night racing, adding that night racing will be implemented all year long, which will help to maintain the quality of the track.- Advertisement -“We’re going to be under the lights. We’re getting lights put in but they’re not quite ready, so we’ll just have the portable ones for our first race. We’re not quite ready yet, we have the poles set up. Hopefully, we’ll have them done before our next race. Then it will be night races Friday and Saturday all year long. With the night racing, you can keep the dust down and the track will stay tackier.”Races will include the bomber class, the modified class, the minis, and the IMCA modifieds.During both nights of the Invitational, the Taylor Minisprints will be racing at 6:00 p.m. and during intermissions.Advertisementlast_img read more

Football for mental health- Josiah Gathura memorial cup

first_img0Shares0000Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja joins Major Kariuki and his family during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Josiah Gathura Kariuki was your normal bubbly, jovial and quite playful 18-year old, moving about life and keeping his passion for football alive, every weekend hustling his dad to drive him to training.He had dreams not only of being a good footballer and probably going pro, but was also set to travel to the United Kingdom to study Business and Economics. But on a chilly morning on May 3, 2017, the dreams drowned in a pool of blood and with the biting bang of a bullet, Josiah took his own life with his father’s gun, at their home, in a bathroom.“It was one of those incidents that we never saw coming. Josiah was your normal kid; very agile, focused, hard working and everything was going on well for him. He looked like he was well into his way to the future. We couldn’t suspect anything,” his father, Major (Rtd) Michael Kariuki, Safaricom’s Head of Security told Capital Sport.What they did not know is that Josiah, who had previously struggled with depression, had come to his tether’s end. He had had enough with life and in the thick of the moment decided enough was enough.Major Michael Kariuki and his wife Kathy Kariuki during their interview at the Capital FM offices. PHOTO/Sam WanjohiDevastating news. His parents had been away on vacation in London and as soon as the news reached them, they cut short their trip. Josiah was admitted in intensive care but couldn’t hold on to his young life.The bullet, shot at close range with his father’s Ceska gun, had ripped through his head.“We knew that he had been dealing with depression and we had put in good support structures and had even retained a counsellor for him. But the thing about depression is that it pushes you to a corner that you feel obliged to fight back in a way that shows you as strong,” the retired Army Major further explained.For struggles that he had fought with for a while, the thick of the moment, the flicker of an eye, he was pushed to the extreme. Suicide.“As a parent, you ask yourself, why didn’t I see it happen? Could I have done better to prevent it?” his step mother Kathy Kariuki said.As the family commemorates one year since the unfortunate events, they have made a decision to help out other families and young people who might be headed to the same direction by putting up a two-day football event, Josiah’s first love.The Josiah Gathura Memorial Foundation Tournament at the Impala Ground on Saturday and Sunday will attract a total of 50 teams from the Under-18, 19 and 23 men’s category and an open women’s category for a prize money of Sh225,000.Major Michael Kariuki addresses guests during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Soccer is a very popular sport and therefore we felt it would be a good avenue to use to mobilize many young people and bring them into one space then together with mental health professionals influence them,” Major (Rtd) Kariuki noted.“Soccer was Josiah’s first love and we decided to use it because he loved the game and this will be a good memory for him,” he added.He has also hinted there are plans to have the tournament played across all the counties and probably more than once a year as they seek to alleviate the suicide problems as well as create awareness for mental health.“There’s a lot of stigma around the issues of mental health and no one wants to talk about it. The young men especially feel as though it is weak to come out and say ‘I am depressed’ because of the way society is set up,” Major Kariuki noted.“This is a problem that does not have boundaries whether you are rich, poor, old or young. It affects everyone.”Among plans that the foundation has include setting up a website and toll-free number where those suffering from mental health can voice their issues as well as seek professional help.The foundation will also seek to empower parents, teachers and the society at large especially in creating an environment where the young people will find comfort in voicing their issues.Major Michael Kariuki introduces his family during the launch of the Josiah Gathura Kariuki memorial Tournament. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Parents need to be aware of the environment their kids live in. There’s a lot of pressure now because it’s different times. As parents, we need to be present for these kids and listen to them,” Ms Kariuki said, sentiments that were shared by her husband.“Parenting is complex nowadays and our young people are faced with a lot of challenges, more than they can handle. It is important for us as parents to create time with our kids not just a matter of chasing money everywhere and living the responsibility of raising the kids to house helps or drivers. We need to create an environment at home that is conducive for our children to express themselves,” he noted.Last September, when the world marked the World Suicide Prevention Day, it was disclosed by the World Health organization that up to 7,000 suicides are reported in Kenya annually with tens of thousands more attempting to kill themselves in what is often blamed on depression.According to a Ministry of Health research also conducted then, about 7mn Kenyans had attempted suicide which accounts to almost 16pc of the entire population.According to a research conducted in June this year, the number of suicides reported in Kenya rose by 58 per cent between 2008 and 2017 to reach 421.Also, the research conducted by The World Population Review ranks Kenya at position 114 among 175 countries with the highest suicide rate.0Shares0000(Visited 125 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HARPS FINALLY GET OFF MARK THANKS TO ‘LUCKY’ GOAL AGAINST ATHLONE

first_imgFinn Harps have about as much chance of challenging for a place in the Premier League next season as Ivor Callely has of becoming the next President.But the Balybofey side’s season eventually kicked off last night when they won their first league game at the 12th attempt against Athlone Town.A solitary Kevin McHugh goal after 20 minutes in very fortunate circumstances for the home team was the only real difference between the sides. It wasn’t Christmas but the Donegal side’s goal was the biggest gift they’re likely to receive this season.The Midlanders’ Niall Scullion and goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann got their lines of communication all wrong from a Paddy McLaughlin’s delivery.Scullion headed the ball blindly to where he presumably anticipated where he thought Schlingermann would be but he wasn’t and McHugh stole in to score from all of three yards with an open net at his mercy.Inside as little as six minutes McHugh passed up a decent opportunity when Scullion failed to cut out an optimistic ball forward from McLaughlin, which left McHugh in the clear. But the Harps skipper opted for the early shot from 20 yards and his effort curled over the crossbar. After the gift-wrapped opener, Harps continued to dominate and Packie Mailey’s header from Marc Brolly’s corner flew wide as Bonner and Garbhan Friel also drew saves from the Athlone number one. Substitute Ronan Stack then diverted a shot from Mailey away as the half drew to a close.Manager Peter Hutton and director of football Felix Healy should have been content with the first half showing and Harps played the ball around well with Mark Forker and Aaron McAlwee particularly impressive.However, with eight straight defeats going into the game, confidence was understandably fragile and there were a few restless moments after the interval.Athlone, who offered nothing in the first half with Alex Gardner isolated up front, restructured after the interval and Tommy Barrett was pushed forwards for a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation and he brought the first save of the evening from Ciaran Gallagher on 54 minutes.Then, two minutes later Paul Danagher should’ve levelled matters when he missed a header from inside the six-yard box following a corner from Kevin Williamson. Another corner from the Athlone skipper saw Gallagher fortunate to escape with a flap as the balance of power seemed to be shifting. Monaghan then trailed a shot just wide of the Harps’ upright. Danagher then saw a header land on the roof of the net following as the hosts began to get overrun in midfield. Referee Dave McKeon then waved his head after what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty award when McHugh was bundled over by Darren Young and although Athlone did threaten more and more, Harps work rate was commendable and they laterally created a few opportunities themselves.Friel was within inches of a drilled Forker delivery and McHugh uncharacteristically missed a one-on-one when set away by substitute Ciaran Coll and Bonner should’ve made it two when Forker was against the architect. In the end, though, the scantly populated home support were more than happy with the single goal and the long-awaited first win.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher;Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin; Mark Forker, Aaron McAlwee, Thomas Bonner, Marc Brolly (Ciaran Coll 77); Garbhan Friel, Kevin McHugh.Athlone Town: Michael Schlingermann; Niall Scullion, Tommy Barrett, Paul Danaher, Jamie Carr; Kevin Williamson, Darren Young (Roy King 80); Stephen Relihan, Kevin Horan (Ronan Stack 19), Eoin Monaghan; Alex Gardner (Bobby Tier 63). Referee: Dave McKeon.HARPS FINALLY GET OFF MARK THANKS TO ‘LUCKY’ GOAL AGAINST ATHLONE was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MINISTER CONFIRMS SUSPECT BUILDING BLOCKS BEING EXAMINED IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Environment, Paudie Coffey has confirmed that test reports on concrete blocks affected by Mica in Donegal and submitted by the local Mica Action Group are currently being reviewed by his department officials.Damien Mc Cauley demonstrates how weak the blocks are from his house built in 2006 . all the out wall have to be replace at his family home, and his family had to be moved out. Photo Brian McDaidA technical report is now being prepared in the matter.Donegal Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed the move. “I welcome that Minister Coffey has visited the homes of families affected by Mica and that his Department officials are currently reviewing test reports on some of the affected blocks.“There is no doubt that a large numbers of homes in Donegal have been affected. This is deeply distressing for those families and the cost implications are devastating in some circumstances.“When the similar issue of pyrite afflicted families living in homes in Dublin and North Leinster, the Government introduced the Pyrite Resolution Scheme under the auspices of the Pyrite Resolution Board to give redress to those families”.“I believe that a similar scheme should be introduced in Donegal to give redress to families here. I will continue to raise this issue until the Government bring forward an acceptable resolution process”. MINISTER CONFIRMS SUSPECT BUILDING BLOCKS BEING EXAMINED IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blocksBuildingdonegalMICAlast_img read more

ESB Networks work through the night to restore power to 101,000 homes and businesses

first_imgDuring the night and this morning, Storm Emma has caused damage to the electricity network across Ireland, with a peak of 101,000 homes, farms and businesses without power at 1:30 am last night.As of 12:20 pm, there are 350 faults affecting 26,000 homes and business who are without electricity, predominantly in the east of the country and Co Cork.“In the normal course of events, this would be a very manageable number of faults for ESB Networks to deal with, but access issues due to snow and ice are hugely hampering our efforts to restore electricity supplies,” a spokesperson explains. This morning, 1,200 homes and businesses in Buncrana were left without electricity. ESB Networks have been working to repair the fault, with just 119 customers affected in the area this afternoon. ESB Networks hope to restore power to all homes and businesses in Buncrana by 7pm.155 customers remain without power in Gweedore today, when a fault occurred at 5:55am. The estimated restore time is 2:35pm.The spokesperson continues: “We understand how difficult it is to not have electricity in these conditions and so our staff are focussed on trying to restore supply to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.“There are deep snow drifts in various parts of the country and so it is taking our crews a very long time to travel to each fault. It is also more difficult than normal to then carry out a repair. “We will continue to work with the emergency services and Local Authorities to ensure the safety of the pubic and to minimise disruption and are seeking assistance from other state agencies to help us with access. However, it is unlikely that we will be able to restore supply to all customers today as a result of the conditions. Updates and more specific restoration times will issue later today.“At the peak of the storm last night, there were 117,000 premises without electricity. ESB Networks operations staff and our Control Centre restored supply to 90,000 of those customers in Dublin by working through the night.“Since this morning, as we restored some supplies, an additional 10,000 homes, farms and businesses unfortunately lost electricity supply as new faults developed as a result of the continuing wind and falling snow.”The main areas affected, at the moment, are parts of Carrigaline, Kilmoney, Trabolgan, Aghada and Kinsale in the south of the country and Swords, Lusk, Skerries, Navan, Julianstown, Rathcoole, Duleek, Drybridge, Dunsandle, Allenwood, Prosperous and Saggart in the east.“Please be assured that we will work continuously to restore supply to our customers,” they concluded. If you lose power:Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefullyTurn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lostLeave a light switched on so you know when power has been restoredTake extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flamesTest smoke alarms with fresh batteriesEnsure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.Please report emergencies such as fallen wires to 1850 372 999.ESB Networks work through the night to restore power to 101,000 homes and businesses was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalESB Networksstorm emmalast_img read more

Big medicine from a little plant

first_imgThe flower of Pelargonium sidoides ispretty, but so small the plant is quiteinsignificant in the wild. Planting out the seedlings is a laboriousand time-consuming process. Low-growing Pelargonium sidoides plantsunder cultivation in the field. The fleshy tuber is the economicallyimportant part of the plant.Jennifer SternSouth Africa is known for its rich diversity of plant life – the Cape Floral Region, for example, is a Unesco World Heritage site, taking up only 0.04% of the world’s land area, yet containing an astonishing 3% percent of its plant species.Among this wealth of plants are many with unique curative properties, used in a range of alternative medicines. One of these is Pelargonium sidoides, which has been used in remedies for respiratory ailments for over 100 years – perhaps longer.Today this flowering plant is cultivated on a farm near Cape Town to supply international pharmaceutical companies with raw material. But the story of its introduction to the western world goes back to the 19th century.In 1897 Henry Charles Stevens, a 19-year-old consumptive from Birmingham, came to South Africa in the hope that the fresh air and sunshine would alleviate his tuberculosis (TB). The air and climate did help, but what made the real difference was a visit to a sangoma, or traditional healer, high up in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho. (Or possibly Zululand – the records are sketchy, and there are conflicting stories.)Wherever he or she was found, the healer fed a concoction of bright red roots to Stevens, who immediately felt much better. So much better that, on his return to England, his doctor declared him free of TB.Stevens Consumption CureRejoicing in his escape from the grim reaper – and seeing a lucrative opportunity – Stevens imported the raw ingredients of the medicine from South Africa and began to produce a remedy called Stevens Consumption Cure. While there was some anecdotal evidence of successful treatments, the British Medical Association all but drummed him out of town, and he spent a fortune on legal actions.But word of the cure got out, and soon a Dr Adrien Sechehaye of Geneva acquired a supply from Stevens, and tentatively started to use it. After his first patient recovered well he went on to prescribe the remedy to about 800 TB sufferers between 1920 and 1929. The best part was that his results were – by the standards of the day – particularly well documented, and included 64 detailed case studies.In fact, a 21st-century analysis of his records indicates better remission rates than those obtained in today’s South Africa using WHO-approved antibiotic regimens.Stevens Consumption Cure, which also went by the strange name of Umckaloabo, continued to be produced in Europe, with a break during the Second World War when it was difficult to obtain the raw materials from South Africa. The origins of the name are unknown. It’s likely that Stevens simply dreamed up “Umckaloabo” as sounding both African and esoteric, and sufficiently obscure to conceal the source and main ingredient of the remedy – ensuring his continued monopoly.Erratic supplyOnly in the 1970s was that main ingredient identified: a decoction of the roots of Pelargonium sidoides, a small and unobtrusive little shrubby plant that grows in the cold, dry and stony areas of South Africa.In the 1990s German natural-medicine company Schwabe acquired the rights to manufacture Umckaloabo when it bought a small company called ISO Arzneimittel. It was an unimportant part of the portfolio and, while it seemed interesting and obviously had some potential, was not a priority because the supply of raw materials was potentially erratic.Umckaloabo production relied on plants harvested from the wild in the mountains of Lesotho. While sustainable, the yield was small and variable. To properly develop a market for the remedy Schwabe had to guarantee sufficient volumes to make it profitable.Then in 1995 Ulrich Feiter, a German-born horticulturist living in South Africa, visited Schwabe hoping to sell the herbal extracts he manufactured from plants cultivated on his farm in Wellington, near Cape Town. The company wasn’t interest in his product, but did ask if he could, instead, propagate the rather useful pelargonium.He agreed, thinking it would be easy. Pelargonium is a close relative of the red geranium, the ubiquitous flowering plant found edging neat lawns in suburban gardens and growing in window boxes to brighten up the drab exteriors of apartment blocks of cities across the world. Germaniums grow with little trouble, so Feiter assumed pelargoniums would too.Assured that the farmer would supply them with the necessary raw materials, Schwabe invested €30 million into clinical trials, patents and registration to ensure Umckaloabo complied with regulations in Germany and other potential markets.Wild harvestingFeiter returned to South Africa with a two-fold mission – to supply Schwabe with plants harvested from the wild, and to start growing them on his farm in Wellington.The problem of harvesting from the wild is that it threatens the plant’s survival – harvest too much, and it may go extinct. Luckily, pelargonium has some built-in constraints.The root of P sidoides starts off a pale pink and, as the plant matures, turns deep red. As it is only at this stage that it has any commercial value, there’s no incentive to harvest immature plants.Also, the part of the root that is harvested is a tuber and, when it is pulled up with the rest of the plant, a number of side roots break off, allowing it to grow back.And because P sidoides does not have any specific growing season and lies dormant most of the time, less than half the plants in any one community would be harvested in any one collecting trip. When the yield from a particular area gets low, it is time to leave it for a few years to recover.Dogs and wolvesBut the problem was the low yields of wild harvesting, making commercial growing essential. But Feiter soon discovered that pelargoniums are not geraniums – they are far more difficult to grow.While the plants are related, geraniums are soft and domestic, and pelargoniums more suited to the wild. Think dogs and wolves.Geraniums flourish under the loving (or even neglectful) care of people, happy to be confined to a pretty pot. Pelargoniums in general, and P sidoides in particular, need wide open spaces. They like to live on the edge – in the cold, dry, rocky areas of southern Africa where they lie semi-dormant for a year or two if conditions are bad and then, with a little rain, flourish briefly.Feiter found it was not a simple matter of taking a few cuttings and planting out rows and rows of pretty little flowers. Unlike the easily domesticated geraniums and some more amenable species of pelargonium, P sidoides has almost no stem, so it can’t be grown from stem cuttings.So in 1996, when Feiter planted out his first hectare of plants, he did so from root stock. This is not an economically sustainable method of propagation because it destroys the only part of the plant with commercial value. But this gave him his first plantings, from which he proceeded to collect seeds. He now propagates almost exclusively from seedlings that he grows in his nursery.Preserving pelargoniumsFeiter has one hectare under cultivation in Wellington, mainly for research and seed purposes, and some 20 hectares in the Free State, which were planted in 2003 and should soon be ready for the first harvest. He also supports a cultivation project in the Eastern Cape near Alice, working with the community that previously harvested in the wild.In 2007 he was instrumental in starting the Pelargonium Working Group, set up to further the preservation, harvesting, propagation and utilisation of the plant. Members include South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, and Traffic, the execution organ of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites.Schwabe buys about 98% of Feiter’s output, and the farmer uses the rest in his Wellington factory to manufacture a cough remedy called Linctagon, which is sufficiently different to Umckaloabo to be exempt from Schwabe’s patents. So while most of the root is being exported, there is also an affordable locally manufactured product.Both Umckaloabo and Linctagon are currently used for general chest and respiratory complaints and coughs, but there is a possibility that their key ingredient may be revived as a cure for TB, particularly after the rise of drug-resistant strains of the disease.This makes the rather scrubby little plant is yet another lesson in the importance of preserving biodiversity. You never know what magic may be found in those pretty little flowers growing in the mountains.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksSchwabe GroupPelargonium sidoides on Plantz Africalast_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more

Mohammad Shami ruled out of Asia Cup, Bhuvneshwar Kumar named as replacement

first_imgPacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the Asia Cup scheduled to start on February 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday.”The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Asia Cup, 2016.The decision has been taken to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring,” a release from BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said.Shami sustained an injury to his left hamstring during a training session in Australia during the limited overs series last month, and missed two warm-up games before flying back home. He was originally said to be out for around four to six weeks, but the medical staff feel that he will need more time to recover.Right-arm seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been roped in as Shami’s replacement.”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the replacement,” the release added.The last time Shami donned the Indian colours was in the World Cup semi-final against Australia in March 2015. The 25-year-old’s absence could be quite a setback for India who are still trying to figure out their best bowling line-up before the World T20 next month.India, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will start their campaign in the Asia Cup against hosts Bangladesh on February 24.last_img read more

Maradona’s Dorados into Ascenso MX semifinals

first_imgDiego Maradona’s Dorados are into the Ascenso MX semifinals after topping Mineros de Zacatecas on Saturday night.A goal from Vinicio Angulo in the 65th minute was enough for Maradona’s side, who picked up a 1-0 second leg win following a 0-0 draw in the opening leg.Dorado’s push was aided by a red card just moments after Angulo’s goal as Eder Cruz was sent off for Mineros to ease the thoughts of a comeback.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As a result, Maradona’s side are into the semifinal after being closer to relegation than contender when the Argentinian legend took over in September.Under Maradona, Dorados have lost just once in nine matches against Ascenso MX opposition after losing three and drawing the other three games prior to his arrival. 🔥 ¡Explotó el vestidor Dorado y vamos #ConElPezPorLaFinal! 💛 pic.twitter.com/Jp2On50jiC— #ConElPezEnLaLiguilla (@Dorados) November 18, 2018Dorados, who entered the playoffs as the seventh seed, will need to win either the Apertura or next year’s Clausura to qualify for the playoff to decide which team will be promoted to Liga MX in May. Prior to managing Dorados, Maradona’s most recent job was as manager of United Arab Emirates club Fujairah.Dorados will play the winner of Atlante’s clash with Oaxaca in the semifinal round with first legs set for November 21 or 22 and second legs scheduled for November 24 and 25.Both Atlanta and Oaxaca topped Dorados during the season with both sides picking up 1-0 wins over Maradona’s team.last_img read more

Pregnant Mira Rajput aces acting debut. Shahid Kapoor cannot keep calm

first_imgWhether Mira Rajput would ever foray into Bollywood like hubby Shahid Kapoor, has always been the topic of discussion.Well, Mira has taken her first small step into showbiz. Earlier, there were reports that she was being approached by babycare products to do an endorsement with her daughter Misha.Her first ad for skincare is out, though sadly, Misha doesn’t feature in it. Clad in a black dress and sporting heels, Mira shares her experience of being a mother, who gets so lost in motherhood that she does not find time for herself.Mira then says that she is pregnant again and she is prepared for it.Shahid commented on the video, and said, “Who’s that stunner?”Incidentally, it was during Mira’s first pregnancy that the couple fell in love. The two had an arranged marriage, and Shahid revealed on Karan Johar’s chat show, “I fell in love with her when she got pregnant. That is when you and I become us. It brings you closer in a special way.”On the work front, Shahid will be seen next in Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The film revolves around the issue of power shortage and huge electricity bills, and is slated to release on August 31.ALSO READ | Mira Rajput takes over Shahid Kapoor’s Instagram. The result is hilariousadvertisementALSO READ | Mira Rajput is pregnant, Shahid Kapoor confirms with big sister Misha’s photoALSO WATCH | Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img read more