Rookie France Ronquillo gives FEU lift in Final Four

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I took my courage from the people who believe in me because as a rookie I can’t disappoint the ones who have faith in us,” said Ronquillo. “I saw how much my Ates want to go to the finals and that this isn’t the end of our season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ronquillo came off the bench in the second set for FEU and was the architect of the Lady Tamaraws’ late 6-0 run that ultimately buried the Lady Eagles.“When I first entered I still felt nervous and I really had cold hands because last year I was just watching my Ates play and now I’m here helping them,” said Ronquillo in Filipino.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“I didn’t waste my time on the court and I made sure that I can help my teammates in any way possible.”Ronquillo finished with seven points in the match and was the one serving during the Lady Tamaraws’ scoring spurt in the fifth set that gave them a 13-7 lead. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—France Ronquillo doesn’t have the same notoriety as fellow Far Eastern University rookie Lycha Ebon in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but she proved she also has a bright future ahead of her.The fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws’ season was on the line against No. 1 Ateneo but coming through in the team’s most important game this season was Ronquillo, who held her own in a five-set stunner, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, over the Lady Eagles Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES She also notched a service ace for FEU’s 12-7 buffer.Ebon, who’s nursing a left knee injury, said she gave Ronquillo a simple pep talk before the game that their seniors would rely on them to deliver.“We talked to each other that we shouldn’t be afraid and just be brave because our Ates need us,” said Ebon in Filipino. “We need to help them and I’m super proud of Elize.”Ronquillo added that she couldn’t let her seniors down especially in a game that further extended their season.The Lady Tamaraws forced Ateneo to use its twice-to-beat advantage with the rubber match set for Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Mohamed Salah carried off on a stretcher after knock to headlast_img read more

Steve Smith expects David Warner to be fit for Sri Lanka Tests

first_imgAustralia opening batsman David Warner will miss the remainder of the triangular one-day series in the West Indies due to a broken finger but should be fit for the first Test against Sri Lanka at the end of July, captain Steve Smith said.Vice-captain Warner suffered the injury while fielding during Saturday’s victory over South Africa in St Kitts. The series also includes hosts West Indies.”I think he is out for the tri-series so the most important thing from my aspect is that he is right for the test series (in Sri Lanka),” Smith told Cricket Australia’s website.”I think that’s about six weeks away and the medical staff and Dave are confident he will be fine for that first Test match.”Warner was named man of the match on Saturday after completing his first ODI century outside Australia, a knock of 109 off 120 balls at the appropriately-named Warner Park. (ALSO READ: Tri-series: David Warner slams century as Australia beat South Africa)He has also scored a half century in his three innings in the Caribbean and is averaging 82.50.”It’s tough missing guys like Dave. He’s in the form of his life and batting beautifully and he will be a big loss for us,” Smith added.”He has played beautifully at the top of the order on some difficult batting wickets. They have been quite slow … so far throughout the series.”It’s about adapting and getting yourself in. It might take a little bit longer than normal but once you have got yourself in you have to cash in because it’s difficult for the new batsman.”advertisementWarner is looking at the positives of his enforced absence after a busy stretch of cricket, having led Sunrisers Hyderabad to the Indian Premier League title two weeks ago.”It’s obviously disappointing to be sidelined given the form I’ve been in,” Warner said in a statement.”(But this) will give me the chance to freshen up and spend quality time with my family after an intense period of action.”Australia next meet West Indies in St Kitts on Monday with the triangular series final on June 26.Their three-test series against Sri Lanka begins on July 26 and the tour includes five one day.last_img read more

Brentford striker Jota wanted by Newcastle

first_imgBrentford striker Jota is wanted by Premier League new-boys Newcastle United.Sky Sports says Toon boss Rafa Benitez reportedly wants to bolster his squad with a £8 million move for Brentford’s Jota.Spaniard Jota joined the west London side from Celta Vigo in 2014.The playmaker impressed for the Bees last season and scored 12 times after returning from his loan spell at Eibar in January.last_img

​Chelsea, Man City target Rudiger refuses to comment on transfer speculation

first_imgAntonio Rudiger has remained coy over talk linking him with a move to Chelsea.The Roma defender was speaking after he helped guide Germany to win their first Confederations Cup on Sunday night.”It’s not about the future now, it’s now about enjoyment [after winning the Confederations Cup],” said Rudiger.”I need to enjoy this moment and I’m enjoying it to the fullest.”The rest we will see in the coming weeks.”Manchester City have also shown interest in the 24-year old.last_img

Give me your top five

first_imgMy last post was on top five nonprofit website sins for a reason! This week, I’m hosting the nonproft consultants’ carnival, and the theme is your top five… anything. Top five marketing tips, top five previously untold secrets, whatever. I like lists! So send me your posts and I’ll feature them in a week right here at the blog. Deadline is Friday at midnight. In the spirit of Jeff Brooks, and my general mood at this time of year, I will give special treatment to posts that contain one of the following words: “bikini,” “martini” or “Fellini.” If you score a blogging hat trick, then I’ll worship your wordsmithing skills for life.last_img

A Doctor in Your Pocket: Mobile Phone-based Innovations Revealed at the mHealth Summit

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 15, 2010June 20, 2017By: Raji Mohanam, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Over the course of the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C., I saw and heard about some amazing new mobile phone-based tools that have the potential to dramatically improve–even revolutionize– global health. In fact, many of them were unveiled and launched during the conference. These innovations move us closer to an era when we may all have a “doctor in our pocket”!Below are some descriptions of these amazing tools and links to more information about them.NETRA, created by scientists at MIT, is a smart phone-based vision test that you can give yourself whenever and wherever you are! The NETRA itself is a device that attaches to your cell phone so you can assess eyeglass prescription. All you need to do is look into the NETRA lens through the cell phone display and align the displayed pattern on the screen. Since light rays from this pattern pass through different regions of the eye, the alignment task gives a measure of the optical distortions in the various regions of the eye. You repeat this procedure for a few different patterns and presto, the system computes the corresponding refractive error for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism!This innovation provides hope to many remote, under-served adults and children in the developing world who currently do not have access to eye exams.Mobisante, based in Redmond, Washington, has developed a small portable mobile phone-based ultrasound device. The device can be used to view ultrasound images/data on the display screen of the phone. The device can be used by healthcare workers directly where an ultrasound machine is not available. As well, it can also be used by non-experts and, potentially, even by patients themselves to transmit images and data to a clinic or healthcare provider for remote diagnosis and monitoring. At scale, the cost is estimated to be less than one dollar per exam! The obvious implications for maternal health in low-resource settings are tremendous and exciting.BugLabs, based in New York City, has come up with “Bug”–a modular software system on a mobile phone platform. The system allows you to attach various devices to your cell phone to build a customized tool that meets your specific needs.  The system has already been used to create customized tools such as heat detectors for firemen, GPS-based alarm clocks, provider-patient appointment reminders, remote patient biometrics monitors, pacemaker monitors, air pollution detectors, and surveillance motion trackers. The potential applications for global health are immense and are limited almost only by our own creativity.Cell Scope, at UC Berkeley, has developed a microscope device that you simply attach to a mobile phone to take it ‘on the road’!  This microscopy-enabled cell phone can then be used to analyze blood or sputum specimens anywhere in the world. The device relies on your cell phone’s camera to turn it into a microscope with 5x-50x magnification. Your phone is then capable of analyzing smears to detect TB, malaria, and many other diseases. Data captured from these analyses is then read by the healthcare provider who is present or transmitted to a clinic or doctor anywhere in the world for remote diagnosis. Imagine the implications for quick and accurate diagnosing of pregnant women in remote areas of the world who are infected with malaria or other deadly parasites.All these innovative tools have creatively and successfully  leveraged the power of a mobile phone as their platform. It is certainly an exciting time for global health! Stay tuned to the MHTF to keep abreast of these and other emerging mobile phone technologies as they improve maternal health around the world.Let us know how your organization is using mobile phones to improve maternal health!Share this:last_img read more

Maternal Mortality Ratio Down 40% in Bangladesh

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 17, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In nine years, between 2001 and 2010, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Bangladesh declined by 40% according to a survey supported by USAID, MEASURE Evaluation and ICDDR,B.The survey found that Bangladesh’s MMR dropped from 322 deaths per 100,000 live births to 194 deaths per 100,000 live births. According to UNDP, Bangladesh was not on track to meet MDG5, but it is certainly getting closer to its target of an MMR of 144 in 2015.Share this:last_img read more

The 5 biggest myths about freelancer taxes

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.There’s a surprising amount of misinformation floating around about taxes that’ll make things seem a lot more complex than they really are. Here, I’ve compiled the top 5 myths, and why they’re wrong. It’s like tax mythbusters!No, you don’t need to hold onto paper receipts for everythingThere’s a common belief that you need to have a receipt for every tax deduction claimed at the end of the year. Some people have overflowing glove compartments, shoeboxes, and grocery bags full of them from years and years ago.While it’s true that receipts used to be the only valid form of proof, that is no longer the case. The truth is that the IRS considers bank and credit card statements completely legitimate forms of records for the vast majority of tax deductible expenses. The only exception is if you’re buying things with cash for over $75 (under $75, you don’t need one).So don’t worry about hoarding all those receipts. We live in the 21st century! Any credit card purchase of other digital transactions are already recorded online, constituting completely legitimate proof of purchase.You probably don’t need to track your miles, eitherIf you drive a car for your 1099 or freelancing work, you can claim deductible car expenses on your taxes. While it’s true that tracking your miles gets you 58 cents back per mile, it’s also a big hassle and requires you to constantly classify or note down trips and their purposes.Tracking miles is probably going to cost you money on your taxes. On average, people who drive less than 20,000 miles per year for work get a bigger tax break by claiming car expenses than mileage. So unless you’re an Uber driver or otherwise work a very travel-intensive job, you don’t need to be tracking miles.Tracking car expenses, instead of miles, is also easier. Simply add up your gas, insurance, and servicing costs at the end of the year. Some services do this for you, but even some banks will let you export your year’s worth of expenses and categorize the car expenses automatically.You can claim the home office deduction without a dedicated roomNot all of us have a large, many-bedroom house where we can claim an entire room as a home office. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t claim the home office deduction. Simply ensure that you have a workstation located somewhere in your house or apartment where you do work and don’t watch Netflix or other personal activities. Then, you can claim a portion of all your housing expenses as a tax write off!Tracking tax deductible expenses matters even if you’re only freelancing part-timeWe get this question a lot from part-time 1099 contractors / freelancers. The truth is that the standard deduction does not trade off with itemizing 1099 work expenses. It’s additive — meaning that you can claim both! That means even if you have a full-time W2 job and only do limited part-time 1099 contracting work, neglecting to claim work expense tax deductions is like donating money to the IRS!Yes, you should file quarterly (estimated) taxesQuarterly taxes, also known as estimated tax payments, are required for all contractors and freelancers. Not paying them means you’ll owe a penalty that increases for every month that the payment is delayed.The good news? Filing your quarterly taxes is a lot easier than you might think. It just takes 5 min, and doing so means you’ll avoid a nasty penalty from the IRS. The easiest way to do it is to assume a 25% effective tax rate on the 1099 contracting / freelancing income you earned during the quarter. It gets even easier if you were doing the same contracting / freelancing work last year because in that case you can just pay a quarter of your last year’s tax payment. That’s it.Paul was a freelancer for long enough to develop a deep hatred for taxes. Especially quarterly taxes.Today, he’s the founder and CEO of Keeper, a service that helps freelancers automatically find tax write offs in their credit card statements.last_img read more

Pats, Seahawks, Win NFL Playoffs

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts –  LeGarrette Blount ran the New England Patriots into their third straight American Football Conference championship game, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks won their National Football Conference playoff.Blount had four touchdown runs as New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback victory, beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Jan. 11.Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions as the top-seeded Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints 23-15 and advanced to the NFC championship game for the second time in club history.Blount scored on three 2-yard runs in the first half, then burst through the right side of the line and rambled 73 yards into the end zone, where he placed the ball gently on the ground made soggy by a game-long rain. He finished with 166 yards on 24 carries.On the next series, Luck threw his third interception and the Patriots capitalized with Stevan Ridley’s second touchdown run, a 1-yarder that finished the scoring with 11:12 left.The Patriots (13-4) will face the winner of the game Jan. 12 between the Broncos and Chargers. It will be in Denver if the Broncos win, and New England will host it if the Chargers win. The Colts (12-6) never led.“It’s just a great achievement,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. “People have counted us out at times this year, but I think we’ve got a locker room full of believers.”Blount joined Ricky Watters, who had five touchdowns for San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994, as the only players with four or more in a playoff game. And the six rushing touchdowns by the Patriots tied the 49ers’ total in that game for second most in playoff history.Seattle will host San Francisco or Carolina on Jan. 19. Seattle last reached the conference title game in the 2005 playoffs.Seattle shut out the Saints in the first half, got Lynch’s first 100-yard game since Week 10 of the regular season and received a spark from the brief return of Percy Harvin before he left with a concussion.Lynch scored on a 15-yard run in the first half and capped the victory with a 31-yard scoring run with 2:40 left that coach Pete Carroll celebrated by jumping into offensive line coach Tom Cable’s arms. Lynch stiff-armed Keenan Lewis on his way to the end zone for the clinching score that left CenturyLink Field swaying.While the clinching score lacked the stunning explosiveness of Lynch’s Beast Quake touchdown run against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs, this one was more important. It ensured Seattle would not be the latest No. 1 seed to get upset by a No. 6 seed in the divisional round.Lynch finished with 28 carries and made up for another shaky day passing by Russell Wilson. Seattle’s offense was a concern heading into the postseason and, outside of Lynch, did little to quell those worries.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

West Brom vs Norwich City: TV, live stream & preview

first_imgAfter an early FA Cup exit, Norwich City can turn their full attention to their pursuit of the Championship title for the rest of this campaign.Daniel Farke’s side sit second in the division – and could have the opportunity this weekend to leapfrog leaders Leeds United to put themselves in pole position for Premier League promotion.To do so, however, they will have to overcome Darren Moore’s resurgent West Brom, themselves firmly in the thick of the play-off battle raging close behind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Baggies will fancy their chances against the Canaries, having demolished Leeds not so long ago themselves – but who will be left smiling come full-time at the Hawthorns? Game West Brom vs Norwich City Date Saturday, January 12 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game is not being broadcast on television. It can be streamed on the iFollow app. US TV channel Online stream N/A iFollow In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being broadcast on television. It can however be watched on the iFollow app. UK TV channel Online stream N/A iFollow Squads & Team News Position West Brom squad Goalkeepers Johnstone, Bond, Myhill Defenders Dawson, Bartley, Gibbs, Adarabioyo, Holgate, Townsend, Mears, Howkins Midfielders Phillips, Barry, Morrison, Barnes, Harper, Field, Brunt, Hoolahan, Harper Forwards Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Leko, Sako, Edwards West Brom are unable to call on Jake Livermore as the midfielder continues to serve a suspension for his red card against Blackburn – but are otherwise toting a clean bill of health.Darren Moore is likely to revert to a 4-4-1-1 formation after having rested several first-teamers for the FA Cup win over Wigan.Potential West Brom starting XI: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Bartley, Gibbs; Phillips, Barry, Morrison, Barnes; Robson-Kanu; Rodriguez. Position Norwich squad Goalkeepers Krul, McGovern Defenders Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Godfrey, Passlack, Pinto, Aarons Midfielders Tetley, Vrancic, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Trybull, McLean, Srbeny, Marshall Forwards Pukki, Rhodes Norwich have a full contingent to call on too, though Matt Jarvis has been loaned out in the past week to Walsall.Daniel Farke will likely keep faith with his 4-2-3-1 formation, and will also bring several first-teamers back into contention following their cup exit to Portsmouth.Potential Norwich starting XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Godfrey; Tetley, Vrancic; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki.Betting & Match Odds West Brom are 5/4 favourites to pick up the three points according to bet365. Norwich meanwhile are priced at 23/10, with a draw at 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Harvey Barnes West Bromwich AlbionNorwich City could have the chance to regain the summit of the Championship and dethrone Leeds United atop the second tier following a few wobbly weeks.Much like Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites, Daniel Farke’s Canaries left it late to pick up a handful of wins throughout December – and have then subsequently seen something of a slip in form over the new year, failing to capitalise on the West Yorkshire club’s similar slump.Now, however, with few injuries and a full-strength squad firing on all cylinders, they have a great chance to thrust themselves back out in front if results fall kindly for them.A win isn’t just essential to keeping pace at the peak, though, so much as it is to keeping their hosts at bay too.West Brom, under Darren Moore, impressed in the final month of their doomed Premier League campaign last year and the Baggies have shown enough form this year to suggest they’re set for an immediate return.They handed Norwich an early loss in August, running out victors in a 4-3 thriller at Carrow Road, and have proved to be even more difficult to dislodge on their home turf of the Hawthorns.They sit fourth in the Championship heading into the weekend, only three points behind their visitors – and with a vastly superior goal difference to boot.A win here and a defeat for third-place Sheffield United would put West Brom into second themselves and firmly in the mix for the automatic promotion spots at the expense of their rivals.last_img read more

Oklahoma Lands Commitment From OL It Recently Offered

first_imgAn Oklahoma Sooners football helmet on the field.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 18: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen during warmups before the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats October 18, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated the Sooners 31-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma recently offered three-star offensive lineman Marcus Alexander. It didn’t take long for Alexander to jump at the opportunity to play for the Sooners.Alexander, who plays for Sunnyvale (Tex.), announced his commitment to OU this afternoon. He is Oklahoma’s 12th commit for 2019.Alexander was offered by OU on May 25. He picked the Sooners over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri and others.Here’s his announcement from Twitter.?174% Committed ‼️‼️#newwave19 #OUDNA #BoomerSooner #ChampionshipU pic.twitter.com/y278vj5okd— Big Tank7️⃣4️⃣ (@malexander1545) June 5, 2018Alexander is the No. 32 offensive guard in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Currently, Oklahoma has the No. 2 recruiting class for 2019. Only Alabama’s is better.You can see the 2019 class rankings here.last_img read more

ESPN’s Bowl Projection For Ohio State Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes, after a huge rivalry win over Michigan, will head to the Big Ten title game against Northwestern. Let’s take a look at where ESPN projects the Buckeyes will be playing in their eventual bowl game.Tuesday night, Ohio State wound up No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. To wind up in the top four, they Buckeyes will at least need to win against Northwestern on Saturday.They also might need Alabama to beat Georgia and Texas to beat Oklahoma.The real debate will come if Ohio State beats Northwestern, Alabama beats Georgia and Oklahoma beats Texas. Will it be the Sooners or the Buckeyes?ESPN’s two bowl analysts – Mitch Sherman and Kyle Bonagura – are projecting the answer. They both have Ohio State in the Rose Bowl against Washington. That means both are projecting the Buckeyes to beat the Wildcats, but wind up just outside the top four for the College Football Playoff.The Rose Bowl is obviously a big deal, but Buckeyes fans would surely be disappointed.We’ll know Ohio State’s fate on Sunday, assuming they win on Saturday.last_img read more

My fault that players weren’t able to express themselves: Japan coach after Asian Cup loss

first_img Reuters Abu DhabiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 09:17 IST Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu blamed himself for Qatar’s first goal (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSQatar beat Japan 3-1 to lift their maiden AFC Asian Cup title on FridayThe victory was celebrated wildly by thousands of Omanis who had turned out to support QatarJapan were chasing a record-extending fifth Asian title but failed in their bid to do soJapan coach Hajime Moriyasu was naturally disappointed that his side missed out on a winning a fifth Asian Cup title on Friday but believes the improvement of the squad augurs well for the future.The Samurai Blue went into the final as warm favourites to clinch the continental crown but went two goals down in the first half an hour before running out 3-1 losers to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.Moriyasu, who took over after last year’s run to the round of 16 at the World Cup, had made it clear throughout their time in the United Arab Emirates that his squad was a work in progress.”The goal was to be champions so I’m disappointed,” he said. “But I feel proud at how we developed under pressure. We had a mix of youth and experience and our seven matches we showed development against teams playing different styles.”I wasn’t to thank my experienced players and I hope that today’s result makes the younger players hungry for success.”I think this tournament will be a base to rebuild the Japan team. It’s my job to oversee the process but I want the players to be proud of what we have done in this tournament.”Moriyasu blamed himself for Qatar’s first goal and said once Japan conceded the second, it was always going to be tough to get back into the match.”We made a poor start. We couldn’t get into our rhythm. We conceded the first goal because there was a mis-match between the Japan and Qatar systems,” he said.advertisement”We expected Qatar to play three (central defenders) and I think it’s my fault that the players weren’t able to express themselves.”We were better in attack in the second half and we had the chances to tie the game but the Qatar defence was very tight.”Moriyasu said the players had arrived with different levels of fitness from various leagues around the world and he had been impressed by how the squad had progressed throughout the tournament.”One of our goals was to improve with each match,” he said. “I think in those terms, the players really tried expressed our plan on the pitch.”Also Read | Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first timeAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019 final Highlights: Qatar stun Japan to win maiden Asian CupAlso Watch: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 AFC Asian CupFollow AFC Asian Cup finalFollow Qatar vs JapanFollow Qatar vs Japan Asian Cup final My fault that players weren’t able to express themselves: Japan coach after Asian Cup lossJapan went into the final as warm favourites to clinch the continental crown but went two goals down in the first half an hour before running out 3-1 losers to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Fenesta National Championships: Niki and Sowjanya crowned winners

first_img Rahul Rawat New DelhiOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 15:49 IST Sowjanya Bavesetti won the women’s singles final at Fenesta National Championships. (Twitter/@FenestaOpen)HIGHLIGHTSNiki Poonacha and Sowjanya Bavesetti were crowned champions at Fenesta National ChampionshipsNiki defeated Aryan Goveas in the men’s singles finalSowjanya beat veteran and four-time champion Prerna Bhambri 6-4, 6-2It was a glorious afternoon for Niki Poonacha and Sowjanya Bavesetti with their hands on silverware after they were crowned winners at the Fenesta National Championships here on Saturday.Nikki lived up to his top billing to lift the men’s singles crown but not before a buoyant Aryan Goveas took him to a tie-breaker in the second set. I tried to stick to my natural game, which is attacking, Niki said after receiving his title crown from Sania Mirza at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex.This is my first ever National title, and it feels good see your name alongside some of the biggest names of Indian tennis, the 25-year-old from Coorg added after his 6-2, 7-6(4) victory.It was expected to be a tough fight and the Aryan ensured he didn’t give Niki anything on platter. Aryan was guilty of committing umpteen unforced errors that cost him dear in the context of the game.This was the first time that we both faced each other, said Niki, who has been training at the Rohan Bopanna Academy in Bangalore for more than two years now. It can be good or bad as both of us don’t have an idea about each other’s game. The idea was to play your best and adapt to the situation accordingly, he added.In the second set, it was Aryan who took the lead, breaking Niki in the very first game, only for Niki to return the favour in the sixth. Niki had an opportunity to seal the issue but he failed to capitalise on a match point, forcing the set into the tie-breaker.advertisementAryan committed three straight unforced errors, last one handing Niki his maiden National championship title.In the women’s singles final, Sowjanya was up against veteran and four-time champion Prerna Bhambri. The first set was still a good fight top seed Sowjanya getting the big break and went into the lead. She carried the momentum in the second set to eventually seal the match with a 6-4, 6-2 verdict.Prerna took a break for her marriage and has been slowly getting back in to the action. Perhaps, she could have hit more balls, so of course there are few areas of improvement. But she is getting back there, said Prerna’s brother Pratik.Also Read | Sumit Nagal enters semifinal of ATP Challenger CampinasAlso Read | Lonely path despite giving Roger Federer a fight: Sumit Nagal disappointed with lack of supportAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Next Fenesta National Championships: Niki and Sowjanya crowned winnersNikki Poonacha lived up to his top billing to lift the men’s singles crown but not before a buoyant Aryan Goveas took him to a tie-breaker in the second set.advertisementlast_img read more

BONDS ELECTORAL BONDS

first_img‘Sir, look at this. Someone in Uttar Pradesh got lynched by a mob…’ Srikar barely looked up while scribbling frantically on a document. ‘Not now, Raghav. Focus on this bill, please.’Raghav kept the newspaper down and stared at the document on his laptop. Srikar had been assigned another bill and Raghav had drafted a speech for him. The legislation, related to the general budget, was titled ‘Finance Bill, 2015’. It was a super complex and technical bill which Raghav lost interest in the moment he started leafing through it. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAccording to him, the speech he had written was wishywashy. Full of random demands from the state government he had found online, some issues about pending payments and a few projects in Nagpur which had been stalled because of funding issues. Srikar had glanced through it, looked up and asked, ‘Did you even read the bill?’ ‘Umm … yes sir, I did,’ replied Raghav. ‘Nonsense, boy. If you would have, you’d know that this government is doing a shitty thing to hide political funding from sources. Did you read that clause?’ Also Read – Educational model of coexistence’No sir.’ ‘What is this, boy? Go get me Dushyant. Right away,’ hollered Srikar before tossing the speech away. Now they were just sitting around waiting for Dushyant to arrive while Raghav was trying his best to take a stab at the bill again. But every time he read a line, he lost interest. How in the world is anyone supposed to read this crap? I’m no lawyer. I don’t know this lawyerspeak. He reminded himself about how he had read a few opinion pieces about the NJAC the first time round when he had done that speech for Srikar. Then he had sat down and painstakingly identified clauses which spoke about the issues with the bill. A speech which turned out to be an absolute disaster. For this finance bill, zero people had written anything about it. No one was discussing it. Nobody seemed to have even noticed this clause that Srikar was talking about. What in the world?! The doorbell rang and Jeetu came in, ushering Dushyant inside while asking him if he wanted chai. Dushyant ignored him and extended his hand to shake Srikar’s. Srikar got up with a smile and shook his. Both of them had good-natured friendly smiles on their faces, as if they were both aware of something epic they were about to pull off together. ‘I hope you had a chance to look at that clause, sir?’ said Dushyant, sitting down across from Srikar. ‘Was I correct?’ ‘Yes, yes. This is most interesting. It’s strange that this government is trying to make political funding non-transparent,’ said Srikar. He looked at Raghav. ‘My useless staff wasn’t able to notice it. But thank you for being proactive, Dushyant!’ Raghav tried to shrink in size and become a peanut. Sadly, he failed. ‘Okay Dushyant, so I have decided to base my complete speech on this point. It’s preposterous. It’s something we should focus on. I need a favour from you,’ said Srikar. ‘Sure, sir. How can I help?’ ‘Sit here with Raghav and help him draft the speech, please? I only ask you to give half an hour of your time. That’s all.’ ‘Sure. You go do your other work while I deal with this.’ Dushyant looked at Raghav and gave him a friendly smile. Raghav wasn’t feeling particularly friendly at that point, so he just looked away. Srikar got up, stretched and announced that he was off to do some shopping for his wife. Jeetu was summoned and both of them rushed off to Khan Market. Dushyant opened his laptop and started typing furiously, without a word. ‘Soooo … can you tell me about this … thing?’ said Raghav timidly. Dushyant paused, looked at him, nodded and went back to typing. After what seemed like an eternity, he looked up from his laptop and said, ‘Right. So all you have to do is put what I have written into his speech. Got it? Raghav glared at him. ‘No, I don’t get it. Please explain it to me so that I can write it myself.’ ‘Why? Why do you want to waste time? It’s written here, just read it and give it to him.’ ‘Srikarji might not like my ability to read bills but he does like my use of language. The only reason why he let me work on this is because I can think in his words and spew out stuff which he is comfortable reading out. So please, just explain it and I’ll write,’ responded Raghav rather defensively. He did not appreciate this Dushyant sweeping into the room and taking away all the glory just by showing up. He might be an expert and all, but he was no speech writer. Raghav was proud of his ability to write and he wasn’t willing to give it up for any so-called expert. Besides, Dushyant is such an arrogant prick. The lawyer sighed and said, ‘Okay, so in Section 234 of the bill they are making changes to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and they’re creating electoral bonds which…’ ‘Wait wait wait. Hold up. Talk to me as a voter. Who knows nothing about political funding. At all.’ Dushyant looked genuinely confused. ‘Okay. Let me ask you this: how do parties get funds?’ ‘Are you serious? You don’t know?’ ‘No, I don’t. Now tell me.’ Dushyant sighed and closed his laptop. ‘According to the Representation of People’s Act, people are allowed to donate `20,000 or less anonymously…’ ‘Nope nope. Simpler. I ask again, how do parties get funds?’ Dushyant was getting visibly irritated now. ‘Fine. People give money to political parties in cash or cheque. If the cash amount is more than `20,000, who has given the money has to be disclosed. If it’s a cheque, it has to be declared by default.’ Raghav started typing furiously on his laptop. ‘Declared where?’ ‘In the annual accounts of the political party. There has to be a proper list of donors to ensure transparency. The Election Commission asks political parties to make it public.’ Raghav nodded. ‘So this bill is changing a lot of that.’ ‘How?’ ‘One, they’re reducing the cash donation limit to `2,000 and two, they’re introducing a new instrument called electoral bonds which can be used to give donations to political parties. These bonds can only be bought using white money, meaning cheque, demand draft or bank transfer.’ ‘Okay. That doesn’t sound so bad. Is that bad?’ ‘On the surface it looks legitimate, but electoral bonds are actually going to ensure that the names of the donors remain hidden from the public. Nobody will know who donated to which party.’ Raghav reflected on this for a bit. ‘So if I want to donate using electoral bonds, what do I need to do?’ Dushyant opened his laptop and checked something. Raghav had thrown him a question he did not have a solid answer to. ‘That is unclear from the proposed law. But it says that electoral bonds will have to be bought from a registered government bank and given to the political party.’ (Excerpted with permission from Parliamental; written by Meghnad S; published by Harper Collins. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘Bonds Electoral Bonds’.) Price: Rs.299last_img

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for May by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent in May. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.5 per cent (8.3)— Halifax 7.0 (6.8)— Moncton, N.B. 6.1 (6.9)— Saint John, N.B. 5.6 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.5)— Quebec 4.6 (4.2)— Sherbrooke, Que. 6.2 (6.2)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.5 (6.5)— Montreal 6.6 (6.7)— Gatineau, Que. 5.6 (5.7)— Ottawa 5.8 (5.1)— Kingston, Ont. 5.5 (5.8)— Peterborough, Ont. 6.7 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.9 (6.1)— Toronto 6.9 (6.9)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (6.8)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.3 (5.2)— Brantford, Ont. 5.1 (4.7)— Guelph, Ont. 3.9 (4.6)— London, Ont. 6.2 (5.7)— Windsor, Ont. 5.0 (4.9)— Barrie, Ont. 5.4 (5.8)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Winnipeg 5.9 (6.3)— Regina 4.7 (4.6)— Saskatoon 8.3 (7.8)— Calgary 9.3 (9.3)— Edmonton 7.9 (8.1)— Kelowna, B.C. 4.0 (4.8)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.6 (5.7)— Vancouver 5.2 (4.8)— Victoria 3.9 (3.7)last_img read more

Morocco Caucus At US Congress Strongly Supports Moroccos Autonomy Plan For

first_imgWashington-  The “Morocco caucus” at the US Congress reiterated firm support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and recalls the US administration “unchanged position” on the issue.In a letter to US president Barak Obama on the eve of a working visit to Washington by HM King Mohammed VI (Nov.22), the caucus stresses the utmost importance that this issue has for Morocco, calling the US chief executive to seize the “opportunity” of the Moroccan king’s visit to “reaffirm the US unchanged policy of support to a settlement based on large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.The Moroccan autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco in 2007 remains “the best framework for a negotiated political solution,” says the letter which also insists “it is one of the few issues enjoying wide consensus both at the House of Representatives and the Senate”. Of Morocco-US relations, the congress members recall that Morocco, the first nation to recognize the United States of America, is “a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa”, sharing “our values and aspirations for the region. As such, the letter goes on, “given the current juncture at the regional level”, relations with Morocco have “a capital and strategic importance”.The Morocco caucus also urges for seizing the opportunity of HM the King’s trip to Washington to consolidate “strategic relations” with Morocco to face “common challenges in North Africa and the Sahel region”.last_img read more

Colombo Uni student serious

The student of the Colombo University who fell from the third floor of the University this morning is in serious condition, the Colombo National Hospital said.The student, identified as Randima, is a Science Faculty student and a resident of Lunugamwehera. The student is 23 year old girl. She is to undergo an operation, the hospital said. (Colombo Gazette)

UN officials stress need to eliminate violence against women

“Violence against women is global in reach, and takes place in all societies and cultures,” he said in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “It affects women no matter what their race, ethnicity, social origin, birth or other status may be.”Noting that gender-based violence is particularly pervasive in situation of armed conflicts, when women and girls become victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the Secretary-General said ending the impunity for such crimes is an important step.Referring to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, he said for the first time forced marriage would be prosecuted as a crime against humanity.Describing violence against women as “a challenge in itself,” since it could cause HIV infection, the Secretary-General observed that sexual violence increases women’s vulnerability to the virus.“All too frequently, the threat to violence forces women to have unprotected sex,” he said. “Violence can also make it impossible for women to seek information, follow treatment or even raise the subject for discussion.”He said the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women continued to play a dynamic role in ensuring that the issue was a high priority for the international community, noting that the Optional Protocol to the Convention “gives women the right to petition, and has the potential to become a highly effective tool for addressing gender-based violence.”Meanwhile, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also pointed out that systematic use of rape as a weapon of war was a violation of human rights that demands urgent attention and an end to impunity.“The prevalence of rape and sexual violence during armed conflict is not a new problem, but it is as serious as it has even been,” said Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Perpetrators of sexual violence during armed conflict are violating international law. States must hold them accountable, and there must be resources for victims to seek justice.”She saw the use of rape in wars as “one of the most disturbing phenomena” of the past two decades. “In situations of armed conflicts, girls and women are routinely targeted in campaigns of gender-based violence, including rape, mutilation, prostitution, and sexual slavery,” she said.Referring to conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, the UNICEF chief observed that militias had routinely engaged in rape of young girls and women of all ages. “That conflict has forced more than a million people to leave their homes and seek refuge in makeshift camps,” she said. “But even there, women and girls are in grave danger of being sexually assaulted, particularly when they go beyond the camp for firewood.” read more

Varadkar wants your views on the future of Irish tourism

first_imgREADY TO ANSWER some challenging questions about the future of the Irish tourist industry?That’s what Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring are looking for members of the public, the tourism industry and tourists to do.People are being invited to contribute their ideas on future plans for Ireland’s tourism industry in a new Government initiative launched today.This is the first time this has been done since New Horizons back in 2003, and this time around it involves a consultation and question paper.This paper asks people to answer “challenging questions about the future of Irish tourism”.The consultation document has 20 topics on which views and submissions are invited. These include:Where our priority country markets should beWhat should the balance of spending be among marketing, events and attractionsHow we can build on the success of the GatheringHow can be best harness local authorities, communities, business to support tourismHow should we measure success, visits or revenue.Minister Varadkar said that tourism has moved “from crisis mode two years ago, firmly into recovery mode now”.He added: “With the success of The Gathering, a significant increase in overseas visits for three years in a row and a good summer for domestic tourism behind us, we now must ask ourselves, what next?”Varadkar said he wants this “to be the most far-reaching review of Irish tourism policy review in years”. Minister Ring said that they “want to hear from everybody on this”.Copies of the document will be available on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and submissions can be emailed to tourismpolicy@dttas.ie or sent by post to: Tourism Policy, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, 44 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Submissions should be sent by 1 November 2013.Read: German tourists boost passenger numbers at Knock Airport>Read: ‘Hipsters’ are the target of new Irish tourism campaign>last_img read more