Antuna stars as Mexico make easy work of Cuba

first_imgUriel Antuna scored a hat-trick as Mexico thrashed Cuba 7-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in California on Saturday.Antuna stole the show with his treble, which went with a Raul Jimenez brace and goals from Diego Reyes and Alexis Vega in what was a one-sided encounter at the Rose Bowl.Gerardo Martino’s men struck four times in the first half, marking their fifth win in as many games since he took over in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Cuba were outclassed by a Mexico side who showed why they are once again among the favourites for the title.Mexico dominated from the outset and needed just two minutes to open the scoring through Antuna, who was a late addition to the Mexico squad as an injury replacement.Jimenez hit the post after a cross from the left and Antuna was on hand to scramble in his first international goal.Mexico’s second just after the half-hour mark through Jimenez had been coming as the forward caused Cuba plenty of problems.Andres Guardado chipped a pass through a poor Cuba defence, Jimenez producing a composed finish into the bottom corner.Mexico struck twice more before half-time through Reyes and Antuna. @Diego_Reyes13@Raul_Jimenez9 #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/3B1arTLdcE— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 16, 2019Jimenez side-footed a corner that drew a save from Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez, but the rebound fell straight to Reyes to tap in.Antuna completed his brace just prior to the break as Jimenez’s cross was blocked by a last-ditch clearance, the LA Galaxy forward – who is on loan from Manchester City – on hand to rifle into the roof of the net from close range.#2T MEX 4-0 CUB1, 2, 3… ¡Luz verde! ¡Arranca la parte complementaria! ¡Hay que seguir con todo! #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/JEspk0QD06— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 16, 2019Mexico’s intensity dropped slightly to begin the second half, but Jimenez struck again, firing through Sanchez’s legs after a pass from Carlos Rodriguez.Vega came off the bench to net his first at international level, tapping in after Antuna unselfishly crossed for him to score the easiest of goals in the 74th minute.In just his third international, Antuna completed his hat-trick, putting away a rebound after Sanchez did well to keep out a Rodriguez effort. What does it mean? Mexico flex muscleThis was meant to be a one-sided affair and Mexico ensured it was with a blistering first half. Mexico are seven-time Gold Cup champions and they deserve to be favourites for number eight.Jimenez provides major impactJimenez, who starred on loan at Wolves from Benfica last season before the deal became permanent, impressed. As well as scoring his 18th and 19th international goals, the forward was involved in three other goals.Martino proven right so farMartino said in the lead up he would prefer Mexico to play at the Copa America over the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With wins over Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and Ecuador this year, Mexico were never going to be threatened by Cuba and it remains to be seen how much they will be tested throughout the tournament.What’s next?Mexico’s campaign continues against Canada on Wednesday, while Cuba face Martinique on the same day. read morelast_img read more



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Resounding success of Alberta energy rebates prompts second round

CALGARY — The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO Monica Curtis said the spring campaign had a budget of just over $14 million, and expects this round to cost about the same, with the government subsidy amounting to about 25 per cent of the total cost of the energy efficient products.The instant rebate efficiency program runs for four weeks ending Oct. 29, while the home improvement and online rebates announced in April continue their two-year run. read more



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DJ jailed for chopping off mans finger with meat cleaver after he

first_imgThe case was heard at Cardiff Crown CourtCredit:Barry Batchelor/PA A DJ who cut off a man’s finger with a meat cleaver was caught by his own video when he filmed himself saying: “See that? I chopped that off.”Malachi Halstead, 35, posted “chilling footage” of the attack with the meat cleaver on social media network Snapchat.Halstead then turned the camera on himself, holding the meat cleaver as he said: “Say hello to my little friend.”The video was released after Halstead, known as DJ Madskie, was jailed for 14 years after driving Teerath Mann, 23, to a graveyard to cut off his finger. He must have been petrified. It was an utterly barbaric attackRecorder Christopher Clee QC Mr Mann was selling drugs for Halstead, the court heard, but the DJ suspected money had gone missing.Halstead denied the attack and said a mystery man called Mr Biggs had ambushed Mr Mann while they were in the graveyard. But Mr Edwards said Mr Biggs was “a figment of Halstead’s imagination”.Halstead, of Newport, South Wales, was found guilty of wounding with intent after a five-day trial. He admitted escaping police custody for running away from officers after initially being arrested.His on-off girlfriend Nicole Seaborne, also of Newport, was cleared of allegedly providing him with the weapon.The judge, Recorder Christopher Clee QC, called the attack “utterly barbaric” and said the filming had been done to make Mr Mann seem “pathetic”. A still image from Malachi Halstead’s Snapchat messageCredit:Wales News Service Cardiff Crown Courtcenter_img A still image from Malachi Halstead's Snapchat message Recorder Clee said: “Mr Mann was pleading with you. He must have been petrified. It was an utterly barbaric attack.”Having carried out this vicious assault you used your mobile phone to film him making him display his injury and filmed yourself boasting.”You manipulated the footage to speed his voice to make him look and sound pathetic. That footage is chilling.”After the case, Detective Constable Eirian Williams said: “Malachi Halstead enacted a terrible life changing injury on the victim on what was effectively a vendetta crime.”We are delighted that this particularly violent individual has been convicted and we hope this lengthy sentence serves as a warning to others involved in organised crime.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Halstead posted the video of himself saying: “Anyone f—- with me, this is what I do to him, I chop off their digits.”Pointing to Mann holding a tea towel to his bloodied hand, he said: “See that? I chopped that off.”A court heard Halstead drove Mr Mann to the secluded spot because he suspected he was stealing from him.Prosecutor Heath Edwards said Halstead lured Mr Mann into his car before telling him: “Tonight you’re losing something.”Mr Edwards said: “Halstead drove to a nearby place and parked up, and both got out of the vehicle.”Mr Mann was made to place his finger on a wooden pole, and when he did, Halstead chopped off a large part of that finger.”Cardiff Crown Court was shown the Snapchat recording showing Mr Mann’s severed hand and Halstead.last_img read more



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