Barca star Messi ill ahead of Champions League clash with Chelsea

first_imgBarcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been ill ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea but will be fit to play in the big game.Messi was laid low by a stomach upset at the weekend but was able to train with his team-mates at the Nou Camp on Monday.Chelsea, meanwhile, will assess Didier Drogba before interim boss Roberto Di Matteo names his team for the Champions League semi-final second leg.Drogba, who scored against Barca in last week’s first leg, has been nursing a knee problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Warriors Looking Forward: DeMarcus Cousins expected to return this week

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *The Golden State Warriors visit the Denver Nuggets early this week but all the attention will be on the Friday-night matchup versus the Los Angeles Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his return to the court after recovering from an Achilles injury. With the return of Cousins, the Warriors will boast a starting lineup constructed of former all-stars …last_img

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Getting Your Finances on Track

first_imgBy Auyanna McBride, AFCPE-FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship InternWorking and performing daily activities, service members sometimes lose track of their household expenses until they look at their bank account statement and the balance is lower than expected.  A great way for military families to keep track of what they are spending and establish a budget is to get some paper envelopes.  If they have family, tell them to give each family member their own separate envelope so that they can put all of their receipts into an envelope too.  Advise service members to keep receipts of every purchase including groceries, gas, movies, etc.   Whenever they pay for anything, they should write it down or get a receipt.  At the end of the two week or one month period, the military family should sit down and review their lists and/or receipts.  By going over the receipts together, they will see where their money is being spent.  If they need to prepare a budget, tracking their expenses will help determine some of the items they need to cut back on and where to make changes to develop a budget and/or stay on budget.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 23, 2013.last_img read more

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Schoolgirl who cried over felled trees made Manipur green ambassador

first_imgThe Manipur government has appointed a nine-year-old girl as the State’s green ambassador, less than a week after a video of her crying for two trees axed for a road-widening project went viral.An order from H. Balkrisna Singh, Manipur’s Director of Information and Public Relations, on August 7 said Elangbam Valentina Devi of Hiyanglam Makha Leikai in Kakching district had been made the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission and all official tree-plantation activities taken up in the State.This, the order said, was in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and for generating mass awareness on conservation of the environment for a “period of one year from the date of issuing the order.”A Class V student of Amutombi Divine Life English School in Kakching town, about 45 km southeast of Manipur’s capital Imphal, she had planted the saplings of two Gulmohar (royal poinciana) trees by the side of a river when she was in Class I. She had been tending to the saplings, which grew up into healthy trees in about four years.On Saturday, the two trees, along with other vegetation, were axed for a project to widen a road beside the river. A videographer filmed her crying over the trees.“I saw the video of this girl crying like anything, as if someone very near to her had passed away. Her feeling for two felled trees, which we adults would probably not think much about, moved me. I asked Yengkhom Victoria, the district’s Superintendent of Police to meet her, console her and give her at least 20 saplings to plant at a suitable place,” Manipur’s Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren told The Hindu on Thursday.But he felt this was not enough.“Later, I realised there could not be a better ambassador than her for the Green Manipur Mission we had launched in June. Her passion for trees at such a young age was so infectious that I took a decision to have an order issued and hand it over through government officials to her,” he said.The order says Valentina, the daughter of Elangbam Premkumar Singh, will be part of all such advertisements and campaigns that promote an increase in Manipur’s green cover. “She will be provided honorarium at government rates, transportation facilities, food and lodging facilities at admissible rates by the sponsoring government department,” the order said.last_img read more

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