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first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:08‘Partido Galing at Puso’ slate launched01:51Poe will get ‘overwhelming support’ from voters—Kapunan01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As the day’s practice wraps up, Alapag notes it’s all about fine-tuning, now that it’s only a week away before Alab opens its campaign versus Hong Kong Eastern.“Anytime you get an opportunity to play the defending champion on opening night, it’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “It will give us a great barometer of where we are as a team. Whatever happens, it’s a long season.”Definitely, there’s still time for Alapag to learn. But hopefully, it won’t take long for him to start listing those wins. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa First-timers, Soguilon make their mark Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s a whiteboard in the gym that neatly lists the team’s task for the day. Below the date, there’s an outline that starts with a warm up and goes down to the drills and different plays—pinky, zipper side, shirt.It’s a detailed to-do list crafted by a leader so meticulous but at the same time creative.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But his new role as head coach of the country’s lone representative in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has opened another set of challenges.“For so long, you’re playing on the court and you’re trying to make the big shots, you’re trying to give the correct assists. Now, being on the sideline, the focus is how can I put the team in the best position possible to be successful,” says the six-time PBA champion.“It’s almost like you’re back in school. You study how you can help the team, study your next opponent. But I don’t think there’s anything I didn’t expect. I think just in terms of planning, a lot of time goes into it.”But then, there’s a bit of worry: Remember when they said great athletes make horrible coaches?ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES “I’m definitely very detailed, but at the same time, I want to give these guys the freedom to play,” says Jimmy Alapag, the new coach of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas. “I want them to play to their strengths.”“I feel like the best basketball players are focused and disciplined, but there’s also the freedom to let them do what they do best,” he adds. “That’s what I encourage the guys [to] just play and do what [they] feel will make our team successful. I don’t want to give any limitations to what they can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor some, it might take some getting used to seeing Alapag orchestrating plays from the sidelines instead of the hardcourt where his leadership, on-court vision and incredible will to win made him a Philippine basketball legend.New role MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alapag thinks how he is as a coach is pretty much how he was as a player—the kind that drops by early in the gym and stays late “to sustain that edge.”“Every year there are new players always wanting to prove themselves. And as you get older, you want to keep that edge. And the only way to do that is to continue putting in the work, continue to be consistent with your work ethic. I want to apply that same thing in terms of coaching,” he says. “But now, instead of doing the shooting, the ball handling, it’s now watching videos, now it’s studying. Again, it’s like I’m back in school, learning.”And Alapag can get meticulous in learning. His passion for perfecting that stroke from beyond the arc—which, by the way, led to a PBA record for most number of career three-point shots made—runs similar to his current passion of wanting all coaching bases covered.Clearly, it’s one reason he tapped another PBA great, Danny Seigle, as one of his deputies.A different perspective“He’s one of the best players who ever played in the PBA. His basketball mind is very, very helpful to me,” says Alapag. “He’s another set of eyes. He might see something that I don’t, especially because he was a big guy in his career and I was never really much down there in the post in my career. It’s just a different perspective.”Alapag also doesn’t mind having around Mac Cuan, last year’s coach who slid down as assistant after steering Alab to a third-place finish.“His experience with the team last year is so important because this is my first time,” he says. “I’m leaning on him a lot in terms of his experience with the team.”Alapag, too, wants his relationship with his players—from young guns like Ray Parks to veterans like Dondon Hontiveros—to be just as smooth.“I want to establish relationships with these guys so that it’s not just a player-coach,” says Alapag. “I really want it to be a family environment. When you can create that environment, and then there are tough times later on, you can get through it. Just like any family that deals with hardship or any struggle.” No basketball-loving Pinoy fan, for sure, wants that to happen to Alapag. Not to this smallest guy with the biggest heart who unleashed dagger triples against long-time nemesis South Korea. Not to this captain who personified the Gilas Pilipinas team chant puso (heart) when he carried the country to its first World Cup victory in 40 years.Coaching perilsAlapag, though, knows the perils of coaching. He’s not too nervous, he says, since he tries to equip himself as much as he can.“It’s about the same as playing, or maybe a little harder just because your perspective of the game is much broader when you’re a coach,” says the 39-year-old Alapag. “You’re not on the court so you’re able to see what’s happening. And you have to do your best to break it all down and teach it to the team.”So maybe Alapag does know better, never mind the horror coaching stories. And perhaps, as some would think, isn’t there a Phil Jackson for every Magic Johnson?“It depends on the person, the player’s transition to coaching,” Alapag points out. “My approach going to this first head coaching job is leaning on the coaches that I played for, especially coach Chot (Reyes) and coach Norman (Black).”“A lot of my coaching influence is between the two of them—just picking their brains, their knowledge of the game,” he says. “I just feel very fortunate that in the last 14 years of my playing career, I’ve been able to be near them, learn from them and win with them. Hopefully, I can apply their advice this coming season.”As much as he has picked up pointers from Reyes, his coach in Gilas Pilipinas and Talk ’N Text, and Black, his mentor in Meralco, Alapag has also put in a lot of himself in formulating his own Xs and Os.“I’ve learned from them, and at the same time, I’m going by my experience—what made the teams I played for successful in terms of culture, environment. And of course, just working hard. Throughout my career that was really something I held on to very strongly—my work ethic,” says the former PBA Most Valuable Player.Sustain edgelast_img read more


first_imgREAD: Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in ChinaThe 7-foot-1 Austin, 23, is an alumnus of Baylor University, but went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingApart from Austin, another import in Bright Akhuetie, who is currently serving his residency after transferring from University of Perpertual Help to University of the Philippines, will also beef up the team.FILE PHOTO – Bright Akhuetie goes for a dunk. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAkhuetie averaged 17.6 and 12.1 rebounds in his last season for the Altas in the NCAA. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Austin, who arrives in Manila on Tuesday, is currently signed with Guangxi Rhinos in China’s second division National Basketball League after suiting up for KK FMP Beograd in Serbia last season, where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.Gilas is slotted in Group A with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine in the group stages.READ: Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Champions CupIf the Philippine team progresses past the preliminary round, it is set for a collision course against naturalized center Andray Blatche and his mother ball club Xinjiang Flying Tigers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Isaiah Austin. AP PhotoSeeking to boost its roster for the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is set to tap Isaiah Austin as a potential candidate for naturalization.Sources close to the situation bared that the SBP is also bringing in Austin to backstop Chooks-to-Go Gilas Pilipinas in the eight-team club tournament from Sept. 22-30 in Chenzhou, China.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more


first_imgAs excitement within Congress rises from bubble to boil at the prospect of a largescale Cabinet reshuffle, hopes are high among both those who have not tasted the power of office under UPA and those who think they deserve better. There is much talk of Muslims being inducted to appease,As excitement within Congress rises from bubble to boil at the prospect of a largescale Cabinet reshuffle, hopes are high among both those who have not tasted the power of office under UPA and those who think they deserve better. There is much talk of Muslims being inducted to appease the one community whose loyalty has catapulted Congress to office. The ageing Mohsina Kidwai is a frontrunner, while K. Rahman Khan, former deputy speaker in the Rajya Sabha, cannot understand why he is not a natural choice for minority affairs. Rajeev Shukla, in the meantime, hopes to be promoted to the Cabinet with charge of either of the mouthwatering portfolios-civil aviation or parliamentary affairs. Incidentally, both these portfolios are also being eyed by Ghulam Nabi Azad who is also lobbying for an upgrade from the health ministry.last_img read more


first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “KD’s not playing game one,” Kerr said after Monday’s practice. “I think we already announced that, and we’ll see where it goes from here. This is where the fact that there’s a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we’ll see.”Kerr said it has yet to be determined whether Durant would travel with the Warriors to Toronto when the team charter leaves Tuesday.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, logisticsHe said that Durant has been working out on his own but is not doing a full practice.“He’s been out kinda shooting some shots, but I haven’t talked to (trainer) Rick (Celebrini) today, so I’m not exactly sure what he’s done today.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Kerr also said that injured center DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) is listed as “questionable.”Cousins tore the quad muscle in his left leg in game two of the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. The injury did not require surgery.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Serena Williams survives scare at Roland Garros, wins 800th match FILE – DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in the opening game of the NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday because of a calf injury, coach Steve Kerr reiterated on Monday.Durant injured his right calf on May 8 in game five of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more


first_imgATHENS – The Lighting Ceremony for the Flame of Hope is a special day for the Summer Special Olympics. It marks the start of the countdown to the official opening of the games on March 14th in Abu Dhabi while celebrating diversity, inclusion, and the strength of will of the Special Olympics athletes.The ceremony will begin on February 27th at the Zappeion Megaron. It will be followed by a torch relay from there to the United Arab Emirates Embassy, with a handoff of the torch will be taking place in front of the SNF offices. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will participate in this exciting celebration. The SNF supports the goals and work of Special Olympics International, including with a recent $10 million, three-year grant for the implementation of the “Play Unified – Learn Unified” program. “Play Unified – Learn Unified” implements sports programs in dozens of countries, including Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, and Indonesia, that encourage equal participation of all young people, with or without mental disabilities, to eliminate prejudice and promote the full integration of people with disabilities into society. Representatives of the SNF will also travel to Abu Dhabi between March 14th and March 21st to attend the Special Olympics World Games.Source: SNFTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.” last_img read more


first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says. last_img read more


first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more


first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — The spring sitting of the Alberta legislature is set to begin, with the focus on pipelines and the economy.The session opens Thursday with a speech from the throne, and Government House Leader Brian Mason says the first order of business the following Monday is a debate on pipelines.Mason says all members of the legislature will be asked to vote on a government motion that makes it clear to the rest of Canada its support for Alberta’s efforts on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Alberta has been fighting with British Columbia over the pipeline, which has been approved by the federal government but has met resistance from the B.C. government.The opposition United Conservatives have already voiced support for getting Trans Mountain built, but have disagreed with how Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP is waging the fight.The centrepiece of the session comes March 22, when Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivers the fiscal 2018 budget.last_img read more


On Friday, an arbitrator overturned the indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who violently assaulted his then-fiancee (now wife) in an elevator in February. The arbitrator found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was not misled by Rice when Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games, and that Goodell’s decision to extend Rice’s ban — following enormous public outcry after the release of a more graphic video of the incident — was “arbitrary.”The ruling means Rice is free to sign with any NFL team, and reports Sunday were that at least four teams were interested. Ethically, there’s no escaping Rice’s scandal and the probable uproar his signing would bring to whichever team takes a chance on him. But there’s also the question of whether Rice is even worth having on the field.From 2009 to 2012, Rice was arguably the best running back in football. But in 2013, he was horrific, ranking last in yards per rush among RBs with at least 200 carries. In fact, restricting the comparison to his contemporaries actually understates how bad Rice was a year ago; among all historical NFL running back seasons of 200 or more carries, only five saw a lower yards-per-carry average than Rice’s 3.08 mark in 2013.Yards per carry isn’t everything, of course. It can be highly volatile from year to year (or even within the same season), overly responsive to a handful of anomalous long runs and not representative of the fact that, when they run the ball, coaches are trying to maximize “success rate” — the rate at which a play increases the team’s expected points — not yards per play.But Rice also had the league’s worst success rate among running backs with 200 or more carries in 2013. And spearheaded by Rice, the Ravens’ rushing offense was the least efficient in football. Furthermore, Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading metrics, which measure how well a player fulfilled his responsibilities on a given play, rated Rice as the worst halfback in the NFL a season ago — not only because he was the worst rusher (by far), but also because he was the league’s fifth-worst blocker at the position. (It doesn’t help Rice that his replacement on the Ravens, Justin Forsett, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and already has 349 more rushing yards this season than Rice had in 2013 — on 35 fewer carries.)So, by any standard, Rice was awful when he last played. And at age 27, he’s at the point on the running back aging curve where production starts to fall off a cliff. FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart looked at a cohort of recent RBs who had good careers (at least 5,000 career rushing yards and 40 rushing yards per game) and found that nearly a third of them were washed up by the end of their age 28 season. Almost two-thirds were finished by age 29.Even after his reinstatement (and the requisite quotes about Rice having stayed in “great shape” during the ban), Rice is unlikely to contribute to a team in any meaningful way this season. So whoever signs him is looking at maybe two more seasons of any productivity from him — and that’s without factoring in a year of rust and just how bad Rice was when he last took the field. Combined with the seemingly inevitable backlash his signing will cause, it’s tough to find any logical reason to give Rice another chance in the NFL. read more


first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez has joined the growing list of managers wishing they could have Eden Hazard following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on SundayThe Spaniard’s ultra-defensive master-plan of a 5-4-1 formation at St James’ Park looked to have paid off at one point when substitute Joselu headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Hazard’s penalty.But a late own goal from DeAndre Yedlin saw Chelsea maintain their perfect start to the new Premier League season and grab a first league win at St James’ Park since December 2011.And Benitez had an interesting theory afterwards of how things could have gone differently.“It depends on the players you have. If I had (Eden) Hazard I would give it to him and he would make the difference,” said the 58-year-old, according to TeamTalk.“We know that we can be better with the ball, but I think we did well until the end. “Both the penalty and foul leading up to it were very doubtful,”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We are missing five or six players. Any top side losing six players–a team with its own problems and six players out.“We don’t have any issues. We have some injuries and it’s something we have to manage.”Benitez dismissed reports of a bust-up with captain Jamaal Lascelles and explained his absence.“Jamaal (Lascelles) has an ankle problem, but he is already working with the physios but Jonjo (Shelvey) will have to wait one or two weeks,”  he revealed.Newcastle will next face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the second round of the EFL Cup.last_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid have announced that Karim Benzema sustained a hamstring injury in their 1-0 defeat to SD Alaves on SaturdayThe French striker was forced to leave the pitch at half-time with teammate Gareth Bale also being withdrawn in the final 10 minutes at Alaves.Reports emerged on Monday stating that Bale had not trained with the Wales squad ahead of their friendly with Spain in Cardiff on Thursday evening.Now Real have confirmed Benzema’s hamstring injury, but did not disclose a timeframe for his recovery.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Following tests carried out today on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right hamstring. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” read a statement on the club website.Normally hamstring injuries require around two weeks to heal, which makes Benzema a doubt for El Clasico at the Nou Camp on October 28 against rivals Barcelona.Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal also remain on the sidelines for Los Blancos with Levante up next after the international break.last_img read more


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsStand Down is underway. The three-day event on the grounds of San Diego High School provides much needed comfort, and importantly, services and counseling for veterans who are homeless.Going into its 40th decade, originally called Operation Stand Down, Stand Down has set the standard for other cities to replicate when it comes to aiding homeless veterans:A roof, food, health care, clothes, a court to resolve misdemeanor offenses that could be thwarting a vet’s moving forward, and speaking of, substance abuse counseling and job counseling.But the event put on by Veterans Village of San Diego,  starts with a simple greeting,  “we’re glad you’re here.”KUSI was live with Bill Glover, the longtime volunteer who started the welcoming handshake. He told us he wants the people streaming in to know they’re valued as a human being.And every year, we try to focus on a success story.For 17-straight years, Michael Conley arrived here and then went right back to the streets because of addiction issues.Finally, last year, he got into the Veterans Village program at its campus on Pacific Highway,He’s now sober, employed, and has an apartment.I asked him if life was good.  “Life is great,” he replied. June 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Posted: June 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman Over 800 homeless veterans expected to attend 31st annual Stand Down event Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


first_imgJSW Steel posted an exponential growth in consolidated net profit to Rs. 1,109 crore for the first quarter (Q1) ended June aided by cost reduction and higher volume sales. The rise in the Sajjan Jindal-owned company’s net profit marks a 52-fold increase from Rs. 21 crore in the year-ago period. Costs fell 11.26 percent to Rs. 10,447 crore in Q1 from Rs. 11,773 crore in the June 2015 quarter, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Revenue from operations rose marginally to Rs. 12,720 crore from Rs. 12,447 crore during the corresponding period last year. In volume terms, the company sold 3.34 million tonnes steel, 8 percent more from 3.11 million tonnes in the first quarter ended June 2015. “The blast furnace at Dolvi and Vijayanagar, which were re-commissioned in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 after capacity expansion, achieved commercial operations with effect from May 1, 2016. The installed capacity of the company has increased from 14.3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 18 mtpa,” JSW Steel said in its regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Bleak global outlookThe company said globally, the steel sector continues to face the twin challenges of excess capacity and lower demand.”Global steel capacity utilization in June 2016 jumped to 71.8%. With surge in production not being supported by underlying demand, prices started declining May onwards, but of late they have firmed up again mainly on restocking demand led by infrastructure and construction sectors in China.”However the global steel industry continues to face headwinds of weak demand and overcapacity. Exports from steel-surplus countries (like China, Korea and Japan) continue to increase. In the absence of effective tariff measures, South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe continue to see surge in imports whereas the US is able to clampdown imports with imposition of trade remedial measures.”Similar trends in India”In India also, steel production ramp-up was ahead of expected demand pick-up – crude steel production increased by 4.8%YoY in 1QFY17 whereas apparent finished steel consumption grew by only 0.4% due to sluggish demand conditions. At the same time, steel imports remained at elevated levels.”Cheap imports cause for concern”More than 50% of current imports are happening at prices below MIP levels for the respective product category. Therefore, widening of MIP scope, effective implementation, monitoring and extension of MIP provisions is imperative for the health of the steel industry.”Fund-raising plansLast week, JSW Steel said it was planning to raise about Rs. 5,032 crore ($750 million) from global investors. According to media reports published last month, JSW had was planning to participate in the upcoming auction of iron ore mines in Karnataka and other states in order to ensure access to raw materials.Besides, the steel-maker had said it would approach shareholders to raise $2 billion from global markets to drive its long-term capital expenditure and loan refinancing initiatives.Stock priceThe JSW Steel stock was trading at began trading at Rs. 1, 723 at around 9:20 am on Thursday, down 0.87 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more


first_imgSohel RanaFirefighter Sohel Rana, who sustained severe injuries during Banani FR Tower fire rescue operation, died at a hospital in Singapore early Monday, reports UNB.He succumbed to his injuries at 4:17am ( Singapore time), said Mahfuz Riven, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters.Rana was flown to Singapore from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on Friday.Sohel Rana, a staff of Kurmitola Fire Service and Civil Defence, sustained serious injuries on 28 March while rescuing people from FR Tower where a deadly fire claimed 26 lives and left many injured.last_img read more


first_imgIn this 9 November, 2017, file photo, US president Donald Trump China`s president Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with the first ladies at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. AP File PhotoUS president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping will wrap up a global summit on Saturday with high-stakes talks expected to determine whether they can begin defusing a damaging trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.With the United States and China locked in growing disputes over commerce and security that have raised questions about the future of their relationship, Trump and Xi are due to sit down for dinner at the end of a two-day gathering of world leaders in Buenos Aires.The first day of the G20 summit offered glimmers of hope for progress between Washington and Beijing despite Trump’s earlier threat of new tariffs, which would increase tensions already weighing on global financial markets.But on the eve of what is seen as the most important meeting of US and Chinese leaders in years, both sides said differences remained and the outcome of the talks were uncertain.This year’s summit has proved to be a major test for the Group of 20 industrialised nations, whose leaders first met in 2008 to help rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in seven decades.With a rise in nationalist sentiment in many countries, the G20, which accounts for two-thirds of the global population, faces doubts over its ability to deal with trade tensions and other geopolitical differences among.G20 nations were still struggling to agree on the wording for the summit’s communiqué on major issues including trade, migration and climate change, which in past years have been worked out well in advance.Looming large at the summit is the trade fight between the United States and China, which have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars on each other’s imports after Trump, began an effort to correct what he views as China’s unfair commercial practices.With the trade war weighing on the global economy, world financial markets are hanging on every development and will be watching closely to see if any compromise can be struck between Trump and Xi. The meeting will also be a test of the personal chemistry between the two leaders, which Trump has hailed as a warm friendship.Another big unknown, however, may be Trump’s personal unpredictability and his penchant for injecting drama into his appearances on the world stage.TRUMP: A DEAL ‘WOULD BE GOOD’Trump was typically coy on Friday even as he noted some positive signs.“We’re working very hard. If we could make a deal that would be good. I think they want to. I think we’d like to. We’ll see,” he said, speaking during a meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.A Chinese foreign ministry official in Buenos Aires said there were signs of increasing consensus ahead of the discussions but that differences persisted.Beijing hopes to persuade Trump to abandon plans to hike tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 per cent in January, from 10 per cent at present. Trump has threatened to go ahead with that and possibly add tariffs on $267 billion of imports if there is no progress in the talks.Trump has long railed against China’s trade surplus with the United States and Washington accuses Beijing of not playing fairly on trade. China calls the United States protectionist and has resisted what it views as attempts to intimidate it.The two countries are also at odds militarily over China’s extensive claims in the South China Sea and US warship movements through the highly sensitive Taiwan Strait.Xi and leaders from the BRICS group of leading emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – called in a statement on Friday for open international trade and a strengthening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).Trump cited Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships last week as the reason he canceled a planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the summit also raised an awkward dilemma for leaders, and Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader cut a lonely figure standing at the edge of the G20 family photo on Friday.Prince Mohammed arrived under swirling controversy over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.Human Rights Watch asked Argentine prosecutors to investigate him for human rights abuses.last_img

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 empowers the state government to extend the term of a person through a notification for a period of six months if, for any reason, it is not possible to hold the general election of the Corporation before the expiry of the period of five years. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a corporator of the civic body within six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018, empowers the state government to appoint a person or persons as an administrator in the event of a possibility of not holding general election of the Corporation within the statutory time limit. “It often becomes difficult to hold elections of urban local bodies across the state at different times. We want the election of all Corporations together and this will save our time and the developmental work will not be hampered. For this, it might become necessary for us to run the Corporation by an administrator for the time being,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said while placing the Bills at the state Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBoth the Bills have been framed to ease out the banking related processes for the people in various municipal areas. Earlier, transactions could not have been possible in the banks which were situated outside the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation one stays in. There is a provision in the Amendment which will allow the people to transact with the banks, both nationalised and private, outside the jurisdiction of the municipality.last_img read more


first_imgTags: Celebrity Cruises, Video Posted by Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Share Michael Smith center_img MIAMI, FL — It feels like the U.S. election has been going on for a decade now and Celebrity Cruises is offering an escape.A new advertisement released by the cruise company yesterday piggybacks on the election by using some of Donald Trump’s election promises.“Far from the talk of building walls, far from the threats of keeping people out, far from the rhetoric of fear” the ad begins with imagery that merges destinations.The video finishes with the powerful line: “our lives aren’t made better by closing ourselves off to the world, they are made better when we open ourselves to it.” [VIDEO] Celebrity Cruises delivers powerful post-debate advertisement << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_img ATHENS — Celestyal Cruises has unveiled its brand new Aegean cruise brochure, which invites travellers to ‘Sea More’ in 2017.Running from March through September, Celestyal’s Aegean program features all-inclusive cruises to 13 destinations in Greece and the Greek Islands, the most it has offered in its history. Readers will find information on three-, four- and seven-day Eastern Mediterranean itineraries, new ports of call, plus full-page deck plans of the Celestyal Olympia and the Celestyal Nefeli, the cruise line’s newest vessel.Season highlights include the new ‘Euphoric Aegean’ cruise, which visits Chania and Nafplion (both new), Cesme, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini and Izmir onboard the 400-cabin Nefeli. Meanwhile, the 724-cabin Celestyal Olympia will continue to operate the ‘Iconic Aegean’ cruises, taking passengers to ancient cities like Ephesus and Rhodes.Celestyal’s special cruise programming entitled ‘Stories of Greek Hospitality’ returns for its second year. Plus, travellers should note that all 2017 cruises offer all-inclusive package options, which include cabin accommodations, all service, charges, unlimited international beverages and local Greek wines and spirits, meals prepared by master chefs and shore excursions led by local guides.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe 2017 Aegean cruise brochure is now available for digital download on celestyalcruises.com. Requests for print copies can be made to Sales Manager Cindy Burton at c.burton@celestyalcruises.com. Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img ‘Sea More’ in 2017 with Celestyal Cruises’ new Aegean cruise brochure Tags: Celestyal Cruises Wednesday, November 30, 2016 last_img read more