Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Those facts aren’t lost on Reyes, and that’s why he’s taking a deliberate approach in the Philippines’ preparation for the tournament against the taller foes.“We all know the size of Iraq because we saw it in the Jones Cup. We all know how big Qatar is and of course, that’s China. The good thing is they all play one way. We’re not gonna change up from playing a Korea to a China, so they’re all going to be big teams and hopefully, we can find a way to beat those teams,” he said.It’s a tall order for Gilas as it has to finish on top in the group stages to advance and that means toppling China in the first day of the competitions.“The key is to finish first in our group in the first round. And that means we have to beat China in the first day,” he said.“We have our own sets of problems and we’re not even complete. It’s gonna be really difficult, but we’re going to try our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “(Our group is) very tough. It might be the biggest group, the tallest group,” he said.Seeking to defend its gold medal from 2015, China is still the favorites in the tourney, with studs like Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi expected to lead the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Qatar, meanwhile, is parading a youthful team under coach Qusai Hatem which still packs a lot of punch.Though ranked 94th in the world, Iraq is poised to parade a towering roster bannered by naturalized player Demario Mayfield. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn coach Chot Reyes’ eyes, Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Placed in Group B together with defending champion China and Middle Eastern contenders in Qatar and Iraq, the outspoken mentor knows Philippines has its work cut out for it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence against Women, Children

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women.  Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday. The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERS

first_imgMETEROLOGISTS are forecasting snow for the hills of Donegal this Thursday.And high speed winds of more than 50 miles per hour are also set to hit the county as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia sweeps past the north west of Ireland en route to northern Scotland.No damage is expected from the storm at this stage. Peter O’Donnell, of irishweatheronline said of Thursday’s forecast: “It will be turning quite cool in westerly to northwesterly winds 30-50 mph, squally showers, lows near 7 C and highs near 12 C north to 14 C south. Risk of hail and even a bit of snow on higher summits of Connacht and Donegal.”The cold snap will bring a shuddering shivering end to what has been some of the mildest weather we have seen in Co Donegal in October for years.BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERS was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERSHurricane Ophelialast_img read more

PREMIERSHIP TROPHY AND COMMUNITY SHIELD TO GO ON DISPLAY AT FINN PARK

first_imgThe Barclays Premier League trophy and FA Community Shield will make a visit to Finn Park during Friday night’s game against Salthill Devon.The two trophies, which Manchester City won last summer, will appear on the pitch at half-time of the game.The Donegal Branch of the Manchester City Supporters Club are match sponsors at the game and have arranged for the trophies to make a brief visit to Finn Park. Please note, there will be no opportunity to have pictures taken with the trophies during their visit to Finn Park. Those wishing to get a closer look at the two iconic trophies can do so in Bonners Corner Bar before or after the game. A Soccer Quiz will also be held in Bonners after the match. PREMIERSHIP TROPHY AND COMMUNITY SHIELD TO GO ON DISPLAY AT FINN PARK was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US TV debut for Trevor Noah

first_imgAward-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: yomzansi.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.last_img read more

Foreign Tourists Can Now Enter Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur Without Special Permit

first_imgForeign tourists can now visit Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur without a special permit, officials said on April 23. People from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, however, will not be allowed to visit these locations.From April 1, 2018 foreign tourists will be able to visit the three Northeastern states– Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur in India without the Protected Area Permit (PAP). It has been halted for five years, reported PTI.Earlier, areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas where foreign tourists were not allowed. Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China are, however, still not permitted to enter any of the current and previously restricted areas.Until April 1, 2018 foreign tourists were not allowed to enter whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Some parts of Sikkim fall under the protected area regime while others under the restricted area, as per the report.Even Indian citizens have to apply for an inner line permit to visit the protected states. It is a temporary travel document to enter Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. “A review is underway to lift the PAP from other areas too,” another official was quoted as saying in the report.The government had earlier allowed foreign tourists for a period of one year from Dec. 20, 2010 into Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, subject to some conditions.In other northeastern states such as Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, the home ministry either removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or diluted it recently. In Meghalaya, the union home ministry removed the AFSPA and in Arunachal Pradesh reduced it to eight police stations.“AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight,” the official said, according to IANS.The Act was extended by another six months earlier in April in three eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh–Tirap, Longding and Changlang–which border Myanmar and specific areas under eight police stations of seven other districts bordering Assam. AFSPA is present in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) but Assam and Manipur governments have the right to revoke it now.The government was earlier mulling relaxing the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists to promote tourism in these places. “Discussions are on with the state governments to relax the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said earlier. Related Itemsforeign tourists in IndiaTourismlast_img read more

Daughters ‘illegally confined’ at Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad, alleges Bengaluru couple

first_imgControversial self-styled godman, Swamy Nithyananda, has found himself in another controversy with allegations of “illegally confining” two daughters of a Bengaluru-based couple.A petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court by the couple seeking the court’s help to get back two daughters allegedly “illegally confined” from an ashram set up by Nithyananda, who faces rape charges. The petition is set to be heard by the court on Wednesday.The petitioners, Janardana Sharma and his wife, in their habeas corpus petition said they had admitted their four daughters in an educational institution run by the godman in Bengaluru in 2013 when they were in the age group of 7-15. However, their daughters were allegedly shifted to another institution in his ashram in Ahmedabad without their consent. When they learnt about this, that their daughters were this year shifted to another branch of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetham, named Yogini Sarvagyapeetham, situated on the premises of Delhi Public School in Ahmedabad, they rushed to Ahmedabad and tried to meet them, but the officials in the place did not allow them inside.When officials of the institute refused to let them meet their daughters, the petitioners first sought the local police help. The couple could bring back their two minor daughters with the help of police and Protection of Child Rights Commission. But their elder daughters, Lopamudra Janardhana Sharma (21) and Nandhita (18), refused to come with them.Based on the Sharma family’s complaint, the Ahmedabad Rural police lodged an FIR against Nithyananda and other officials of the Ashram.“Our team is probing the matter,” Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police R.V. Asari said.In their petition, the couple alleged that their two younger daughters were kidnapped and kept in illegal confinement for more than two weeks and were deprived of sleep.The Sharmas have urged the court to direct the police as well the institute’s authorities to produce their daughters, who, they alleged, are being kept under “illegal confinement,” before the court and hand them over to them.Cong. slams govt.Meanwhile, the Gujarat Congress slammed the BJP government in the State for not initiating action against Nithyananda Ashram. “It is a well-known fact that Nithyananda enjoys protection from the State government despite the fact that many children are being confined in the ashram against the wishes of their parents,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Bulgaria football coach quits, 5 more arrested after racism

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “Five more men implicated in the abusive actions were detained this morning,” the ministry said. “Police continues work to track down five more to detain them.”On Wednesday, six others were arrested. One of the six, who is 18 years old, has been indicted for “grave hooliganism” and could face up to five years in prison if found guilty. The five others were handed fines and banned from football matches.A total of 78 fans have been detained during football matches in Sofia since the beginning of the year, police said. The majority of them have received one- or two-year bans from attending sports events in Bulgaria and abroad, fines and community work.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It did not indicate if Balakov’s decision was linked to the fallout from the racist abuse during Monday’s European Championship qualifying match, which included Nazi salutes and monkey noises. The game was twice halted in an effort to stop the abuse.Balakov said after the 6-0 loss that he had not heard the chanting, and he blamed England fans for taking part in “unacceptable behavior” by whistling during the Bulgarian anthem before the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBorislav Mikhailov resigned as head of the federation but two vice presidents declined to take over. Former vice president Mikhail Kasabov has taken charge on a temporarily basis until a new governing body can be elected.Also Friday, five more Bulgarian fans were detained and the interior ministry said police had so far identified 16 people believed to have taken part in the abuse. This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Bulgarian fans gesture as they stand in the stadium to watch the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between Bulgaria and England, at the Vasil Levski national stadium, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SOFIA, Bulgaria— Bulgaria national football team coach Krasimir Balakov resigned on Friday, four days after his side’s match against England was marred by racist abuse directed at visiting players.The Bulgarian football federation, whose president also resigned Friday, said in a statement that Balakov was stepping down because “the performance of Bulgaria’s men’s national team was unsatisfactory in recent months.”ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics James Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Mexican girl’s public Facebook invite goes viral, 1.2 million guests confirm presence

first_imgA birthday party with ‘millions’ of guests!Even Princess Diana’s birthday party would not be as GRAND as Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s, and add to it the fact that this to-be-15-year-old Mexican girl did not even want this.Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s father made a sweet video and posted it on Facebook. The video was made to invite his daughter’s close friends and a few family members to a birthday bash. It was just a simple invite that said “Rubi’s ‘quinceanera'”.It also said, “Hello, how are you? We invite you this 26 of December to the 15th birthday party of our daughter, Rubi Ibarra Garcia.(sic)”.He was generous to end it by saying “hereby everyone is cordially invited. (sic)”What happened next is unbelievable!Ibarra left the Facebook invite open to the public (Dad problems) and it went viral. To his astonishment, 1.2 million signed up for attending his daughter’s birthday party.The small village of La Joya in Mexico might have to host a birthday-mob and we hope it turns out an exciting affair. Help from police has been requested to ‘handle’ the guests and other appropriate measures are being taken to prepare for it.On the other hand, social media users are having a blast. It is flooded with memes, where more than 1.2 million people are joking that they will attend the almost-royal bash in a field.Some cannot stop laughing, others are being kind to the girl.Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal even did a comical skit impersonating the girl’s father. It seems a 30 per cent discount is being offered by an airline to the nearest airport to La Joya with the tagline “Are you going to Rubi’s party?”advertisementDespite the initial shock, Ruby’s dad has sportingly made fun arrangements for the party.The young Mexican girl’s plans were surely not to throw this Great Gatsby-like bash. But it has been reported that those who do turn up will get to enjoy music by three bands and the winner of a horse race will win 10,000 pesos (Rs. 39,000). We are too, looking forward to this event, which has become an internet sensation.last_img read more

Sterling ‘deserves everything he gets’ – Carragher

first_imgRaheem Sterling is completely deserving of a massive new contract from Manchester City, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.Sterling is close to a new deal from the reigning Premier League champions which will see him earn £300,000-a-week in wages.While City think highly of the attacker, Sterling has frequently come under criticism from media and fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the 23-year-old Sterling enjoyed an excellent season in 2017-18 as part of City’s record-breaking Premier League title-winning side, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists in the league.He has shown no signs of slowing down this season, scoring six goals and adding five assists in nine top flight games thus far.And those numbers are precisely why Carragher thinks Sterling is worthy of his new deal, despite criticism the former defender feels is overblown.”We are hearing reports that Sterling is on the verge of signing a big contract and maybe there are eyebrows raised because of the figures involved, but when you look at the stats, he is in the company of players who are earning those figures and people are saying are the best players in the league,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.”Go back to England in the summer and this lad gets far too much criticism. When you look at what this lad is achieving, the move to Manchester City, the pressure and the price-tag. Plus Pep Guardiola, who everyone wants to play for, came in and can get players from Spain and anywhere in the world.”This young English lad is thriving under maybe the best manager in the world and in the best team in the league. He deserves everything he gets.”The one thing Carragher does think Sterling needs to work on is his England output.The attacker finally broke a three-year goal drought for the Three Lions in a 3-2 win against Spain, and Carragher hopes Sterling can translate some of his club form over to international play.Carragher added: “On the back of the Spain game against England, hopefully we will see a bit more of that because he does need to up his stats in terms of goals and assists for the national team.”What he is doing for Manchester City now… we always talk about Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, but he is now in that company.”last_img read more