Monday, 13 January 2014
in their pursuit of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish title
Carlo Ancelotti's side moved within three points of the top two,
despite a disjointed display against Espanyol.
Ballon d'Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a rare off day,
fluffing a first-half chance inside the six-yard box and curling wide
But Pepe's towering header from Luka Modric's delivery clinched a vital win.
Despite their profligacy, Los Blancos were rarely threatened by a
mid-table Espanyol side and looked comfortable as they recorded their
seventh straight win in all competitions.
In fact, they have not been beaten since the 2-1 reverse at Barcelona
on 26 October.
But the defeat at the Nou Camp, coupled with a 1-0 home loss to
neighbours Atletico, have left Real playing catch up in the title
The third-placed side knew their trip to Espanyol was one which they
could not afford to drop points after seeing Atletico hold leaders
Barcelona to a goalless draw on Saturday.
Espanyol started on the front foot as they hassled Real from the kick
off and could have taken a third-minute lead when Uruguayan forward
Cristian Stuani headed wide.
But Madrid gradually found their rhythm after riding out the early
pressure, creating all of the best goalscoring opportunities.
Portugal forward Ronaldo, who is expected to be named the world player
of the year at Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Switzerland, failed to
cleanly connect with Karim Benzema's square pass before the France
striker headed past the Espanyol post in stoppage time.
However, Real needed just 10 minutes of the second half to make their
Portugal defender Pepe was left totally unmarked as he nodded into the
far corner from Modric's deep free-kick.
World record signing Gareth Bale started his first La Liga game in
almost a month after a calf injury and barely featured before being
substituted with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Real continued to press, without being seriously tested at the other
end, only for Ronaldo to miss two more clearcut opportunities.
Firstly, the 28-year-old was denied by a superb one-handed save from
Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, before delicately bending wide with
the home goal gaping.
Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume as he escaped death by the whiskers when a
Nigerian Army fighter jet on routine onslaught on Boko Haram
insurgents in the Gwoza area of Borno State dropped some bombs close
to the people of Pulka village who had trooped out to welcome him as
he made a trip to his country home in Gwoza weekend.
The bomb was said to have ripped through an area close to the crowd
throwing many off the road but no fatality was reported.
Ndume, who narrated his experience to journalists on Sunday in
Maiduguri, said he was shaken by the incident.
He said when he complained to the military, he was told the bomb
attack was an operational blunder and not targeted at him.
Ndume, who said he was personally driving his vehicle when the
incident happened, explained that he was on his way to commiserate
with his people who were attacked by Boko Haram gunmen at a border
settlement called Ardoko.
He noted that the incident had shown that innocent citizens were
being killed at various times by the military who always come to the
public to announce successes against the insurgents.
"I was on my way to Gwoza and had to stop by in Pulka village which is
some few kilometres away from Gwoza to attend to some of my people
that came to welcome me there.
There was a military post there too and I even exchanged pleasantries
with the soldiers before proceeding.
"But as we began to move through Pulka, I had a massive explosion and
some others ones followed.
Initially, I thought it was the Boko Haram that were attacking us; we
even thought it was some people waiving at us from the road side that
detonated the bomb.
"When we stopped, one of the army personnel that were escorting me
said 'Oga, the bombs were from the Airforce', so we had to immediately
return to the military post that we left some few yards behind us for
"At the military base, the soldiers there tried to establish
communication with the pilot of the jet but could not get across.
And after some minutes they said that it might be an operational
blunder from the Nigerian Air Force, " he explained.
"Even if it was an operational hitch as they claimed, how could an
Air Force pilot fire four bombs at a moving convoy being escorted by
soldiers and police on a federal highway without bothering to check
with the ground forces.
It was God that saved lives because the bombs landed not far away from
where young children were standing by the road side inside the
"I thank God for sparing my life; I could have been dead or members of
convoy too would have been killed, and when the military say it was a
blunder, only their story would have been heard, perhaps there
wouldn't be any other person to speak for me," the lawmaker lamented.
Ndume called for a probe of the incident , saying he immediately sent
a message to the Chief of Army Staff, who responded at once expressing
concern and apologies.
He however said the Chief of Air Staff who received similar message
had not responded to him .
The Senator said his convoy was being escorted by seven armed
soldiers who were leading ahead, and escorted from behind by the
another patrol vehicle conveying five police officers.
He added that the distance between the military post and the spot
where the bombs hit the ground behind his convoy was less than 500
Ndume said an army officer at Pulka told him that the Air Force may
have been responding to an alert that some Boko Haram gunmen were
attacking a village which was some 30 kilometres away.
But the officer who blamed the Air Force for always attacking without
checking out their target was clearly told that the Boko Haram gunmen
were escaping on foot and not driving a convoy of jeeps led by
The 7 Division of the Nigeria Army and the 79 Composite Group of the
Nigeria Air Force could not be reached for the confirmation on the
attack when filing this report.
The heavy set man exposes himself in his car before placing the dairy
product on his genitals
Twisted: The pervert prepares to cover his privates with cheese
Cops are hunting a creepy man who offers women money to watch him put
Swiss cheese on his PENIS.
The "heavy set" pervert has been terrorising the neighbourhood of
Mayfair, Philadelphia by exposing himself in his car and then covering
his genitals with the dairy product.
The deviant's sordid behaviour came to light in a photograph and
accompanying post on the Facebook page of Mayfair TownWatch.
The post read: "Good Morning Mayfair!
"Please be aware of the Swiss Cheese Pervert!
"This individual is driving around surrounding communities and exposes
himself to women.
"He offers them money to watch him put Swiss cheese on his privates.
"He is a white, heavy set male, 40-50 years old.
"He drives a newer model silver sedan.
"He was also spotted in a black newer model sedan.
"If you see this guy, don't confront him.
"Get his plate number and call 911 immediately!!!"
Milt Martelack, the town watch's senior adviser, told the Philadelphia
Daily News: "I understand that people may think this is funny, but
this is no laughing matter.
"We've had a couple individuals reach out to us.
"We're taking this matter very seriously, and we're working vigorously
with police to get this guy off the streets."