Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0

first_imgLYCEUM 81 – Perez 24, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 11, Jv. Marcelino 11, Santos 6, Jc. Marcelino 5, Caduyac 4, Baltazar 3, Liwag 3, Serrano 2, Ibanez 0, Tansingco 0, Cinco 0, Pretta 0, Marata 0.LETRAN 69 – Calvo 15, Quinto 13, Nambatac 12, Balagasay 9, Ambohot 8, Taladua 5, Balanza 4, Gedaria 2, Mandreza 1, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0, Caralipio 0.Quarters: 29-20, 45-36, 64-54, 81-69. MJ Ayaay chipped in 12 markers and six boards, Mike Nzeusseu corralled a double-double with his 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Jayvee Marcelino got 11 markers, three boards, and two assists while linking up with his twin brother Jaycee for a bevy of impressive plays late in the game as Lyceum held off the hungry Knights.“Again, it’s really fun to watch if you see our players having fun: having fun playing their hearts out and having fun honoring the game. It’s the inspiration that’s really been there,” said coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe youthful mentor admitted that there were times in the game where he felt that the Pirates would falter after losing  a 16-point lead, 56-40, midway in the third quarter as the Letran reserves made a furious fightback and cut the deficit to five, 56-51, with less than three minutes remaining in the period.“It’s a bit scary because they caught up, but we know that they’re just gonna keep on playing. That’s what makes this group of guys really special,” said Robinson. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Bolick likens cohesive San Beda to Spurs Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lyceum halted that rally behind Perez and Wilson Baltazar before the Marcelino twins weaved their magic in the fourth period to drub the Knights.Letran fell to an even 8-8 slate but remained in fourth spot with two games left.JP Calvo topscored for the Knights with 15 points and two assists, but failed to finish the game after suffering from cramps in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.Bong Quinto missed out on a double-double with 13 markers and nine boards, while Rey Nambatac had 12 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum emphatically denied Letran’s upset bid with an 81-69 victory to stay undefeated through 16 games in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off his career-best showing against San Sebastian last week, CJ Perez was once again stellar in the win, unleashing 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, to go with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals to keep the Pirates immaculate with two more games remaining in their eliminations schedule.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

first_imgTeng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunder Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress PSG are trying to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian to France and are ready to pay off his 222 million euro ($256.8 million) release clause and make the player the best-paid footballer on the planet.Last week Pique took to social media to say “he’s staying” – but when pressed on the matter Tuesday ahead of a pre-season friendly in the United States against Manchester United he was less sure of himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The position sent a shudder down the spine at Barcelona.“Pique retracts and feeds the uncertainty,” the newspaper Sport said.“The situation is eroding confidence at the club,” columnist Tomas Andreu wrote in Sport.“What really hurts here is the silence of the player himself, which in the end says a great deal.”Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters after starring in a 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs with the ball during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his “he stays” tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They (the club) did not expect the negotiations with PSG and the player to go this far,” he said.At the same press conference, the Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said he had told Neymar to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.Mascherano added all the players, including Lionel Messi, had spoken the player to ask him to stay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel Messi

first_imgHannes Por Halldorsson Iceland’s goalkeeper, who doubles as a film director when he is not playing football, had his moment in the sun when he saved Lionel Messi’s penalty to hand his country a 1-1 draw against Argentina in their opening Group d encounter in Moscow in Saturday.”I hope it is going to prove important to us to reach our goal to qualify,” Halldorsson said of the penalty save.”I did my homework, I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi, and I also looked at how I had been behaving in previous penalties, so I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me.”I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren’t getting through and it was important we equalised so quickly. I guess our game plan worked almost perfectly.”2018 FIFA World Cup, Day 3: UpdatesSergio Aguero had given the twice world champions the lead after 19 minutes of the Group D match. However, Iceland showed exactly the same commitment and self-belief as when they stunned the soccer world with their run to the quarter-finals of the European Championship two years ago and hit back four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.Also read – Messi flops as Iceland draw with ArgentinaArgentina, playing in all-black and roared on by the vast majority of the crowd in the Spartak Stadium, eventually took command and delivered wave after wave of attacks in the second half but they actually created few clear chances either side of the poorly-struck 64th-minute penalty by Messi, who had a remarkable 11 shots during the match.advertisement Iceland, by far the smallest country by population to appear at the World Cup, famously beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016 and again inspired by their “thunderclapping” fans ran tirelessly and fought for everything to write another glowing chapter in their short but glorious major tournament story.Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said: “We need to find more variety of options going forward. It’s a very competitive group.”The circumstances around the missed penalty and that led to Leo’s mistake, that’s just another statistic, it’s part of the past… football is like that. We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody.”His players won’t have to look far for inspiration when it comes to self-belief.After poor-quality, low-intensity performances from some of the other tournament outsiders in the opening days in Russia, Iceland showed yet again their magnificent commitment, spirit and fitness.They signalled their intent from the kick off, sending seven men charging into the box to challenge as the ball was pumped long and it proved to be just the first of many uncomfortable moments for a decidedly shaky Argentine defence.The South Americans looked more assured in attack, though, and went ahead when Aguero turned tightly in the box and smashed in an unstoppable shot.Iceland, however, are not a team to sit back and sulk and soon forced an equaliser when keeper Willy Caballero palmed Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low shot straight into the path of Finnbogason to sweep into the unguarded net.After Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday, all eyes were on Messi to respond but he was generally kept at arm’s length by the rugged but controlled Iceland defenders, no respecters of even the greatest reputation.The great man was then given the ultimate opportunity after Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson got entangled with Aguero in the box, only for Halldorsson to fly to his right and palm the penalty clear.Iceland then defended superbly, almost fanatically, and when substitute Cristian Pavon did break through in the dying moments, Halldorsson made another fantastic full-length save to touch his shot clear.Iceland’s players rushed to the stands to share their celebrations with their fans and now will have real belief that they can get out of a group that also contains Croatia and Nigeria, who meet later on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

The January signings who are proving big hits across Europe

first_imgA month after the January transfer window closed, one could almost forget it happened for most Premier League clubs. Very few players made eye-catching transfers and even fewer have gone on to make a significant impact at their new club.Gonzalo Higuaín’s move to Chelsea was perhaps the biggest of the month and he enjoyed an impressive start in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, scoring twice against Huddersfield in his home league debut. However, he hasn’t scored since then and did not start for Chelsea in the League Cup final. New signings have had a bit more success across the continent. Here are six who have made an immediate impression at their new clubs.Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig Serie A Share on LinkedIn The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone’s managerial career Topics Álvaro Morata, Atlético MadridMartins struggled to win over Simeone, but Álvaro Morata already has the trust of his new manager. Much maligned over the last year at Chelsea, the 26-year-old has had his confidence restored in Madrid. He scored his first goal for the club in their 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday, which followed his assist for the only goal of the game as Atleti scraped past Rayo Vallecano the week before.His hold-up play has been strong so far. With eight shots, 10 successful dribbles and 21 aerial duels won in his first four league appearances for his new club, the striker is bidding to regain his place in the Spain squad and has every chance of doing just that. Rating: 7.52Krzysztof Piatek, Milan features Ligue 1 Poland international Krzysztof Piatek just loves a fresh start. The 23-year-old left his homeland to sign for Genoa in the summer and scored in nine consecutive appearances at the start of his career in Italy – scoring 14 times in that spell – to earn a move to Milan.He has gone on another scoring streak for his new employers, scoring in each of his first five starts for the club. Piatek already has five league goals in as many Serie A outings for Milan, including a sensational cross-body volley at Atalanta. He cost £31.5m yet could still prove to be a bargain as the club chase a Champions League return. Rating: 7.53Vincenzo Grifo, FreiburgGrifo has a habit of returning to his old clubs. The Italian has had two spells at Hoffenheim and this is now his second stint at Freiburg, the club where he has been at his best. He played a key role as they club won promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2015-16 season and he is scoring goals for them again this season.He has already won the fans’ hearts for a second time, having scored twice and set up two more goals since rejoining the club. In fact, he has had a direct hand in more goals (four) than he managed before the winter break at Hoffenheim. With 22 goals and 21 assists in a little over two seasons with Freiburg over his two spells, there is clearly something in the water in the Black Forest as far as the 25-year-old is concerned. Rating: 7.59Premier League team of the week Bundesliga team of the week Share on Pinterest Infographic:WhoScored • Visit WhoScored for more statistics and ratings• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence on Twitter Championship team of the week Football Ligue 1 team of the week Premier League Infographic:WhoScored Share on Facebook Infographic:WhoScored The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Bundesliga Reuse this content Share on Messenger Infographic:WhoScored Share on WhatsApp Serie A team of the week European club football Even though Tyler Adams had been a first-team regular with New York Red Bulls for the best part of two years, the young midfielder has exceeded all expectations at RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old USA international has started four games for his new club and they have won all four. He was not in the starting line-up for their league game against Hoffenheim on Monday night, but he came on at half time and helped swing the momentum in Leipzig’s favour to ensure they earned a point. With one assist, 14 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 dribbles, Adams has adapted to his new surroundings in no time. Rating: 7.36Luis Muriel, FiorentinaIt was a surprise to see Luis Muriel left out of Fiorentina’s starting XI at the weekend, but boy did he make an impact from the bench. The 27-year-old scored a spectacular free-kick from all of 35 yards as his new side came from 3-1 down to steal a point at the death against Inter, taking his goal tally to five in seven games for Fiorentina.Muriel is making up for lost time after a frustrating end to his Sevilla career. He played just 364 minutes in La Liga and the Europa League this season for the club – but still managed to pick up three goals and three assists. Whether played on the left of a front three or through the middle, the Colombian forward has already proven a shrewd signing. Rating: 7.42Gelson Martins, MonacoMonaco were the most active club in the January transfer window – and for good reason. They needed their new signings to make a quick impact and Gelson Martins has been an instant hit. With Leonardo Jardim back at the helm, Monaco have clawed themselves out of the relegation zone, picking up 10 points from their last four matches – more than Thierry Henry managed in his 12 league games in charge – though, in fairness, the rookie manager did not have Martins in his side.The Portuguese winger left Sporting Lisbon for Atlético Madrid in the summer on a free transfer and failed to make any impression whatsoever in Spain – with his playing style never likely to suit Diego Simeone – but he has been influential in Monaco’s resurgence. His four appearances have coincided with the club’s unbeaten run and he has played his part in all four matches. He picked up an assist in his league debut – a 2-1 win over Toulouse – and has scored in his last three games. Rating: 7.46 Infographic:WhoScored Infographic:WhoScored La Liga Share on Twitter Share via Email La Liga team of the week Read more WhoScored? Reserve teams in the lower leagues? 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Deltamarin Unveils Compact Ferry Design

first_imgzoom Finnish ship designer Deltamarin launched its new ferry design named DeltaLinx during the BaltExpo 2015 exhibition held in Gdańsk, Poland, from September 7 to September 9. DeltaLinx is a compact ferry designed for short coastal routes, and its length of approximately 80 meters allows easy operations between smaller towns and congested ports.The ferry can carry 800 passengers on two decks. The main car deck can accommodate up to 82 cars (incl. partial mezzanine deck) or 16 trucks.The design also features a propulsion system that utilizes LNG as fuel to eliminate sulphur oxides (SOx) and to reduce amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaust gases.A large LNG tank below the car deck is designed for weekly refuelling.last_img read more

Exmar Refinances 10 Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Belgian owner and operator of gas carriers Exmar has received a firm commitment for the refinancing of its ten owned pressurized vessels.The fleet is currently 100% chartered out and will be refinanced through several sale and leasebacks with unnamed Japanese owners for a period of up to six years, the company revealed.The refinancing will generate approximately USD 60 million of free cash to Exmar.The transaction is subject to documentation and expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year with a partial drawdown in 2018 and the balance in the first quarter of 2019.The ships are all Hong Kong-flagged, built between 2008 and 2010, ranging in capacity from 5,019 to 3,518 cbm.last_img read more

Eyeing the dark side

first_imgAhead of India’s second lunar mission after a decade, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted a test-run of operations related to the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission which is scheduled for launch on the morning of July 15. With India being the fourth country ever to reach the moon, Chandrayaan-2 happens to be the first space mission to conduct a soft-landing on the Moon’s south polar region. Completely developed with indigenous technology, Chandrayaan-2 will place a lander and a robotic rover near the Moon’s south pole with the aims to get a better understanding of the Moon’s origin and its evolution. Conducting topographical studies and mineralogical analyses alongside a few other experiments on the Moon’s Surface, the rover remains the most-decisive aspect of the mission–data provided by the rover will be of immense importance. The quick question teasing the mind has been the necessity for such a mission. Well, the southern polar region of the Moon that has been often discussed in relation to Chandrayaan-2’s objective is one where no other country has ever gone. Owing to Moon’s axis, few regions in the southern polar region remain permanently in darkness–reaching temperatures as low as -248ºC–and simultaneously raising chances of the presence of water which may never have been discovered. Thus, food for thought in place for ISRO and that explains the mission. Water is only the beginning of possibilities with fossil records frozen in the southern pole holding secrets of the early solar system. Studying the dark side of the moon will also give India an edge over others in international space exploration missions with the procurement of any valuable data standing as a precious input for mankind. Though Chandrayaan-2 will launch on July 15, it will only reach the Moon by September 6. The orbiter carrying the lander and rover will have to complete five orbit-raising manoeuvres around the Earth before leaving the planet’s atmosphere 16 days following the launch. Though the journey to the Moon will consume around five days, the orbiter will then have to run another set of manoeuvres–orbiting the moon for 27 days–before the lander is dispatched for a touchdown which will be the most anxious moment for ISRO as described by K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO. Carrying 13 different scientific instruments to study the Moon, the entire cost of the project fares around 978 crores which includes orbiter, rover, and launcher. Recently, the Union Budget allocated the highest-ever outlay of Rs 12,473.26 crore or $1.45 billion–15 per cent more than previous year’s allocation of around Rs 11,200 crore. DoS has been yielding a steady rise in the budget allocation since the past years and that, of course, goes to the credit of India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission that had helped NASA detect water on Moon. Data collected by India’s Chandrayaan mission was utilised by NASA in detecting magmatic water locked under the surface of the Moon. NASA researchers had said that it was the first remote detection of this form of water that originates from deep within the Moon’s interior. Clearly, the inspiration to explore the Moon further, to the extent of going into the dark side, comes from fruits of the first mission. To this end, India’s decade-long wait (11 years to be precise) has produced Chandrayaan-2. Although it still has to make a touchdown to be scripted in history, for those who have tirelessly given their efforts in constructing it from scratch, especially using indigenous technology, are the ones to look up to. For these skilled personnel, reaching the stage of the launch is in itself an achievement, which, of course, they would love to convert. The massive outlay by the government also seeks to incorporate National Space India Limited which will allow India to enter into space business as the commercial arm of DoS. But it is to the credit of missions like Chandrayaan which have given the government the faith it needs to channelise financial strength to its indigenous efforts owing to its ever-believing ideology of being self-reliant. With ambitious missions such as Gangayaan–to send Astronaut into space for a period of seven days in 2022–in the fray, Chandrayaan-2’s success is perhaps the most essential observation to look forward to.last_img read more

Family friends mourn Australian killed in northern BC as Manitoba community waits

first_imgGILLAM, Mb. (NEWS 1130) – As the manhunt continues for two B.C. murder suspects across Canada, the people living around Gillam, Manitoba — where much of the search has been focused — are expected to gather at a town hall.Mounties, the community’s mayor and council, as well as the chief and council of the Fox Lake Cree Nation, will answer any questions they can about the recent police activity and search for Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.The town hall comes just days after the RCMP announced search efforts were being scaled back in Manitoba. The pair — accused of second-degree murder and considered suspects in two other deaths in northern B.C. — have managed to evade capture for nearly two weeks.BC RCMP say McLeod and Schmegelsky are considered dangerous. (RCMP handout)Meantime, as the community of Gillam prepares to gather, it was a day of mourning in Australia as the funeral for one of the three people killed in northern B.C. was held.Lucas Fowler, 23, was found dead with his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, 24, along the Alaska Highway on July 15.At the memorial service, his father said he was happy Fowler and Deese had found each other, and recalled all the moments the pair spent travelling and living life to the fullest with one another.Stephen Fowler said Lucas didn’t just dream, but worked hard to make those dreams a reality.Search continuesSchmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake, B.C. Dyck’s body was found just days after Mounties reported the deaths of Fowler and Deese, about 470 kilometres away.Police now confirm Leonard Dyck was found deceased on July 19, 2019 at a Highway pullout about 2 kilometres south of the vehicle fire south of Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) July 25, 2019While much of the search had been focused on northern Manitoba, the manhunt appeared to have moved east, with possible sightings reported in parts of northern Ontario.However, the Ontario Provincial Police service said on Thursday that despite dozens of calls, investigators have not been able to confirm any of the sightings.“The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating numerous reports from across the province of suspicious vehicles and or young males believed to be the British Columbia homicide suspects,” the OPP reiterated on Friday. “Members of the public should be vigilant of their personal safety at all time. These two suspects are considered dangerous. If observed, do not approach them and call police immediately.”With the search scaled back in Manitoba and Ontario police turning up no leads — yet — police are encouraging all Canadians to be on the lookout.Police and the military combed more than 11,000 square kilometres of marshy wilderness near the community of Gillam, but turned up nothing.A number of officers remain in the rural community.-With files from Dean Recksiedlerlast_img read more

Moroccos Legislative Elections to be Held on October 7

Rabat – Morocco will hold its forthcoming legislative elections on October 7, Communication Minister, Government Spokesman Mustafa El Khalfi announced Thursday.The electoral campaign will start on September 24, 2016, and end on October 6, 2016, El Khalfi pointed out at a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting.The first legislative elections after the adoption of 2011 Constitution were held on November 25, 2011. The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) won the elections, and his Secretary General, Abdelilah Benkirane, was tasked by King Mohammed VI to form a coalition government.The PJD won 107 seats in the 395-seat House of Representatives. It was the first time in Morocco’s history that a political party won more than a quarter of seats in parliament. read more

Toyota sees slight quarterly profit fall projects recovery

TOKYO — Japan’s top automaker Toyota is reporting a 4% dip in profit for January-March after vehicle sales fell in North America.Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its quarterly profit was 459.5 billion yen, or $4.2 billion, down from 480.8 billion yen in the same period the previous year.The maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models is projecting a profit of 2.25 trillion yen, or $20 billion, for the fiscal year through March 2020, up nearly 20% from 1.88 trillion yen ($17 billion) for the fiscal year through March 2019.The company said results for the fiscal year through March this year were hurt by the absence of a U.S. tax break that boosted earnings in the previous fiscal year, and by investment losses.The Associated Press read more

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name talks resume at UN

11 February 2009Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia held talks today on the name of the latter country in what a United Nations envoy called a “good, solid discussion.” Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia met at the initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy Matthew Nimetz. Today’s encounter was considered an exploratory meeting as it was the first with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s new negotiator. The parties spoke about major issues and how progress could be made. Mr. Nimetz stressed the need to create a positive atmosphere and to avoid creating irritations between the parties. The two sides decided to meet again on a date yet to be agreed. No new proposals were aired during today’s meeting.The meeting was the first since the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia instituted proceedings against Greece in November at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, alleging that Greece blocked its application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in violation of an agreement between the two countries. When their representatives last met in New York in October, Mr. Nimetz presented a new set of ideas to both sides for their consideration. In the past, the Special Envoy has proposed several compromise names but the two sides remain far apart on what they consider to be a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. read more

Senior Russian diplomat appointed as DirectorGeneral of UN Office at Geneva

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to appoint Sergei Ordzhonikidze as Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG), effective 1 March, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. Mr. Ordzhonikidze replaces Vladimir Petrovsky, who is retiring after 10 years with the UN, the last nine as the head of UNOG. “The Secretary-General would like to pay tribute to Mr. Petrovsky for his contribution to the United Nations for the last decade, during which he significantly strengthened the United Nations Office in Geneva,” the spokesman said. Mr. Ordzhonikidze is currently Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, where he headed the Ministry’s Department of International Organizations from 1996 to 1999. He was previously Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN in New York from 1991 to 1996; Mr. Ordzhonikidze started his Foreign Ministry career when he was attaché at the Soviet UN Mission in 1970-75. read more

Hudson Street Hooligans take over Crew stadium

A small group of beer-drinking, soccer-loving friends have managed to use their love for a sport to create a growing, nationally known fanbase in just five years. The Hudson Street Hooligans have grown into one of the best-known supporter groups in the country, using their love of soccer to create their own traditions with the hopes of making the Crew a household name in Columbus.The Hooligans began in 2006. Their goal was to create a passionate fanbase for the Crew. They have done just that.For every home game, you will usually see the northeast part of the stadium filled with the Crew’s loudest and most loyal fans. It is the Nordecke section, which opened in 2008. It features the Crew’s supporter groups. The Nordecke section has about 3,000 fans, which include the Hudson Street Hooligans, the Crew Union (which is the older crowd) and La Turbina Amarilla, the Latino fanbase.The passion of the Crew’s supporter groups has been rewarded. Memberships for each, especially the Hooligans, are constantly growing, and they have become known throughout the nation.The Hooligans are more than just about supporting the Crew. They also do events that support their local community and beyond.Denis de Verteuil has used his position as a Hooligan to contribute to society.On May 29, 2010, before Columbus played the Los Angeles Galaxy, Verteuil held a fundraiser at Ruby Tuesdays to raise money to help him bike ride across America in the summer.With Bike & Build, Verteuil will lead 30 cyclists for 40,000 miles to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. One day each week they will help build at a Habitat for Humanity site, according to the Help Denis de Verteuil Bicycle Across America! Facebook page. The Hooligans are always looking for new members to recruit.“You basically have to show a little bit of enthusiasm for the Crew,” Blake Compton said. “And if you like drinking beer that’s a major plus.” Joining is simple. Anyone can either go to the online store at, go to the Hooligan Club House on the corner of Hudson and Summit or to Ruby Tuesdays during game days.It costs $20 to join and members get discounts on tickets, drinks at Ruby Tuesdays and a buy-one-get-one-free coupon at Chipotle on game days. Memberships last for a year.A typical game day for a Hooligan begins at Ruby Tuesdays, a bar on the corner of 19th and Summit. They begin drinking a couple hours before the game. An hour or so before kickoff, they begin their march toward the stadium, heading up Summit then right on Hudson over the train tracks, with Crew and checkered black-and-yellow flags waving.While at the game, the Hooligans, along with the rest of the supporter groups, make their presence felt with their cheering, chants and singing.The Hooligan Club House is another aspect of the club members will get to enjoy. It offers another place for fans and members to get together to watch soccer.“It’s welcomed to any Hooligan members. We offer a social membership to watch soccer,” Jon Winland, vice president of the Hooligans, said. “Our goal is to try to create a fanbase here in Columbus for the sport. Obviously it’s not a big thing here in America, but we’d like to make it one.” read more

Dundalk Santas run to try and beat world record

first_imgALMOST 5,000 SANTAS gathered in Dundalk last night to try and beat a Guinness World Record – but they don’t know yet if they have officially succeeded.The Dundalk Charity Santa Fun Run took place in the town centre last night, and is expected to have raised in excess of €100,000 for SOSAD, Men’s Shed, North Louth Hospice, SNAP and Lordship Children’s Respite Centre.Dundalk Chamber of Commerce organised the event along with Louth County Council and local businesses.Jimmy Cumiskey of the Chamber of Commerce management committee told that last year around 100 people took part in the event, so they were delighted with the huge uptake this year.He said that the Chamber is applying to Guinness World Records to see if the Dundalk event broke the current world record of 4,000 people running while dressed in Santa suits.There were attorneys and a peace commissioner there monitoring the event, said Cumiskey, and more than 4,900 people who were chipped completed the run.Some of the thousands of Santas. Pic: Alan Wilson“I do believe we met all the criteria,” said Cumiskey. “Dundalk was the place to be last night. It was a hive of activity.”The Santas got on their marks at 6.30pm last night, and made their way around the town from the Millennium Building.The event was started by Fr Michael Cusack, a Redemptorist priest. “I never saw so many people so happy in my whole life,” said Cumiskey. “There was a good feel-good factor there.”He said it is anticipated that they will have raised over €100,000 from the festive fun run.Read: Government confirms existence of Santa Claus after TD casts doubt>last_img read more

TCI Honours the Fallen on Remembrance Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Grand Turk – On Sunday, 12th November, silence once again fell over the Turks & Caicos Islands, as we marked Remembrance Day, with ceremonies to honour those servicemen and women who fought during the two world wars, and those who continue to serve today.HE the Governor, Dr. John Freeman; the Commissioner of Police, James Smith, other dignitaries and servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service at St. Monica’s Anglican Church and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, in Providenciales.Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; HE the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, other dignitaries and ex-servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony in Grand Turk at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, which was followed by the Ecumenical Service at Salem Baptist Church.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Fairbanks anticommercial marijuana ballot measures likely to boost turnout for October election

first_imgLocal elections like the one coming up on Oct. 3 in Fairbanks are notorious for drawing low voter turnout. But observers say this year’s city and borough elections may be different, because the two marijuana-related propositions on the ballots are likely to draw more voters to the polls in what observers say will likely be a close election.Listen nowUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks political science professor Amy Lovecraft believes the two ballot propositions that will ask voters to outlaw marijuana businesses in Fairbanks and the borough will fail. She said that’s because it’s not easy to reverse a law that’s been on the books for more than a year now.“Once you have a law in place, even if it’s a poor law, it almost always is more difficult to get rid of it than it was to get it instated the first place,” Lovecraft said.Jerry McBeath, a retired UAF political science professor, he sees it differently. McBeath predicts the groups pushing city Proposition A and borough Prop 1 will prevail. He said, as of Friday, they’d been more vocal and had conducted more events to promote their cause.“Most of the events seem to be in the direction of asking people to vote yes,” McBeath said. “And I haven’t seen any notices about people on the other side – those recommending a vote no.”But McBeath said if this election goes the way of most, that’s likely to change this week and next.“What tends to happen in Fairbanks is during the last week of the election, we’re snowed under an (by) avalanche of last-minute publicity,” McBeath said.McBeath said voters who support banning marijuana-related businesses are probably mainly social conservatives who generally are highly motivated and have an impressive history of organizing and getting their voters to the polls on election day.“Given what is likely to be a low-turnout election, the most strongly organized and mobilized groups have an advantage,” McBeath said.Lovecraft concedes that’s the conventional wisdom, but she says that’s mainly true for partisan elections with candidates or causes that are closely associated with either Republicans or Democrats.“That’s what makes this particular election difficult,” Lovecraft said. “Because we’re not talking about a party or party competition. We’re talking about an issue.”Lovecraft believes many conservatives, even those who are inclined ban commercial pot, will vote no once they realize that if the propositions pass, they will shut down more than 30 businesses, eliminating dozens of jobs and cutting off a source of tax revenues for Fairbanks and the borough.“The marijuana economy is up and running in Fairbanks – and in the borough as a whole, but particularly in Fairbanks,” Lovecraft said.Both McBeath and Lovecraft agree that turnout will be even more crucial than usual on Oct. 3 because local elections draw fewer voters than the larger statewide events. Fairbanks City Clerk Danyielle Snider said the 2016 election – which included a race for mayor, three council members and four ballot questions – drew only 16.5 percent of the electorate, down from just under 18 percent that turned out for the 2015 election.“I think that we’ll have a better turnout this year but, y’know, it’s pretty sad,” Snider said.Borough voters have done a bit better recently, with nearly 18 percent turning out last year and just over 25 percent in 2015. But borough Clerk Nanci Ashford-Bingham also thinks this year’s turnout will top the usual sparse showing at the polls, given the number of people who’ve been coming into the clerk’s office asking for in-person absentee ballots and other information.“We’ve had such a steady stream right now that it’s an indication that it’ll be probably an above-average turnout for us,” Ashford-Bingham said.In-person absentee voting began last week and as of Monday was also being offered at city clerks’ offices in Fairbanks and North Pole.Editor’s note: Voters who live in the borough outside of the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole will get different ballots than those who live in those two incorporated cities. Fairbanks voters’ ballots will include uncontested candidates for two City Council seats. North Pole voters’ ballots will only list two candidates for a City Council seat. For more information, go the borough clerk’s Oct. 3, 2017 Regular Municipal Election page.last_img read more

Fathers Day 2019 Here are some messages wishes and quotes for your

first_img“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert “To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” – Euripides “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland “My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be.” – Cher Lloyd “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvanocenter_img “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” –  Anne Sexton ReutersFather’s Day is just two days away and you can take this day to show your own personal superhero how much you love him. A father provides strength and protection for a child and it is no surprise that the child turns towards the father for guidance at every point in their life.The Third Sunday of June every year is celebrated as Father’s Day in many countries across the world and people take this day to show how much they appreciate their father. In some countries, Father’s Day is celebrated in either March or April.Father’s Day first came around in 1909 in the USA when one Sonora Dodd suggested the day to celebrate father. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.Here are messages you can give your father on this special day Thank you for the example you set and for your leadership in our family. We love you, Dad!We deeply admire the good man and wonderful father you are.As a dad, as a father-in-law, as a grandpa—you’re the best, and we feel so lucky to have you!Happy Father’s Day! You’re not just my father, but one of my closest friends.You’re my one and only dad, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you. Happy Father’s Day!Some Inspiring quotes about your personal heroes without capeslast_img read more

Thailand retrieves last dead body in boating disaster

first_imgThailand`s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha comforts a relative of Chinese tourists involved in a sunken tourist boat accident at a hospital in Phuket, Thailand on 9 July 2018. Photo: ReutersThailand has recovered the last body after a boating accident killed dozens of Chinese tourists this month off the southern resort island of Phuket.The Phoenix was carrying 105 people — mostly Chinese — when it sank on the way back from a popular snorkeling spot on July 5.Divers and the navy spent more than a week retrieving bodies, some from inside the boat, as outraged relatives waited for news.Phuket’s public relations department said in a statement late Sunday that the “last body of the dead from the Phoenix boat accident” was recovered that night.”All missing found,” the statement added, putting the final death toll at 47.A minute’s silence was held for the victims at a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador.The Phoenix was among three vessels which ignored a bad weather warning against day trips to the islands around Phuket.The disaster was one of the worst boating accidents in recent history in Thailand, which has a poor safety record despite being heavily reliant on tourism.But it received little international attention compared to the dramatic rescue of 12 children and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand.The country last year received 35 million tourists of whom nearly 10 million were from China, government statistics show.last_img

Tackling childhood obesityTackling childhood obesity

first_imgSome tips:Cut up vegetables like carrot and celery.Cut fruit into bitesize pieces.Cut cheese into bitesize cubes.Cut boiled eggs in half.Cut grilled or steamed chicken breasts into bitesize pieces.Use whole cherry tomatoes if you don’t want their juice to permeate the salad, cut them in half if there are other flavours that you want them to absorb.Tubs of chunky cottage cheese can be spruced up with chopped radishes, fresh chives or other fresh herbs. You can also use spices such as cayenne pepper which has a variety of health benefits. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite With the new school year having kicked off and New Year’s Resolutions high up on our agendas, we should be looking at healthier food options for our children, starting with their lunch boxes.Angel Khoza is seven years old and weighs 50 kg.  According to South Africa’s first national nutritional survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) among about 25,500 South Africans, she is one of nearly five per cent of girls between the ages of two and 14 that are obese. The survey, found that about 40 per cent of women and 12 per cent of men were obese. About 18 per cent of children under the age of 15 years old are estimated to be overweight while about four per cent are obese.Initially when Angel started putting on weight, her parents were not really concerned until they found out that her classmates were bullying her because of her weight.The Khozas realised that helping Angel lose weight would have to be a family effort. The first habit that had to change was their weekly meals out to junk food joints and family steak houses.“I always thought I was spoiling my kids and showing them love by taking them out to eat. Little did I know I was putting Angel’s health at risk,” said Angel’s father, Enoch.“The mistake that most young parents make is not knowing when to say ‘no’,” he said. “We give our kids too much freedom and control in choosing their own foods.”According to the HSRC study, about half of all children between the ages of 10 and 14 do not take a packed lunch to school.Melanie Krause, a private dietician with the Allmed Clinic in Ermelo, Mpumalanga said: “Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions that discourage people from trying to change the way they eat. You don’t have to eat organic to eat healthily. Canned and frozen vegetables and fruit can be just as nutritious as fresh ones.” Other ingredient ideas for saladsTunaShrimpsMini meatballsHamCashews nuts, peanutsBean sprouts, alfalfa sproutsCannellini beans, lentils, baby corn (canned)Green runner beans (fresh)Baby potatoesChinese egg noodles, short pasta like fusilliFresh herbs and baby leavesSource: Health-E News Healthy lunchbox ideasThe most effective way of doing the healthy lunchbox thing is to buy and prepare ingredients over the weekend for easy assembly during the week. Keeping ingredients in containers in the fridge allows for variety and creativity, avoiding repetition and boredom. Also, don’t turn up your nose at canned produce. While some vegetables and legumes lose nutrients in the canning process, the healthy compounds of others actually increase.Children’s palates can be developed from a young age and it is not necessary to feed them processed foods like chicken nuggets and fish fingers or different food to what adults eat. Many children also like spicy food.last_img read more


first_imgski Pay AUD$49 upfront before 26 February 2018 to lock in The Epic Australia Pass (before prices rise) which gives skiers access to 12 World-Class Resorts for the 2018 season. The Epic Pass includes Perisher in Australia and Whistler in Canada, plus 10 more top North American ski resorts. Pass holders who pay only AU$49 upfront, ensure they enjoy the best available low price and won’t have to make full payment until 1 May, 2018.Australia’s best value ski-pass is priced at just AU$819 for adults, AU$462 for students and AU$588 for seniors, paying for itself in under five days of skiing.As a year-round ski-pass, the Epic Australia Pass starts with the 2018 Perisher ski season and concludes with the 2018-2019 North American ski season, November 2018 through May 2019. Passes are on sale now.last_img read more