John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game,” he said in Filipino.The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his gaudy numbers, Thompson couldn’t get his mind off of his missed floater which would have swung the lead back to the crowd favorites in the final 20 seconds of the game.Still, the Digos City native would rather keep his eye on the positives with Ginebra, at 5-5, has the luxury of rest before going plunging back into action Rain or Shine for its final assignment on March 2. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “It could be a disadvantage that we may be out of our rhythm because of the long gap, but we’re looking at it as our chance to rest and prepare well for Rain or Shine,” he said.Thompson also isn’t putting too much on the Gin Kings’ failure to live up to everyone’s expectations as one of this conference’s top contenders.“Everyone has their opinion on the teams. They might think that we’re contenders, but for us, every team can contend. We don’t think that we’re higher than them. All we want is to work hard and make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.“Again, we have our eyes set on Rain or Shine. Our target is to make it to the top six so that we’ll be in a best-of-three series.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday.Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year’s finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mondilla takes charge after 69 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio has named Sandy Arespacochaga as the new head coach of the Batang Gilas crew that will see action in the Fiba World Cup under-19 tournament this June as well as the Fiba Asia Championships under-16 slated this year.ADVERTISEMENT Arespacochaga coached the Ateneo Blue Eaglets that won the UAAP juniors championship in 1999 and 2000 and has been part of the Gilas program for years as assistant coach and scout.Arespacochaga has developed a reputation as one of the best motivators and teachers among young players. A soft-spoken and mild-mannered person, his style of coaching is expected to provide great impact on the Batang Gilas players as the under-19 team, which includes Kai Sotto, is set to compete in the World Cup 2019 in Heraklion, Greece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Sandy has proven his worth as a youth basketball coach. He has won championships in the high school-level and has been an active member of the highly successful Ateneo college basketball program,” Panlilio said. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Whether it is the fragrant winter garden or the myriad hues of spring (which is almost knocking on our doors) flowers are a delight. The good news is that regardless of the weather, your space can blossom year-around with floral fabrics, furniture and wall coverings.The Bloom Chair is sculpted from,Whether it is the fragrant winter garden or the myriad hues of spring (which is almost knocking on our doors) flowers are a delight. The good news is that regardless of the weather, your space can blossom year-around with floral fabrics, furniture and wall coverings.The Bloom Chair is sculpted from hundreds of fine running stitches, Price: Rs 1.55lakh, At: www.idus.inFrom teapots with pansies and chairs shaped like a flower to lotus motif cushions and abstract floral wallpaper-go ahead and create your personal indoor garden. However, be forewarned, there are rules when decorating with his popular motif. For instance, small prints in faded pastel hues lend a vintage aura, while a bold floral, in abstract form can take on a modern art vibe.WHAT’S TRENDING”From upholstery fabric and furniture, to wall coverings and cushions, floral motifs are very popular this year especially in conjunction with neoclassical furniture,” says interior designer Nomita Kohli of Wisma Atria Interiors. Unlike last year, which was all about large showy flowers on furniture and furnishings, this year one is a seeing a mix of floral patterns.Chest of drawers with a hand-painted flower, Price: Rs 5.83 lakh, At: www.wismaatria.in”If you are buying hand painted furniture, abstract floral is a better choice. The trend of placing a piece or two of floral shaped furniture is also in demand. In furnishings, big showy floral prints look great; while on plates and smaller accessories small blooms create a mesmerising picture,” adds Kohli.DESIGN TIPSA design principle to follow when using the floral motif is that of repetition. For example, if your bed is dressed in a pretty floral, add a matching floral pillow to a plain chair. It’s also a good idea to carry your theme into the adjacent bathroom by painting the walls a hue that’s prominent in the floral. A quick fix to make your home blossom is to start by looking for blooms that match the colours that you already have in your home.advertisementFloral viscose cushions and drapes, Price: Rs 7,500 onwards (per meter), At: www.jagdishstore.com;This way you won’t have to redo or replace items when playing with this trend indoors. “In the bathroom you can go for floral tiles, mats, accessories and shower curtains. In the living room, paintings, flower arrangements, ornate vintage vases and carpets (especially Persian) look lovely.The dining room can sport crockery, centre pieces and table linen with bright and beautiful flowers. For the bedroom this motif can be found on curtains, bed spreads, lights and paintings. One may even beautify ordinary window grills with floral patterns to make it appear less austere,” says Kaizad Dinshaw, founder of Nitido Design.Lotus Lake collection, Price: Rs 750 onwards, At: www.goodearth.inAVOID THESE FAUX PAS”Flowers should not overtake a room, Their use should be limited to a few pillows, a throw or even a floral print ottoman,” warns interior designer and owner of STROT, Sidhant Lamba. So, exercise restraint when using the floral motif indoors as there is such a thing as too much. “Buying the entire matching set as it is displayed in the store also looks boring. Always mix and match patterns that complement one another,” he adds.Ceramic vase with a large flower, Price: Rs 4,595, At: www.elvy.in
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A school in Uttar Pradesh is apparently teaching students the ground realities in a very literal way. Girls at the Rajkiya Balika Inter College in Noida’s sector 51 are forced to sit on the floor as the classrooms have no desks or chairs.The institution though has a sterling new building that cost several crores and became operational on July 3. Inter colleges, also known as intermediate colleges, are government-run higher secondary schools in some states such as UP, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh.But while the students at the Noida school are made to sit on rugs, the teachers have sufficient furniture at their disposal. The report came a day after the state’s nearly four-month-old Yogi Adityanath government announced a slew of measures for education in its budget aimed at the poor and backward classes, including Rs 52.66 crore to construct hostels for students and Rs 551.28 crore to reimburse their fees.When Mail Today spoke to authorities at the Rajkiya Balika Inter College, they said “arrangement for furniture will be made soon”. The school has been constructed in Hoshiyarpur area of Noida’s sector 51 this year. The orientation process began on July 1 while classes formally commenced the following Monday.According to the authorities, discussions are on for delivery of the furniture. But till then, the students will continue to sit on the floor.There were no blackboards or whiteboards either for the first few days and teaching was done orally. However, small blackboards are now being used till proper-sized ones are supplied.”The furniture has to be provided by the government. It is delayed primarily because elections came in between and then the government changed. Also, introduction of e-tenders might have slowed down the process a little bit more,” Hem Lata, the principal, told Mail Today.advertisementShe also said authorities didn’t even provide enough rugs for girls to sit on. “We have bought a few carpets from our own funds and some were provided by local BJP worker Manmohan Chauhan,” said the principal. “Even villagers have contributed a lot.”Students say they are facing a lot of discomfort sitting on the floor all day. A lot of them complain of backaches and body pain.”When they were constructing this building for such a long time, they should also have made provisions for furniture in advance instead of waiting till the last moment,” a student said.”Also, since generators have not been installed yet, we have to sit in uncomfortable heat whenever there is a power cut,” another student said. The school also doesn’t have enough teachers. There is a requirement for 15 postgraduate teachers, but only six have been appointed.According to the principal, one of the main reasons why there is a delay in filling the vacancies is the new transfer policy of the UP government, which has sent the whole process online.ALSO READ | UP school wants students to sport Yogi-like haircut, say no to beards and shun ‘love jihad’ ALSO READ | CBSE cracks down on schools selling uniforms, books, stationery: Not commercial establishments ALSO WATCH | School under the bridge: Changing young lives at Delhi’s Yamuna Bank metro station
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw made Friday for the Champions League third qualifying round:(First-leg matches, July 25-26; Second-leg matches, Aug. 1-2)Non-champions routeFCSB (Romania) vs. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)Nice (France) vs. Ajax (Netherlands)Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs. Young Boys (Switzerland)AEK Athens (Greece) vs. CSKA Moscow (Russia)Bruges (Belgium) vs. Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey)Champions routeSlavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. BATE Borisov (Belarus) or Alashkert (Armenia)Spartaks Jurmala (Latvia) or Astana (Kazakhstan) vs. Mariehamn (Finland) or Legia Warsaw (Poland)Zrinjski (Bosnia-Herzegovina) or Maribor (Slovenia) vs. Hafnarfjordur (Iceland) or Vikingur (Faeroe Islands)Zilina (Slovakia) or Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Malmo (Sweden) or Vardar (Macedonia)Linfield (Northern Ireland) or Celtic (Scotland) vs. Dundalk (Ireland) or Rosenborg (Norway)Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) or Honved (Hungary) vs. Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania) or Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria)Viitorul Costanza (Romania) vs. APOEL (Cyprus) or Dudelange (Luxembourg)Hibernians (Malta) or Salzburg (Austria) vs. Rijeka (Croatia) or The New Saints (Wales)Qarabag (Azerbaijan) or Samtredia (Georgia) vs. Sheriff (Moldova) or Kukesi (Albania)Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) or Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) vs. Olympiacos (Greece).TweetPinShare0 Shares
The drama and suspense over teams and support staff clearance for the Asian Games, starting in Indonesia on August 18 is over. Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra is more than relieved athletes can get on with their business as the focus from here on will be just on high voltage performances in Jakarta and Palembang.In a freewheeling chat with Mail Today on Saturday, Batra spoke about how the IOA had done due diligence and finalised the team lists. It’s altogether another matter, in over seven sporting disciplines, different courts of law had also come into play.”It was a huge exercise we, in the IOA, undertook. What was most important was to clear teams as per guidelines which were set by the sports ministry. I know there are some federations who are upset at not being selected but nothing can be done about it,” said Batra.As one who believes in doing thorough homework, be it as former president of Hockey India or as current president of the IOA, Batra says he is expecting good results this time. “I would say we should win between 65 and 70 medals this time, which will be better than our showing in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014,”stressed Batra. India had won 57 medals in Incheon — 11 gold, nine silver and 37 bronze.”We have done our calculations in the IOA and there is a general feeling our performances will improve. If you are going to ask me how many more gold medals we will win, as that determines the overall standing, it’s hard to predict. There are so many factors and on many instances it boils down to the day’s form,” he said.advertisementThe IOA president says hockey should do well. “To say that we will win two medals in hockey is given. I am looking at two gold medals as the teams have been preparing very hard and performances have been steady,” said Batra.There have been some new sporting disciplines added this time where India will be competing. Batra says it’s hard to predict in them. “In sport where teams have not competed regularly before in the Asian championships, I would not want to hazard a guess. But there will be good surprises,” feels Batra.Asked about how youth can impress this time, Batra said there was huge optimism. “I am sure an athlete like Hima Das can win three medals, I am sure she has great potential. Neeraj Chopra has been in great form, I believe he can come good despite the stiff competition. I am very hopeful in table tennis, too, we will make an impact. We need to be positive,” is Batra’s philosophy.Talking about high profile sport like badminton and shooting, Batra says the standards will be very high. “I think the depth we have in badminton is phenomenal. Our star players will be competing in a virtual world championship, there is no doubting that. The challenge from China, Japan and Indonesia will be exciting,” said Batra.”Shooting has great potential. We have a mix of new and seasoned stars. I look forward to intense matches at the ranges,” he said.At a time when there is a general perception the IOA, sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) are at loggerheads, Batra cleared the air. “There are no issues at all. The support from the government is big and the help sports federations and athletes have got from the SAI vis a vis infrastructure is excellent,” said the IOA president.Making a specific mention about hockey, Batra said the SAI support has been very beneficial. “I guess we now just have to wait for the Games to begin and hope wishes from billions of sports lovers will see the Indian athletes soar in Jakarta and Palembang,” concluded Batra.
Wales Bale has to make changes – Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star’s injuries Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 01:28 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Wales Gareth Bale Georgia v Wales Wales v Republic of Ireland Real Madrid v Espanyol Real Madrid WC Qualification Europe Primera División The Real Madrid star has seen injuries constantly disrupt his playing time, and a former Wales idol believes his preparation could be at fault Ryan Giggs has advised compatriot Gareth Bale that he must start making changes after continuously struggling with injuries.Real Madrid star Bale was restricted to 19 La Liga appearances in an injury interrupted 2016-17 campaign, having only played 23 in the previous season.Now, a calf problem suffered in an impressive performance against Borussia Dortmund last week has ruled him out of Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Wales 10/11 to beat GeorgiaFormer Wales international Giggs had to make major changes to ensure his Manchester United career lasted until beyond his 40th birthday and he believes Bale should do the same to stop injuries from defining him.Giggs told Sky Sports: “When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players.”With the injuries he has had and at the stage of his career, this is when you need to start addressing it. “When you get to your late 20s it hits home that you need to start making changes.“Everyone is different and I tried to cover every base with yoga, acupuncture, ice baths, but what might work for some players might not for others.”You also have to adapt your game. You can’t play in your late 20s like you did when you were 19, but that experience means your brain is quicker and you can be more economical yet more effective. I was definitely more effective in games in my late 20s even if I wasn’t as quick.”Wales are four points behind leaders Serbia and one clear of third-placed Ireland ahead of their crunch double-header, which they will face without Bale.Giggs said: “Bale being ruled out of the World Cup Qualifiers is obviously a big blow because if you’re preparing to play against Wales, the first thing you think about is how to stop Bale.”They can still get the results to qualify for the World Cup though, but they will have to play a slightly different way as there is nobody else who can get you back to front like Bale does.”Sam Vokes can be used as a target man and there’s still a lot of quality, as Joe Allen, Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey have shown, and they’ll be even more important to the team.”Obviously, you’re missing a world-class player and the team’s talisman, but sometimes that can bring the lads together and it won’t be the first time they’ve coped without him.”
Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Read more European club football Sevilla sack Eduardo Berizzo a week after returning from cancer surgery The former Milan and Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is set to take charge of Sevilla after reaching an agreement with the La Liga club on Thursday. Montella will replace Eduardo Berizzo who was sacked last Friday following a run of poor results, only a week after returning to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer. Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest La Liga Sevilla said Montella would travel to Spain as soon as he had terminated his contract with Milan, where he was fired as coach at the end of last month. “Sevilla FC and the Italian coach Vincenzo Montella have reached an agreement for him to become coach of the first team until June 2019,” said the club in a statement.Montella, 43, is a former striker who played for Genoa, Sampdoria and Roma and also made 20 appearances for Italy. His coaching career has included three seasons with Fiorentina, finishing fourth in Serie A in each, one with Sampdoria and one and a half with Milan. He will be the only Italian coach in La Liga, Gianni De Biasi having been fired by Alavés at the end of November. Berizzo was sacked despite Sevilla lying a respectable fifth in the table and having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Manchester United.He replaced his fellow Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli who left after the end of last season to take charge of his country’s national team. Reuse this content news Share on Messenger Sevilla
Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutGautam Gambhir was the one responsible for Navdeep Saini’s rise in the domestic circuit and the fast bowler repaid the former cricketer’s faith by making his India debut on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 23:20 IST Navdeep Saini struck twice off successive deliveries in his first over for India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNavdeep Saini picked up the wickets of Pooran, Hetmyer and Pollard to finish with 3 for 17Saini was 2nd highest wicket-taker for India A in the 5 unofficial ODIs vs West Indies AIn the 2019 IPL season, Saini picked 11 wickets in 13 matchesFormer India cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Saturday congratulated Navdeep Saini for his international debut and also took the opportunity to slam Bishen Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) members who had written off Saini.Bedi and Chauhan were part of a faction of the DDCA members who did not approve of Gambhir’s choice to bring in Saini in the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. But ever since Gambhir’s backing, Saini has risen through the ranks at a rapid pace and finally made his India debut in the ongoing first T20 international against the West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida.Saini, who came into the attack in the 5th over, made a dream start by picking up the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer off successive deliveries in his first over itself. He picked up the wicket of Kieron Pollard for 49 in the final over without conceding a single run to finish with 3 wickets for 17 from 4 overs.India restricted West Indies to 95 for 9 in 20 overs and then chased down the target with 16 balls to spare and 4 wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.Gambhir took this opportunity to laud Saini and hit out at Bedi and Chauhan.”Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have bowled- @BishanBedi & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!!” Gambhir tweeted.advertisementKudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have bowled @BishanBedi & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!! @BCCI pic.twitter.com/skD77GYjk9Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 3, 2019Navdeep Saini, who can clock a speed of 150 kmph, was the second highest wicket-taker in the 5-match unofficial ODI series for India A in the West Indies. Saini has also impressed with his pace in his first IPL season and was the fastest among Indians, clocking 152.85 kmph, which was second only to South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada’s at 154.23 kph.Saini who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit, plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. In the 2019 season, he picked 11 wickets in 13 matches, bowling 141 dot balls – needless to say, Saini was again among the top bowlers in the 12th season of the Indian Premier League.Till 2013, Navdeep Saini, had not played a lot of cricket with the leather ball. He used to play with tennis balls in his hometown and he would often earn Rs 200 per match.Few people know that Saini’s cricketing journey began after he was identified by former India opener Gautam Gambhir during a 15-minute net session. Those 15 minutes later proved to be a groundbreaking time for his career.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Navdeep SainiFollow Bishen BediFollow Chetan ChauhanFollow India VS West Indies
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) intends to ramp up the Public Education Programme in the High Schools, and commence the sensitisation programmes at the Primary School level.She also noted that this would be done for the Programme for Athlete Support Personnel, to include coaches, trainers, teachers, parents and members of the general public.The Prime Minister was delivering a Statement in the House of Representatives, today (July 16), following news of the Adverse Analytical Findings found in the “A” samples provided by five Jamaican athletes who participated in the Junior and Senior Trials, which were held at the National Stadium in June.“We need to initiate a system for High School level testing for athletes involved in training and competition in sport, in accordance with appropriate approvals from the Ministry of Education, ISSA and the parents and guardians of these youngsters,” Mrs. Simpson Miller emphasised.The Prime Minister said the country stood by “our athletes and value the significant contributions they make toward engendering national pride.”“However, as a country we reiterate the importance of integrity in sport, fair play, and the maintenance of a doping free sporting environment,” Mrs. Simpson Miller declared.The Prime Minister said that the JADCO website is being updated to include a link to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, which includes substances and methods prohibited in and out of competition.“It is important to note that our premier Physical Education institution, the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, has been offering, for the last 15 years as part of its Sports Medicine course, full coverage of the Anti-Doping rules. It is time that we seek to include the teaching of these rules as part of the Physical Education curriculum in our High Schools,” Mrs. Simpson Miller emphasised.In the meantime, the Prime Minister is urging Jamaicans to refrain, at this time, from making judgments and conclusions about what has been reported in the media.“Let us not be disheartened. Let us continue to allow the results management process to run its course,” she said.The Prime Minister told the House that JADCO received Certificates of Analysis for five Adverse Analytical Findings from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada. One Adverse Analytical Finding was reported from the National Junior Championships and four Adverse Analytical Findings were reported from the National Senior Championships.The Agency immediately initiated the Results Management process, with its Anti-Doping Rule Violation Review Panel conducting the Initial Reviews on July 10, 2013 and July 12, 2013 for the Adverse Analytical Findings, respectively.Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that JADCO has sent written notifications to all the athletes –one was hand delivered on July 11, 2013 and the other four were sent via e-mail on July 12 and 13, 2013. To date, only two athletes have acknowledged receipt of the notifications.She noted that all affected athletes are to provide a response to the notification by Friday, July 19, 2013 and to indicate if he or she requires his or her “B” sample to be analysed.The Prime Minister explained that JADCO has the authority to test all athletes in Jamaica, including local and international athletes.The testing programme is guided by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Code, including the International Standard for Testing, the Anti-Doping in Sport Act, 2008, the Jamaica Policy Against Doping in Sport (2005) and the JADCO Anti-Doping Rules 2008, and complies with all the procedures and rules stipulated to ensure the validity of the testing process.
APTN NewsA group of Ottawa activists occupied the office of Catherine McKenna on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the environment minister meet with those who built the watch house near the Kinder Morgan protest camp.Holding signs that read “Defend the Water” and “Stop Kinder Morgan,” about 20 people filled McKenna’s Catherine Street office until it closed for the day.“First and foremost, we want to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters of the Coast Salish and support them in their request to have a meeting with Catherine McKenna,” said activist Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail outside the office.She said the group previously spoke with the minister’s officer and requested that she meet with those protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby. Wabano-Iahtail said the group is now seeking a firm date and time on behalf of their fellow protesters out west.“We want to know exactly when she’s going to go and have this meeting with the grassroots leaders,” she said.Protect the Inlet, a campaign to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline, launched earlier this month with the construction of a traditional Coast Salish watch house.More than 100 people have been taken into custody for defying a court injunction of the Kinder Morgan site.
Rabat – Juventus of Turin will have its first academy in Morocco. The Italian club is set to open its own training club in July in Casablanca. The Italian club also plans to open additional clubs in El Jadida and Rabat in the future.Juventus Academy will give players aged 4 to 15 the opportunity to learn the technical and tactical aspects of football with the methodology that Juventus has been developing for years.“After having multiplied the experiences of football schools with British and Spanish schools such as Arsenal and FC Barcelona, I thought it was time to give Moroccans the chance to train and benefit from the know-how of Juventus,” said Gabriel Hicham Guedira, general director of the Juventus Academy in Morocco. “We are very happy because Morocco has many fans of Juventus and the club is even more followed since the arrival of Mehdi Benatia at the club,” he added.The summer courses and annual program will be hosted at the Paradise Club in Ain Diab. The enclosure, with 10 football fields, will be the headquarters of the new academy, conveniently located in Morocco’s economic capital.
The Canadian Government has been briefed on the recent developments in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada said.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada Ahmed A. Jawad met with Michael Chan, the Minister of Immigration and International Trade of Ontario. The High Commissioner briefed the Minister on recent developments in Sri Lanka. Trade, tourism and investment opportunities were also discussed, the High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)
“I wish to thank you, President Bush, for committing yourself today to placing the United States at the forefront of the global fight against HIV/AIDS,” Mr. Annan said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., following a meeting with the US leader and the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.”It is a visionary decision that reflects your nation’s natural leadership role in the United Nations, as well as your recognition of the threat posed by this global catastrophe,” Mr. Annan added.Reiterating his call to create an anti-AIDS “war chest,” the Secretary-General said that he saw the Global AIDS and Health Fund he proposed in April at the African Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, as part of a total effort that would be “open to donations from governments, civil society, the private sector, foundations and individuals — all hands on deck.” Mr. Annan underscored the significance of President Bush’s pledge as a move that “will encourage and energize others to act.” He expressed hope that when the General Assembly convenes its special session on AIDS this June “there will be strong support for the Global AIDS and Health Fund.”President Bush echoed this sentiment, saying, “This morning we have made a good beginning. I expect the upcoming UN special session, and this summer’s G-8 summit in Italy, to turn these ideas into reality.”For his part, President Obasanjo also expressed appreciation for the US contribution. “I thank you on behalf of all AIDS sufferers in the world, and particularly on behalf of all AIDS sufferers in Africa, for launching the global fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” he said.President Bush’s announcement was also welcomed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which released a statement today lauding Washington’s leadership on the matter. The statement also underscored the propitious timing of the announcement, coming as it did in advance of both the G-8 summit and the UN General Assembly special session. Twenty Heads of State or Government have already confirmed their participation in the Assembly session, a UN spokesperson said today.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are slipping on Wall Street in midday trading as traders hold back at the beginning of a two-day policy meeting of the Federal Reserve.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 36 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 15,848 as of noon (1700 GMT) Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down nine points, or 0.5 per cent, at 1,777. The Nasdaq composite fell 15 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 4,015.NL Industries slumped 6 per cent after a California judge found the company to be among several that marketed paint they knew was harmful to children. The companies were ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.Boeing and 3M rose the most in the Dow. Stocks slip on Wall Street as Federal Reserve begins policy meeting; Boeing and 3M higher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 9:52 am MDT
Players as short as Isaiah Thomas aren’t supposed to make it in the NBA, let alone be elite scorers. To find the last player who was 5-foot-10 or shorter and averaged 20 points per game in a single season, you have to go back 20 years.1To Damon Stoudamire, in 1996-97. It’s been almost 40 years since someone that short averaged 25.2Calvin Murphy, during the 1977-78 season. No one that size has ever averaged 30, which Thomas — who is currently scoring 29.5 points a night — is threatening to do.For someone who is much shorter than the best athletes in the world, an incredible amount of talent is necessary to succeed, especially at the all-star level that Thomas has. But there’s also a ton of skill involved, and the 5-foot-9 Celtics star has honed one tactic well over the past two seasons. Thomas, who is second in the league in points per game, has found a trick for avoiding the big men planted close to the basket: He’s become excellent at using the rim as a fence to stop defenders from blocking his close-range shots.These plays usually start with the lightning-quick Thomas (who leads the NBA in drives per game) getting a step on his man. He then leaps for the shot but glides out to other side of the basket where the defender can’t realistically do anything to bother the attempt, since he’s still stuck on the other side.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thomashandswitch.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/itreverse.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The 28-year-old has gone to a reverse layup 29 times this season, for almost 8 percent of his layups — a rate similar to last season, but one that’s almost double what it was in 2014-15, according to NBA Savant, a site that tracks unusual statistics and the specific sorts of shots players take.The sleight of hand at least partially explains how Thomas has been able to get to the basket so much more often over the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, a whopping 33 percent of Thomas’s field-goal attempts have come from within 3 feet, up from just 22 percent over the four seasons before that. He’s converting those attempts nearly 60 percent of the time.This isn’t the only move that Thomas has pulled out of his bag to compensate for his size. He’s also been successful with a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t sort of half-spin at the perimeter, where he essentially lulls his defender to sleep for just enough time to blow past him for a shot at the rim.No matter how pretty the reverse move looks at times, the display — and other ones that get him close-range looks — is more about survival at the basket. Think of Thomas as the star of one of those National Geographic films that shows a weaker animal trying to fend off much bigger predators. Thomas isn’t always able to scamper away from the bigger players who are hunting him while he’s en route to the basket: He still gets rejected more than any player in the league. But using the reverse has added an extra layer of sophistication to his finishes, likely stopping opponents from being able to block even more of his shots than they already do.Less than 10 percent of Thomas’s layups have been blocked this season, the lowest rate of his career. That number also represents a considerable drop from last season, when 13 percent of his close-range looks got swatted and the 2014-15 season, when 15 percent of his layups got stoned, according to NBA Savant.So in other words, yes: Thomas gets blocked more than anyone in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean other vertically challenged players shouldn’t look up to him and his ingenuity around the rim. It’s helped turn him into the scoring machine he is today.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Earlier this year, Dromgoole’s successor Emma Rice announced she would be leaving the theatre over a furious dispute about artificial lighting, amplification and what she called “artistic freedom”.At the time, Dromgoole said of the situation within the theatre: “There are structural problems, there are personality problems, there is too much fighting for territory, and there are too many who feel free to comment on work without ever taking the risk of making it.”Michelle Terry, the actress, takes up the role of Globe artistic director in April. “I think we can rebalance our governance slightly so that it is slightly more weighted towards artists.”Dromgoole did not single out any arts organisation for criticism.Asked how to work successfully in UK theatre, Dromgoole said: “If you get together with a group of people and come up with a very knotty, complex, clever idea and too many people pile in and add to it, it tends to not really get out of the room.“If ideas are really stupid and clear, and simple and bold, they tend to fly. If you can come up with something you can explain very quickly, then other people can riff on it and get excited and attached to it.”One such “stupid” idea, he said, was Globe to Globe, the project which saw his actors perform Hamlet in 197 countries to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Dominic Dromgoole “The greatest resistance you encounter in the UK is the ‘stop it’ mentality, which you meet at all corners and everywhere” he said.”It’s a mixture of fear, and people being very risk-averse, and people being lethargic and lazy and frightened.“People are very frightened of doing new things and frightened of ‘the other’.”Asked to expand on what could be done about a “stop it” mentality, he said: “At the end of the day, it just comes down to personal resolve.“‘Stop it’ appears in so many different guises and in so many different places, and often if can appear inside yourself as well.“Institutionally I think we have a problem that we have possibly over-stacked our governance areas with people from the world of finance. Emma Rice, Dromgoole’s successor “And I think a lot of those people from the world of finance are from the world of accountancy.“They are entirely honourable and entirely nice people, but I think from the moment they begin working on things they’re always overly calculating risk and overly worried about danger.“Their inclination is to say no to any venture that they can’t absolutely 100 per cent future-proof, which you can’t really with theatre tickets.“It’s great to have the balance and no-one wants arts organisations to be feckless or irresponsible or lost.“There was a corrective impulse about 30, 40 years ago, I think, to bring in a degree more fiscal responsibility.“I think that might have institutionally slightly overgrown itself so that now you have an element of fear within a lot of organisations that doesn’t need to be there. Actors from Globe to Globe’s Hamlet The installation of too many accountants at the top of the arts has created a climate of fear and risk- aversion, the former director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has warned.Dominic Dromgoole, who left the Globe last year after a decade in charge, said the governance of arts organisations has become over-stacked with people from a world of finance, who resist any ideas which are not 100 per cent guaranteed to succeed.Saying the demand for financial expertise on boards had now become “slightly overgrown”, he argued governing bodies should pay more attention to artists who are willing to take risks.Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the Globe’s ambitious project to perform Hamlet around the world, completed under his tenure, he said he had encountered too many people with a negative approach to new ideas in the UK.