Dortmund hold Madrid to top group

first_imgMADRID (AP):With a late equaliser by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with defending champions Real Madrid yesterday to win Group F and set a scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.Karim Benzema netted in each half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a 2-0 lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in the 61st, and Reus struck the equaliser in the 88th.Madrid were left with the consolation prize of matching the club’s 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s.Dortmund finished the group with 14 points, two more than Madrid. Legia Warsaw, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Poland, finished third with four points to qualify for the Europa League.Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again missing the chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. His total remains at 98.Benzema opened the scoring from close range in the 28th, completing a low cross by Dani Carvajal from the right flank. The Frenchman added to the lead in the 53rd with a firm header after a well-placed cross by James Rodriguez.Aubameyang scored from inside the area and then set up Reus’ equaliser after a quick counter-attack.Aubameyang’s goal helped Dortmund match the previous record of 20 group-stage goals, a mark that had been achieved by three other clubs: Barcelona, this season and in 2011-12; Madrid in 2013-14; and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmund’s campaign this season included 6-0 and 8-4 routs against Legia.The draw allowed Zinedine Zidane’s team to match Madrid’s unbeaten run set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89. Madrid haven’t been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.CLOSE CHANCESRonaldo’s best chance on Wednesday was a close-range shot that struck the far post in the 78th minute. He had also come close 10 minutes earlier with a right-foot strike that forced a difficult cross-handed save by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.He remains the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, two more than Lionel Messi, who netted his 93rd in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. It was Messi’s 10th goal in the group stage, one short of Ronaldo’s record of 11 achieved last year.Ronaldo only scored two goals in this season’s group stage, his worst mark since joining the Spanish club in 2009.ScoresBayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 MonacoClub Brugge 0 – 2 CopenhagenPorto 5 – 0 LeicesterJuventus 2 – 0 Dinamo ZagrebLegia 1 – 0 SportingLyon 0 – 0 SevillaReal Madrid 2 – 2 Borussia DortmundTottenham 3 – 1 CSKAlast_img read more

Suicide-appropriate language

first_imgDear Editor,Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle was recently quoted in the media as stating that persons “successfully commit suicide” when they feel disconnected and depressed, feel no strong social ties and inadequate social support to face another day and have hope. While The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has no issue with the reasons given for suicide— although they are neither contextualised nor comprehensive— we take serious issue with the use of the terms ‘successfully’ and ‘commit’ to refer to suicide.As TCV has continually pointed out, the push for suicide-appropriate language is gathering momentum globally and thus, we are rather disappointed that leading officials within the Ministry of Health continue to propagate terminology that have been debunked for obvious reasons, especially when one would think that these officials should be in the forefront of requisite change.For one, how can killing oneself be a success? Just what is successful about such an act, teeming with agony and pain for both victims and survivors? Second, the word ‘commit’ connotes something criminal. And although attempting suicide is still a criminal act on the books in Guyana (because of political gamesmanship), there is nothing criminal about the act of suicide. Suicide is attempted when the pain becomes unbearable for the victim and those who survive such attempts have always revealed that they never wanted to die; they just wanted the pain to end. How then is it a criminal act to want one’s pain to end?Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more