FEU didn’t play its best in four-set win over UE, says coach

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It might have been that middle blocker Celine Domingo used to don the red of the Lady Warriors, but skipper Bernadeth Pons echoed her mentor’s words.Pons admitted what they displayed in their victory over UE, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, wasn’t their best and they vow to do better in the future games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that the way we played wasn’t in the level on what we are capable of,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We weren’t at one hundred percent there, coach said that it was just 60 percent.”The 0-6 Lady Warriors, who played their first game without beleaguered former head coach Francis Vicente, managed to steal the third set to prevent a sweep. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next LATEST STORIES FEU posts 2nd straight win at expense of UE Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We have to explain to each other that we have to give it all especially in our future games,” added Pons as she finished with 21 points.As for Domingo, putting up 19 points and scoring off six blocks was a testament that she’s happy with her current situation with the Lady Tamaraws as they improved to 3-2 in the standings.“It’s quite challenging because I was thinking that I used to play with these girls in front of me, I was with them two years ago,” said Domingo in Filipino. “So what I did is play, do my part, and show that I am happy here in FEU.”Domingo was vital in the clutch for FEU, first denying Mary Ann Mendrez for the Lady Tamaraws’ 23-19 lead in the fourth before scoring an off-balanced kill for her team’s 24-21 match point.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum View comments Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua said that his players did show a little bit of mercy when they beat University of the East in four sets in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Valdez, Creamline yet to solve Bali Pure puzzle

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Bualee is the PVL’s most decorated import with her achievements dating back to when the league was still named the Shakey’s V-League.Included in Bualee’s resume are six Best Scorers, two conference MVPs, and one Finals MVP.Valdez added they have to find a way to finish matches stronger after dropping the third set against the Water Defenders in quick fashion.“It’s really frustrating, you get the first set, you almost win the second set then your energy and confidence, as a team, just plummets come the third set,” said Valdez, who had 12 points in the loss. “This is a learning experience for the team and I hope we can change the mindset come the second game.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure edges Creamline in Game 1 of PVL semis MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said Saturday that their miserable record against Bali Pure has certainly affected the entire team, and with the Cool Smashers battling for a spot in the finals the ace hitter added they better change their mindset.“Definitely the record is affecting the team,” said Valdez after losing for a third straight time to the Water Defenders, dropping a 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez and company are 0-3 against the Water Defenders dating back to the elimination round.Bali Pure’s first win came off a four-setter, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26, back in May 16 when Valdez carried the Cool Smashers with 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline again lost for a second time a week later, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, but Valdez played sparingly and she finished with just two points.“We’re really working hard to perform well and give a good fight, and we failed to give our opponents that,” said Valdez. “Bali Pure is a veteran team with Jeng [Bualee] and Grethcel [Soltones] have played in commercial leagues and international competitions.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gameslast_img read more

Recovering De Ocampo vows to be ready come Game 3

first_imgBut de Ocampo vowed to come out better for Game 3 on Sunday, where he expects his body to be at a better shape to help TNT once again gain advantage in the championship duel.“I’ll be ready for the next game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “We talked about it, that if he needs me, I can play,” he said.Considering that de Ocampo is still on the road to recovery following his week-long battle with flu, the 35-year-old tried to be the source of inspiration to the KaTropa as they lost hold of their early 17-point advantage and allowed San Miguel to zoom ahead in the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, he could only do so much as TNT fell, 102-88, and  the Beermen equalized the best-of-seven series to one game apiece.“I tried but it’s obvious that I’m still not at 100-percent. We couldn’t win today,” he said, as he finished with three points in his eight minutes on the floor. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Santos happy to show what he can do from the bench WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo knew he had to make his presence felt.With TNT going scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second quarter, the veteran forward gave coach Nash Racela the look and got himself on the floor for the first time in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dhoni recommended for rank of Lt Colonel

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni could soon get a legitimate reason to wear fatigues, something he loves to sport whenever he is not in cricketing gear.When the defence ministry clears chief minister Arjun Munda’s letter of recommendation to make the Team India skipper an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, Dhoni would join the likes of his teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who has been named honorary group captain in the Indian Air Force.”It will send a message that a player can also be a jawan of the country. Besides, it will help us in the process of nation building,” Munda said.It was for the first time that the chief minister was making recommendation for awarding honourary degree to a person from Jharkhand. It comes after Dhoniled India to a spectacular World Cup triumph in April.After the historic win, Dhoni met Army Chief of Staff Gen. VK Singh, who had offered him a commissioned rank in the Territorial Army.Explaining the concept of the Territorial Army, an officer of the armed forces said it was a part of the army and its present role was to relieve regular personnel from static duties and assist the civil administration whenever required.An officer of the Territorial Army has to sign up for a six-month training period at the Indian Military Academy on physical endurance and tactics.As a lieutenant colonel, Dhoni will be given the Ashok Emblem and one star for rank.He would be entitled to every other facility available to military officers.advertisementNot only will he have access to officers’ mess and army canteens, he will also be entitled for medical assistance at military hospitals.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Are Madrid more complete without Ronaldo?

first_imgThere’s a joke doing the rounds among some Real Madrid fans that, now Cristiano Ronaldo has gone, they can finally admit what they have always known to be true; that Lionel Messi really is the best player in the world.This represents one of the more humorous anecdotes surrounding the summer departure of CR7 to Juventus but, as with all gags, it is not without an element of truth. While Cristiano was their man, there could be no debate among Blancos. Now he is gone, it is another story altogether.But, in order to understand what has and will happen to Real Madrid following his exit, we need to take a step back and look at what life was like when he was in the Spanish capital. 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! Five years ago, a Real Madrid legend – who will remain nameless – told me that there would be no tears shed for Ronaldo when he left. At this time the Portuguese was at the very peak of his powers.The truth is that – in some circles – there was always the sense that Cristiano was a goal mercenary and, more troublingly, someone who thought he was as big as the club. This was something that did not sit well with everyone.During Jose Mourinho’s time as coach between 2010 and 2013, many of Ronaldo’s team-mates were told to praise him publicly – and practically pay homage to him – such was his importance to winning games. These demands were never going to create a harmonious dressing room, however important his contribution.It was only when Ronaldo dared to stand up to Mourinho – challenging his authority – that he really earned the respect of his colleagues and became one of the team’s leaders along with Sergio Ramos.Ronaldo’s diva-like attitude was frequently excused with statements such as “well, you know what he’s like” as Madrid made a Faustian pact that permitted individualistic behaviour in exchange for outstanding performances.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 260518The fact the players accepted his ways and whims does not mean they liked his antics, nor that they liked him. Ronaldo was far from the most popular man in the Madrid changing room, although he did enjoy a close friendship with Marcelo. With everyone else, he endured a mostly business-like relationship.When Ronaldo’s time at Madrid came to an end – following Florentino Perez’s refusal to hand him a new, lucrative contract – the Ballon d’Or winner was obliged by the club to sign a letter stating that it was he who had indeed asked to leave for Juventus. This was the main reason why Ronaldo did not want a public farewell because it would have meant he would have had to share a stage with Perez.And so what of the future for this Real team?Following his departure, Real Madrid failed to sign any new Galacticos – though not through a lack of trying. First they attempted to lure Kylian Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu in order to prepare for Ronaldo’s exit, and then they looked to entice Neymar. On both occasions, PSG snubbed them at the earliest opportunity.   Unable to recruit a Galactico, the only other option they had was either spending money on players who were willing to join, such as Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, or keeping their powder dry and strengthening the team in other key positions.Balague pull quote 2Many key figures inside the club were in agreement that there was little point in spending big on players who were no better than those already in the squad.This has been Madrid’s transfer policy in recent years, with the last Galactico to be signed being James Rodriguez in 2014. Real may be a huge club but they also have to be wary of their debt, estimated to be as high as €600 million (£539m/$697m).Ronaldo’s departure thus opened the door for Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to come to the fore, as well as for Marco Asensio to accelerate his development. And, despite all the doom and gloom predicted by many experts, things have gone swimmingly for the Blancos and their attackers thus far.Everyone certainly seems to be rising to the occasion and this is a Real Madrid playing more as a team, with extra emphasis on possession football and a greater application on collective pressure.Last season, Madrid endured a miserable start to the campaign, taking just seven points from their first five games. This term, they have a 100 per cent record in La Liga after three matches and a plus-eight goal difference.Bale’s form has been peaking since the end of last season and he now has 10 goals in his last 10 games, while Asensio has earned three penalties since the start of the campaign.Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Real MadridBenzema, meanwhile, scored a Ronaldo-type goal from outside the box at the weekend – a collector’s item if ever there was one – and his movement all around the pitch has been fantastic. He scored only five league goals last season, this term he already has four. The Frenchman is also benefitting from the greater possession that Madrid are enjoying, not least because he loves being part of the creative process.In the final third, Madrid have so many options with Dani Carvajal and Marcelo down the sides, and Asensio making runs in behind. The 22-year-old has the potential to become one of the best players in the world this season and could hit 20 goals. Mixing all these weapons and possession with a high pressing game and diagonal passes from Sergio Ramos to the wings and Madrid are looking like a very complete team offensively.And, at the other end, Madrid now have strength in depth between the sticks with the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, Thibaut Courtois, joining UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Keylor Navas.Speaking of Europe, we return to Ronaldo who this week was not selected as Europe’s best player by UEFA – the honour going instead to his former Madrid team-mate Luka Modric.Marco Asensio Real MadridI was there for the event staying at the same hotel as Ronaldo and watched on as, half an hour before the event began, his entourage proceeded to get themselves into a lather as CR7 chose not to attend the gala having learned he’d been snubbed.This was a shame because waiting for him was his former president Florentino Perez who hoped that everyone – especially the media – would be there to see him give Ronaldo a hug.His non-appearance coupled with his recent statement – effectively a message to his former employers – about how much he felt at home at Juventus because it was like a family was typical Ronaldo; outspoken. Some would say it was unnecessarily tactless.“It’s the biggest club in Italy, one of the best in the world, so it was an easy decision,” he told JuventusTV .“So far, I feel the people at the club are different, they are nice and like a family. The supporters are the same.”But, as Sergio Ramos stated in a swift reply, Madrid no longer have to cover up and overlook Ronaldo’s emotional and egotistical behaviour. The European champions have turned over a new leaf and so far things are going well without their all-time record scorer.last_img read more

Virat and Anushka Italian wedding in Tuscany: Everything about the destination venue, see pics

first_imgThree years ago, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Bride, Anushka Sharma said that if she were to have a destination wedding, it would be in ‘somewhere like a vineyard perhaps’. In 2017, as she and Indian skipper Virat Kohli are all set to tie the knot, Sharma has made sure vineyards are a big part of her wedding ceremony.The couple, along with their respective families, took off to Italy in the wee hours of Friday. While the initial speculation was that Kohli and Sharma were getting married in Milan, seems like they are not. Their big day is taking place just a little over four hours south of Milan, in a historic property called Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South Italy.WHERE IS BORGO FINOCCHIETO?Borgo FinocchietoBorgo Finocchieto in Buoncovento is about an hour from the city of Tuscany and is known for its celebrity-endorsed resort. The property is a restored 13th Century village that has five villas. The word ‘borgo’ is Italian for ‘village’. ‘Finochietto’ in Italian means an orchard, or fields, of fennel. The owner of the Borgo bought the property in 2001, and is said to have spent eight years restoring the 13th Century village and giving it its present look.At once, the resort can accommodate 44 people in 22 rooms. That might explain why most of Virat and Anushka’s friends had to be left behind in India, waiting for a wedding reception in Mumbai on probably December 26. Borgo Finocchieto is at a distance of 34 kms from the Italian station of Siena and 2 kms from the Bibbiano Castle. Florence is an hour’s drive from the place, and Rome is two-and-a-half hours away. Borgo Finocchieto sits right next to Italy’s wine capital, Montalcino. Anushka’s vineyard wedding done right, we say!advertisementHISTORICAL IMPORTANCEThe property is a restored 13th Century villageAn entire village in Siena is now Borgo Finocchieto. Its historical importance lies in the fact that the erstwhile village was located on the Via Francigena, the road that the medieval pilgrims took to reach Rome from Canterbury some 800 years ago. The Via (road) connected the monastic stopovers of Monte Oliveto and Sant Antimo.Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are getting married in this Tuscan heaven The village probably hosted numerous pilgrims, merchants and adventurers through the centuries. You might want to go back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to refresh your memory of Siena and the journey that his pilgrims set out on.WEDDINGS IN BORGO FINOCCHIETOThe property has immense historical importanceYou can find the Borgo Finocchieto listed under ‘Exclusive Weddings in Italy’. The place promises to give you the experience of a lifetime and something to remember the big day by. They are famous for their rolling lawns, wine-tasting rooms and a gazebo. The Borgo is often booked for wedding parties and has seen several celebrity visits in the past.The owner of Borgo Finocchieto spent eight years restoring the villageThe Borgo Finocchieto comes with five independent and luxurious buildings, air-conditioned to make sure the heat of South Italy doesn’t bother you. The villas are named Finocchieto, Colussi, Filippi, Santa Teresa and Fede.CELEBRITIES AT BORGO FINOCCHIETOBorgo Finocchieto is among the most expensive holiday destinations in the worldThe place is famous for its high-profile guests. Remember the Obamas on their Tuscan vacation just this May? They were at the Borgo Finocchieto too. Barack and Michelle Obama, after leaving the White House, have been on a dream tour of sorts. Their May sojourn began in Milan, where the former US president delivered a speech on climate change, and the couple then headed to Borgo Finocchieto, where Virat and Anushka are now getting married.The property is right next to Italy’s wine capital, MontalcinoThe Borgo comes with a testimonial by the late American politician, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, who gushed, “Vicki (Victoria Kennedy) and I can’t thank you enough for having us at the Borgo. The wine, food and friends made for a special visit that we’ll never forget. We envy your small piece of Tuscan heaven and we’re grateful to you for sharing it with us…. With great appreciation and affection.”COSTSBorgo Finocchieto boasts of five villas that can accommodate 44 people at onceThe medieval villa sits right atop (is second actually, next to Hacienda Santa Ines in Costa Rica) Forbes’ list of 20 most expensive holiday destinations in the world. One week at the Borgo Finocchieto is going to set you back by at least Rs 1 crore. The rates range from Rs 6,50,000 to 14,00,000 per night.VIRAT AND ANUSHKABorgo Finocchieto is about an hour’s drive from TuscanyThe Borgo Finocchieto is completely booked till December 13, by when Virat and Anushka are expected to tie the knot. Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are among the very few people expected to be there.advertisementFor the next few days, a private security cordon around the heritage property keeps people out. A team of bhangra dancers have arrived and staying in nearby Bibbiano. Sangeet and other Punjabi wedding ceremonies are on. A quaint little village in Tuscany is getting a taste of Punjab. It sure will be a wedding to remember!(The writer tweets as @ananya116)FULL COVERAGE: Virat and Anushka’s Italian weddingALSO WATCH | Exclusive video from Borgo Finocchieto, Virat and Anushka’s stunning wedding venuelast_img read more

No cricketing ties with Pakistan until government nod: Rajeev Shukla

first_imgIn the wake of Pulwama terror attack, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla made it clear that there is no possibility of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get government’s nod.Shukla admitted to have faith in the concept of sports being above everything else but asserted that “if somebody is sponsoring terrorism” then it would obviously have an impact on sports.”Our position is very clear. Unless government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan. Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also,” Shukla told reporters.When asked if India will play against Pakistan in the forthcoming World Cup, Shukla ducked the question saying, “That we can’t tell you know right now. World cup is far away. We will see what happens.”Following the attack, people from across the country expressed anger and demanded action against Pakistan. The congress member said that the outrage is justified and asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism.”This is the outrage of the people which is reflecting in these ways. Obviously people will react like this. Pakistan should be vary of these things. They should not support terrorism. We have been saying this from day one. When our government was there, we gave tons of documents about their involvement. They should realise this,” Shukla said.Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a CRPF convoy, while moving from Jammu to Srinagar, was attacked by a suicide bomber in Pulwama on February 14. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.advertisementAlso Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | IMG-Reliance not to broadcast Pakistan Super League over Pulwama attackAlso Read | PCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCIAlso Read | Let’s make India want to play Pakistan: PCB managing directorlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 WC team profile: Guinea

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: All you need to know about Guinea U-17 Manasi Pathak Last updated 2 years ago 00:20 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guinean fan Backpagepix U17 World Cup Guinea U17 Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Goal provides you with a guide to the Guinean side – achievements, top players, coach and much more. India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off on 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country. In this segment, we take a look at Guinea’s U-17 team and guide you through their journey to the world cup, highlighting their achievements, key players, coach and much more.INTRODUCTIONCountry: Guinea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Confederation: CAF  (Africa)Nicknames:  Le Syli Cadet (Junior National Elephants)Coach:   Souleymane CamaraPAST RECORDS AND LAURELSGhana U17 v Guinea U17The Guinean youth side has made four appearances at the Under-17 World Cup. The side participated in their first FIFA U-17 World Cup in the year 1985, having grabbed a fourth position finish which is their best till date. In the 1989 U-17 World Cup in Scotland, the  Junior National EElephants missed out on a place in the second round despite finishing the group phase unbeaten with three draws. Six years later, the team from the CAF participated in the 1995 U-17 World Cup at Ecuador where they failed to advance from their pool as they fell prey to Argentina and Costa Rica. The Guineans suffered another first-round exit in 2015 in Chile where they drew 1-1 with England and lost 3-1 and 1-0 to Brazil and Korea Republic, respectively.Apart from their record at the biggest event of youth football, Guinea have had a decent history of results at Africa U-17 Cup of Nations. The side has successfully ended on the third spot thrice (1995, 2015 and 2017) in their six appearances in the competition.  PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF THE MEGA-EVENTFollowing their performance at Gabon’s 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, the players were given a week’s holiday. After that, the young guns of Guinea took part in a month long training camp at Italy followed by another ten-day camp in Abu Dhabi. KEY PLAYERS The young Guinean side has a bunch of pivotal players in the squad of which  Djibril Fandje Toure steals the limelight. Toure scored six goals in the Africa Cup of Nations to win the Golden Boot and also played a vital role in Guinea’s journey to the third place finish in the same tournament. TEAM COACHSouleymane Camara GuineaSouleymane Camara a.k.a ‘Abedi’ is a former playmaker. Camara boasts an excellent reputation in Guinea, having enjoyed a long and successful career as a player-coach during which he won two national cups with FC Sequence. The former coach of Guinean first division side Satellite FC is a young gaffer who aims to make it to at least the second round with his young guns who are still developing.  ROAD TO U-17 WORLD CUP In the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations held at Gabon, Guinea was drawn against Morocco in the second round of qualifying where they came from 1-0 down in both legs before advancing on penalties on Moroccan soil. After surpassing the third round, they kicked off the continental finals in Gabon with a 5-1 victory over the host nation followed by a 1-1 draw with Cameroon and a goalless draw with Ghana. This secured them a place in the last four and also a berth in the FIFA  U-17 World Cup 2017. In the semi-finale, Guinea was beaten on penalties (2-0) by Ghana but went on to beat Niger 3-1 in third place play-off. last_img read more

Zidane frustrated by Vallejo red

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane frustrated by red card in otherwise comfortable Madrid win Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 07:07 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zinedine Zidane - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Copa del Rey Zinédine Zidane Fuenlabrada v Real Madrid Fuenlabrada The 20-year-old was sent off on his debut in the only negative of an otherwise successful Copa del Rey clash for Los Blancos Zinedine Zidane was frustrated with Jesus Vallejo’s red card on a night when everything else went Real Madrid’s way in the Copa del Rey.The Madrid coach named an experimental line-up at third-tier Fuenlabrada, handing Vallejo a full debut.Real 6/4 to win La Liga with dabblebet 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 The defender largely took his chance as the European champions cruised to a clean sheet. However, as they led 2-0 in the closing stages – courtesy of two penalties – the debutant rashly lunged in on home captain Luis Milla and saw red, blotting an otherwise spotless copybook for Zidane and his side.”I cannot be happy – he’s not happy about the red card,” the coach said. “But I’ll stick with how well he has done in the game, I’ll take that and that’s why I’m happy.”Beyond Vallejo’s misdemeanour, Zidane had only praise for his side.He added: “We had patience, we scored two goals and we didn’t concede. All of the players have played a great game. That’s what matters and we’re all satisfied with the result.”A solid performance by the lads at @CFuenlabradaSAD ! Our 2017/18 Copa del Rey campaign is off to a good start! #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/blHe1P0EdA — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 26, 2017 Vallejo was not the only player to benefit from the absence of big hitters such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric, with Marcos Llorente also delighted to be given a chance.”The coach makes sure all the team is involved,” Llorente said. “He gives us opportunities and today we played a great game.”last_img read more

Italy dream hasn’t ended, says Buffon

first_imgJuventus A dream that hasn’t yet finished – Buffon celebrates 20 years since Italy debut Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 03:31 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gianluigibuffon-cropped Getty Images Juventus Italy Serie A Two decades have passed since the evergreen Juve keeper made his Azzurri debut, but he insists still has more to offer for his nation Gianluigi Buffon sent a message to Italy fans on the 20th anniversary of his debut for the national team, saying his international career “hasn’t yet finished”.The Juventus star first played for the Azzurri on 29 October 1997, when he came on as a first-half substitute in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier against Russia.An injury to first-choice goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca prompted the introduction of a 19-year-old Buffon, then playing his club football at Parma, after half an hour in driving snow, and the young substitute gave a performance beyond his years. 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 Juventus 11/10 v SportingThe match ended in a 1-1 draw, with future Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro the only player to beat Buffon on the day when he scored an own goal, and it marked the beginning of a long and illustrious international career.| #Buffon: 20 years ago a dream that hasn’t yet finished began. I’m fortunate to have lived it and it’s been a privilege. Thanks to all! https://t.co/CjZMbcNlKx— Italy (@azzurri) October 29, 2017Two decades later, Buffon has 173 caps and a World Cup winner’s medal to his name, and he expressed his gratitude for having had such a long career at the top in a message on his Twitter feed.He said: “20 years ago a dream that hasn’t yet finished began. I’m fortunate to have lived it and it’s been a privilege. Thanks to all!”last_img read more

ESPN Announces This Year’s Theme Song For The College Football Season

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffIf you’re constantly tuned in to ESPN during pigskin season, you’ll likely see the network’s college football promo commercials dozens, if not hundreds of times. The Worldwide Leader, much to the dismay of many, uses the same song for every bit. By the end of the year, you’ll know every word.So which song will you know every word to this year? According to Chris Fowler, who used to host College GameDay before giving up the job to Rece Davis last year, this year’s song will be “Collider” by the X Ambassadors and Tom Morello. The X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York. Morello, of course, was the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine.Here’s the video for the song, if you’re so inclined. It was released on August 1st.As a huge Tom Morello/Rage Against the Machine fan, this makes me happy: new ESPN CFB anthem w/X Ambassadors https://t.co/0ipVtmRM4y— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 3, 2016Last year, the tune was “History” by Lauren Alaina. In 2014, it was “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy.The X Ambassadors were formed in 2009 and released their first full-length album in 2015. The band is comprised of four members – Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.ESPN will kick off its college football coverage in 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Hawaii and California are set to meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday, August 26. The Rainbow Warriors and Golden Bears will meet a week before all other teams.College football’s opening weekend will feature a number of important games, so expect to see a number of promos. In the first few days of the season, we’ll get to see Kansas State vs. Stanford, Oklahoma vs. Houston, UCLA vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Wisconsin, Alabama vs. USC, Florida State vs. Ole Miss, Texas vs. Notre Dame and Auburn vs. Clemson.last_img read more

You Haven’t Had Meat ‘Til You’ve Eaten at Animal

first_imgBeing obsessed with kale and tofu and whatever the hell veganism is, Los Angeles seems like an unlikely place for the meat mecca that is Animal restaurant, but people are glad it exists. The inventive, bold, always-flavorful menu earned Animal a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence. Opened by chefs-and-restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal is another in their long line of gastronomical successes, including Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny’s, and Trois Familia just to name a few. The two men met in culinary school in Florida and eventually found themselves on the West Coast, feeding the grateful carnivorous Angeleno population. Animal is small, seating for only about 40 guests at a time, and is in keeping with their minimalist design scheme, which keeps your attention fully on the meal. Not that you could really be distracted from it.The cuts offered at Animal aren’t your regular fare, so this is a place for only gluttonous adventurers. Take their “Mongolian” sweetbreads, served with Shiitake mushrooms, scallions and Kochukaru, a hot Korean spice. Sweetbreads, if you’re not familiar, are somewhat sweet but are assuredly not bread. It’s the thymus gland and pancreas of, traditionally, lamb or veal. Speaking of veal, they offer veal tongue served with salmon roe and black mustard. Not exciting enough for you? Go for the Veal Brains, served with Indian spices and apricot puree. There’s even a pig’s head– yes, you read that correctly: they serve their twist on the classic British dish, Pig’s Head Terrine. They have a pig’s ear if you’re not ready for the whole hog (head). Their roasted bone marrow is served with healthy dollops of chimichurri sauce, which really livens it up. Other animals that make an appearance on the dinner menu include rabbit, Albacore Tuna, pork ribs, a richly smoked turkey leg, and a bone-in Ribeye, swimming in bone marrow butter. You really haven’t had butter until you’ve had bone marrow butter. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The meat heaven also offers brunch, and it’s no doubt the most exciting brunch menu you’ll come across. Still featuring heavily on meat, Animal offers interesting twists on classics. Their Pastrami Reuben Benedict makes for a very happy mid-morning meal. If you’re looking for less breakfast and more lunch, go for their Barbeque Pork Belly sandwiches.Let’s not forget the supporting dishes because Animal certainly hasn’t. Make sure to order the Poutine, which is made with oxtail gravy and topped with cheddar. And if you’ve still got room after your meal, order the Tres Leches cake, which is so light and creamy and simple, it’ll blow your mind. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene center_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img read more

Suds Up in Style With Soap on a Rope

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date These soaps on a rope are no joke. They smell great, lather up nice, and can hang with the best of them. Bar soap is slipperp without a handle. Plus, hanging a soap on a rope will make it last longer and keep from becoming contaminated with bacteria. Elevate your shower experience (and pass on the silly puns) with these luxe bath bars.Musgo Real Soap On A Rope – $28There’s really no need to spritz on more cologne after showering with this sophisticated soap. It’s a woody oriental scent created like a classic fine fragrance. There’s ylang-ylang at the top, musk in the middle, and amber and tonka at the base. Suds up with this warm, spicy blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and vanilla.See ItSan Francisco Soap Company Forest Musk Soap on a Rope – $9This scented soap may be free of parabens, synthetic colors, fake fragrances, gluten, GMOs, and animal products but it’s still tough enough to take down your body odor. Did you have a bear of a day? It’s all good. Lather up with this masculine soap, close your eyes, and enjoy your alone time in the woods.See ItDope On a Rope Soap Northern Lights – $10This winning combination of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils will leave your skin feeling alright. It arrives vacuum sealed so it’s as fresh as the day it was made. As the brand’s saying goes, just be careful, you don’t smoke it; you soak it.See ItClark & James Lake House Soap on a Rope  – $16With notes of cedar and fresh lemongrass, this soap’s scent will transport you to summer time. It’s a large, long-lasting bar with a gentle lather that won’t irritate your skin. This vintage soap will look great hanging in your old log cabin and get you clean in the lake. They are made from a glycerin and vegetable oil soap base and are completely vegan with a 100-percent cotton rope.See ItCasswell-Massey Sandalwood Soap on a Rope – $22This soap has some serious history. William Hunter founded Caswell-Massey in 1752 in Newport, Rhode Island. Their clients include the founding fathers and the pioneers of Wall Street. The bar in question has an exotic sandalwood scent and a rich, creamy, moisturizing lather.See ItArchipelago Boticario De Havana Soap on a Rope – $15This triple-milled soap with a handcrafted-twill rope is pure luxury. Lather up and inhale notes of mandarin, bergamot, thyme, and coriander. Ground coffee beans gently buff away dead skin while pure shea butter soothes and hydrates.See ItL:A Bruket No. 083 Sage/Rosemary/Lavender Rope Soap – $32There’s nothing like a good soak. Lather up to better your mind and body with this handmade, organic soap. It has calming lavender to melt away stress while sage and rosemary gets your blood flowing.See ItDuke Cannon Tactical Soap on a Rope – $15 You probably didn’t know that you needed a tactical pouch to hang your soap. This one doubles as a scrubbing tool. There’s a course mesh side to exfoliate those rough patches of skin and a softer mesh to buff the rest of you. The paracord keeps this big soap off the ground and clean.See It The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

Report Panama Canals LNG Tanker Traffic to Surge by 50 Pct

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal Authority expects to see a rise in the number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, mainly driven by increasing exports of fuel from the United States.Namely, the LNG tanker traffic would go up by 50 percent by September on the back of a growing global demand for LNG, Reuters said, citing Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Authority’s CEO.During the final quarter of 2017, the canal welcomed 60 LNG tankers, up from 43 tankers received in the same quarter a year earlier. As the demand for LNG continues rising, the Panama Canal expects to see one LNG tanker sail through its locks each day, Quijano told Reuters.US exports via the Panama Canal decreased temporarily in September 2017, due to damages caused by Hurricane Harvey to several Texas and Louisiana ports, but recovered in the following months.LNG vessels, which have an average canal water time of 20.5 hours, including waiting and transit times, represent about 9 percent of transits through the canal’s new locks.Earlier in 2017, Quijano informed that the canal expects to nearly double LNG carrier transits through the waterway by 2020 driven by US exports of natural gas.“The shale revolution in the United States not only has produced a quantum leap in terms of technology and volumes, but has also become a catalyst for the development and rapid evolution of a growing spot market, swaps and short-term contracts that were unthinkable a few years ago,” Quijano said.Based on the canal authority’s figures, the LNG segment has been surpassing the canal’s original expectations of one transit per week, and on average, 5.2 LNG vessels have transited the canal per week.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Delhiites celebrate Eid

first_imgNew Delhi: People dressed in traditional finery flocked to mosques here on an overcast Monday morning to offer ‘namaz’ on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Scores of people, including former vice-president Hamid Ansari, offered prayers at the historic Jama Masjid on Parliament Street. Many also visited the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque. Soon after the ‘namaz’, people hugged each other and the mosques reverberated with greetings of “Eid Mubarak”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The celebrations were held amid tight security. Security in the national capital has been beefed up in view of Eid al-Adha, upcoming Independence Day and abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Political leaders took to Twitter to extend greetings to people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped that the festival will further the spirit of peace and happiness in the society. “My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished everyone on Twitter. Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakrid or Id-ul-Zuha, marks Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of a lamb after God spared his son, Prophet Ismail. It is also known as the festival of sacrifice.last_img read more

With heavy hearts families of murdered missing ready to share stories

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe families of missing and murdered Indigenous women gathered in Ottawa Thursday.They travelled from across the country to meet in advance of Friday’s national roundtable.It’s a full day to share, health and work on solutions to end the violence against women and girls.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

JVP holds demonstration in Fort against VAT tax increase

The JVP, which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election, said that the VAT is a burden on the public. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staged a demonstration near the Fort railway station today against the recent VAT tax hike implemented by the Government which resulted in the price of most vehicles and other products going up.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and several other JVP members took part in the demonstration. The new 15 percent VAT was implemented recently but the Government insists that several items have been exempted. VAT was increased from 11 percent to 15 percent and among the items exempted are petrol and diesel and aviation fuel as well as wheat, rice, milk powder, mobile phones and healthcare services and education.However water, telephone charges and other key items have been included in the new VAT and this has resulted in strong opposition being raised against it. (Colombo Gazette) read more

With grim statistics and message of hope UN marks World Water Day

The United Nations marked World Water Day today with calls for more equitable distribution and efficient use of a scarce resource; a grim reminder that 6,000 people, mostly children, die every day from dirty water; and a message of hope for one of the planet’s poorest regions, Africa, springing from its rich potential for irrigation. “Let us recognize the cultural, environmental and economic importance of clean water, and strengthen our efforts to protect rivers, lakes and aquifers,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message.“We need to distribute water more equitably, and increase the efficiency of water use, especially in agriculture. Let us mount a sustained effort – among international bodies, Governments and local communities, and across traditions and cultures – that will reach our goals.”Mr. Annan warned that water continues to be wasted and degraded all over the world, in cities and rural areas alike, citing the grim statistics: 18 per cent of the world’s population lack access to safe drinking water; 40 per cent lack basic sanitation; every day, some 6,000 people, most of them children, die from water-related causes.The President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Jan Eliasson of Sweden, also underscored the scourge confronted by people in developing countries where families cannot grow crops, girls cannot go to school because they are walking long distances to fetch water and children die because of the lack of clean water.“We need to get the world back on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving by 2015 the percentage of people without access to safe water,” he said in a statement.With 852 million chronically hungry people in the world today and a global population expected to increase by 2 billion people by 2030, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed that reducing hunger will only be possible if agricultural yields are significantly increased, and increased production will depend largely on investment in irrigation.“Underused water resources in parts of Africa offer great potential for irrigation, especially using simple and inexpensive technologies,” it said in a statement, noting that. Africa uses less than 6 per cent of its renewable water resources, compared with 20 per cent in Asia. Only 7 per cent of arable land in Africa is irrigated, compared with 38 per cent in Asia.Small-scale irrigation and drainage works carried out at the rural community level using local labour offer an effective, low-cost option. “Carefully designed water management strategies and programmes aimed at improving the efficiency and productivity of water use need to be put in place,” Pasquale Steduto, Chief of FAO’s Water Resources, Development and Management Service, said.In Bangkok, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Kim Hak-Su, noted that although the region has the highest economic growth rates in the world, it also has the lowest per-capita fresh water availability, and the highest number of people living below the poverty line. “Over 600 million people live without access to safe drinking water and without appropriate sanitation,” he told a meeting on the future of the region’s water resources today, noting that last year per capita water availability was about 3,400 cubic metres (m3) per annum, while the world average was estimated at 7,600 m3 per annum.Furthermore, in 2005 Asia was home to 71 per cent of the total number of people in the world without access to improved sanitation, 58 per cent of those without access to safe water and 56 per cent of the world’s undernourished. read more

Maryland officials say contractor to pay 45M over flawed health exchange website

Maryland officials say contractor to pay $45M over flawed health exchange website by Brian Witte, The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2015 12:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland officials say the main contractor in the state’s initially flawed health care exchange website has agreed to repay $45 million to avoid legal action over its performance.Attorney General Brian Frosh and Gov. Larry Hogan announced the agreement Tuesday between Maryland and Noridian Healthcare Solutions, which is based in North Dakota.Maryland’s website crashed right after opening Oct. 1, 2013 and later rebuilt it. Other states had similar problems. Oregon and Nevada abandoned their state-run exchanges and now use the federal one.Frosh says the company has agreed to pay $20 million upfront. The rest will come in yearly installments of $5 million for five years.Frosh says the payments represent a recovery of 61 per cent of the total paid to the company for the failed website. read more

Urban Meyer on Michigan Will we be defined by this game You

The Ohio State football team is just one game away from finishing an undefeated season, and although they are banned from postseason play, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the result of Saturday’s game versus Michigan will not define the season any more than it already would.“Will we be defined by this game? You usually are,” Meyer said Monday in his weekly press conference. “Regardless of what happens, this is the game.”The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet for the 109th time in the long history of their college football programs Saturday at Ohio Stadium at noon. For the Buckeyes, it will be the final time they take the field this season, as NCAA sanctions from the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal have banned OSU from a bid in the Big Ten Championship game and bowl game.The Buckeyes, though, find themselves with an opportunity to finish the year 12-0.Rather than the bigger picture of clinching an undefeated season with a win, and potentially being in the running for an Associated Press national championship, Meyer said his team is “focused in” on their final opponent.“We just talked about winning this game,” Meyer said. “We’re not talking about what everybody is going to think a week from now, two weeks from now.”Redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino said the rivalry with Michigan is all the motivation the Buckeyes need Saturday.“This is the game,” Sabino said. “This is a Super Bowl, this is the bowl game, this is national championship, this is everything for us.”Recognizing performances from Wisconsin winMeyer said senior defensive end John Simon, who he once again called the team’s “heart and soul,” was the team’s defensive player of the week after a four-sack performance against Wisconsin.Five other players were named defensive champions for their Wisconsin performances: redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, junior safety Christian Bryant, redshirt senior Orhian Johnson and senior linebacker Zach Boren.For Boren, it was his first time being named a champion since converting from fullback to linebacker for the seventh game of the season versus Indiana.“I’ve gotten better. I can still get a lot better in a lot of different areas,” Boren said of his progress at linebacker. “I’m getting more and more comfortable.”Meyer called Boren’s conversion this season “one of the great stories … in college football, and certainly in Ohio State history.”“What he’s done, the selfless approach … what he would do for this team is extraordinary,” Meyer said. “Incredible human being and a great game.”Offensively, junior running back Carlos Hyde was named player of the week for his 87-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance, which included the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown in overtime. Two wide receivers, sophomore Evan Spencer and junior Corey Brown, the latter of whom had a 68-yard punt return touchdown on Saturday, were also named offensive champions.As a whole, however, Meyer said the offense “didn’t play very well,” and has to play better against Michigan.“It was bad,” Meyer said. “We have to open this offense up and trust that good things are going to happen.”In addition to his defensive recognition, Johnson was also named special teams player of the week. Meyer also acknowledged the blocking of redshirt senior Taylor Rice, Spencer, redshirt senior Stewart Smith and freshman Luke Roberts in leading Brown to his punt return touchdown.Simon was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while Brown earned the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award.No comment on MarylandThe University of Maryland made big news in the Big Ten on Monday, announcing that they will become the conference’s 13th member effective July 1, 2014. That means football matchups against the Buckeyes are within their near future, but Meyer had little to say about the announcement on Monday.“Yesterday … was the first time I even heard about it,” Meyer said. read more