RSF decries interference in editorial independence at a leading Russian business daily

first_imgThe week before that, at his first meeting with his staff, Shmarov acknowledged that he did not read Vedomosti and did not know its code of conduct – which is regarded as a model in Russian journalism – and said he would not oppose shareholder interference in the work of its journalists. Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 97.14 KB Receive email alerts Organisation Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by repeated interference in editorial decisions at the leading Russian business newspaper Vedomosti since its acquisition in March. This meddling is clearly one more phase in the process by which Kremlin allies have taken control of the Russian media.In one of the latest absurd developments at Vedomosti, new interim editor Andrei Shmarov has banned the publication of polls by the Levada Centre, an independent polling and market research company that recently reported a fall in President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. What’s more, Vedomosti will no longer even mention the company. News “The interference in Vedomosti’s editorial policies is a new blow to independent journalism in Russia, one already seen when Kommersant was acquired,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We condemn the pressure being put on Vedomosti’s staff and we offer them our full support.” News Follow the news on Russia As soon as it was created in 1999, Vedomosti established itself as a leading newspaper in the Russian business world, publishing articles in partnership with the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, whose respective owners, Pearson and Dow Jones, were Vedomosti shareholders until a new law in 2015 banned foreign investors from owning more than 20% of a Russian media outlet. Screenshot June 2, 2021 Find out more Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News May 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption His comments triggered a wave of newsroom resignations (by Maria Zheleznova, Ivan Safronov, Alina Didkovskaya, Sergei Paranko and Maxim Tovkaylo). They also shocked advertisers and prompted cancellations of subscriptions. In an editorial on 23 April, the staff reiterated their determination to defend the newspaper’s independence. There have been repeated editorial meddling at Vedomosti ever since its sale in March to Alexei Golubovich, a businessman and former oil magnate, and Konstantin Zyatkov, a tabloid publisher and former editor of the weekly Argumenty i Fakty. On the night of 12 April, Shmarov, the new interim editor, suppressed an article criticizing the way the state oil company Rosneft was being run by its CEO, Igor Sechin. On 30 March, he changed a headline with negative connotations at the top of a story about the same company. News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RSF_en April 25, 2020 RSF decries interference in editorial independence at a leading Russian business daily RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A Message To Customers: CX Day 2016

first_imgAt Dell Technologies, we have an unwavering focus on putting our customers first. The reality is that you—our customers—have always been the driving force behind everything we do. Our leadership team values just as highly what our customers and team members feel as what financial and market share metrics show.And today, as we celebrate the industry-wide Customer Experience Day (CX Day), I am especially humbled to extend a personal video message to you—our valued customers.As a new company, we open a new chapter and you can expect a new experience—driven by a single commitment: the relentless pursuit of your success. Thank you for putting your trust in us. The best is yet to come.And if you feel so inclined, please join me at Dell’s live CX Day virtual event today at 2 pm EST to hear from our customers and leaders and learn more about our CX strategy and customer-centric innovations. I also hope you will share why you are passionate about your customers using #CXDay on Twitter.last_img read more

Governor outlines plan for closing Vermont State Hospital

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin said today that the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which was closed following Tropical Storm Irene, will not re-open, and outlined his plan to ensure Vermont’s mental health community has access to quality services across the state. The plan includes acute in-patient care in at least two locations, increased services that enable individuals to remain in their communities, expanded local emergency services, and increased support for effective programs helping those with mental health conditions. The governor said these improvements would be monitored and evaluated, and discussions about a long-term plan will continue, and acknowledged the need to talk about other inpatient capacity. ‘Building a replacement facility is years away at best, and we need to put services in place now to ensure all Vermonters have access to the care they need,’ Shumlin said. ‘The absence of the hospital creates the opportunity to fund community services for recovery that can help prevent the need for hospitalization. We believe that all of these actions taken together will meet Vermont’s mental health needs.’ The following actions are in motion: Establish a long-term agreement with the Brattleboro Retreat for 14 acute care beds. The Retreat has been helping since the flood to provide up to 15 beds and will make some renovations to allow them, on a long term basis, to care for individuals with higher needs for supervision and management. 2.      Fund two additional ‘step down’ facilities (similar to Second Spring in Williamstown) for people ready to leave the hospital, so that individuals ready to move from the hospital to another setting for recovery have quick access to a bed. This will help ensure hospital beds are reserved for those in need for that level of service. Deliver on the long-overdue promise of community-based mental health services. Continue to find and secure a facility that can provide 15 beds for appropriate care and services for people in need of acute care. We have looked at many possibilities already and continue to search. Pine Ridge School in Williston is under active consideration, as is a site located near the Central Vermont Medical Center. Governor Shumlin praised the heroic efforts of Vermont State Hospital staff and patients for not only safely evacuating the facility during the tropical storm, but for staff continuing to travel far from home to provide support in other settings. He also thanked community hospitals for providing care to individuals whose needs often exceed what the hospitals are designed to handle.  ‘This crisis is an opportunity to rebuild our mental health services to make them better than before. That’s just what we intend to do,’ the  governorsaid.  Goveror’s office. 10.20.2011last_img read more

Family says farewell to riverside retreat after 25 years

first_img128 Kadumba St, YerongaA PRIVATE riverside retreat in Yeronga that has been in the same family for more than 25 years has sold for $2.22 million.The five-bedroom home at 128 Kadumba St is on a huge 3136sq m of land, with a swimming pool, cricket nets, basketball court and direct riverfront access.The home is spread across two storeys, with a family room, three bedrooms, a store room and a bathroom on the first floor.128 Kadumba St, YerongaUpstairs, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen flows out to the balcony with views of the river and there is a wood-burning fireplace in the living area.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019LJ Hooker marketing agent Jane Elvin said big family homes such as this one were so rare in Yeronga that when they did hit the market, they were snapped up quickly and usually sold above value.“It’s a great time to be selling (in Yeronga) if you’ve got a family home,” she said.128 Kadumba St, YerongaMs Elvin said the home went under contract within three weeks, but with the condition of a long settlement as the vendor wanted one of their children to get married on the property first.The buyer is a family relocating from the Gold Coast who were looking for their forever home.“They wanted a big parcel of land for their children to enjoy,” Ms Elvin said.“A big parcel of land in an inner city location like this is rare.”The two-storey home is close to hospitals, universities, schools, parks, shops and cafes.Yeronga has a median house price of $917,500 and is just 5km from the CBD.last_img read more

Concussions a greater problem for Black youth

first_imgPresident Barack Obama speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014, during the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit. Obama was hosting a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Pictured from left to right: LaVar Arrington, former NFL linebacker; Victoria Bellucci, a high school soccer player from Huntingtown, Md.; Taylor Twellman, former professional soccer player; Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the United States Army. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to the federal government statistics.In 2009 alone, nearly 250,000 youth age 19 or younger were treated in emergency rooms for sports and recreation-related injuries that included concussions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of such visits rose 57 percent.Concussions occur when the brain is shaken violently against the skull. Although concussions are the most common brain injury, widespread awareness and concern about this issue in the world of student athletics is fairly recent.But it is especially relevant for Black communities, particularly young men most likely to die from traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC. And according to data from research nonprofit, Child Trends, 50 to 60 percent of Black American high schoolers were on a sports team in 2011.In severe or untreated cases, they can cause brain damage, seizures, emotional distress, and death—in fact the CDC estimates that 5.3 million U.S. citizens are living with disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury (or TBI, an umbrella term that includes concussions).“From an athletic trainer perspective concussions have always been a big concern. Coaches seemed to think that injuries increased because [athletic trainers] were there, but really it’s that awareness is increased,” says Jennifer Rheeling, a veteran athletic trainer in D.C. Public Schools and chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the D.C. State Athletic Association.“In the last five years particularly with the NFL starting to talk about it, and the lawsuits, has helped immensely now that people get it on a mainstream level. What they thought was just getting their bell rung was really a concussion.”On the most diligent and well-resourced student teams, players take baseline tests—a battery of motor skill drills and survey questions to record their individual peak cognitive health—and have athletic trainers who check for signs of decline. If a concussion is suspected, a player does another test to compare those results to his or her baseline. The ImPACT Concussion Management program is currently the program of record for these tests among school athletic programs.But according to Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist and medical director of the Sports Concussion Institute, a lack of access to care compounds the (now fading) problem of awareness. ImPACT, for example, costs a minimum of $400 per year for 100 baseline tests and 15 post-injury tests for one school. Meanwhile, many schools and school districts, largely populated by Black and brown children, routinely have to make cuts to balance their budget.“We have coaches who understand the need, but they have different resources. For example, we know baseline testing for people in contact collision sports can help evaluate when people get injured,” Dr. Williams explains. “But it’s uncommon for people to have access to state-of-the-art baseline testing. Players, school systems, and parents don’t have access to those funds. But we can still implement treatment using creative measures.”Currently, Dr. Gary Harris, who specializes in computer engineering and serves as associate provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Howard University, is working with engineering students and the Bison football team to devise an inexpensive concussion monitoring system, using an open source platform.(“Open source” is a tech industry term that means the equipment and information to create this system is public as opposed to proprietary, so as to encourage others to innovate and improve on the idea).The project uses a computer chip attached inside the helmet that measures impact up to 100 gs of force. For reference: a sneeze is about 2 or 3 gs of force on the human body; an F-16 fighter jet barrel roll exerts 7 to 9 gs; a car crash at 45 mph is about 60 gs. Concussions usually happen with collisions between 80 and 120 gs.The chip records the force of impact for every collision—it can be programed to transmit this information wirelessly, say, to a cell phone app. Or, it can be downloaded from the helmet using a USB cable. It can also be programed to send an alert when a hit exceeds a certain threshold.“You can have an entire team’s list where you know all their shock, trauma, and incidents on file,” says Dr. Harris. “We still don’t know the threshold of force for brain damage, we don’t know how many hits it takes, but the first thing we have to do is collect the data.”Each of these chips costs approximately $30.Technology is also being used to improve care and outcomes the aftermath of serious concussion cases. Interactive Metronome, a health tech company that creates neurological research-based brain training programs and activities, is one example. The activities are designed around “brain timing”—the ability to clap to a beat, for example. As users play games and do activities that test their reaction time, those brain cell connections are repaired and strengthened. Originally (and primarily) used to improve motor skills and cognitive function in children with ADD/ADHD, the program is beginning to see success with TBI rehabilitation.“We fit into concussions in a new way, which is helping out when those [post-concussion] symptoms don’t dissipate,” says Nick Etten, vice president of Strategy and Business Development at Interactive Metronome. “There’s a lot of emphasis on technology these days—it’s really important in the world of concussions and cognitive rehab. We’re starting to understand that there was a big void in information.”Technology has helped improve identifying and treating concussions; on the prevention front, sports health care professionals now have the backing of the law. In all 50 states, a student athlete must be immediately removed from play if a concussion is suspected, and cannot return to practice or play without medical clearance. Some states also mandate that a student must remain free of symptoms or remain on the injured list for a set period of time, even if they gain medical clearance immediately.But there are still holes in preventing these injuries.“There’s clearly benefits to legislation in terms of drawing attention to the issue of concussions and having some foundation across the board with how they should be managed,” says Dr. Williams. “I think there are some variables…related to who should be allowed to clear players.”He and Rheeling have both seen athletes on under-resourced teams get clearance from an emergency room resident, for example, in contrast with athletes who take a concussion test against their baseline with their team’s athletic trainer. They’ve also seen instances of students underreporting their symptoms, coaches resisting care recommendations, and parents being lax in monitoring their child’s rest after a concussion.Emerging laws are attempting to add another layer of protection by regulating the number of weekly practices involving rough contact drills, thus reducing exposure to collisions and risk of concussion. Trainers, coaches, parents, and athletes can also receive guidance through resources such as the American Academy of Neurology online Sports Concussion Toolkit, and organizations such as the Sports Legacy Network.“We’re at the end of the beginning as relates to concussion management. We’re learning more every day and the process will continue to evolve,” says Dr. Williams. “We’re out of the phase of explaining what a concussion is, identifying symptoms…. It’s no longer an unrecognized epidemic, we’re aware of the issues and that [a concussion] has to be managed effectively.”last_img read more

Libraries Hope Voters Pass $125M Bond Referendum in November

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |Libraries are invested in the world of service and pleasing the public. But when it comes to allocating state resources, they often get the short end of the stick, says a Monmouth County library advocate.“Money has been eroding, and when it comes to state resources, we are often the last ones to reap benefits of taxes and bonds,” said Renee Swartz of Rumson, chairperson of the Monmouth County Library Commission, advisors for the Monmouth County Library System (MCLS). “We don’t have large sums of money to spend on lobbying for what we need.”But after many years of strategic advocacy propelled by the New Jersey Library Association and personalized appeals from advocates like Swartz, library leaders are hopeful an upcoming public vote will support their vision for enhancement of services.On November 7, when voters go to the polls, New Jersey residents will be asked whether or not to authorize the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act would build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and better serve the public. Grants would cover 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library’s local government. Private donors would be allowed to contribute toward the 50 percent provided by a local governmentJudith Tolchin, director of the Monmouth County Library System, said funds would facilitate programs already in place, not only at Library Headquarters in Manalapan, but throughout the 40 municipalities the MCLS serves.Renovations in Manalapan would transform the space into a modern, attractive, active, and fully accessible building with a functional design, Tolchin said. She envisions upgrading meeting rooms with smart chairs, equipped with individual charging stations for electronic devices.The money would also mean the libraries could offer more attractive and diverse programs.“A library is one of the only places truly committed to lifelong learning,” said Tolchin. “They go far beyond the scope of a K-12 education because it’s a place where intrinsic benefits far outweigh the costs.”The state contributes $70,000 to the MCLS operating budget. Nearly $15 million comes from taxes, with additional funding coming from other sources. While $15 million may seem like a large sum, Tolchin says it leaves minimal wiggle room – and every dollar counts.“The money goes towards maintaining staff, a few buildings, providing materials and programming funds,” said Tolchin.The organization oversees 14 branch libraries and 13 member libraries within Monmouth County. While branch libraries are owned, operated and staffed by the MCLS, member libraries, like in Fair Haven or Sea Bright, are maintained by their local municipal government. Member libraries utilize MCLS services, and receive access to the county catalog, a technology and book budget, and representatives to run children’s programs.The MCLS is motivated to expand digital offerings beyond shelved books because it costs less and frees up physical space for community activity that enhances quality of life, such as lectures, children’s programs, career development seminars, music concerts, movies and tutoring services.Recently, the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury handed out free solar eclipse glasses and ran a program on scientific literacy during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Between three and four hundred people came to the event.“By being eclectic, we are using all our abilities and attracting more and more people,” said Swartz. “There’s nothing in it for the libraries, except they open you up to avenues you never even dreamed of. It’s an intangible thought about advancing mobility and advancing the democratic spirit.”However, not all local libraries in Monmouth will be eligible for a grant application. The Oceanic Free Library, for example, operates under a private system established by the Meeker family in 1920. They started the library as a memorial to their son, William, who died in World War I before seeing combat.Board president Carolyn Miller explains that while funding from the state would be greatly appreciated, money for the Ocean Free Library comes from the borough of Rumson, individual donations and fundraisers, and an annual appeal.“It’s very difficult to get funding because people donate to so many community fundraisers already, like school events or programs. It’s a lot of work,” said Miller. “We would love to purchase awnings to cut back on air conditioning in the summer. We would love for someone to sponsor or underwrite our fish tank expenses. Everyone loves the fish tank but it costs money to maintain,” said Miller.The library just installed a new kitchen. A granite countertop was donated and Home Depot offered a new refrigerator. Last year’s improvements included a new roof, provided by a fundraiser at the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club.The MCLS does provide services to Rumson’s library, as they have member status. The system supports the Oceanic Library through books and technology, and a weekly representative runs the children’s program.“Our library director Nanette Reis does a great job,” Miller said. “Between new families, after school tutoring services, and community events, we are very busy.When asked which sites were a top priority in the event that referendum passes, Tolchin said there will be a formal process to choose projects. “The Library Commission will assess and prioritize the needs of branch facilities, and decide on the best course of action to enhance services for the entire county library system.”This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Smoke Eater named to All-Star team

first_imgTrail Smoke Eaters forward Brent Baltus has been named to the 2012-13 BCHL Interior Conference Second All-Star Team.Baltus, 20, leads the Smoke Eaters in scoring this season with 24 goals and 51 points from 46 games played. The Nanaimo product also leads the Smokies in short-handed goals with two this season. In 115 career BCHL games with Trail, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley, Baltus has amassed 38 goals and 82 points, 81 of which have come in a Smoke Eaters uniform. Baltus is committed to NCAA Division I Alaska-Anchorage for the 2013-14 season.“Brent’s been a model of consistency and a real leader since arriving in Trail,” stated Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks. “This honour is a testament to his hard work with our program and I’m thrilled to see him named an all-star by the BCHL.”Baltus was also named a co-winner of the Smoke Eaters’ Most Valuable Player award at a team banquet Tuesday.The BCHL announced its first and second all-star teams, and all-rookie team Wednesday morning.Baltus and the Smoke Eaters’ final regular-season home game is this March 10 against thePenticton Vees at 3 p.m. For ticket information call (250) 368-5000.last_img read more

Hackers For National Security Taking ‘Friendly’ Fire

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Terrorists could easily sabotage large portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Security is so weak in many industrial control systems that even an average hacker could shut down water and power plants, damage nuclear facilities and freeze automobile and aircraft assembly lines.The threat is so real that right or wrong, some security experts are publicly disclosing the weakest links to force action.The Security RenegadesLeading the renegades is Dale Peterson, founder of Sunrise, Fla.-based Digital Bond, which specializes in monitor, control and alarm systems for industrial plants. Peterson runs Project Basecamp, in which researchers demonstrate the fragility of critical control systems.Basecamp’s latest target was Germany-based Smart Software Solutions, better known as 3S. Peterson’s commandos found major vulnerabilities in 3S’ CoDeSys, a software tool for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are computers that automate industrial tasks, such as operating valves. More than 250 ICS makers use CoDeSys.The vulnerabilities would give access to the PLC upload code without an ID or password. That means a hacker would have full control of a controller. In exposing the weakness, Basecamp researchers also released exploit tools so 3S customers could test the vulnerabilities themselves.Inadequate ResponseThe Department of Homeland Security responded with an alert that recommended manufacturers “take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities.”Tuesday, 3S confirmed the problem, saying, “We take this issue very seriously and are currently working on a solution.”At the same time, the company acknowledged that securing its products against cyber attacks was not its focus. “In general, we do not offer any standard tools in CoDeSys which are to protect the controller from a serious cyber attack.”That attitude is exactly why Peterson launched Basecamp, which he insisted discloses vulnerabilities already known to hackers and the manufacturers. His goal is to get vendors to stop making industrial control products that are “insecure by design” and to fix what is already in use. So far, his strategy hasn’t worked.“They complain and everyone says that it shouldn’t be made public, yet we still don’t see it getting corrected,” Peterson said.Was Stuxnet Not Warning Enough?What can happen when hackers gain access to an industrial control system was demonstrated in Iran in 2010. A virus dubbed Stuxnet was unleashed in an Iranian nuclear facility, damaging centrifuges used to enrich uranium. The New York Times reported that the U.S. and Israeli governments developed the malware together.3S is not the first company targeted by Basecamp. The research group disclosed in January vulnerabilities in widely used PLCs made by General Electric, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Modicon, Koyo Electronics and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.The researchers also have released exploit modules for some of the vulnerabilities in the popular Metasploit tool kit used by security experts and hackers.Homeland Security does not support the work of groups like Basecamp. Marty Edwards, director of the department’s Control Systems Security Program, told Wired the agency “does not encourage the release of sensitive vulnerability information” until a solution is ready for distribution.A ‘Pre-9/11 Moment’Partisan politics has prevented Congress from passing a cybersecurity bill to protect the nation from attacks on critical infrastructure. Lawmakers’ inaction comes as the Obama administration warns that a strike can happen at anytime.In a speech to a group of business leaders in New York this month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the nation needed to heed the warning signs and bolster its cyber defenses to avoid another tragedy like the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. According to Panetta, the country is in a “pre-9/11 moment.”How far Congress will go to force manufacturers to secure industrial systems remains to be seen. Replacing or upgrading them would be expensive and companies would lobby hard against laws that would force them to make changes.“We’ve been very disappointed in the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. government,” Peterson said. “They have not said out loud that these devices are vulnerable and need to be replaced.” Peterson said he’ll continue exposing security weaknesses.His efforts are unlikely to produce much more than an occasional headline. Creating national cyber defenses requires forceful government action, private-public interaction and cooperation among companies and industries not seen since World War II. Let’s hope that happens before we’re hit again. Tags:#basecamp#cracking#cybersecurity#hacking#legislation#regulation#security#stuxnet Related Posts center_img antone gonsalves Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Leganes stayed 13th in the 20-team standings, while Alaves was 16th. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo bleeds from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team’s biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ronaldo had to leave with about five minutes remaining after being hit by defender Fabian Schar’s boot while scoring the team’s sixth goal with a header. He was attended on the field for a while and could not continue as blood spilled over his face.While walking off the field, with his face still stained by the blood, Ronaldo asked for the doctor’s cell phone to take a look at the injury.Zidane said the Portugal forward needed “two or three stitches but was fine.”Madrid had already made three substitutions, but the much-needed victory was already secured by then.The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at the Bernabeu. The easy win followed a series of poor results that all but ended Madrid’s title chances.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments ___CELTA WINSMaxi Gomez scored a second-half winner as Celta Vigo rallied to defeat struggling Real Sociedad 2-1 and move closer to the Champions League spots.Striker Willian Jose put the hosts ahead early in the first half — but later missed a penalty kick — as forward Iago Aspas equalized for Celta.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which is now seventh in the standings.Real Sociedad, in 15th place, has lost three in a row.___LATE EQUALIZERJoseba Zaldua scored in the 90th as Leganes salvaged a 2-2 draw at Alaves after trailing by two goals for much of the second half.Munir El Haddadi and Alfonso Pedraza put the hosts ahead with quick goals after halftime, and Gabriel Pires pulled Leganes closer in the 75th. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We played a perfect match,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Deportivo, in the relegation zone and winless in five games, gave Madrid an early scare when Adrian Lopez opened the scoring midway through the first half.Nacho and Bale helped Madrid rally before halftime, and each scored again in the second half along with Modric. Bale’s first goal came from a neat left-footed shot that was curled into the top corner by the far post.Ronaldo, who hadn’t found the net in three games and had been among those criticized by fans, scored with a shot from close range just a few minutes before getting injured. He did not celebrate.___BIGGER LEADBarcelona scored five second-half goals against midtable Real Betis after an even first half at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, then Messi and Suarez took over and added to their scoring runs.Messi is the league’s scoring leader with 19 goals, and Suarez has 15.Messi’s second goal late in the game was one to admire, with the Argentine entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net. “The players needed a game like this, a victory with a lot of goals,” Zidane said. “It’s always good to score seven times at home. It’s not something that happens very often so we are happy about it. We have to keep this momentum going.”Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez also scored twice, and Luka Modric added another goal for Madrid as it regained fourth place in the standings. Madrid remains 19 points behind leader Barcelona, which later routed Real Betis 5-0 in Seville with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scoring a pair of goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt the start of the league’s second half, Barcelona is 11 points in front of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points ahead of Valencia. Atletico lost ground after a 1-1 home draw against Girona on Saturday, while Valencia lost 2-1 at Las Palmas.Madrid is five points behind Valencia but has a game in hand. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more