Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiled

first_imgMOST READ View comments MANILA, Philippines—A mix of familiar names and first-timers make up the talent pool for the Philippine national volleyball teams that will play in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country later in the year.The names for the women’s, men’s and under-23 teams were announced on Thursday by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Playoff contest heats up SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Marck Espejo, a former five-time UAAP MVP, and John Vic de Guzman, once named captain, will headline the men’s side. Also chosen for the men’s team pool are Adbilla Alnakran, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven dela Vega, Rex Intal, Ismail Fauzi, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal. National University’s Dante Alinsunurin is the men’s team head coach with Ariel Dela Cruz and Sherwin Meneses as his assistants. ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alyssa Valdez is back for her eighth tour of duty for the Philippines, third for the Southeast Asian Games, while former national team players Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Denden Lazaro, Dawn Macandili were also named to women’s national team pool. Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Ces Molina, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Filipino-American players Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hanfy, and MJ Phillips were selected in the pool where the final lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be chosen from. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFresh faces are also part of the group with Eya Laure headlining the newcomers that also include Diana Carlos, Kath Arado, Angel Cayuna, Celine Domingo, Jema Galanza, and Jerrili Malabanan.Shaq Delos Santos will call the shots for the women’s national team with Shaq Esquibel and Kung Fu Reyes as his deputies.  1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

David Silva doubtful but Aguero, Jesus ready for Manchester derby against Manchester United FC: Guardiola

first_imgManchester City could be without attacking midfielder David Silva but strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are set to feature when they host local rivals Manchester United in Thursday’s Premier League clash, manager Pep Guardiola has said.Silva was substituted off after 23 minutes following a heavy tackle from Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista in City’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat last weekend. Aguero also left the field during extra time but will be available for selection.Brazil international Jesus is in line for a return after recovering from a foot injury suffered against Bournemouth in February.”David Silva is a real doubt. I don’t know if he is ready to play after what happened in the semi-final,” Guardiola told in a news conference on Wednesday.”Gabriel Jesus is ready but his physical condition is not optimal. Sergio Aguero is much better – he will be ready.”Aguero and Jesus can play together, it depends on the way we want to play. If you play without wingers, more narrow, they can play,” Guardiola said.United are fifth in the league, trailing fourth-placed City by one point in the race for a Champions league qualifying spot ahead of Thursday’s derby.”We have six games left, four at the Etihad, so our Champions league qualification will depend on our games at the Etihad and the first one is tomorrow,” Guardiola said.The Spanish boss expects a tough game against Jose Mourinho’s side despite the injury to United’s leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament problem.advertisement”Of course Ibra is a great player but they have other strikers such as (Jesse) Lingard, (Marcus) Rashford and (Ashley) Young that can get behind the defence,” he added.”They have been playing without him, but they achieved to play the way Mourinho wants.”last_img read more

Beltran Blasts Yanks Past A’s, 5-3

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — After struggling in April, Carlos Beltran started taking a more aggressive approach to hitting and has been blooming in May.Beltran had three RBIs, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth, Brian McCann and Chase Headley each also drove in a run and the New York Yankees ended a four-game losing streak in Oakland, beating the Athletics 5-3 May 30.“I’m just getting better results,” Beltran said. “Sometimes I have been too passive at the plate, so my mentality is to hit. If I’m too patient, it puts me in a hole.”After hitting .162 in the first month, Beltran has turned it on this month. He’s hitting .308 in May and slammed his fifth homer, all since May 10. He’s driven in 14 of his 21 RBIs this month.“Sometimes it takes a while to get going,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s feeling good about his swing and came out of it. He kept working at it and now you’re just seeing Carlos.”McCann drove in a run in his eighth straight to help the Yankees win their fourth in six games. Headley had three hits and Alex Rodriguez hit safely in his ninth straight, and in his last 14 starts.Josh Reddick had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who had a two-game win streak snapped. The A’s have still won five of their last eight following a four-game losing streak. Billy Butler and Marcus Semien drove in runs.“Early on you look up there and I think we had seven hits and no runs, and that’s hard to do,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “One extra base hit maybe breaks it open a little bit more. We were getting good at-bats; we were getting our share of hits, but just not to the point where we’re knocking runs in early.”Jesse Hahn (2-5), who threw his first complete-game and shutout in his last start, gave up four runs — three earned — and seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.Chasen Shreve (2-1) struck out all four batters he faced to earn the win. Andrew Miller pitched the ninth for his 15th consecutive save.Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and 11 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.Beltran added an RBI single in the eighth.(RICK EYMER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

First session of 17th Lok Sabha begins; PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi take oath

first_imgThe maiden session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi among the 320 of the 542 MPs taking oath during the first day of the two-day long swearing-in ceremony marked by some controversy, slip-ups and slogan shouting.Linguistic diversity was in full play with the oath being taken in different languages as several newly-elected members sported colourful attire, traditional shawls and headgears while a section wore a saffron look.As the Leader of the House, Modi was the first to take oath as member of the lower house, nearly four weeks after leading the BJP to a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls with the party retaining power winning 303 seats.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari were among the prominent members who took oath.The oath was administered by seven-term BJP MP Virendra Kumar shortly after he was sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kumar will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha speaker on Wednesday.Addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of Parliament session, Modi set the tone for the business in the House, saying the opposition need not “bother about their numbers” as their every word is “valuable” to the government.He urged all the MPs to be impartial in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation.”When we come to Parliament, we should forget paksh (treasury) and vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” he said.advertisementWhen Modi’s name was called out by the Secretary General for taking oath, members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk greeting the prime minister with slogans such as “Modi-Modi” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.Besides the union ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha, members from 23 states and union territories, including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar took oath. In all, 320 MPs took oath, according to a Lok Sabha bulletin.The remaining 222 members will take oath on Tuesday.In the Monsoon session, a full-fledged Union Budget will be presented on July 5. The session concludes on July 26.The Lok Sabha at present has 542 elected members.Elections to Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled as the Election Commission felt excessive money power was being used to lure voters in that constituency. A fresh date is yet to be announced.BJP MP from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur created a controversy when she suffixed the name of her spiritual guru with hers while taking oath, drawing objections from the Opposition.Amid protests and shoutings, Thakur said that it was her full name and she had mentioned that she had already mentioned her full name in the form filled for oath taking.The mention of Swami Purna Chetnanand Avdheshanand Giri as suffix to her name Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur evoked sharp reaction from the Opposition members who said this was not permitted.Amid noise and objections, pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar ruled that only the name written in her election certificate issued by the returning officer would go on record.Thakur, the Malegaon blast accused, took oath in Sanskrit and ended it with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan.Thakur defeated Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh to enter the Lok Sabha for the first time.Later, BJP members continued to raise ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans.Amid thumping of desks by Congress members, Rahul Gandhi took oath in English. He won the election from Wayanad in Kerala.He had also contested from the Gandhi bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh but was defeated by BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani.Gandhi, who got elected for the fourth time to the Lower House in a row, however, forgot the customary practice of signing the Lok Sabha register and started walking towards his seat after taking oath.He was immediately called back by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the deputy Leader of the House, and also Lok Sabha staff to sign the register.Sonia Gandhi, who was present when Rahul took oath in English, thumped the desk along with other Congress members after his name was called for taking oath.The Congress president came late to the Lok Sabha and was not present in the House when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues took oath as members.Irani received the longest applause when she took the oathadvertisementAs soon as she was called for oath taking, ruling BJP members, including Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Shah, other union ministers and MPs were seen enthusiastically thumping the desks for a long time.While the prime minister and most of union ministers took oath in Hindi, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik, Ashwini Chaubey and Pratap Chandra Sarangi did so in Sanskrit.BJP member from Bihar Jarnardhan Singh Sigriwal expressed desire to take oath in Bhojpuri, but the Lok Sabha Secretary General said the language was not in the eight schedule of the Constitution.Union Ministers Babul Supriyo and Debashree Choudhury, who hail from West Bengal, were greeted by fellow BJP MPs with “Jai Shri Ram” slogans when they were called to take oath as Lok Sabha Members.The cheer was apparently to take a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had allegedly objected to uttering the slogan during some incidents in the state.When Union minister of state for environment and forest Supriyo was called to take oath, BJP members loudly cheered with “Jai Shri Ram”.The slogan was repeatedly chanted when Choudhury, Union minister of state for women and child development, was called to take oath.At least seven persons were detained on March 31 for chanting “Jai Shri Ram” slogan when Banerjees motorcade passed through North 24 Parganas district of the state.ALSO READ | 17th Lok Sabha: Budget, triple talaq on Modi’s to-do listALSO WATCH | Narendra Modi arrives for the first parliament session of 17th Lok Sabhalast_img read more

Previewing OSU-West Virginia

first_imgDana Holgorsen comes back to Stillwater. (USATSI)Dana Holgorsen comes back to Stillwater. (USATSI)Game: West Virginia (5-2) vs Oklahoma State (5-2)Locale: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKTV: ESPN 2:30 CSTHolgorsen is back!Sorry everyone. That was probably the meanest thing I’ve ever done. Mike Yurcich didn’t evaporate into the atmosphere to make questionable play calls for the Ozone.[1. Side note: Did you know OU has a bursar type office called the oZONE? They’re the worst.]Everyone’s favorite Red Bull chugging maniac and offensive savant is still leading West Virginia out of the dark ages.The Mountaineers have had Rich Rodriguez and Dana installing innovative, groundbreaking offensive schemes while their fans stumble out of the stadium and into the hills to darn their own socks. Quite the dichotomy they have in Morgantown.They also have the ability to score a lot of points, so that’s a bummer.Nobody misses Holgy at OSU more than me. I miss the crossing routes, the unpredictable flea flickers and the genesis of plays that the rest of the nation would soon adopt. But what I miss most is the double barrelled, ref-abuse spewing plasma guns of Gundy and his OC.Dana gets fired up at the drop of a hat [1. That signifies a player went out of bounds so this is a very clever joke you aren’t appreciating enough] and Gundy seemed to be fueled by the Holgy hulk outs.Since Yurcich has come to town, Gundy has taken on more of a calm, apathetic demeanor that just doesn’t cut it. I’m not saying a dangerous caffeine addiction and terrible hair cut would make our current coordinator into a defense devouring machine, but it couldn’t hurt to try because, um, nothing else has worked.As for the Mountaineers, or ‘Neers, or ‘Eers, or Veers, which Matthew Mcconaughey taught me is an offensive style that originated at WVU…or was popularized there…or murdered there. I’m not sure I fell asleep pretty early on.I do know that Bobby Bowden used to coach in Morgantown before blasting into superstardom with the Seminoles. Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. was also born in the mountain state, which probably explains the middle name ‘Lou’. He eschewed his home state’s largest public institution for Kent State, however.By the way, nothing says ‘literally anything is better than WVU’ than voluntarily going to Kent State in the early 70s instead.The state also looks like a diseased liver, which makes sense considering their unofficial state song is a prayer for the country roads to guide the drunken residents home instead of those dirty city roads that guide them into the ditch and county lock-up.Go Mountain Mommas!Mountaineers To KnowClint Trickett, senior QB. All these years after losing Bowden to Tallahassee, Florida State finally sent something back. Trickett is a pocket passer, which in this case means he actually fits in your pocket. I realize he’s not that short, he’s just slight. He gets blown over when Holgy screams at him.Kevin White, senior WR. This transfer student has burst onto the scene and is making a case for the Biletnikoff award. He transferred from Lackawanna College, which is why most coaches passed on him. I prefer my recruits to have Lotsawanna.Injuries, the great equalizer. The Mountaineers leading rusher and arguably their best defensive back are questionable for Saturday. You certainly can’t root for injuries, but these injuries already happened. It’s probably fine if you want to root for one more week of rest for the young scholars.Why West Virginia Might WinThe West Virginia state motto is “Montani semper liberi” because I’m sure there are lots of West Virginians who speak Latin. It translates, however, to “Mountaineers are always free”, which seems ominous.Cut to an exasperated John Holcomb late in the 3rd quarter:“I don’t know how to explain it, Dave. Mountaineers are always free. That’s Kevin White’s 3rd touchdown on the day.”There have been plenty of free runs through the OSU secondary as of late and now we go up against a coach who specializes in exploiting weaknesses in defenses and a WR and QB capable of making good secondaries look foolish.The WVU defense has been better than average in many instances this year also. And I don’t mean in the same way that a girl in a Morgantown bar is “better than average” because she’s conscious and not related to you. That’d be called a West Virginia 10.Why Oklahoma State Might WinIt’s Homecoming! OSU never loses during the world’s biggest homecoming celebration. Except for all of those times.I will say, a talented, Holgorsen led WVU squad came into Stillwater before and looked sub-par against the Cowboys. If Tavon and Stedman and Geno could get shut down, maybe Kevin and Mario and Clint can too.Gundy has always found a way to improve his teams as the year progresses, so this could be week one of a steady upturn.Boone Pickens said he had a big surprise to unveil. I realize he did that officially, but maybe he also gave Glenn Spencer the Mountaineers’ play sheet and highlighted the best ideas for Yurcich to use with the Freek.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

‘Noisy neighbours’ live up to their name

first_imgTopics The Fiver RECOMMENDED LISTENINGPaul MacInnes is in the guest hot seat for Football Weekly. Step this way.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTER“‎As a Newcastle fan, I was concerned N’Golo Kanté’s replacement would have a great game for Leicester at the weekend. And Ndidi did” – Brian Saxby.Send your letters to And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Brian Saxby, who wins our final copy of Football Manager 2018, thanks to the good people at Football Manager Towers. We’ve got more prizes to give away though, so keep typing.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime (GMT). Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSIn news Antonio Conte took well, Chelsea have drawn Barcelona in the former round of Arsenal. Oof! Here are the rest of the last-16 ties: Juventus v Spurs, Basel/Basle/Baarrrllll v Man City, Porto v Liverpool, Sevilla v Man Utd, Real Madrid v PSG (also oof!), Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, and Bayern Munich v Besiktas. “It’s a draw,” sighed Conte. Of course there’s no point in crying over spilt milk, so José chose to cry over other things – the referee, the ugliness of Manchester City’s goals – once police and stewards had broken up the fracas. According to reports from Spain, Romelu Lukaku is alleged to have thrown a bottle that opened Arteta’s eyebrow, but not even The Fiver is going to make the obvious joke that he must have been aiming for somebody else. It is, however, worth noting that Arteta may not have been the first person in City colours who Lukaku hit in the face with a poorly aimed projectile on Sunday. Now the Football Association has got itself involved and asked both clubs for their “observations”. Despite so many people being involved, The Fiver’s going to go out on a limb and predict that nobody will have seen or heard nuffink and in fact there was no tunnel bust-up.The police, for their part, have said they will only intervene if they receive a formal complaint, which is highly unlikely to materialise, while Arteta himself had the good grace to cover his eye as he drove past photographers eager to get a snap of his head wound on his way into training on Monday morning. Snitches, as they say, get stitches … although the Good Ship Suture is reported to have sailed for the City assistant coach already. As entertaining as this post-match mini-riot in the bowels of Old Trafford seems to have been, The Fiver can’t help but wistfully muse on how much better it would have been if the game had been played at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City’s glass-walled Tunnel Club was the subject of much derision when it was opened earlier this season, but with that kind of entertainment on offer to well-heeled match-goers, one can’t help but feel £15,000 for a snazzy season ticket is an absolute steal.QUOTE OF THE DAY“The police have just come in the dressing room and charged us with stealing three points. It really was theft” – Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick after his side mugged off Perth Glory with two flamin’ late goals in a 2-1 A-League win. Oh yeah, and it was Star Wars Round. Flamin’ A-League. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images Read more Share on Facebook Facebook features Share via Email Oh Christian! Composite: AFP, PA, Getty Images, Huw Evans/REX/Shutterstock Facebook Arsenal have been drawn against Graham Potter’s ever so hip Ostersund in the last 32 of Big Vase. “I think it’s really nice to go home to England and meet one of the best teams in the Premier League,” parped the former York City defender. “But now we are really underdogs.”Jürgen Klopp will continue to rotate his Liverpool squad like an enthusiastic child with a finger-spinner despite being peppered with pelters for doing so in the 1-1 draw with Everton. “The boys who came in were fresh and did a brilliant job,” he parped. “We tried everything. We had everything you need but we didn’t use it.”David Moyes says he has “compassion” for Joe Hart, whose tail will be firmly embedded on the West Ham subs’ bench for the foreseeable after Adrián impressed in the win against Chelsea. “It wasn’t an easy decision … but ultimately it’s West Ham I have to think about getting a result for. I need to win as well,” he blootered. And “Shefield United FC – Official 2018 Calendar” – full marks to the Blades for managing to spell their own name incorrectly on the front of their new offering. A club after The Fivre’s heart.STILL WANT MORE?Manchester United were too passive in the derby – and Mr Mourinho must take the blame, argues Jonathan Wilson.Before all of the fun and games down the tunnel, David Silva was simply too hot for United to handle, writes Barney Ronay.Wilfried Bony back among the goals, a quality problem for Southampton, and will it prove a miserable Christmas for Newcastle? Plus seven more talking points from the weekend. Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Football Here come Atlético, reports Sid Lowe.Sacked by the Bundesliga’s bottom club but appointed by Dortmund, it really is once-in-a-lifetime kind of stuff for Peter Stöger, writes Andy Brassell.It was a drab 0-0 but Inter and Juventus are pointing to the positives from their forgettable stalemate, so-says Paolo Bandini.Unai Emery might have killed PSG’s hopes of advancing into the last eight of Big Cup before they’ve even begun, warn Adam White and Eric Devin.Free-wheeling Luton Town have scored more goals than Manchester City. And they’re pushing for promotion in style, teases Nick Miller.Andy Hunter on Liverpool.It was incredibly dull but Sam Allardyce’s derby plan came to fruition at Anfield, muses Paul Wilson.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in but Luke Shaw out at Old Trafford? That and more in today’s juicy Rumour Mill.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!NOWT AS POINTLESS AS SNOW Xabi, you’re a bad man. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger MILK WAS A BAD CHOICEWhether it’s gouging opposition coaches in the eye from behind, publicly humiliating a doctor for refusing to illegally encroach on the pitch to treat a player he’s ordered to feign knack or disparaging referees for doing their job correctly, José Mourinho has always been the personification of fair play. As gracious in defeat as he invariably is magnanimous in victory, the Manchester United manager was understandably irritated when his club’s famously “noisy neighbours” lived up to their name by celebrating their victory at Old Trafford with actual celebrations: playing loud music, busting moves in their dressing room and creating the kind of din that can distract a manager who is busy dreaming up outlandish excuses to explain the manner in which his team have just been outplayed by their city rivals ahead of his media duties.Sadly for José, his pleas for City to turn down that racket not only fell on deaf ears, but led to a 20-man tunnel stramash involving players and coaching staff from both teams that left Pep Guardiola’s assistant Mikel Arteta with a cut eyebrow and José dripping with semi-skimmed and looking like the money-shot from one of those “special interest” DVDs Weird Uncle Fiver sells in his XXX Bongo Shack. We’re told. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter José Mourinho in post-match fracas over Manchester City’s ‘noisy’ celebrations Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal target Denis Suarez: What I think of Emery

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal target Denis Suarez: What I think of Emeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has long been a fan of Arsenal boss Unai Emery.Suarez is expected to soon sign for the Gunners. The pair worked together at Sevilla.Suarez discussed the Spaniard during his time at the club, and spoke very highly of the then Sevilla boss.”He is one of the best coaches around. He really gets the best out of us,” Suarez told UEFA’s official website in 2015. “He considers each and every one of his players and always puts those who are in the best possible shape in his starting line-up.”I have been playing for him for a year and I am really happy.”He always talks to you, both in good moments – to prevent you being distracted – and bad, to help you recover. The way he treats players is exceptional.” last_img read more

Drewry Container Carriers Still Face High Risk of Failure

first_imgzoom Privately-owned container carriers could risk losing shippers’ trust if they do not provide any data on their level of indebtedness and balance sheet strength, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The recent failure of South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping has exposed the high level of financial risk that exists and created renewed demand for financial transparency.While Hanjin’s financial position was at the extreme edges and its demise is not expected to create a domino effect, a number of major carriers are still struggling and the risk of another following the same path as the Korean line cannot be discounted, Drewry said.Drewry’s Z-score carrier financial stress index sunk to its lowest ever point following the first-half 2016 results. The decline in the Z-score index has coincided with the heavy reduction in container freight rates that dropped to historical lows in the second-quarter.“As freight rates staged something of a recovery in third-quarter we expect to see some uptick to the Z-score when the third-quarter 2016 results are published, while the removal of Hanjin from the sample will also benefit the average score. Nonetheless, carriers will almost certainly continue to reside in the so-called ‘distress zone’,” Drewry said.Based on the latest available financial reports Drewry’s Z-score table shows that only two, namely, A.P. Moller-Maersk and OOIL, of the 14 selected companies scored high enough to make it to the cautionary ‘grey zone’, with the remainder struggling in the ‘distress zone’.With shippers expected to pay much closer attention to the financial risks when selecting carriers in future, carriers themselves will need to be sure of the financial health of their alliance and service partners, or potentially risk losing customers.last_img read more

Taapsee remains neutral over open letter storm

first_imgMumbai: Amidst the open letter storm, actor Taapsee Pannu said that she is in the center of things as she does not believe in left wing or right wing politics. “I am in centre of things. I don’t believe in left wing politics or right wing politics. I express my views on things which affect me. I have expressed my views on bad things and whenever something good has happened in our country, I have talked about it proudly.” “I feel both sides have their own point of views. No one asked for a sign from me and whatever I have to say I say it through social media platforms,” Taapsee said at an event held here recently. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaEarlier this week, around 49 celebrities including Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mani Ratnam and Konkona Sen Sharma, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concern over the growing cases of lynching in India. Recently however, sixty-two celebrities, including actor Kangana Ranaut and writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, came out with a counter open letter slamming the earlier one submitted to Modi by 49 film personalities. Expressing her views on the ongoing open letter debate, Taapsee said: “I feel there are good people and bad people in every society and some of them are tolerant and some of them are intolerant, so I haven’t counted to see that who is in the majority. I can say that I have seen both kinds of people.” On the work front, Taapsee is gearing up for the release of Mission Mangal.last_img read more

Heavy rain expected in several areas tomorrow evening

It also said that showers or thundershowers are likely at few places elsewhere after 2.00 pm and a few showers may occur in the South-Western coastal areas in the morning.The department of meteorology also said that the sun is going to be directly over Kawtharimunai and Pachchilapalli about 12:11 noon tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette) Heavy rain is expected in several areas tomorrow evening, the department of meteorology said this afternoon.The department of meteorology said that showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and Uva provinces after 2.00 pm tomorrow.

Canada to accept more refugees from Iraq and Syria

The Canadian government announced today that it is willing to accept another 10,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria displaced by war. That’s in addition to already resettling about 20,000 refugees from Iraq and about 2,500 from Syria. Prime Minister Harper told a Toronto audience that the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria cannot be solved by refugee policy alone. He reiterated that military force must also be used to stop ISIS which has caused millions of people to flee their homes. “We were witnessing mass slaughter at an alarming lightning pace that was sweeping across the region. For Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair to say things like we shouldn’t be participating militarily, we should just be doing humanitarian assistance, let me quote what those representative community groups in Canada said about that policy. ‘If your policy is humanitarian assistance without military support all you are doing is dropping aid on dead people.’ That’s not acceptable. We are a country that can contribute militarily and in a humanitarian sense and we are doing both.”More than three million refugees have fled their home countries as ISIS militants wage a bloody war. Another 6.5 million people are displaced within their countries. read more

Columbia Springs seeks environmental stewards

first_imgStarting in February, Columbia Springs will begin training new volunteers as leads and docents.Volunteer leads head up crews during habitat restoration projects, host activities, do community outreach and assist with elementary field trips.Docents are educational guides, trained to host activities, guide tours and create environmentally focused educational demonstrations at Columbia Springs’ 100-acre natural area at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway in Vancouver.Lead training will be held at Columbia Springs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 3 and 10.Volunteer docent training sessions will be held at Columbia Springs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday, Feb. 3 through March 31, excluding March 24.For full program descriptions and applications, go to, contact volunteer manager at 360-882-0936 ext. 222 or email read more

Kyle Walker is best rightback in the world – Trippier

first_imgManchester City’s Kyle Walker is currently the best right-back in world football, says his England teammate Kieran TrippierThe 28-year-old was used as a right-sided centre-back in England’s route to the World Cup semi-finals and has been deployed in a similar role at City this season.It was Trippier who was instead selected by head coach Gareth Southgate as the right wing-back.But the Tottenham defender has suggested that Walker is the greater player in the position.Trippier told Soccer AM: “At this moment in time, for me, personally, Walks. When I was playing with him at the World Cup, how quick and powerful he is. Even on the ball, you see it at Man City, he’s so comfortable.“He’s got everything for a full-back, and he’s only getting better playing at Man City. So for me, he’s the number-one right back in the world.”Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…Despite no new arrivals this summer, Spurs have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.But Trippier insists that the club have already got all the required level of talent and depth in the squad to mount a challenge.“No, it doesn’t matter. We know the squad we’ve got,” he said.“We’ve got the manager, the players, and we’ve got so much quality in this team.“We’ve got depth as well, so many good players waiting to play. About not signing a player? That doesn’t play on our minds, we’ve just got to fully focus on what’s ahead of us.”last_img read more

Gattuso delighted to see Higuain end goal drought

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain has ended a barren run of goals in their 2-1 win over SPAL something he attributed to a mental block.The visitors took an early lead via Andrea Petagna before Gattuso’s men rescued the game thanks to Samu Castillejo and Higuain who completed the comeback.“I liked the team’s performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.”Perhaps even more important than the victory was Higuain breaking his two-month goal drought.“He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.”last_img read more

Police seek 3 in Marathon credit card fraud case

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three young men who, they believe, are behind a case of credit card fraud in Marathon.According to investigators, the victim said someone used his credit card at a Walgreens in Marathon, on Dec. 6.An investigation revealed surveillance video of the subjects. Authorities said they arrived at the store in a black sedan.Two of the suspects are then seen going into the liquor store and buying a carton of cigarettes. Meanwhile, the third man is seen going into the pharmacy and attempting to make the same transaction, but the credit card was declined.If you have any information that could help investigators, call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 800-346-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Survey Video Is Most Common Mag App for Mobile Action Codes

first_imgMore than half of the monthly magazines that use “mobile action codes”-such as 2D bar codes, QR codes and Microsoft Tag-are using them to deliver video, according to Nellymoser, Inc. a Boston-based tech firm that specializes in turning printed action codes into applications on mobile phones. Beyond video, 23.1 percent of publishers are using action codes to deliver micro sites while 16.6 percent are offering sweepstakes through action codes. Just 3.6 percent of monthly magazines are delivering coupons via action codes, while 2.4 percent are offering e-commerce or an electronic storefront. However, action codes are used more often by advertisers (59 percent) than editorial 41.5 percent). The two action codes that use a smartphone app-QR codes and Microsoft Tag-account for 95 percent of the action codes appearing in monthly magazines (with Microsoft Tag accounting for 81.6 percent of that). Meanwhile, some other publishers are moving beyond printed action codes. In its September issue, Marie Claire offered a “Shop the Ads” program that leveraged services from advertising technology company Pongr that lets consumers use mobile cameras to share images of designated products across social networks as well as request information on the product from the brand as well as contact editors. The promotion-which grew from an editorial program called “Shop the Shoot”-didn’t use bar codes, apps or required consumers to have a smartphone. Twenty-seven pages in Marie Claire’s September issue were designated for the program, featuring more than 200 products from brands such as Armani. A copy of the Nellymoser report is available here.last_img read more

Behind The Board HitBoy On Working With Beyoncé How He Was Born

first_imgThe prolific producer is nominated at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for his work on Travis Scott’s ubiquitous 2018 hit, “SICKO MODE”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 8:00 pm Making music is in GRAMMY-winning producer Hit-Boy’s blood. He’s been around music since he can remember; his uncle was a part of the California R&B group Troop. “I saw studio sessions and I saw video shoots, just the whole lifestyle and I was intrigued by it, so I just kinda was born into it in a way,” he says in the studio. News Behind The Board: Hit-Boy On Working With Beyoncé & How He Was Born Into Music Behind The Board: Hit-Boy behind-board-hit-boy-working-beyonce-how-he-was-born-music NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2019 – 7:59 pm Behind The Board: Hit-Boy  Hit-Boy has worked with heavy hitters like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, whose song “N****s In Paris” won him a GRAMMY at the 55th GRAMMY Awards. He is the latest producer featured in the Recording Academy’s Behind The Board series and shares how he knew music was going to be his line of work. “I knew making music was gonna be a part of my life way before I even started making music,” he says. “I just knew I wanted to be a part of it from [when I was] a super little kid, so when I turned 13 and I started just really getting to the point where I wanted to make it myself and I had the access to do it at that time, I locked in and just never looked back.”In the video, the prolific producer opens up about how unexpected the industry can be and not always knowing when a beat will get picked up by an artist. He also shared a bit of advice for anyone looking to produce: “Don’t give up on your ideas, and just know if it emotionally connects with you, save it.”This year, Hit-Boy, who has also worked with the likes of Ariana Grande and Bebe Rexha, is nominated at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for his work in Travis Scott’s ubiquitous single featuring Drake, “SICKO MODE.”Watch Hit-Boy talk about his road to success, his musical influences, and how he creates beats, and watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night Twitter Email Facebook last_img read more

Amazon to buy Eero maker of home WiFi hardware

first_img1:53 Now playing: Watch this: Tags An Eero Beacon extender. Josh Miller/CNET Amazon has signed an agreement to buy Eero, a San Francisco-based maker of home Wi-Fi hardware, the companies announced Monday.Eero makes simply designed white Wi-Fi router pucks that people can plug in around their homes. An Eero Wi-Fi system is meant to provide more reliable Wi-Fi in every nook and cranny of a home, providing better coverage than a single Wi-Fi router.Read more: Wi-Fi 6: Better, faster internet is coming this year — here’s everything you need to know  The total value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. Eero, which was founded in 2014, has raised $90 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.The deal offers another clear indication of Amazon’s ambitions to control as many aspects of the connected home as it can. It already makes Echo smart speakers — which dominate the US market — as well as Fire TV streamers and even an Alexa-connected microwave. With Eero, it’s pushing into Wi-Fi networking equipment, too. That equipment has likely become even more important for Amazon, since Wi-Fi is the foundation for all the smart-home gear Amazon is selling. Based on its $90 million in funding, the Eero deal appears to be smaller than Amazon’s last notable smart-home acquisition. In April last year, the e-commerce giant purchased Ring, a maker of video doorbells and other security equipment, for $839 million. Ring had raised $209 million prior to the acquisition, according to Crunchbase.Amazon previously worked to promote Eero in 2015, when it started its Launchpad landing page for products made by startups. Eero gained a leading spot on the page, helping bring the young company attention from Amazon’s huge customer base.Amazon is expanding it smart-home tech principally through its Alexa voice assistant. The company said in January there are now more than 28,000 smart home devices from more than 4,500 brands that work with Alexa. That’s up from over 20,000 and 3,500, since September. Also, more than 150 products now have Alexa built in, including headphones, thermostats, PCs, cars and light switches.First published at 2:04 p.m. PT.Update at 2:44 p.m. PT: Adds more details throughout.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Google, Amazon’s main rival in smart home, already sells a competing — and much cheaper — system called Google Wifi.The Eero acquisition also points to Amazon’s work to keep building its Wi-Fi Simple Setup feature, which is intended to make setting up new smart-home devices easier. Right now, most users need to go through a tedious process of downloading a new app, going through a lengthy setup and pairing new hardware with their voice assistant. Wi-Fi Simple Setup should help cut out a lot of those steps, allowing folks to plug in a new device and have it start working immediately.While this hassle clearly falls into the category of First World problems, it’s a point of friction that prevents more mainstream customers from hooking up their homes with Wi-Fi-connected lights and appliances.”We have a shared vision that the smart-home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers,” Amazon’s hardware chief Dave Limp said in a statement Monday.The deal raised concerns about Eero users’ internet data privacy, as the startup will be joining a tech giant that already takes in a lot of user data through its Amazon Web Services cloud-computing business and its other smart-home devices.Looking to allay those worries, Eero confirmed on Twitter that it doesn’t track customers’ internet activity and that policy won’t change after the acquisition. Share your voice Amazon Fire TV Amazon’s Eero takeover will feed its smart home obsession News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Hi Steve! eero and Amazon take customer privacy very seriously and we will continue to protect it. eero does not track customers’ internet activity and this policy will not change with the acquisition.— eero support 👋 (@eerosupport) February 11, 2019 Smart Home Comments Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming 6last_img read more