Jose Valentin

Jose Valentin


June 14, 2018


Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Russia 1 1 0 0 +5 5 0 3
2. Uruguay 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
3. Egypt 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0
4. Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 -5 0 5 0

Group A Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. IR Iran 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
2. Portugal 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 1
3. Spain 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 1
4. Morocco 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0

Group B Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. France 1 1 0 0 +1 2 1 3
2. Denmark 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
3. Australia 1 0 0 1 -1 1 2 0
4. Peru 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0

Group C Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Croatia 1 1 0 0 +2 2 0 3
2. Argentina 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
3. Iceland 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
4. Nigeria 1 0 0 1 -2 0 2 0

Group D Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Serbia 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
2. Brazil 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
3. Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
4. Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0

Group E Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Mexico 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
2. Sweden 1 1 0 0 +1 1 0 3
3. Germany 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0
4. South Korea 1 0 0 1 -1 0 1 0

Group F Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Belgium 1 1 0 0 +3 3 0 3
2. England 1 1 0 0 +1 2 1 3
3. Tunisia 1 0 0 1 -1 1 2 0
4. Panama 1 0 0 1 -3 0 3 0

Group G Matches




Pos Team Pl W D L SD SF SA Pts
1. Poland 0 0
2. Colombia 0 0
3. Senegal 0 0
4. Japan 0 0

Group H Matches



Knockout Phase

June 08, 2018

Round of 16

Saturday, 30 June 2018
1C vs 2D
1A vs 2B
Sunday, 1 July 2018
1B vs 2A
1D vs 2C
Monday, 2 July 2018
1E vs 2F
1G vs 2H
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
1F vs 2E
1H vs 2G


Friday, 6 July 2018
WR01 vs WR02
WR05 vs WR06
Saturday, 7 July 2018
WR07 vs WR08
WR03 vs WR04


Tuesday, 10 July 2018
WQ01 vs WQ02
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
WQ03 vs WQ04

Play-off for third place

Saturday, 14 July 2018
LSF01 vs LSF02


Sunday, 15 July 2018
WSF01 vs WSF02

AN over-praised and narcissistic generation of university students is persistently trying to negotiate better grades - or ‘grade grubbing’ as it’s called - academics recently reported.

When university education was free, most students were grateful for what they got and wouldn’t have considered complaining. But now students have to pay high fees, they’re the customer and, understandably, expect to receive good grades in return for their financial investment. 

But they argue frequently and aggressively about low grades, even when some of them haven’t attended lectures, aren’t particularly clever or just plain lazy. 

Universities are scared stiff of getting low Student Satisfaction scores, which would lead to a lower student intake the following year and therefore loss of income. So, fundamentally students can do almost anything they please and they know this. 

Basically, too much ‘Aren’t you clever, darling’ and not enough ‘naughty step!’ from their parents? 

Newsflash: ‘The University of Neverland acknowledges that law students are required to study topics in the criminal law module that may distress them, specifically murder, manslaughter, assault, rape and other sexual offences. At the start of lectures, relevant trigger warnings will be given and any student needing to leave may do so then. 

‘If an appeal is made without delay to the university indicating which parts of the course cause discomfort or anxiety, examination questions on these topics will be replaced with substitute questions on fraud, theft, corporate liability or other non-trigger topics.’   

I made this up but you get the idea. Heck! I need trigger warnings for stories like this because my blood pressure spikes whenever I read about what a collection of girl’s blouses young people have become.

Whatever next? A trigger warning at the beginning of a crime novel that someone, maybe even another person, will be dead by the close? Phew! As the author of crime thrillers perhaps I’d better shift gears and focus solely on fairy tales... set in Neverland!

Nora Johnson’s crime thrillers ‘The Girl in the Red Dress,’ ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( from Amazon in paperback/ eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca charity.

This is the word that is used when we believe dogs have the same feelings and emotions as humans and that they understand our language. A mistaken belief, of course. Dogs are not small, fur-clad human beings. They are canines. True, they are man’s best friend and companion because their natural instincts and hierarchical society blends into our own ,and because  they show loyalty and devotion to the hand that feeds them.

As we have seen in the chapter on wolves, this bonding between man and dog happened thousands of years ago when both man and wolf lived similar nomadic lives as hunters roaming the country to seek food.

The dog´s adaptation to our way of life was assisted and accelerated by man using selective breeding to develop the most desirable features, first to work for us and then to turn them into pets.

Even so, there remain of course fundamental differences between us and our dogs. To take just one example, dogs live totally in the present moment.

They do not worry about the past.  They do not dream about the future.

They are not endowed with imagination or feel grief, hate, jealousy or greed or other emotions that bedevil our human society. They do have a high sensory ability which is often mistaken for a kind of sixth sense.

They will understand that certain words like Sit, Stay, Down require the right reaction if they are to be rewarded with a tit-bit or praise. They will understand whether your tone of voice and your facial expressions are good or bad when you are talking to them, in whatever language, but they will not understand longer phrases.

We often attribute human emotions to dogs when, in fact, they are reacting instinctively. We assume our dog is happy to see us when we return home and it looks pleased and wags it tail. All it is doing is reacting in the same way a wolf puppy reacts when the pack returns with food from a hunt.

It behaved in the same way when it was feeding from its mother along with the rest of the litter. It is true the dog is enjoying a pleasurable experience but it is not please in human terms.

Another example of anthropomorphism is when we believe our dog is “sulking” when it returns home from a stay in kennels, or is grieving over the death of a member of the family. In the latter case, what it will be feeling is the loss of a higher member of the “pack” and the anxiety caused by no longer knowing its position in the family hierarchy. It will also be confused by the vibrations of distress it picks up from the family. Once the “pack” has settled down again, the dog will

make a quick recovery, for it lives in the present and doesn´t mourn the past.

So please do not attribute dogs with human emotions. Try, instead, to understand their simple canine minds, which are untroubled by so many of our emotions.

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PERHAPS the most ambitious real estate deal in Spanish history has been put on the backburner after Madrid rejected new plans to build a mega-hotel and leisure complex. 

Powerful American outfit the Cordish Group said it was “completely shocked” by the decision, which came after months of torturous negotiations over a proposed new ‘Integrated Development Centre.’

Cordish claim to have already secured €2.2 billion worth of funding for the project, which would create an estimated 56,000 jobs. Executives say they have met every single one of Madrid’s demands. 

The megacomplex was to be built on a huge 134-hectare space, flush with casinos, hotels, shops, ski slope, cinemas, and even an artificial beach the size of five football pitches. 

Negotiations were wrought with tension over taxes, development permits, casino regulations, environmental concerns and financing. Cordish CEO Joseph Weinberg says he is still unclear why the deal was suddenly rejected.”

The main hiccup appears to have been over the casinos. The city government insisted that gambling not be the primary attraction, apprehensive about creating a mini Las Vegas. 

Cordish drew up a blueprint whereby casinos would only account for 10 per cent of the total space. But a government analysis of the business plan found that casinos would account for more than 60 per cent of the complex’s total income.

Bathroom blitz

August 02, 2017

WITH the average person spending 92 days (over their lifetime) in the bathroom, it’s a room that gets a lot of use in our homes.

It’s also a room that is often neglected when it comes to decorating, as many of us prefer to lavish money on our living rooms and kitchens.

If your loo could use a freshen-up, here are three easy and low-cost ideas to rejuvenate your throne room. 

  • Paint the tiles

Before you start, ensure that you clean them thoroughly with a solvent (detergents leave behind residue that will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface). Once dry, apply a coat of sealant. When ready for painting, ensure you use enamel or special paint for tiles which is quick drying, mould-resistant, washable and most importantly, completely waterproof.

  • Lay Vinyl Flooring

Tiled floors are great but require maintenance to keep them looking at their best. Vinyl floor coverings can be a better option for some. Calculate your floor space in square metres and allow an additional 10 per cent. Try to choose a vinyl that is at least three millimetres thick for durability.

  • Wallpaper it

If your bathroom is small, you can choose to make one wall a feature instead of doing the whole space. 

Make sure the paper has a vinyl layer for easy cleaning and waterproofing.  Measure the length and height of each wall to be covered (subtracting doorways and windows from the total). Multiply the length and width to get the total in square metres/feet. Add the area of each wall for total area and increase this by 15 per cent to account for waste. European standard rolls cover 29 square feet (2.7 square meters). There are several calculators available online where you can add your measurements and they will calculate how many rolls will be required.

NO longer content with dominating the motoring mass market, Volkswagen has set its eyes on classier rivals, who sell less cars but have cornered luxury buyers.

The brand's latest coupe, the Arteon, is set to hit European showrooms in autumn 2017 with prices beginning at a hefty €45-50,000.

That puts the Arteon on a direct collision course with BMW, Audi and Mercedes, who have traditionally had little to fear from the scandal-hit German giant.

It is a marked change in direction for the 'people's car' as Volkswagen translates to. News last week that the VW Golf supplanted the Ford Fiesta as the UK's best-selling car seemed to confirm that Volksawagen had secured its enormously profitable position among the motoring gods.

The challenge for Volkswagen is convincing the public to accept the Arteon as a truly premium car, comparable to the Mercedes C-Class coupe and other established vehicles. Many might be inclined to consider the Arteon merely a fancy upgrade on a budget-friendly model. Buyers being asked to fork out more than €50,000 may play it safe with other German cars.

Sensing this, the Arteon comes complete with a range of new and different features to distinguish it from the competition. It has full safety marks, limited self-driving technology, and a crash system which anticipates impact and secures seats and seatbelts in the safest positions accordingly.

There is constant monitoring of steering and braking, with the system able to safely take over driving, flick on the indicators and take the car to the side of the road if it detects the driver is unresponsive.

A TOTAL of 22 vehicles have been seized in Ourense, in Galicia, north western Spain.

The DGT took the vehicles from repeat road safety offenders. Although seemingly extreme, the action was taken on account of the severity of the repeat offences. The public prosecutor said each of the owners would have potentially had their vehicles seized for accumulating at least three consecutive convictions in a two year period for various crimes, such as drink and drug driving, or driving without a valid licence.

Of the vehicles seized, 19 have been scrapped. The remaining three are being held as evidence on account of continued investigations being carried out.

The Guardia Civil arrested 362 people in Ourense in 2016, all for serious offences against road safety. The majority were related to alcohol with 204 drivers arrested for driving whilst over the alcohol limit.

As well as clamping down on offenders, it is hoped it will enhance road safety for users. Last year, across the Spanish road network system, there were 1,038 fatal incidents in which 1,160 people lost their lives. A further 5,067 people needed hospital treatment as a result of a traffic accident.

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