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Azkals resume Asian Cup bid

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With Tajikistan hosting Nepal in Dushanbe in the other Group F encounter, the Azkals are hard-pressed to gain maximum points against the Yemenis, who held the Filipinos to a 2-2 draw in Bacolod last Sept. 5.Strife-torn Yemen, two points behind the Philippines, plays its home matches in Doha due to security concerns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“If we tie, we still have two chances to qualify,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Great push for Philippine boxing Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Philippines tries to inch closer to an AFC Asian Cup berth when it clashes with Yemen on Tuesday in Qatar.Currently on top of Group F with seven points, the Azkals are gunning for their third victory in the qualifying round that will give them the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup spots at stake in the group.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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ExxonMobil, Chevron Join NOCAL, Other Corporate Donors in Ebola Fight

first_imgJust Tuesday we commended the National Oil Company (NOCAL), which we described as “the new kid on the block in Liberia’s corporate environment,” for leading this highly lucrative sector in the fight against Ebola.  We urged NOCAL to ensure that the petroleum giants, which indeed consider NOCAL their local parent body, to join in the fight to expel this deadly virus from Liberia’s shores.Yesterday, Daily Observer Business Correspondent George Kennedy told the nation that petroleum giant ExxonMobil had come forward to match NOCAL by contributing US$150,000 to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS).  The money is intended to enhance LNRCS’   outreach, already in 12 of the   nation’s 15 counties in the anti-Ebola crusade.This is not the company’s first intervention in the fight against Ebola.  The company’s official for governmental affairs, Nathaniel Jallah, announced during Monday’s presentation that not long after Ebola broke out in Liberia, ExxonMobil contributed US$75,000 to Plan International to support its public health efforts.  So this brings to US$225,000 ExxonMobil’s contribution to the fight against the epidemic.  The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that CHEVRON, another major world player in the  petroleum industry, also present in Liberia, has purchased US$200,000 worth of materials, including much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), for medical and health workers, who are in what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called “the frontline” of the fight against the Ebola virus.We have learnt that Chevron   had requested NOCAL to donate US$27,000 for the shipment of these supplies to Liberia.  We doubt whether  Chevron really needs that assistance, since it is a very well off multinational corporation.  Still, Liberians are grateful for theirs and all other  contribution.The banking sector, which is also part of the corporate world, has taken a keen interest in the anti-Ebola crusade.  To begin with, we understand that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has been giving the government fullest cooperation in the anti-Ebola combat.  The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that that it was CBL that arranged the “bridge financing” of US$5 million to GOL for its initial input toward the anti-Ebola campaign.  Deputy Finance Minister James F. Kollie recently announced that CBL had made its own contribution of US$100,000 to the fight. Last week three other local banks joined in.  Ecobank  donated an ambulance. And on Monday, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) handed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the keys to a US$19,000 truck as logistical support in the fight.We must recall that UBA’s Group chairman, Tony Elumelu, earlier contributed US$100,000 to the government.      Substantial donations continue to pour in even from the non-corporate world.  Last Thursday the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia (NMCL) gave to the National Task Force two ambulances.  Former NMCL leader Musa Bility also indicated that they were feeding at least 30 homes that had been quarantined.As President Sirleaf has said on numerous occasions, all of us, citizens and residents alike, must, as a united front, confront this calamity that has befallen our country.  We should all do what little we can, including obeying strictly the hygiene and other rules.   We, however, understand that the many cultural and religious practices are still resistant to these rules; and that several communities continue to wash Ebola bodies.  This is having a catastrophic effect on these communities, as more and more people are catching the virus and dying.The leaders of those communities must prevail on their people to give up these customs for now in the interest of saving lives.  Otherwise we are feeding the plot which has allegedly been planted in West Africa by certain powerful nations—the plot to halt Africa’s increasing population growth.  These people fear—fear on whose behalf, we do not know—that by a certain date, Africa’s population will surpass India’s and China’s.Ebola has reminded us of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  He said we, in this particular case we Africans, “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness in this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”   We, in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the whole of Africa, must all confront this implanted plague with faith, resolve and everything else it takes to remove it far from our shores.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“It was a great experience!” – Steven Jacobs

first_img“It was a great experience playing in the inaugural Global T20 Canada and I [am] happy to be on the winning side as well.” These were some of the words from all-rounder Steven Jacobs after his team, Vancouver Knights lifted the trophy on Sunday at the Maple Leaf Ground, King City, Toronto.The former West Indies youth skipper and Guyana first-class player Jacobs stated that the team played excellent cricket from the commencement to the conclusion.“I think we just went out there and played our natural game; it was a wonderful tournament especially playing with and against players from around the world,” the off-spinner related.Vancouver Knights were led successfully by the “Universal Boss”, Chris Gayle whose performances were also instrumental to see his side pocketing the lucrative US$500, 000. Knights got the better of West Indies B by a comfortable seven-wicket margin.Their win was led by Canada player Saad Bin Zafar, who constructed a well-calculated, unbeaten 79 while South African Rassie van der Dussen was also at the end when the momentous boundary was struck.Jamaica speedster Sheldon Cottrell proved impressive in the championship game, snaring four wickets, including the initial breakthrough, but Zafar claimed the man-Steven Jacobsof-the-match award after collecting two wickets with his left-arm orthodox spin.“Obviously, you want to win the tournament, so we had to play hard from the first match, because you have got a lot of quality players on show as well; the tournament was competitive, but I enjoyed it and glad we were the victorious side in Canada,” Jacobs mentioned.Jacobs finished the tournament in a disappointing manner having only taken two wickets with his off-break conceding 101 runs from 10.3 overs.The other four participating teams were: Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Winnipeg Hawks, and Edmonton Royals. Guyanese wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble captained the runners-up team while Sri Lanka ace pacer Lasith Malinger led Montreal Tigers and West Indian Darren Sammy skippered the Nationals combination. Royals were led by Pakistani Shohail Tanvir while Australian David Warner took care of Winnipeg Hawks in the absence of officially named captain Trinidadian Dwayne Bravo.Jacobs will now be heading to the Caribbean Premier League’s eighth edition and is set to represent Jamaica Tallawahs when the action starts on August 8 in the Caribbean and Florida. (Ravi Madholall)last_img read more

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Playing for pride, Kings edge Ducks

first_imgThe Kings won the battle Thursday night as Michael Cammalleri scored a power-play goal in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Ducks before an announced 17,620 at Staples Center. Scott Niedermayer and Andy McDonald scored second-period power-play goals to give the Ducks a two-goal lead, but the Kings rallied and tied the game on Jamie Lundmark’s goal with 8:49 left in regulation. The Kings played without rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper body strain in practice this week and is considered questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville. Without Kopitar, their third-leading scorer with 56 points in 63 games, the Kings seemed to be at a disadvantage, especially against a Ducks team coming off an impressive victory over San Jose. With one game remaining in the season series, the Ducks lead the Kings, five games to two. All of the contests have been decided by a one-goal margin. LOS ANGELES – Hockey’s Southern California split will take place again. The Ducks, who joined the NHL in 1993, and the Kings have never made the playoffs in the same season, and the gap has never been bigger. The Ducks, despite a sizeable midseason hiccup, remain in first place in the Pacific Division and second place in the Western Conference, while the Kings have sunk to the bottom of the conference. But with five-plus weeks left in the regular season, both teams have motivation. The Ducks are fighting for playoff positioning, while the Kings are fighting to show that they will be a team to be reckoned with in the future. center_img “The playoffs are out of reach so it’s more about pride,” Kings winger Dustin Brown said. “The worst thing we can do is just roll over and die. We’ve got some big games left against teams like the Ducks and Nashville and we can make a statement that we’re going to be better in the future.” Despite their bad stretch in January in February, the Ducks remain strong. With a showdown against San Jose looming tonight, the Anaheim went with backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov against the Kings. Bryzgalov is stronger than most teams’ No. 1 goalies, but the Kings struck first Thursday when Alexander Frolov picked up a puck at center ice, split two defenders and scored on a backhand shot. That put the Kings up 1-0, 4:24 into the first period, but the Ducks answered with 3:31 left in the period on the power play when Dustin Penner deflected Niedermayer’s shot past Sean Burke. The Ducks struck again on the power play, and took the lead 3:43 into the second period. Niedermayer, standing unmarked in the slot, deflected in a slap shot by defenseman Chris Pronger. McDonald gave the Ducks a two-goal lead with 4:21 left in the second period. After a turnover by Rob Blake behind the Kings’ net, Teemu Selanne picked up the puck and fed a centering pass to McDonald, who one-timed it past Burke for a 3-1 lead. Just when it seemed that the game might be getting out of hand, the Kings scored 21 seconds later when Raitis Ivanans, an enforcer with two goals in 47 games, scored off a backhand pass from Dustin Brown. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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BRITISH ARMY EXERCISES SPARK DONEGAL SEA SEARCH ALERT

first_imgBRITISH Army soldiers sparked a Donegal lifeboat launch, it has emerged.The soldiers were taking part in exercises at Magilligan Point in County Derry on Thursday.However they also used numerous flares, sparking emergency calls to the Irish Coast Guard. Greencastle Lifeboat crews were despatched into Lough Foyle fearing a boat was in distress.But the crew was stood down when Malin Head Coast Guard station was later able to establish the flares were from British military exercises.The presence of the military zone – just across the water from County Donegal – has long angered local people on both sides of the Border.Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín wants the British Army training area at Magilligan to be closed “if there is any chance of building a tourist industry in the area.” Large sections of Benone beach are closed during long periods due to British Army live training exercises along the beach. This includes helicopter gunships strafing the dunes with rockets and machine gun fire.“When the live firing exercises are being held fishermen and boat users are prevented from using a section of Lough Foyle and a large section of the beach is closed. This is having a detrimental effect on those who make a living from the sea and those in the tourist industry,” he has said.The British Army base is also polluting the Lough with untreated sewage being pumped directly into the sea. BRITISH ARMY EXERCISES SPARK DONEGAL SEA SEARCH ALERT was last modified: July 26th, 2013 by John2Share this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GreencastleMagilliganmilitary exercisesRNLIsea alertlast_img read more

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VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR FAI’S FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe FAI has chosen Donegal to host its Annual General Meeting and also to stage its annual Festival of Football.It is hoped that a number of stars from the present and the past will attend some of the events.Listed below is venues the FAI will be visiting during the Festival of Football which gets underway in Donegal on Sunday 15th of July and finishes with the FAI AGM on Saturday 21st in the Mt Errigal Hotel. One of the most notable is a visit to Ireland’s only island football team on Arranmore.SUNDAY 15th JULY11.00 Moville Celtic12.00 Greencastle 13.20 Glengad United15.25 Carndonagh16.30 Rasheney18.10 Quigleys Point Swifts19.40 Inishowen League/Inishowen Youth League at Maginn Park MONDAY 16th JULY10.50 Illies Celtic12.00 Buncranna Hearts13.35 Aileach 16.30 Swilly Rovers17.25 Milford United19.40 Fanad UnitedTUESDAY 17th JULY10.45 Ballyare-SSS Camp11.50 Lagan Harps14.40 Eany Celtic16.05 St Catherines and Dunkineely17.30 Donegal Town19.00 Drumkeen United/Raphoe Town/ConvoyWEDNESDAY 18th JULY10.55 Letterkenny Rovers13.10 Glenea United16.00 Keadue Rovers17.30 Arranmore Island19.45 GweedoreTHURSDAY 19th JULY11.30 Dunlewey Celtic12.55 Illistrin15.00 Bonagee United16.20 Cappry Rovers19.45 Donegal Junior League Event- BallyareFRIDAY 20th JULY11.30 Finn Harps/Ballybofey UnitedVENUES ANNOUNCED FOR FAI’S FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AGMFAIFestival of Footballlast_img read more

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Brentford v Leeds: Colin out but Canos plays

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford are without Maxime Colin, who picked up a knock in Saturday’s win over Bristol City, but Sergi Canos has been passed fit after shaking off an injury. Defender Pontus Jansson, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, has been passed fit for Leeds and starts, while Luke Ayling is back after a two-match suspension. Stuart Dallas starts against his former club.Brentford: Bentley, Dean, Yennaris, Woods, Sawyers, Clarke, Vibe, Henry, Jota, Barbet, Canos.Subs: Bonham, Josefzoon, Hofmann, McCormack, Egan, Kerschbaumer, Field.Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Beradi, Bridcutt, Phillips, Barrow, Hernadez, Dallas, Wood.Subs: Silvestri, Taylor, Viera, O’Kane, Pedraza, Roofe, Doukara.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lindsey Vonn finishes with bronze medal in Olympic downhill

first_imgJEONGSEON, South Korea >> Lindsey Vonn cast a quick glance toward the sky after finishing what was likely her final Olympic downhill run, shrugged her shoulders after seeing her time and shook a friendly index finger at her good friend.No one could catch Sofia Goggia of Italy.Goggia won the women’s downhill Wednesday at Jeongseon Alpine Center and Vonn earned bronze. The American was looking at a higher finish before Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway turned in a surprise silver-medal performance …last_img

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How do 49ers fill Kyle Juszczyk’s role next month or more?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kyle Juszczyk, whose lead blocks are vital to the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack, is out the next four to six weeks with a knee sprain, the 49ers announced Tuesday.Juszczyk sustained a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee while blocking for Matt Breida in the third quarter of Monday night’s 31-3 blowout of the Cleveland Browns.“He does so many different things in the run game and even the pass game where he bring a different element that not many fullbacks can …last_img

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SA scientists to unearth fossils live online

first_img A laboratory studio, designed in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, will be built at the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It will allow the public to view the preparation of this skeleton live if they visit Maropeng, or live on the internet. “The laboratory studio will be also linked to laboratories at Wits University and the Malapa site,” Berger said.Virtual outposts Access to the laboratory studio will not be limited only to visitors to the Cradle of Humankind and the internet. “We intend to create virtual ‘outposts’ in major partner museums around the world,” he said. “These outposts will allow visitors to these partner museums the chance to interact with scientists in real time in a way we simply could not conceive of a few years ago. “It is anticipated that the laboratory and virtual infrastructure will be built within a year, expanding our ambitious tourism and smart province infrastructure programme.” Negotiations have begun with the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. “We have already donated casts of Australopithecus sediba to these three institutions, among others,” said Berger. “It has also just been confirmed that one of the virtual outposts will be hosted in the new Shanghai Natural History Museum due to open later this year.” SAinfo reporter 16 July 2012 South African scientists will share the country’s latest fossil discovery with the world when the uncovering of these remains is transmitted live on the internet from a laboratory studio in Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. Professor Lee Berger from the Wits Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg announced the plan to uncover the fossils live in Shanghai, China last week. Berger was visiting China as part of a South African delegation promoting trade, business and tourism relations between the two competitive city regions, Gauteng and Shanghai.‘The most complete early human ancestor skeleton’ The skeleton housed in the rock is believed to be the remains of early human ancestor Australopithecus sediba, known as ‘Karabo’, which was discovered by Berger at the Malapa Site in the Cradle of Humankind in 2009. The rock containing the fossils was discovered almost three years ago, but lay in the Wits laboratories until early last month, when Justin Mukanku from the Institute for Human Evolution spotted a tooth in the rock. It was then scanned in a state-of-the- art CT scanner, which revealed more bones. “We have discovered parts of a jaw and critical aspects of the body including what appear to be a complete femur (thigh bone), ribs, vertebrae and other important limb elements, some never before seen in such completeness in the human fossil record,” Berger said in a statement. “This discovery will almost certainly make Karabo the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered. We are obviously quite excited as it appears that we now have some of the most critical and complete remains of the skeleton, albeit encased in solid rock.”Encouraging ‘open access to science’ To faciliate open access to science and public participation, Wits, the Gauteng provincial government and national government announced that, for the first time in history, the process of exploring and uncovering these fossil remains would be conducted live, captured on video, and conveyed to the world in real time. “This will allow members of the public and the scientific community to share in the unfolding discovery in an unprecedented way,” Wits said in a statement.last_img read more

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