Cristiano Ronaldo continued his rich vein of form by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday, although the La Liga leaders got a lucky break when the visitors squandered a second-half penalty.The prolific Portuguese put Real ahead from the spot in the fifth minute and dived in to head the second in the 18th, claiming his eighth goal in four league games to go top of the scoring charts with 10 strikes this season.Despite the early goals, Real struggled to control the game on a rainswept afternoon at the Bernabeu, and Carlos Carmona pulled one back for the visiting side 10 minutes before halftime. (Real Madrid lose Gareth Bale for at least a month)Sporting had a golden opportunity to level in the 78th minute after Nacho was punished for a shove on Victor Rodriguez but Duje Cop sent the penalty sailing over the bar to hand Real a somewhat fortuitous sixth successive league victory.Real top the standings on 33 points, seven ahead of Barcelona, who visit Real Sociedad on Sunday. Sevilla, third on 24 points, host Valencia later on Saturday.Sporting went to the Bernabeu in the relegation zone and without a win in their last nine games but gave Real two early frights, Cop firing wide after a misplaced pass by Danilo, and Carmona also failing to hit the target inside the box. (Real Madrid history will be ‘before and after’ Cristiano Ronaldo!)The league leaders quickly made them pay.Standing in for the injured Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez won a penalty after being tripped by Sergio Alvarez.advertisementRonaldo squeezed the penalty under the grasp of Diego Marino to add to his hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid last week and did not have to wait long for his second, sliding in to nod home Nacho’s cross.The slippery surface lead to numerous misplaced passes from both sides and it was an uncharacteristically sloppy ball from Luka Modric that led to Sporting striking back, Carmona turning Isma Lopez’s cross past Keylor Navas after Moi Gomez had robbed Real’s Croatian maestro.Ronaldo and Karim Benzema spurned chances to seal the points against a dogged Sporting side and should have been punished by Cop, but the Croatian lacked the composure needed to silence the Bernabeu and Real survived.
VICTORIA – The British Columbia government is taking steps to end opportunities to anonymously invest and hide wealth in real estate.Finance Minister Carole James says a new, publicly accessible registry is being created to identify the owners of real estate in the province.A news release from the Ministry of Finance says the first-of-its-kind registry in Canada is aimed at improving transparency in the real estate market while ensuring owners pay their share of taxes.Law enforcement agencies, tax auditors, as well as federal and provincial regulators will be able to access the registry when seeking details for any investigations.Draft legislation, including a proposed land owner transparency act, has been included in a white paper posted on a government website and is open for feedback until Aug. 19.The Finance Ministry says the legislation will also create a federal-provincial working group on tax fraud and money laundering.James says the registry would improve B.C.’s reputation as a place for anonymous or covert property transactions.“Right now in B.C., real estate investors can hide behind numbered companies, offshore and domestic trusts, and corporations,” James says in the release.“Ending this type of hidden ownership in real estate will help us fight tax evasion, tax fraud and money laundering,” she says.