Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told INQUIRER.net during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.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 shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

KL banking on KLFA Stadium renovation completion

first_imgSuper League City Boys banking on stadium renovation completion to draw KL-ites back in 2018 MSL Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:45 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adnan Ikshan, Kuala Lumpur, 2017 Kuala Lumpur The City Boys Facebook Super League Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur v Sabah Premier League Only 1,347 fans turned up to the match that saw Kuala Lumpur promoted to the Super League, although the match had been made a free-entrance event. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Although Kuala Lumpur defeated Sabah 2-0 in their Premier League match on Tuesday, to secure promotion to the 2018 Super League, one aspect proved a blight on that evening.Despite the match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium having been made a free-entrance event, only 1,347 fans turned up to the match.However when asked by Goal following the match, club chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Ikshan disagreed that there were not many fans, and he is convinced that a bigger crowd will attend their matches next season, when they can use their home ground the KLFA Stadium again. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “From what I’ve noticed, any teams that fail to play well will be shunned by their fans. Praise God, we have a sizable crowd tonight, and it’s not easy to draw over a thousand fans.”The city residents are busy with work and Selayang is a little out of the way from the city centre. God willing, we’ll move back to Cheras next season, and that venue will be more accessible to the fans,” explained Adnan.The 18,000-capacity KLFA Stadium in Cheras had been under renovation for the past three years or so, and the club that represent Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur have since shared Selayang with a number of teams in all three of Malaysia’s football pyramid. Initially the renovation works had been set to be completed in the middle of this year with the venue scheduled as one of the venues for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games football competition in August, but the deadline was then extended to the end of 2017.Speaking on the success of gaining promotion itself, Adnan remarked that he is particularly proud of the team’s success this time around, as their previous Super League promotion, back in 2010 only happened because of the shutting down of then top-tier sides Kuala Muda Naza and UPB-MyTeam.”I want to thank everyone who has been involved, because we have not been promoted (to the Super League) on merit for around 14 years.”We were in the top tier in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, but that was as replacement for teams that have withdrawn. This time it is an achievement.”We hope the city residents realise this and will return to the stadium next season,” he noted.The City Boys now have one league match left to go; away to JDT II. A win will see them lift the league title.last_img read more

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

Whistler Film Festival Taps Industry Veteran Julie Di Cresce

first_imgWhistler, B.C. (August 29, 2018) – With 13 weeks until its 18th edition, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has hired Toronto-based industry veteran Julie Di Cresce as its new Director of Industry Programming. Di Cresce will oversee all of the industry, project development and talent programs associated with the Whistler Film Festival and Summit. She takes over from Angie Nolan, who has been part of WFF since its inception and worked on the industry programming team since 2004. Di Cresce will be on-site taking meetings for the festival during the Toronto International Film Festival.“We’re excited to have Julie join our team as Director of Industry Programming, and are confident that her experience, passion for storytelling and creative and market instincts will serve to elevate our industry programming and talent development programs,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler FIlm Festival Executive Director.Di Cresce brings over a decade of experience in broadcast programming and production to the role and is passionate about storytelling. She is currently the Program Advisor for the NSI Totally Television program and most recently taught screenwriting at the Humber School of Media Studies. She holds an MA in Film from York University and a Cinema Specialist from the University of Toronto. Twitter Advertisement She was Head of Development for Two in Hand Media (the production arm of Vanguarde Artists) and VP of TV Development for First Generation Films. Before moving into production she was the Director of Canadian Programming at Super Channel where she was responsible for honing their original programming strategy. She was production executive on commissioned projects such as SLASHER (Netflix) and VERSAILLES (Canal +). She also pre-licensed Canadian feature films such as TURBO KID (SXSW Audience Award Winner 2015) and pre-bought a robust slate of feature-length documentaries such as A SKYJACKER’S TALE and TOKYO IDOLS, which premiered at Sundance in 2017.Prior to joining Super Channel she held the post of Director of Original Programming for HBO Canada, where she managed a robust slate of series in development and was acting production executive on all prelicensed feature films and documentaries, as well as series greenlit into production, including titles such as GOON, PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Starz) and LESS THAN KIND.*From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.FESTIVAL DATESNOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2NDTO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITEhttps://whistlerfilmfestival.com/ Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Opinion Three position groups to keep an eye on during the Ohio

OSU then-redshirt senior Corey Smith (84) and then-sophomore Cam Burrows (16) face off during the 2015 Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 2015 Ohio State football team came into the year with very few questions, riding a wave of consistency and experience. The same cannot be said for coach Urban Meyer’s 2016 squad heading into its annual spring game on Saturday.Most of the headlines surrounding the program this offseason centered around the nine players leaving early for the NFL draft, including defensive stalwart Joey Bosa and offensive playmakers Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas. Returning just six starters — three on offense, three on defense — from last year’s team that went 12-1, there are a lot of new faces at the top of the depth chart for the Buckeyes.Although most of these competitions won’t likely be settled until the final days of fall camp, here are a few position battles to watch for in the Scarlet and Gray scrimmage.Offensive lineBehind what might be considered the most intimidating front line in school history, “The Slobs” have a remodeled look in 2016. Redshirt senior Pat Elflein and redshirt junior Billy Price return up front for OSU. They’ll be looking to lead a group of unheralded, or perhaps even unheard of, Buckeyes who will try to fill sizable holes. Elflein is moving over to center from his previous stake at right guard, while Price is set to slide over from left guard to right.Junior Jamarco Jones is thought to be the replacement at left tackle for possible first-round pick Taylor Decker, who manned the position for the past three years. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, the former U.S. Army All-American has not yet had a chance in the spotlight despite being ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle by 247Sports in his class.For the last two spots on the line, true sophomore Isaiah Prince, true freshman Michael Jordan, redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Evan Lisle are all aiming to start on first-year offensive line coach Greg Studrawa’s front line.Prince was the first member of the 2015 recruiting class to lose his black stripe, granting him rights to practice with the team. Prince, Jordan, Knox and Lisle all were consensus top 100 players in their respective recruiting classes.Although it’s not a real game, the live action that the young offensive linemen will see should be valuable for Meyer to assess what the best five-man unit will be in the regular season. LinebackerOnly one member of Luke Fickell’s starting linebacker corps returns for the 2016 season. With two-year starters Darron Lee and Joshua Perry both gone, junior Raekwon McMillan — already named a team captain — mans the middle for the Buckeyes this season, while young, unproven talent is competing for the two outside linebacker positions.Two former Ohio Mr. Football candidates — Dante Booker, who won it in 2014, and Justin Hilliard, a finalist the year after — were highly touted recruits who haven’t had a chance yet to shine. Expect the two to consistently earn playing time all year, as Meyer has shown he likes to rotate a lot of bodies into the mix at linebacker. Booker, who had 22 tackles last season as a two-deep linebacker, is an early favorite over Hilliard to earn a starting job.The other linebacker who is expected to receive plenty of first-team reps is redshirt junior Chris Worley. Along with Booker in 2015, Worley played on the second group and recorded 17 tackles last season.Wide receiverLast season, Thomas was without a doubt the most talented pass catcher on the field. Now with Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller leaving empty spots, Meyer’s offense is desperately looking for someone from the inexperienced group of receivers to emerge.Returning from a broken leg last season against Indiana is redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith. However, as he only collected 25 receptions and 317 receiving yards in a year and a half with OSU, it’s worrisome for Meyer to count on Smith for big numbers this season.Also recovering from a season-ending leg injury, this one suffered in fall camp, Noah Brown has a much-anticipated 2016 campaign ahead considering all reports out of the 2015 camp were positive from Meyer and his team. At 6-foot-2, the 222-pound wideout has great size and control in the air. The redshirt sophomore is known as a physical receiver, which has been a staple in Meyer’s spread offense. If healthy enough to go, Brown will be a heavy favorite for a starting receiver position.Dontre Wilson is another member of the unit who could be looked to for big production in 2016. Yeah, remember this guy? Playing a lot his freshman campaign in 2013, the 5-foot-10 speedster from Texas enters his senior season with his career thus far been marred by injuries. Only at 180 pounds when he arrived on campus and now listed at 195 pounds, Wilson has one season to live up to the hype OSU fans had for him when he first entered the OSU facilities.Finally, if you’re going to watch one skill position player in Saturday’s game, look out for Austin Mack. The early-enrollee freshman has very impressive athleticism and knowledge of the position for a player who is just 18 years old. Mack is a U.S. Army All-American who showcased his skills impressively against future OSU talent in July at OSU’s Friday Night Lights high school showcase event. Don’t be surprised if Mack emerges as the standout in this year’s spring game. read more

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more

Richard Strauss lured students to private clinic with local advertising

Dr. Richard Strauss opened a private clinic in Columbus in August 1996 just 12 days after he finished working at Ohio State Student Medical Services.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateHowever, even though Strauss was not regularly treating Ohio State students, he still had access to them. Advertisements for “Men’s Clinics of America” ran in several issues of The Lantern, according to the student newspaper’s archives. He also ran ads over local radio, said Brian Garrett, a former nursing student who worked at Strauss’ clinic.The advertisement in The Lantern described his clinic as offering “prompt treatment of common genital/urinary problems,” as well as providing examinations for rashes, lumps, pain/burning, checkups, testing, sexually transmitted diseases and “answers to questions.” It said the clinic had experienced doctors, a male staff and “strict medical confidentiality.”University Provost Bruce McPheron said during the Audit & Compliance Committee meeting on June 7 that investigators had learned about the clinic and knew there were acts of sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred there. The independent investigation, led by the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, has been looking into the hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, and whether the university knew about the acts and allowed it to happen. McPheron said the Columbus clinic is part of the investigation because Ohio State students were reportedly treated and abused by Strauss while there.In the advertisement, it said there was a student discount. However, Garrett said when an Ohio State athlete would come in, Strauss would tell Garrett and the other employees that the athlete would receive free treatment and that the treatment was to be kept “off the record.”Garrett said that through those advertisements, he would not only get students to seek treatment, but also to help to run the clinic. “The crazy thing was, is he got OSU students — current OSU students — to run it, help him run it,” Garrett said. “But then he, like I said, he had OSU athletes coming in from teams that he was doing freebie exams with them.”Garrett was recruited by Strauss to work as a “receptionist” for the clinic, and said the office was located at 1350 W. Fifth Ave. The Lantern confirmed Strauss was listed as having owned property at the address from WhitePages.Garrett, who now resides in Powell, Ohio, told The Lantern one of his friends was approached in Larkins Hall — the old recreational facility at the university — by Strauss and was asked about working for him at the clinic. His friend then informed Garrett and another friend about the offer, all of whom accepted.While Garrett said he is not certain other students were abused, Garrett said he was abused by Strauss. He said after complaining of heartburn, Strauss told him to lie down on the exam table. He said Strauss began by pushing on Garrett’s stomach, but then removed his pants and began to closely examine his genitals. After five to 10 minutes, Garrett said he left and never returned to the clinic. Garrett said this had come the same day he was asked to sit in on one of Strauss’ exams of an Ohio State athlete. He described in graphic detail the abuse he witnessed Strauss commit on the athlete.“I just asked him if I had heartburn,” Garrett said, referring to the abuse committed against him by Strauss. “And then shortly after that — I never told anybody — I was like I can’t do this anymore.”The setup of the clinic was unusual compared with most others, Garrett said. The phones were forwarded to the apartments of Garrett and his friends when patients would try to call and schedule appointments, and that “people coming into the office had to be kept secret from the people leaving the office,” Garrett said.“Anytime the phone would ring, we would have to say, ‘Men’s Clinic of America’ and the person would say, ‘Hey, I’m trying to get an appointment for this,’” Garrett said. “And we would write down the appointments and we would tell him how many people called in.”According to documents obtained from the Ohio secretary of state’s office, Strauss’ company was officially incorporated on Aug. 19, 1996 and was dissolved two years later on Aug. 27, 1998.A screenshot of advertisements Dr. Richard Strauss ran for his private clinic found in The Lantern archives. Credit: Lantern FileHe also said Strauss was a part-time physician in student health services from July 1, 1994 until Aug. 7, 1996, but was a professor emeritus at Ohio State until he retired on July 1, 1998.Though it is unclear what Ohio State’s policy on outside practice of medicine was at the time Strauss ran his clinic, current policy forbids any faculty members in the College of Medicine to be “employed by other entities for the practice of medicine.”When asked whether university faculty referred students to Strauss’ clinic, Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the university cannot discuss details of the independent, ongoing investigation. Ohio State is scheduled to provide another update on the Strauss investigation at 10 a.m. during Thursday’s Audit & Compliance Committee meeting.Athletes from 14 different sports have been interviewed and over 200 former students and staff members have talked with investigators about Strauss, the university said in a release on July 20. There are more than 100 former students and student-athletes believed to have been abused by Strauss while he was at the university, and investigators are also looking into whether he abused high school students.The university urges anyone with information pertaining to the investigation to contact investigators at osu@perkinscoie.com. read more

Klopp admits Liverpool have been lucky

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the team have had their fair share of luck so far this season as they remain unbeaten in the Premier League.Ahead of their game against Manchester City, the Reds should have lost the reverse fixture at Anfield as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty with the scores at 0-0, but Klopp feels that luck is required to win titles.“You can’t go unbeaten so far if you don’t have luck,” he said, according to Goal.“You need luck.”“We have had much in the years before and not much this season, but we had these moments when Mahrez missed the penalty and then there was the goal we scored against Everton.”“But I would say that even then we deserved to win against Everton and we deserved the point against Man City – and that’s because of the consistency in the performances so far.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The boys are completely focused. The one time you are not focused, even if you’re at 99%, you will slip. You fail. That’s how it is.”Speaking about his team’s title credentials, Klopp said:“We’re a different team. We’ve improved since last year, as we had to. These boys are of a different level and quality, that’s true. I trust them 100 percent.”“We’re all in this situation, we’re all in the same mood 100%. That’s the mood in which we go to City.”last_img read more

A brilliant Benzema takes Real Madrid to Copa semifinals

first_imgWith a fantastic brace during the first half at Girona, French striker Karim Benzema took Real Madrid all the way to the Copa del Rey semifinals.It’s official, Karim Benzema is currently going through one of the best moments of his career with Real Madrid and he just qualified Los Blancos to the Copa del Rey semifinals.The French striker has been completely unplayable during the start of 2019, his last two matches have been beautiful to look at as he’s been the squad’s offensive leader with goals and an everlasting source of talent regardless of the rival he confronts.The striker proved his fantastic moment from the very first ball he touched, it was evident that we were in for a treat and he would be one of this game’s main attractions.Karim did have Vinicius Junior as one of the most surprising partners that he could’ve asked for at this stage of the season, and also one of the most unexpected during a time in which everybody was already starting to repent from letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club.The Brazilian youngster has taken all Madridistas by surprise with his fresh football proposal, he has completely owned the left flank for Los Blancos and managed to get cozy with practically all the other offensive players in the squad.But make no mistake, tonight’s star was Karim Benzema without a doubt.FT Girona 1 Real Madrid 3. Real Madrid through to the semi finals #GironaRealMadrid #CopadelRey pic.twitter.com/QjQHqK9UW8— Football 24/7 (@foetball247) January 31, 2019The Frenchman’s personal show went through the brightest moment just a few minutes before the 30-minute mark, he was the one who started the first goal’s play and the one who finished it.The Frenchman started a combination with Lucas Vazquez on the right flank, he continued with Dani Carvajal and stood right in front of Girona’s goalkeeper to finish with a potent strike with practically nobody to block his shot.This continued the great dynamic that Benzema is going through after last weekend’s fantastic performance against Espanyol in La Liga, but the striker was only beginning his show.A few minutes before half time, he combined with Vinicius on the left flank and finished the play with a well-placed right-footer that hit the post and got in the back of the net for Real Madrid’s second goal of the evening.This made it a 6-2 aggregate as both squads went to the dressing room to rest for 15 minutes, but the match wasn’t over yet and another 45 minutes were still on the horizon.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Since Benzema had already delivered, manager Santiago Solari decided to take him out early in the second half to rest for next weekend.Real Madrid are through to the semi-finals of the #CopaDelRey thanks to a double from Benzema and one from Llorente! 🔥@GironaFC 1-3 @realmadriden (3-7) pic.twitter.com/V4ANmx6kjf— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 31, 2019Vinicius also left the pitch a few minutes later and he gave Gareth Bale a chance to play for over 20 minutes, the Welshman was coming out of another muscular injury and the manager wants to bring him back to rhythm slowly.Girona wasn’t leaving without doing some damage on Real Madrid’s defense, they took advantage of a defensive mistake from Los Blancos and Pedro Porro pulled one back for the Catalan club.Marcos Llorente scored the third goal for Real Madrid late in the game for the final 7-3 aggregate. But the semifinal’s ticket was pretty much decided, the first leg result was too bulky for Girona to recover from it.This result leaves the Copa del Rey semifinalists completely resolved, with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, and a surprising Real Betis about to have the semifinals draw on Friday.The obvious favorites to go all the way to the final at the Benito Villamarin Stadium are the two giants, but Real Betis does have a good motivation because the final will take place in their own stadium.We will bring you all the information on the semifinals as soon as the draw ends.Que semifinales nos esperan en la Copa del Rey 🤩 pic.twitter.com/agYiJck3ed— Juego Balón (@sirjuegobalon) January 31, 2019What’s your favorite possible Copa del Rey semifinal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Newsweek Put on the Block

first_imgThe Washington Post Company has put Newsweek magazine on the block. The newspaper publisher said today that it has retained Allen & Company to explore a potential sale.“The losses at Newsweek in 2007 to 2009 are a matter of record. Despite heroic efforts on the part of Newsweek’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010,” Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham says in a statement. “We are exploring all options to fix that problem.  Newsweek is a lively, important magazine and website, and in the current climate, it might be a better fit elsewhere.”Advertising pages at Newsweek declined 20.4 percent through the first quarter of 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Through 2009, pages were down 25.9 percent. Last year, Newsweek’s overall paid and verified circulation fell 27 percent, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Newsstand sales plummeted more than 40 percent to 62,257 copies.Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to the story.last_img read more

This isnt Sunny Leones phone number Delhi man gets scores of calls

first_imgSunny Leone and others in Arjun PatialaTwitterWhat is going to happen if people start thinking that your phone number is that of Sunny Leone? You are going to get flooded with hundreds of calls and messages, right? This is what happened with a Delhi resident named Puneet Agarwal.According to reports, Puneet has been getting scores of calls and messages from unknown numbers since last Friday. Puneet has been getting obscene calls and vulgar messages from unknown numbers as his phone number is being believed to be that of Sunny Leone.The whole confusion started due to one scene in the movie Arjun Patiala. There is reportedly a scene in Arjun Patiala in which Sunny is seen sharing her phone number with co-actor Diljit Dosanjh. While mostly phone numbers used in films are invalid, this time the number used turned out to be a valid one of a person named Puneet.A lot of people apparently thought the number to be actually that of Sunny, and hence, Puneet has been receiving series of unwanted calls and messages. The man is so harassed by such unwanted attention that he is reportedly planning to file a case against the makers of Arjun Patiala.Directed by Rohit Jugraj, Arjun Patiala features Sunny in a cameo role. Other lead cast include Diljit, Kriti Sanon, Varun Sharma, Ronit Roy, Pankaj Tripathi among others. The film was released on July 26, and received lukewarm response at the box office.last_img read more

Red White and Blue Whats at Stake In Houston November Ballot

first_img Share Watch  Red, White and Blue hosts David Jones and Gary Polland in a lively discussion with Mayor Sylvester Turner around Houston’s November ballot, understanding what’s at stake with the Houston pension solution, $50 million from the $100 million disaster relief fund to help with hurricane expenses, property taxes and revenue cap back-and-forth decisions, and the latest update on long-term flood mitigation solutions.last_img

Full Show Houston Restaurant Weeks And Writer Michael Arceneaux Aug 6 2018

first_img 00:00 /49:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img On Monday’s Houston Matters: The largest health insurer in Texas is implementing a stricter review process for ER claims today. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ controversial program is starting after it was delayed earlier this year. And a Houston law firm is suing CenterPoint Energy on behalf of a journalist who was electrocuted during Harvey. Attorneys say the utility failed to shut off flooded power lines. We learn more from one of the lead attorneys in the case.Also this hour: Each August is your chance to try all the local eateries you’ve had on your restaurant bucket list during Houston Restaurant Weeks. In this month’s edition of The Full Menu, our local food writers give us a preview of what different restaurants are doing for this annual event, which benefits the Houston Food Bank.Then, writer Michael Arceneaux grew up in Houston black, Catholic and gay. And he’s written a book about coming to terms with his sexual orientation and how his religion often viewed him. It’s called I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé.And from the Astros’ World Series rematch in Los Angeles over the weekend, to Carmelo Anthony inching ever closer to officially joining the Rockets, Jeff Balke updates us on Houston Sports. WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

17 World Class Swimmers to Compete at TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet

first_img The fourth annual TYR Derby Pro Swim Weekend is set to kick off on Thursday, April 25, 2019 with a Drowning Prevention Clinic at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. Following the clinic, athletes will gather on Friday, April 26 to compete in the TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet presented by Churchill Downs.  Swimmers expected to compete in the meet include Mallory Comerford, Ryan Held, Bruno Fratus, Shinri Shioura, Michael Chadwick, Dylan Carter, Roland Schoeman, Lia Neal, Margo Geer, Farida Osman, Kendyl Stewart, Madison Kennedy, Amy Bilquist and Zach Apple.On Thursday, April 25, the UofL Swimming and Diving team will host the Fourth Annual Drowning Prevention Clinic at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. This clinic helped  hundreds of kids lose the fear of water and gain the ability to learn a life skill. The clinic is open to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.On Friday, April 26, the swimmers will compete for prize money beginning at 6:30.  The professional swimmers will race a 50 long-course meter freestyle in a preliminary, semi-final, final format, all within one hour. The last two finishers will be eliminated after each round with the final four racing for prize money and for the honor of being the fourth TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet Champion.At the conclusion of the swim meet on Friday night,  athletes, sponsors, and guests will be invited to join for an exclusive VIP dinner with NBA and UofL Basketball legend, Darrell Griffith, who will host the 16 elite athletes at his restaurant, Griff’s (133 W Liberty St.) on April 26, for a VIP dinner from 8:30-11:00 p.m. There are 150 VIP tickets available to purchase for the Live in Lou Derby Pro VIP Night. A part of the proceeds will benefit Sigma Gamma Rho. Sigma Gamma Rho is committed to diversity, inclusion, and to the increase the swim participation and decrease drowning rates in our community. Their motto is “Greater Service, Greater Progress”, and UofL Swimming and Diving and Sigma Gamma Rho come together to affect change and influence the community.On Saturday, April 27, 12x Olympic medalist, 65x World championship medalist and World record holder, Ryan Lochte, will host a swim techniques clinic followed by an autograph and photo session at Ralph Wright Natatorium from 1:30-3:30pm. That evening swimmers will enjoy the best of Louisville with a bourbon tour at Old Forester Distillery and will then head to Opening Night at the tracks to help kickoff the 145th Kentucky Derby.For tickets and information, please head to www.derbyproswim.com or connect with us on Instagram at @tyrderbyproswim. Tickets are on sale now. Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Of tall buildings and swanky malls

first_imgHome is where the heart is, seems to be the new mantra for real estate owners in Indian investment – even when these homes are in distant foreign lands like Dubai and other Middle East countries – where real estate players are bullish about rising Indian investment. This was evident at the Dubai Property Show held recently in Mumbai, where numerous developers, builders and real estate giants from the Emirate of Dubai – also famously called the “City of Gold” –  came in their numbers to woo Indian real estate buyers.  Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureBollywood’s celebrity and style icon Malaika Arora Khan kicked off the three-day property extravaganza that showcased the best of the Emirate’s latest real estate offerings in luxury apartments from Rs 65 lakhs to villas around Rs 2.5 crores, besides beach properties and commercial properties galore. The event, which was organised by the Dubai Land Department and Sumansa Exhibitions, witnessed participation of 35 reputed property developers from Dubai including; Falconcity of Wonders, Emaar Properties, Al Hamra Real Estate Development, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Tebyan, Select Group, Nakheel, Dubai Properties, Deyaar Development, Meydan Sobha, Damac Properties, Dubai Sports City, Kleindienst Group, among others, besides also seminars, promotional offers and financing facilities. Also Read – BLACK FIBRESultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department, said Dubai properties would be particularly attractive to the middle-income group, which no longer have to choose between affordability and luxury. “Indians have long understood the value of Dubai real-estate – as evident by their growing investment in the emirate – and they realise the long-and-short-term financial dividends that they can attain. This is why Indian nationals continue to rule the foreign real-estate investment chart. In the first half of 2015 alone, they sliced a significant 15 per cent share – the highest in Dubai’s real-estate market by a foreign nationality,” he said.  Alharith Almoosa, Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, noted that while Dubai’s real-estate sector provided value for money, more significantly – the emirate offered political stability and an easy access to global and regional markets, besides boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions, said Dubai real-estate became a sound investment because economic activity in Dubai witnessed healthy figures due to its diversification across various sectors including finance, logistics, tourism and retail, besides also Expo 2020 round the corner to improve the economy further.  “Indians are continuing to be the most prolific foreign investors in the property sector in coming months too, as they have adopted Dubai as their second home and expect high return on their investments,” Kalpesh Sampat, Director of SPF Realty – a leading real estate broker in the freehold property sector of Dubai and Middle East – told Millennium Post on the sidelines of the Show, while highlighting the USP and hassle-free purchase procedures offered by the Dubai realty market. “The key advantages Dubai property markets offer – vis-à-vis investment in Indian properties – is that one does not have to deal with complicated sections and provisions related to Income Tax as there are no personal and income taxes in Dubai. Quick transaction procedures ensure that Indian investors get their money as a seller in 10 days (cash) or 45 days in case of a mortgage.”  “Dubai’s other top draw reasons include: Relatively affordable living for middle and upper class compared to Delhi and Mumbai; Easy assimilation due to prevailing Indian culture; Monetary gains due to fastest-growing economies and rising demand for property; Lucrative yields with world’s highest returns; Close proximity to India; Expo 2020 (to attract estimated 30 million visitors and multiple business opportunities; Strong tourism sector (millions global tourists monthly),” Sampat said.Official statistics show Indians as the top foreign property investors in Dubai with investments of over Rs 30,000 crore in 2014 alone, which is more than a quarter of around Rs 1 lakh crore of Non-Arab property investments recorded that year, according to the Dubai Land Department. Real estate investors from India have shown a marked preference for properties in Dubai owing to the close proximity of the UAE to India. Indians were the most prolific overseas investors in Dubai’s realty market in H1, 2015, clocking 3,017 transactions valued at more than $2 billion.“Dubai is poised on the brink of becoming one of the world’s leading investment hubs, and SPF Realty is an extended selling arm of several premium real estate developers in the UAE. Our Dubai USP is simple: 1) price per square feet is compelling, from investors perspective. Payment plan is 65 per cent post-handover over three more years. So, besides Indians, about 50 per cent buyers are from UAE itself and GCC countries itself who realise the importance including Meydan and “Mohammed Bin Rashid” (MBR) City having an “Etihad Rail Link” with other cities and countries in the GCC region in barely two to three years time, besides a bicycle track of a massive 50 kms length that sees even leaders and VVIPs doing their exercising bit. In fact, SPF’s sales turnover rose from $545 million (2007) to $2 billion in (2014), even as our (G&Co) “Viridian” Millennium Estates will be witnessing handing over of 198 villas by January 2016,” Sampat added.Elucidating on the emergence of Dubai as a prime investment destination for Indian investors, Ranjeet Chavan, Director of SPF Realty which is representing the regions premium property developer G&Co at the Dubai Property Show, reiterated, “Indians accord a second-home status to Dubai – by coming in massive numbers to live, work and invest with a long-term perspective. Lower interest rates, lucrative yearly rental yield in the range of 4-7 per cent, security, tax-free returns on investments or around 20 per cent, a regulated market structure and attractive payment options are additional triggers for driving Indian investments in huge numbers in the Indian market.”Meanwhile, nearer home in India , some developers believe the sky’s the limit and are therefore reaching for the sky. Oberoi Realty launched its “Sky City” at Borivali, Mumbai across 25 acres and featuring multiple towers of 60 storeys each, besides offering connectivity to business districts and leisure options like malls, hotels, theatres and parks alongside multi-terraced gardens, recreational area and lush green landscapes. Describing “home” as the best real estate asset people can experience with value creation, Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty, said the apartments in Sky City would comprise expansive three-bedrooms, while the City itself would be an aesthetic experience at all levels including swimming pools, aqua gm, courts for tennis, badminton and squash, rock climbing, jogging track, skating rink and kids play areas.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently noted that the real estate sector has huge potential for growth, and expressed the hope that the period of slow down would end soon. Delivering the key-note address at the CREDAI-BANKCON  2015 on Role of Banking and Finance in Real Estate Development in Mumbai,  Jaitley had described the real estate sector as being the next big mover as far as the Indian economy is concerned, but added that the industry must survive on market economy and subsidies should not be the essence of survival.The Finance Minister said the government was committed to housing for all – a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and would adopt a positive approach, though easier availability of land was crucial to realising the dream of affordable housing. “It is not cheaper availability of land, but rather easier availability. If we complicate procedures too much, then we will be preventing people from acquiring affordable homes” he said, while emphasizing on the need of more townships, suburban townships and smart cities to lead the economic development of India.About the taxation proposals made by CREDAI, the Finance Minister suggested the Real Estate body to make a presentation before the newly-appointed committee reviewing the Income Tax Act. With inflation being brought under control and the Reserve Bank also reducing interest rates four times this year, these measures would impact the real estate sector positively, Jaitley said, adding that recapitalization of public sector banks would give more strength and muscle for banking sector’s lending.Focusing on macro-economic issues, the Minister said, “India as a country has become more aspirational and the constituency which supports growth has become bigger”.last_img read more

Introducing Missinglinkai a platform for accelerating Deep Learning Lifecycle

first_imgYesterday, MissingLink.ai launched as a platform with a purpose to accelerate deep learning progress. Machine learning has shown immense promise across many use cases, from helping to diagnose diseases to powering autonomous vehicles, for a long time, but the actual process of delivering business outcomes currently takes too long and it is too expensive. MissingLink. ai was born out of a desire to fix that, say the MissingLink team. It enables data scientists to spend less time on the grunt work by automating and streamlining the entire deep learning cycle, including data, code, experiments, and resources. It automates repetitive, time-consuming tasks, shortening model training times, and accelerating learning cycles. This way data scientists can get more time to apply the actionable insights the data provides. Here are it’s top features: The system uses version-aware data management eliminating the need to copy files and only syncs changes to data. It offers real-time monitoring and tracking of experiments via visual dashboards. It also automatically tracks data, experiments, and code, so engineers can easily reproduce any experiment at any time. Users can run experiments on a training machine without the need to copy or move data. Once the data is integrated, MissingLink can manage it on a machine on premise. MissingLink. ai allows teams to manage both local and public cloud resources as a single environment, allowing them to grow and shrink compute resources elastically as needed. MissingLink.ai provides data management at scale, allowing companies to keep their data onsite and adjust experiment usage as needs change. MissingLink comes with support for popular frameworks such as Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe, and Keras. Aidoc is a AI-powered healthcare company which uses deep learning for medical imaging. With MissingLink, they’ve been able to help radiologists prioritize life-threatening cases and expedite patient care. Another MissingLink customer, Nanit, has developed a smart baby camera that uses deep learning and computer vision to monitor children. For more information, visit the MissingLink website. You may also read the blog from founder Yosi Taguri if you’d like to learn more. Read Next Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others. Baidu releases EZDL – a platform that lets you build AI and machine learning models without any coding knowledge. Hortonworks Data Platform 3.0 is now generally availablelast_img read more

British Airways BA has announced that it will re

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has announced that it will resume flights between Heathrow and Saudi Arabia from March 29th next year.The airline will fly five times a week from Terminal 5 to the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, with tickets having gone on sale on Wednesday (November 26th).Commenting on the return of the routes, a statement on the BA website said: “We are able to restart flights because the aviation market between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently been liberalised.”BA suspended flights between Heathrow and Saudi Arabia in March 2005 due to commercial performance.The airline will operate Boeing 777 aircraft to and from Riyadh, while a Boeing 767 will be used to and from Jeddah.Bmi recently announced that it would double the number of flights to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh from January 15th next year, increasing their number of services to the city from three a week to six. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBMI to double number of flights to RiyadhBMI to double number of flights to RiyadhQatar Airways increases frequency of flights on key routesQatar Airways has increased the number of flights on its Doha to Jeddah and Riyadh to Dammam routesMore Saudi flights planned by bmiMore Saudi flights planned by bmilast_img read more

Over 30 of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multime

first_imgOver 30% of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimedia’s triple-play customers now take its Iris advanced TV product, according to chief operating officer Luis Lopes.Zon recently launched Timewarp, a personal cloud recording system that records all programmes that viewers want to see for seven days. About 95% of customers use it, with 70% using it every day. it has a satisfaction score of 9.1 out of 10, wiuth 10% of customers using at the same time at peak times.The system is available for 80 channels currently. Viewers can select channels they want to record and then search the channel for content to view. They can also search by genere or look for a specific programming asset directly.Lopes, speaking on the second day of the Cable Congress in London yesterday, said that the service had attracted stronger usage than video-on-demand or any other advanced TV service.last_img read more

Les Moonves The majority shareholder of Viacom and

first_imgLes MoonvesThe majority shareholder of Viacom and CBS has urged the US media giants to re-merge.National Amusements has sent an open letter to CBS Corp. chairman, president and CEO Les Mooves and the Viacom board of requesting they “explore a potential combination”.CBS and Viacom operated as one company between 1999 and December 2005, but split ahead of the retirement of National Amusements chief Sumner Redstone, who in fact remains in his post today depsite conflicting reports over the 93-year-old’s health.That saw the previous Viacom become broadcasting business CBS, with the new Viacom taking on the MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon cable networks. National Amusements became controller of both companies, but kept them separate.However, the open letter reverses that train of thought. “We believe that a combination of CBS and Viacom might offer substantial synergies that would allow the combined company to respond even more aggressively and effectively to the challenges of the changing entertainment and media landscape,” Sumner Redstone and his daughter, National Amusements president Shari Redstone, wrote.“As a result, we would like both companies’ boards to consider a potential combination of the companies. Our tentative view is that optimal structure would be an all-stock transaction on which the stockholders of each company would receive shares in the combined company of the same class as they currently hold.”The letter added National Amusements would not be willing to accept “any acquisition by a third party of either company”, or any deal that would result in the Redstones “surrendering” their controlling position in either company. National Amusements owns 80% of the voting shares in Viacom and CBS.Furthermore, Viacom’s board had made good on a recent promise to access debt markets to improve the company’s precarious financial situation.In a statement released yesterday, Viacom revealed it had agreed to sell US$400 million in senior notes due in 2022 and US$900 million in senior notes due in 2026. The sales were expected to close in October 4.The developments come after Viacom’s interim CEO, Tom Dooley, announced he would be leaving the company in November. He had succeeded Philippe Dauman, who lost a protracted and bitter boardroom war with the Shari Redstone this year and subsequently left the company after failing to persuade the board to sell 49% of film studio Paramount Pictures to a Chinese media group.Shari Redstone is now a key power-broker in the companies’ futures, but will need to convince Moonves of the benefits of a merger. While Viacom has a sprawling international business that would benefit CBS, it also has a big debt pile and would initially drive the CBS share price down.CBS had not publicly responded to the open letter at press time this morning.Meanwhile, Viacom’s search for a new CEO continues, with Dooley remaining in his post to help with the process for the time being.last_img read more

Altice PortugalMeo has added an exclusive Disney

first_imgAltice Portugal/Meo has added an exclusive Disney-branded pop-up channel to its line of TV services.Meo launched Disney Channel Forever to its schedule on Friday. The channel is set to run until September 17 and will be available free of charge to all Meo customers over ADSL, fibre, satellite and also the Meo Go multiscreen service.The channel will focus on teen-friendly content, offering series including Soy Luna, Good Luck Charlie!, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana and Shake it Up.Meo said that the launch was an example of its commitment to air special Disney channels made available at different times of the year.last_img