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Falcons edge Bulldogs for 2-2 record

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Adamson center Papi Sarr during the Falcons’ game against the La Salle Green Archers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University evened its record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament tripping National University, 83-76, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons improved to 2-2 tying the Bulldogs at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments MOST READ Adamson had four players scoring in double digits, and that was the kind of production head coach Franz Pumaren envisioned his team would have coming into the season. “What I saw right now was the team that I envisioned at the start of the season wherein each and everyone will contribute one way or the other,” said Pumaren.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 shutoutPapi Sarr led Adamson with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double while Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta had 13 points apiece.Jerie Pingoy filled the stat sheets with 12 points, five assists, and six steals for the Falcons. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pumaren on UE’s 0-4 start: ‘We need everyone to contribute’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kurt Lojera scored his lone field goal of the game on a pull-up jumper to give Adamson a 10-point lead, 76-66, while Sarr and Sean Manganti scored five straight points for an 81-69 buffer with 2:40 left as the Falcons kept the Bulldogs at bay.Jayjay Alejandro was the lone offensive bright spot for NU as he finished with 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, with seven rebounds.last_img read more

Amar Singh, Beni Verma file papers for RS poll

first_imgLucknow, May 25 (PTI) Samajwadi Party candidates for Rajya Sabha, including Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma and realtor Sanjay Seth, filed their nomination papers today for the biennial elections slated for next month.From the list of candidates for Rajya Sabha declared on May 17 after the SP Parliamentary Board meeting, the party replaced Arvind Kumar Singh with Surendra Nagar.Other SP candidates who filed nomination are former Legislative Council Chairman Sukhram Singh Yadav, Reoti Raman Singh and Vishwambhar Prasad Nishad.Among those who filed their nomination papers for SP, Seth is a controversial builder from Lucknow. His name was earlier sent by the party to Raj Bhawan for nomination as an MLC, but it was not approved by Governor Ram Naik.While Amar Singh was in political wilderness for six years following his expulsion from SP, Beni recently returned to the party fold after quitting Congress.Amar Singh was accompanied by his wife and two daughters while filing his nomination. Senior party leaders Shivpal Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav were also present.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was in Bhadohi on an official visit, and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav were conspicuous by their absence.The support of 37 MLAs is needed for a candidates entry into Rajya Sabha.As per the existing strength of different parties in the 403-member state Assembly, SP with 229 MLAs would be able to get six nominees elected to Rajya Sabha, BSP two and BJP one. Currently, BSP has six of these seats and SP three.Eight SP candidates for the UP Legislative Council — Balram Yadav, Shatrudra Prakash, Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Ram Sundar Das, Jagjivan Ram, Kamlesh Pathak and Rajvijay Singh — also filed their nominations.advertisementThe biennial elections are slated to be held next month. PTI ABN SMI RC RGlast_img read more

Italy’s winless run continues with Ukraine draw

first_imgItaly’s winless run stretched to five games after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday.Roberto Mancini started his Azzurri tenure with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in May but has failed to register another triumph since then – a run that has included away defeats to France and Portugal.After failing to break the deadlock during a dominant first-half display, Italy went ahead in the 55th minute when Federico Bernardeschi’s long-range drive was inexplicably spilled into his own net by Andriy Pyatov. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ukraine, who had scarcely offered anything in the way of attacking threat prior to falling behind, secured a draw thanks to a volley from Ruslan Malinovskiy, who also saw a late free-kick cannon back off the crossbar.GOAAAALLLLLL!!!55′ #Bernardeschi with a long shot that goes through Pyatov and in! Finally! #ItalyUkraine 1-0 🇮🇹🇺🇦#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/mxgTR3HFoY— Italy (@azzurri) October 10, 2018Pyatov’s outing started in more positive fashion and he twice denied Italy in the opening stages, pawing away Bernardeschi’s curling drive and then brilliantly repelling Leonardo Bonucci’s hooked volley from 12 yards.Lorenzo Insigne clipped wide after being found inside the penalty area by Federico Chiesa midway through the first half before Pyatov tipped over Nicolo Barella’s whipped effort from 25 yards.Italy were unable to make their superiority count before the interval as Pyatov once again denied them, this time pushing Chiesa’s low drive past his right-hand post.However, Mancini’s side took the lead their dominance deserved 10 minutes after the interval when Pyatov made a mess of Bernardeschi’s attempt from distance.Out of nothing, the visitors pulled level seven minutes later when Malinovskiy’s volley nestled in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s bottom-left corner.Malinovskiy then thumped a stunning free-kick against the woodwork, while Donnarumma kept out Taras Stepanenko’s header to at least make sure Mancini avoided a first defeat on home soil.What does it mean: Scale of Mancini’s task now clearMancini was expected to inject new life into Italian football after their humiliating failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but it is not going according to plan for the former Manchester City boss. Ukraine, in contrast, look in far better shape and are now unbeaten in eight under the guidance of Andriy Shevchenko.Malinovskiy opens international accountItaly looked to be on course for a deserved win before the Genk midfielder scored his first international goal with a composed finish. It could have got even better for the 25-year-old too, had his set-piece attempt in the closing stages found the net.Pyatov endures mixed nightThe Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper was outstanding in the first half, keeping Italy at bay with a string of fine stops, but he will have nightmares about Bernardeschi’s effort that spun out of his hands and into the net.What’s next?Italy resume their Nations League campaign on Sunday with a tricky visit to Poland, while Ukraine host Czech Republic in the same competition on Tuesday. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoFulham to release Luca de la Torre for loan

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to release Luca de la Torre for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuca de la Torre is set to leave Fulham next month.The Mirror says Fulham are looking to send De la Torre out on loan.Fulham will allow him to leave for more first-team games next month and they have received initial interest from clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.Several League One clubs are also interested in the US international.Cottagers chiefs believe six months away will accelerate De la Torre’s development. last_img read more

Methodist Training Centre Opened in Orange Hill, St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Dr. Dayton Campbell, welcomed the facility’s opening Residents of Orange Hill in St. Ann can now pursue academic and vocational development in their community, as a training centre catering to these provisions has been opened in that district.The Methodist Episcopal Academic School of Learning and Marketable Skills, which opened on August 22, is operated by the Methodist Church in Jamaica. It offers a range of programmes, including: Mathematics, English, information technology, and agriculture, among other areas of study.Guest speaker at the dedication ceremony, Ministry of Education Regional Director, Maxine Headlam, noted that the institution’s establishment is a “significant” investment in the community by the Church.“There is everything right about the church leading the charge in ensuring that education remains the primary vehicle for upward development, academic skills, and moral development,” she said.Ms. Headlam contended that the school’s opening “has come at a very opportune time”, based on the extent to which the local and global economy have become service oriented and technology driven.“We need to have students who are (familiar) and comfortable with technology. The courses that are offered are very significant and strategically selected. Information technology is in demand…so we want to make sure that our children become natural at technology. We want to make sure that they are exposed early to these technologies that are available,” she said.Ms. Headlam also highlighted the significant contribution the institution will make in preparing students for other jobs and vocations, such as agriculture.“I see this institution preparing young people to contribute to our food security… preparing youth to produce their way out of poverty, through agriculture. We have to do all that we can to support productivity in our country…because it is going to redound to the benefit of us all,” she said, while urging the resident to take advantage of the opportunities being offered through the institution.Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, where the institution is located, Dr. Dayton Campbell, who also spoke at the ceremony, welcomed the facility’s opening.“Your programme complements what I am trying to do. This initiative is one that is so good, and is one that we want to commend to other persons,” he said.In a bid to encourage persons to enroll, Dr. Campbell offered assist with the payment of registration fees.“For the first 50 persons, who come in to register, you can come to my office and we will take care of the fees, thus removing any form of excuse that they may have (not to enroll). All they have to do is show up to the class, get themselves enrolled, and participate,” he urged.Dr. Campbell said, by doing so, “what you would have done for yourselves is to move yourself from unemployable, to employable”, thereby positioning themselves to gain employment when the opportunities arise.“If you remain focused, and you understand that you don’t lose your worth, there is nothing that can stop you in life,” he added. Residents of Orange Hill in St. Ann can now pursue academic and vocational development in their community The Methodist Episcopal Academic School of Learning and Marketable Skills opened on August 22last_img read more

Canadian dairy farmers group pans new trade pact with US Mexico

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canadian dairy farmers have panned the renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, saying the new deal will undercut the industry by limiting exports and opening up the market to more American products.Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a terse statement almost immediately after the 11th-hour agreement was announced late Sunday, following 14 months of difficult negotiations between the parties.The organization said the newly minted U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate competitive dairy classes, which the group says will shrink the Canadian industry.It said the measures will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”“This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians,” Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, said in the statement. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”U.S. administration officials said the deal provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers and limits the American impact of Canada’s controversial supply management system for dairy and poultry products.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it was a “good day for Canada” as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks that included Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton.U.S President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday to praise what he called an “historic” deal that came just before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada as a signatory.“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our farmers and manufacturers, reduces trade barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three great nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,” he tweeted. “The USMCA is a historic transaction!”The deal appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth and nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Freeland and Lighthizer said in a joint statement.On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office near Parliament Hill, while the White House convened its own late-night trade briefing conference call just an hour before the midnight deadline.In Ottawa, PMO officials said there would be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But chamber president Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.last_img read more

Fort St John Legion commemorates the 75th Anniversary of DDay

first_img“D-Day happened on June 6, 1944. It was one of those decisive battles that really gave name to Canada as a nation. Canada didn’t really have a name for itself until World War I at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The D-Day Invasion was another one of those incredible feats for Canadian Soldiers as they were brought on shore in Normandy at Juno Beach.”D-Day was an Allied invasion of Normandy, France that began the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control, which laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.14,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the D-Day Invasion.359 Canadians had died and another 715 were wounded or captured after the Invasion. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Legion held a Ceremony on Thursday in honour of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.Members of the Legion and the community came out to the Cenotaph to pay their respects to Canadians who had served during this critical moment in World War II.According to MLA Dan Davies, D-Day is one of the decisive battles that gave name to Canada as a nation and was an incredible feat in Canadian history.last_img read more

President to launch child protection program in Kilinochchi

The children are empowered under numerous fields such as health, education, psychological counseling, and legal advice. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is to launch a child protection program in Kilinochchi tomorrow (Monday), the President’s office said.The “Daruwan Surakimu” (protect our children) National Program which is conducted under the vision to protect children who are the life of the nation and to build a safe environment for their physical and mental development, will take place at the Kilinochchi Central College stadium. The program is conducted Island-wide under five sections, namely preventing abuse and mistreatment, ensuring their security, health and nutrition and welfare, personality development, education and uplifting life skills. The “Daruwan Surakimu” National Program was initiated as a project forwarded by the President’s office based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena under the objective to protect the children and to create an environment for them to live safely in the society. read more

Horn of Africa UN envoy urges global community to explore root causes

“I have seen with my own eyes the terrible effect this drought in having on pastoralists, farmers and their families,” UN Special Humanitarian Envoy Kjell Magne Bondevik, said in Nairobi after visiting the drought-hit district of Kajaido in Kenya. He added that children are frequently the most vulnerable in the affected communities and the losses of livestock threaten families’ ability to survive.The drought has left millions of people facing starvation in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya, compounding an already dire humanitarian crisis in countries that have been dealing with years of high malnutrition and morbidity rates, chronic food shortages and man-made conflicts.A former prime minister of Norway, Mr. Bondevik met with government officials, senior UN officials and representatives from the humanitarian and donor communities during this three-day trip. He emphasized that smoother coordination between all players in the relief field was crucial to tackle this devastating humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people in crisis.While the groups were working to bring assistance to people, “it is also very clear that much more needs to be done now and in the future,” Mr. Bondevik added.Last month, the UN World Food Program (WFP) estimated that the drought was affecting 2.5 million people in Kenya, 1.4 million in Somalia, 1.5 million in Ethiopia and 60,000 in Djibouti. At that time, the agency urged donors to provide immediate food aid for 5.4 million people as many children in the Horn of Africa were eating only one meal a day.Nearly two weeks ago the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $16 million to expand its relief efforts in the region and said 1.5 million children under the age of five were suffering. read more

Communications and Employability Skills

14 October28 young people will participate in a plant tour and classroom activities focussing on job skills, communication and the use of ICT in the workplace.Our Education Business Partnership Centres run all year round and offer bespoke, innovative, curriculum based sessions in a real business environment. Our support includes programmes for all ages, abilities and qualifications. Please contact us for more information.VenueJaguar Land Rover Solihull Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Lode Lane,West Midlands, B92 8NWOrganiserJane Harman, Education OfficerSolihull Education Business Partnership Centre0121 700 3035Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Floyd Mayweather Should Fight Pacquiao Beat Him and Then

Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms to fight Floyd Mayweather. No surprise there; he needs Mayweather to make the biggest payday of his career and to give his career the ultimate relevance. Now it’s up to Mayweather to get on board to make the fight boxing enthusiasts have clamored for since 2009.Mayweather should take the challenge, deliver a beating, collect around $150 million . . . and call it a career. He should bronze his unblemished gloves and not look back on boxing after the May 2 bout in Las Vegas, according to reports.Next month, Mayweather will be 38, meaning he’s on the other side of his boxing prowess, meaning the more he fights, the more vulnerable he becomes to losing to a lesser fighter.He has made around $350 million, and this with no endorsements. He has not lost in 47 bouts. Vanquishing Pacquiao would be the perfect cherry on top of a legendary career.Significantly, his legend will be about more than beating every man who stood across the ring from him. Mayweather, for all his annoying brashness and bragging and “making it rain,” shifted the paradigm.He took ownership of his career. He realized that he is the commodity and that a promoter making millions off his talent was not needed.He realized that he was the draw and deserved the bulk of the gate and the pay-per-view subscriptions. And so, as four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, “Mayweather flipped the script.“Floyd cut all the middle people out. I’m not mad with him. I think about how much more money I could have made if I was more business savvy. He’s a good fighter, but he’s a really good business man. . . Here’s a guy everyone said was foolish. But he came up with a game plan on how to get the money you deserve.”He deserves to live out his life with his faculties and legacy in place—not as a punch-drunk fighter who entered the ring too many times after his prime.Financially, he certainly is in tremendous shape. For the proposed fight, a source told ESPN that Pacquiao has agreed to a 40 percent cut of the revenue, with Mayweather taking 60 percent. You cannot find anyone who does not believe a May 2 bout would not implode every boxing box office record, which includes the all-time pay-per-view buy record of 2.4 million. That was the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight. The Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez match set the pay-per-view revenue record of $150 million and the all-time gate record at $20 million. This fight will eclipse all that.Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), 36, has agreed to use the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which has randomly tested Mayweather (and his opponents) for years. That was purportedly a stumbling block in the fight not being made over the years.That it could/should be Mayweather’s final bout will make it even bigger. read more

This Round Of The Champions League Might Get Wild

The UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday with the first slate of its Round of 16 games. In the video above, we explain why this year’s matchups could create some unpredictable results.Read more: Our 2019 Champions League predictions

World Cup 2018 Panama declares public holiday after qualifying

There was much excitement on the streets of Panama City (AFP/ GETTY images)(BBC) The president of Panama has declared Wednesday to be a national holiday after the country qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.Juan Carlos Varela‏ said on Twitter: “The voice of the people has been heard… Tomorrow will be a national holiday.”The national team beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Panama City on Tuesday evening.The president said public and private workers could take the day off, and school classes would also be cancelled.In a series of excited tweets, he shared a picture of himself signing the decree, adding “You deserve it”.Panamanians celebrated long into the night after the victory.Panama’s coach Dario Gomez (in blue) celebrates with Roman Torres after beating Costa Rica to go through (Reuters image)However, there has been some dispute over whether the team’s first goal crossed the line.Panama has tried to qualify for every football World Cup since 1978, but it has never been successful until now.The country will take part in the 2018 competition, which starts in Russia next June.The United States was in the same qualifying group for the North and Central America region, but failed to get through after losing against bottom-team Trinidad and Tobago.Mexico and Costa Rica were successful, and Honduras faces a play off against Australia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReggae Boyz dumped out of 2018 World Cup in PanamaSeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Deadly tropical storm lashes Central America, heads for USOctober 5, 2017In “latest news”Jamaica women create history by qualifying for 2019 World CupOctober 19, 2018In “latest news” read more

British doctor failed by his government and Syrians

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF a British doctor who died in a Syrian jail this week have spoken out against the governments – in both the UK and Syria – for failing to protect their son.Dr Abbas Khan was due to be released today but was confirmed dead on Tuesday.His mother, Fatima, visited a morgue in Beirut where his body had been taken by the International Red Cross.Following the heartbreaking trip, she spoke to BBC News about his death.“I am surprised that people cannot differentiate between a humanitarian aid worker and a terrorist,” she said, while crying, overcome with grief. “It was his profession to give life, not to take life. He can’t kill an ant, even.”She said he told her that he did not treat terrorists, only women and children.His brother Afoze said the family held “a lot of anger towards a lot of people”.“My brother was failed by both his government, by the Syrians and by a lot of people who said they would help and did not. There is a lot of anger towards a lot of people. This is a catastrophic failure. Yes, we are very angry.”Earlier this week, the Foreign Office said that Dr Khan’s death was “extremely suspicious”, adding that he was “in effect murdered” by the Syrian authorities.He had been arrested in November, about 48 hours after arriving in the country without a visa. Prior to that, he had worked at a refugee camp in Turkey.Fatima Khan had travelled to Damascus as part of efforts to have him released. She also contacted the Russian and Syrian embassies.Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister has claimed the doctor took his own life, a suggestion completely rebutted by the family.Related: Family told that a British doctor has died in Syrian jailExplainer: So what is left of the Arab Spring?Read: Defence Forces in Golan Heights send messages back homelast_img read more

5 things we learned from last nights SwedenIreland game

first_imgNevertheless, the back four will doubtless face sterner tests than the one given in Stockholm in future, and so it is only with time that a true reflection of their ability will be discerned.5. Giovanni Trapattoni has not become a bad manager overnightFollowing Ireland’s disastrous performance against Germany, Trapattoni was written off all too promptly in certain quarters.Of course, the subsequent reaction was exacerbated by several other factors – namely, the team’s equally uninspired displays at the Euros and Trap’s questionable treatment of certain players.Yet while the manner of the surrenders may have been disappointing, it would take a considerable optimist to expect Ireland to take points off any of Croatia, Spain, Italy or Germany in the first place.Sweden, on the other hand, are closer to the side’s level, and a draw away from home against the Scandinavian outfit undoubtedly represents a respectable result.Accordingly, despite a few demoralising defeats over the past year or so, it appears Ireland remain in relatively rude health under Trapattoni.Moreover, with players such as Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy emerging as potential new stars of the side, the outlook seems nowhere near as gloomy now as it did amid the spate of retirements and acrimony post-Euro 2012.Analysis: New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to Rio>Here’s how the Ireland players rated against Sweden tonight> 1. Paul Green exceeded expectations – but still could do with improving his passingUpon hearing the news that Green would be handed a surprise starting spot for a potentially make-or-break World Cup qualifier against Sweden, the typical response among Irish football followers was disbelief.However, last night, amid Ireland’s impressive display, the Leeds midfielder went some way towards alleviating the doubts about him being able to compete at this level.Granted, his passing all too often left much to be desired, but without the ball, he was very effective in playing the Claude Makelele/Gennaro Gattuso role and protecting the back four.He broke up Swedish attacks on several occasions, more often than not finding himself in the right place at the right time, persistently frustrating the Swedes with his well-timed tackles and unrelenting interceptions.That said, he’ll surely require much more than one encouraging display to merit a regular place in the side. Indeed, in many people’s eyes, he’ll remain a Championship player inexplicably chosen ahead of ostensibly superior, Premier League-based alternatives.2. Wes Hoolahan needs to start against AustriaDespite being given limited time to prove his worth against the Swedes, Hoolahan provided the side with a palpable spark immediately after coming on yesterday.Although he occasionally showed some nice touches, Robbie Keane, in contrast, ultimately delivered an ineffectual performance in attack, before being replaced by the ex-Shels star in the dying stages of the match.Hoolahan, while maybe not possessing the experience and defensive instincts of Keane, swiftly looked at home playing in his best position behind the striker, and thus deserves a starting spot on Tuesday.With his tendency to constantly demand the ball and look to play the incisive pass, the Norwich man stood out in a team that lacked invention prior to his arrival on the field, adding an extra dimension to the attack in the process.Three days from now, Trap’s team face an Austrian side that has only conceded two goals in qualifying thus far. Consequently, an imaginative player of Hoolahan’s rare ilk will surely be needed to help break down their stubborn rearguard.3. Sweden are not quite as formidable as many people assumed(Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Green of Ireland – INPHO/Donall Farmer)On the face of it, a draw in Stockholm is an extremely welcome result.However, on reflection, some fans and critics will feel Ireland underachieved, given the surprisingly below-par nature of their opponents.Yet should this really come as such a surprise? Ibrahimovic aside, the Swedish players are playing at a level that’s more or less on a par with their Irish counterparts.It seems that, in relation to the Swedes’ ability, people have been fooled by two misleading recent games – their defeat of England (it was only a friendly), and their spirited 4-4 draw with Germany (a freak result that was probably down to German complacency more than anything else).Therefore, given how ordinary their opponents looked last night, Ireland should feel confident that they can now finish (at the very least) second in the group.4. The Irish defence can cope with the absence of Richard Dunne and Shay GivenMany people feared for Ireland during this campaign, given the respective retirement and acquisition of a long-term injury of Given and Dunne – two players who have been cornerstones of the side for years.And while their absence was conspicuous in the 6-1 hammering by Germany, it was barely noticeable last night. Ciaran Clark played with the type of composure that suggested he had been in the side for years, while David Forde recovered well after one or two scary moments early on, growing into the game and making a few vital saves thereafter.John O’Shea looked a different player to the hapless individual who featured against the Germans, while Coleman and Wilson were as competent and industrious as any previous full-back in the Trap era, and have seemingly solidified their places in the backline as a result.last_img read more

Ryan Tubridy is writing a childrens book this summer

first_imgRYAN TUBRIDY IS putting his love of history into words, and is penning a children’s book.Tubridy told DailyEdge.ie that one of his projects this summer is to put a lot of groundwork into the project, which will be an historical-themed novel rather than an illustrated offering for younger readers.He’s secured a deal with an international publisher but the book is still in the early stages with no release date announced.Tubridy will no doubt have his two daughters Ella and Julia in mind when putting the chapters together.Ella, the eldest, has just completed her Junior Cert today with music as her final exam and her Dad shuddered and said he “felt like I was doing it myself”.Meanwhile the household has been up to ninety with girlfriend Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin also working and studying hard on a PhD. The 2FM presenter said that Ní Shúilleabháin is “tremendous”.Tubridy will be taking a break from 2FM in July as he heads to BBC Radio 2 to sit in for Simon Mayo. Louise McSharry, who presents a show at 8pm on the station, will once again be filling in.Tubridy speaks highly of McSharry (formerly of this parish), saying: She presents like she’s having a conversation with the listener. She’s really fantastic.Of course she is! She didn’t lick it off a stone ! *proudly buffs the plaque on the ‘Louise McSharry Used to Sit Here’ chair in DailyEdge.ie Towers*Speaking at the launch of 2FM’s summer schedule at RTÉ today Tubridy said he’s also planning to take a two week holiday “with his girls” in Ireland later in the summer.The schedule launch presented an opportunity for station head Dan Healy to evaluate the changes made to the lineup three months ago, when a host of fresh talent was introduced to listeners.Speaking at the festival-style event in Donnybrook today Healy said that 2FM has been “running a marathon while undergoing open-heart surgery” and thanked listeners and the media for giving the changes a chance to take hold and find their footing.The Republic of Telly crew with some help from Mr Ireland at today’s launch:https://vine.co/v/MIliun1UMpMEoghan McDermott, best known for his work on The Voice of Ireland, has been announced as the new weekend breakfast show presenter, which was the only major addition to the schedule.However Healy revealed a number of plans for the summer festival season, while also promising more live music, comedy and sports content.(Somewhat ironic) photos of the winner of 2FM’s ‘Miss Personality’ contest>Here’s what Twitter thought of Nicky Byrne’s 2FM show>last_img read more

Heated debate about 2010 budget

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s political parties reverted to type as they slugged it out in Parliament during the debate about the 2010 budget, just a few days after a rare show of unity during which all sides had agreed to the necessity of measures against corruption.The budget is due to be voted through today (Wednesday) thanks to the majority support of the PASOK MPs but in the meantime the government is vehemently defending its position and trying to make clear who is responsible for the current economic crisis in Greece.“The size of the deficit that we are faced with is 30 billion euros and it is your doing: your policies and mismanagement,” Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou told the New Democracy representatives in the House.“New Democracy appears to be unrepentant. Its members do not have the political courage to ask forgiveness from the Greek people for the fact that during their five-and-a-half years in power, they led this country to an unprecedented fiscal derailment and dragged its name through the mud,” added the minister.Late on Saturday, New Democracy had issued a statement criticizing Prime Minister George Papandreou for his attack on the conservatives over their handling of the economy and suggesting that he was using this to cover up for his government’s failure to come up with effective policies.In his speech in Parliament on Saturday, Papandreou had also called for the country to unite to tackle the country’s economic problems.“We need a mobilization of our political parties, unions, entrepreneurial forces, labor and all our citizens,” said the premier. “We have to put our house in order.”The 2010 budget aims to reduce the public deficit from 12.7 percent of gross domestic product to 9.1 by cutting spending and slashing waste but not through taxes on low- and middle-income earners.A poll conducted by Public Issue for Sunday’s Kathimerini indicated that 75 percent of Greeks are “very” or “quite” worried about the state of the economy and that only 15 percent think the problems will be resolved in the next year.last_img read more

Dear Roguelikes Its Not You Its Me

first_imgStay on target Not too long ago I got a code for the new mobile game Remedy Rush, the latest game from awesome Chicago-based indie developer Whitaker Trebella. From Pivvot to Piloteer, I’ve been a fan of Trebella’s work for years now, and Remedy Rush’s hook sounded strong enough to make up for it being his first free-to-play game. You play a cure fighting diseases in a human body. It’s like Fantastic Voyage or Osmosis Jones with slightly less Bill Murray, which is still great!After playing Remedy Rush, I still think it’s a cool game folks should check out, but it was disappointing to me for a pretty personal reason. The game’s random, deadly, dungeon crawler formula gives it much in common with the roguelike genre. And that’s a genre I just can’t stand. But as more and more games adopt these elements, games like Remedy Rush that are absolutely worth recommending, I’ve accepted that roguelikes just aren’t for me. And that’s okay.Unfortunately, I had to discover this the hard way. In 2009 I was reviewed the mobile port of Sword of Fargoal. At the time, I didn’t know what roguelikes even were, let alone that this was a classic of the genre. To me, this was just some weird, dated RPG that wasn’t fun and seemed allergic to progress, and I rated it accordingly. But commenters weren’t too happy about my low score. I was still new at reviewing games, I could have done more research, and I raised the score after later updates made the game more approachable. However, I stand my original critical thoughts. This was my first time being yelled at on forums for expressing my honest opinion on a game. It’s pretty wild.What is a roguelike? Literally, it’s a game that’s like Rogue, a classic 1980 PC role-playing game about armed explorers crawling through randomized dungeons where progress is totally reset whenever you die. Why don’t I like roguelikes? Basically, every staple of the genre doesn’t jive with my personal taste in gaming. I’m not the biggest RPG fan, no matter what region they come from. I prefer a finite amount of crafted levels rather than randomized elements stretched out forever by an algorithm. And since I hate losing progress in a game and save as frequently as possible, I think permanent death is the single worst video game mechanic. Fire Emblem is balanced around permanent death, but there’s a reason the series didn’t break through until after it made the punishing feature optional.Like some kind of cosmic joke, since my first encounter with roguelikes in 2009, the genre’s popularity has exploded. Spelunky, Don’t Starve, Downwell, Rogue Legacy, FTL, Galak-Z, Nuclear Throne, Darkest Dungeon, Invisible Inc. Not only do these all have roguelike DNA, but they are also all pretty acclaimed. One of the games at the Nintendo Switch event that everyone but me enjoyed was upcoming roguelike Has-Been Heroes.When making an indie game, looking to roguelikes for inspiration makes some sense. It’s a good way to make your game with cool mechanics but limited development resources last longer. See also, survival/crafting games. However, I’d argue the Souls series is also a part of this roguelike boom. I dislike those games and their fetish for difficulty through obtuse controls for the same reasons, but they are definitely a lot bigger than indie games.Fortunately, these neo-roguelikes aren’t just using the formula but evolving it as well with ideas from other game genres. Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Binding of Isaac may both feel like roguelikes, but one has players defeating monsters through dancing, and the other is a biblical dual-stick shooter where you shoot tears to kill demons and return to your mother’s womb. In general, these games have also been moving away from discouraging players with harsh death mechanics towards encouraging players to find secrets by mastering mechanics and repeating runs. They’re more palatable. I still don’t like these games, but I understand their appeal more.Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what I think. Some people like roguelikes, I’ve accepted I don’t, and that’s okay. I never really want to play Sword of Fargoal again, but after talking with the creator Jeff McCord I think he’s a cool dude and a good game designer. And honestly, there are so many good games these days; it’s kind of nice being able to write off a whole genre and free up time for games I actually want to play.If you like roguelikes or think you would, by all means, download Remedy Rush and any other game in the genre. But I know myself well enough to recognize I’m probably done with them. It’s not you, roguelikes, it’s me. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Rescue truck crashes while transporting patient in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A rescue truck was involved in a minor crash while transporting a patient in Miami Beach.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the crash that happened along Alton Road and 43rd Street, near Mount Sinai Medical Center.The rescue truck was on its way to Mount Sinai.Miami Beach Police responded to the scene, Monday. Officials said the collision resulted in a fender bender.Miami Beach Fire Rescue said no one was injured in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State BJP reins in Bill passage celebrations

first_imgHyderabad: The central leadership of BJP has restricted party cadre in Telangana from celebrating the abrogation of Article 370 on a big scale. Unlike on other occasions, the State BJP leadership restrained from celebrating the passage of the bill to repeal Article 370 and doing away with Article 35(A) steered by its party chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior leader from the party said, “We anxiously waited for the moment the bill regarding abrogation of Article 370 to be passed in the Rajya Sabha. We wanted to celebrate the occasion as the issue is not only a poll promise but is has been on the party agenda for the last 70 years from the Jana Sangh days. It was a befitting occasion for us to celebrate.” Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “The celebrations would also send a positive message boosting the morale of the party cadre and leaders across the State and elsewhere in the country,” he added. However, one senior leader of the party cautioned the State unit and told not to organise any celebrations in a big way. Therefore, the party leaders wound up celebration by distributing sweets among themselves and the party cadre celebrating the occasion. Other than giving statements terming the passage of the bills as a ‘historic occasion’ and giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah the party leaders have decided not to celebrate anything related to the scrapping of the Article 370 and Article 35(A) in open.last_img read more