Celtic cruise to Champions League win

first_img Full-back Lustig gave the Scottish champions the lead at Solitude in the 25th minute when he broke away from the Reds defence at the near post to head in a Kris Commons corner. Six minutes later Greek forward Samaras, who had revealed his aversion for the ground’s artificial pitch before the game, finished off a move involving Forrest and Commons by turning at the edge of the box and driving an unstoppable shot past Reds keeper Conor Devlin. And in a one-sided first-half, watched by almost 5,000 enthusiastic fans who had packed into the tiny ground in north Belfast, Commons also hit the woodwork twice. With nothing to lose, Tommy Breslin’s side rallied in the second half with Stephen Garrett missing a good chance in the 48th minute from close range after Lustig was short with a headed backpass. Anthony Stokes hit the bar for Celtic with a drive before he set up Forrest in the 84th minute to hammer the ball low past Devlin from inside the box to make the return game in Glasgow a formality. Celtic started the game with impressive purpose. Commons hit the bar with a header after two minutes when Forrest stood a cross up for the former Derby and Nottingham Forest player at the back post. The home side, for all their obvious determination in the early stages, could not make much headway. The Hoops were in control and in the 12th minute Samaras headed an Emilio Izaguirre cross over from eight yards. Brown then picked out Commons, who had raced past the Cliftonville defence – but he failed to control the ball and the backtracking Irish rearguard cleared their lines. Reds skipper George McMullan then almost put in his own net from just under the bar, as he cleared a Lustig header. It had promised to be a nervy night for the visitors, who had lost all four of their pre-season games and who had a clutch of players missing for various reasons. However, Neil Lennon’s side, especially in the first 45 minutes, showed the professionalism and purpose which had taken them to the last-16 of the tournament last season. Press Association Goals from Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest gave Celtic a comfortable 3-0 win over Cliftonville and ensured there is little chance of an upset when the part-time Irish side travel to Parkhead next week for the second leg of their Champions League second qualifier. However, with the corner, Commons drilled in a cross and Lustig rose to flash a header past Devlin from six yards out. Cliftonville responded and for the first time in the game, a minute later, Hoops keeper Fraser Forster was forced into a save, from Liam Boyce’s low drive. But just after the half-hour mark and in impressive style, Samaras finished off a Celtic attack with a drive from the edge of the box which whistled high past the helpless Devlin. Celtic were clearly in the mood and in the 39th minute Commons twisted and turned at the edge of the box before beating Devlin with a curling shot, only to see it crash off the post. The home fans tried to rally their heroes as they went up the tunnel at the interval and they might have had something to cheer about three minutes after half-time when Garrett pounced on a mistake by Lustig – but his flick from six yards was too feeble to beat Forster. Still, it gave Cliftonville some encouragement and in the 55th minute only a great saving tackle from Ambrose on Joe Gormley prevented the Reds striker getting his shot away from 12 yards, as the Hoops defence looked vulnerable again. On the hour mark Celtic’s defending was again sloppy, requiring stopper Kelvin Wilson to throw himself to block a goalbound drive from former Morton player Marc Smyth. Devlin made a save from Commons’ drive and Stokes sent a shot from the edge of the box spinning back off the bar but much of the tempo had gone out of the visitors’ play – although there was time for Forrest to extend Celtic’s lead. last_img read more

Journalism start-up site comes to LA

first_imgThe non-profit journalism website Spot.Us, which allows community members to choose and fund news stories, branched out to Los Angeles last week through a partnership with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.Spot.Us, which is attempting to implement a new business model for journalism, allows community members to donate money to fund stories that will be written by freelance reporters. The website also lets members of the public give reporters “tips” for ideas that could potentially turn into stories.Once the stories are complete, outside media outlets can also pick up the stories for publication if they donate an amount equal to 50 percent of what community members donated for the story.“We need to experiment in different ways of doing and supporting journalism,” said David Cohn, founder of Spot.Us. “It’s an important part of our democracy; you need citizens to make informed decisions and journalism is what helps them stay informed.”Spot.Us has partnered with Annenberg to take advantage of its connections to the local journalism community. The school will assist in hiring of a project managing editor for Spot.Us Los Angeles and will provide funds to help the site succeed.“The economic model is broken; we’re at a time of reinvention and I think Spot.Us is a piece of the reinvention,” said Geneva Overholser, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism.It can become an important contributor to meeting the public information needs and as a new economic model for news — one of many.”Cohn originally pitched the idea of expanding Spot.Us to Los Angeles to Overholser at a conference in New York last year, and Overholser proposed a partnership with Annenberg.About three or four months ago, Cohn proposed the expansion of Spot.Us to the Knight Foundation, a journalism organization based in Miami which funds a number of promising journalism projects.After the proposal, the Knight Foundation gave Annenberg a $250,000 grant to roll out Spot.Us in Los Angeles.The grant will fund Spot.Us LA for 18 months, after which Overholser said they will have hopefully figured out a way for the branch to support itself, as the original site does.Cohn said he has high hopes for the partnership with Annenberg.“The Annenberg School of Journalism is a very well respected institution and also Geneva Overholser is someone I know and trust,” Cohn said.I think Annenberg can use Spot.Us in a very positive way; they can help be the on-ground hub for Los Angeles investigation.”Overholser said she believes non-profits will become increasingly important in the media landscape because the economic model is increasingly untenable. Projects likeSpot.Us, she added, could eventually support a new model for journalism.“This is a way for [everyone] to help shape journalism because they get a voice in deciding what stories are covered,” she said. “That’s big because in the past with commercial journalism, the public didn’t have much a say and now this model can help change it.”According to Annenberg Digital News Director Marc Cooper, although Spot.Us has been successful in the Bay Area, it is still too early to know if the model will prevail everywhere.“It’s still unproven in other areas and as it grows in LA we will be able to evaluate whether in the long run it is a reliable model,” Cooper said. “It is too early to have a definitive judgment but it’s worth trying.”The model also comes with a setback, according to Cooper, especially for certain types of stories that will lose their “element of surprise” by publicly displaying information about the story online.“The transparent nature of Spot.Us could make certain types of investigative journalism difficult because it gives the target of investigation a heads up that they are being investigated,” Cooper said.Maybe one solution is that they won’t put up those types of stories and that’s fine.”Cohn said the expansion to LA will be just one step for Spot.Us, which he hopes to bring to a number of other metropolitan cities in the United States within the next few years.last_img read more