Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The championships will begin on July 11.National player Aby Maraño anchored F2 Logistics’ fast-paced game, gliding her way to 10 points, including a running attack and a solo block for the match’s last two points.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“We really, really wanted to win this game not just because we want to get back at Cignal which beat us in the preliminaries, but also because we want to make the championships,” said the flamboyant middle-blocker.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus commended Maraño’s game, saying “it looks like she wanted to eat our opponents alive.” “At the start of the game we really want to focus and remove all the doubts in our hearts,” Maraño added.Looking confident, the Cargo Movers executed their plays at breakneck speed with Maraño, Ara Galang, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron taking turns in attacks.But they also held their ground in defense, muting Cignal’s top scorers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga who are more at home with high-low plays and combination attacks.“We were very successful in our service that made it difficult for them to establish defense,” added Maraño.Baron typified F2’s “fully loaded serves,” hammering four straight aces that triggered five straight points for the Cargo Movers as the HD Spikers struggled in receives.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron trounced Foton even as F2 Logistics routed Cignal Thursday night to arrange a best-of-three title fight in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Blaze Spikers hacked out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-9, 26-16 win over the Tornadoes, while the defending champion Cargo Movers zoomed past the flustered HD Spikers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sofia: Bulgarian authorities on Thursday urged UEFA to stop “tensions” after England player Tammy Abraham said his team was prepared to defy rules and walk off the pitch if they face abuse during Euro 2020 qualifiers.Gareth Southgate’s team travel to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria for back-to-back matches on Friday and Monday. The second game, in Sofia, will be closely watched as the hosts will be playing in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, partially closed as a sanction following previous incidents of racism.Borislav Mihaylov, president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), said his association had taken “extreme efforts and measures… to ensure a fair and safe environment” since the 2011 incidents.”I strongly suggest that the UEFA administration take measures against the build-up of unnecessary tension,” he said in a letter to UEFA published online.He added Bulgarian fans were being made “subject of public reprimand and scrutiny”, demanding for it to stop.”The Bulgarian public has in no way committed any recent infringements that deserve it to be stereotyped as ‘racist’ or ‘hostile,'” he said.Last month, the BFU already responded with outrage to suggestions by Southgate that his players anticipated racist abuse when they visit Sofia in Euro 2020 qualifying.The game will be England’s first visit to Bulgaria since September 2011, when Ashley Young was subject to monkey chants as the visitors won 3-0.The BFU was fined 40,000 euros ($44,000) by UEFA for “discriminatory” chanting and because fans threw fireworks.Bulgaria were also punished by UEFA for “racist behaviour” when they lost away to the Czech Republic on June 7 and at home to Kosovo three days later in Euro qualifying.For the England visit, UEFA has ordered the BFU to close at least 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium and display a banner that reads: “#EqualGame”. BulgariaEnglangEuro 2020 Qualifiersfootball First Published: October 11, 2019, 8:20 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has denied that it tried to ban Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova for four years.After the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which reduced the sanction of the Russian player to 15 months, the ITF on Thursday said that it did not “try to ban Sharapova for four years, as has been suggested”, reports Efe.The ITF said in a statement that “it was the responsibility of the Independent Tribunal – and subsequently the CAS Panel – to determine what the appropriate sanction should be”.The federation defended the independence of the members of that court after Sharapova cast doubt on its neutrality.”Sharapova’s legal team was given the opportunity to object to the appointment of any member of that Tribunal in advance of the hearing, and they agreed in writing that they had no such objection,” the note added.
India’s challenger at the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold ended with both HS Prannoy and Sourabh Verma bowing out after going down against their opponents in the men’s singles quarter-finals on Friday.HS Prannoy fought hard against the 11th seed Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei but lost out 10-21, 22-20, 23-21.After losing the first game by a big margin, fourth-seed Prannoy rebounded strongly to win the next game before once again going down against Yu Hsien in an exhilarating clash that lasted more than an hour.Seventh-seeded Sourabh Verma also got knocked out of the tournament after slumping to a 16-21, 19-21 defeat against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu in his last-eight clash that lasted 42 minutes.(With inputs from ANI)
Real Madrid v Barcelona El Clasico team news: Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid against Barcelona Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 18:52 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Real Madrid Barcelona A calf problem had spread doubt over the Portuguese’s ability to play, but he has been selected as the home side’s spearhead Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Real Madrid’s attack in El Clasico, while Gareth Bale is overlooked.The Portugal international had been considered a doubt for the clash due to a calf problem, but Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday that the attacker would be fit and has placed him in his starting XI for a vital encounter.He will not, however, be joined in the starting XI by Bale, who has played only 12 times this season and has featured only as a substitute since returning from a calf problem, with a couple of brief outings in the successful push for the Club World Cup earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid lie 11 points behind Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s fixture, albeit with a game in hand, and though Zidane denied that the league would be over for Los Blancos if they were to lose, the gap would leave no further room for error.Barcelona, meanwhile, have named a predictable starting XI for this clash, with Thomas Vermaelen replacing the injured Samuel Umtiti in the heart of the defence. Lionel Messi will lead the attack with Luis Suarez, with the Argentine, who famously scored a 92nd-minute winner when these sides played in this fixture last term, chasing his 25th goal against Madrid.Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Kovacic, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; S. Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suarez.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS/HEALTH PROMOTION -Road Safety Is NoAccident Road Safety Is No Accident is the theme of World Health Day 2004,Wednesday, April 7, and it’s a message supported by road safetyadvocates across Nova Scotia. “Although road collisions are reported as accidents, most arepreventable,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “Impaired driving is a factor in one of every fourroad users killed in Nova Scotia, and the non-use of seatbelts isa factor in an equal number of deaths. Clearly, nothing is moreimportant than individual choices when it comes to road safety.” Raising awareness of the economic costs and health and socialimpacts of road traffic injuries is a specific objective of WorldHealth Day 2004, and Mr. Russell said costs are higher than mostpeople think. “We’ve had some success in reducing the number of collisions, butthe long-term costs are enormous for both the victims and theirfamilies, and for our health-care services,” he said. “Last year,70 Nova Scotians died on our roadways. That’s 70 too many.” The minister cited a report titled the Economic Burden ofUnintentional Injury in Atlantic Canada, released by the AtlanticNetwork for Injury Prevention last year, that found unintendedinjuries cost Nova Scotians $372 million in 1999. Motor vehiclecrashes accounted for $74 million. The economic toll is huge, but even bigger is the toll injuriestake on peoples’ lives. “The reality of road collisions is that it’s a matter of life anddeath,” said Dr. John Tallon, emergency physician and medicaldirector for both the Nova Scotia Trauma Program and the QEIITrauma Service. “Each day I see patients come into the emergencyroom with injuries from motor vehicle crashes that could havebeen prevented had people made different choices — drivenslower, worn a seatbelt, not had that drink.” The recently developed provincial injury prevention strategy willreduce injury in Nova Scotia by addressing three main causes – motor vehicle collisions, falls and self-inflicted injury.Implementation of the strategy is being led by the Office ofHealth Promotion in conjunction with other government departments– including Transportation and Public Works — and many non-government organizations. “Improving the health of Nova Scotians includes protecting themfrom injury — at home, at work and on the roads,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “We’re the only provincewith an injury prevention strategy that will improvecollaboration on initiatives to reduce injury across Nova Scotiaand ultimately, save lives.” The World Health Organization says a key to a successful roadsafety program is to engage government and private sector groupsin co-ordinated programs of road safety research, development andimplementation. Nova Scotia’s own Road Safety Advisory Committeeincludes members of non-profit organizations, government,industry, policing and others, and leads the way to improvingroad safety in this province. The committee is guided by RoadSafety Vision 2010, a national plan that aims to reduce thenumber of road users killed and seriously injured across Canadaby 30 per cent by 2010. Alcohol countermeasures, occupantrestraint, driver behaviour, and pedestrian, bicycle andmotorcycle safety are its main areas of concern. “We’ve taken a number of steps over the years to reduce trafficinjury, including strong messages about driver choices, policeenforcement, improved vehicle safety standards, and highwaydesign. Government programs, such as mandatory seat belts andgraduated licensing contribute to safety, but there are still fartoo many preventable injuries,” said Mr. Russell. This is the first time in its 56 years that the World HealthOrganization (WHO) has selected road safety as the focus of WorldHealth Day. WHO has reported that 1.2 million people are killedannually in road collisions — 3,000 people around the worldevery day with an additional 140,000 injured. In Canada, as in Nova Scotia, traffic fatalities peaked in theearly 1970s. WHO has reported that since that time, Canada’spopulation has grown by 40 per cent, and the number of vehicleshas increased by 80 per cent. Despite this increased mobility,the number of traffic fatalities has been cut by more than half.
NEW YORK — A prominent Hong Kong businessman has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to the presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case.U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska sentenced Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary, on Monday.Ho was convicted in December of paying bribes to the presidents of Chad and Uganda in a scheme to secure oil rights for an energy conglomerate.Lawyers for Ho insisted at trial that payments to the presidents were legitimate charitable donations. The payments included $2 million in gift boxes delivered to Chad’s president in 2014.Prosecutors had recommended Ho serve five years.Defence lawyers said his 16 months behind bars as a model inmate were enough.The Associated Press
She said that the US had made clear, including when senior Sri Lankans had visited Washington, that if they didn’t take steps that they could then they would see this kind of a resolution coming forward.“Again, we want to see the Sri Lankans take their own decisions. As we’ve said before, if those are not forthcoming, the international community will look at whether there are other steps we can take,” she said. She was referring to the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which the US sponsored resolution calls for the full implementation. The United States has warned that international action maybe initiated on Sri Lanka if the island fails to implement the latest resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council.US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Sri Lanka should listen to the words of the international community and implement the plan that they have never implemented. Asked what those “other” steps are and if it means another resolution next year, Nuland said “We have talked in the past about whether there ought to be an international effort on this front rather than a Sri Lankan-led effort.”Earlier the White House had said the United States wants the Sri Lankan government to develop a comprehensive action plan for implementing steps on reconciliation and accountability, as called for in the resolution, and to work with UN experts and its partners in the international community to take meaningful action to achieve these important goals, which will be a critical part of Sri Lanka’s efforts to provide a bright, peaceful, and stable future for all of its people.“We stand ready to partner with Sri Lanka in this important effort,” the statement added. “As you know, we welcome the passage of this new resolution; 24 other countries also voted for it. We call on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its obligations to its own people. The resolution very clearly expresses the support of the international community for Sri Lanka, addressing its outstanding issues related to reconciliation and for meeting its obligations for accountability, which it has not yet done,” she said at a State Department press briefing.