Figo and Van Praag pull out of FIFA presidential race

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodFormer Portugal forward Luis Figo pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, hours after Dutchman Michael van Praag had also withdrawn.“My decision is made, I will not stand in what is being called an election for the FIFA presidency,” he said on his Facebook page.“After a personal reflection and sharing views with two other candidates in this process, I believe that what is going to happen on May 29 in Zurich is not a normal electoral act. And because it is not, don’t count on me.”His decision left Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA election.“There has not been a single public debate about each candidate’s proposals,” said the 42-year-old Figo in announcing his decision.“Does anyone think it’s normal that an election for one of the most relevant organisations on the planet can go ahead without a public debate?”“Does anyone think it’s normal that one of the candidates doesn’t even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29,” he said referring to Blatter.“Shouldn’t it be mandatory to present such a manifesto so that federation presidents know what they’re voting for?“This electoral process is anything but an election.“This (election) process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man – something I refuse to go along with.“I do not fear the ballot box, but I will not go along with nor will I give my consent to a process which will end on May 29 and from which football will not emerge the winner.”He added: “I have witnessed consecutive incidents, all over the world, that should shame anyone who desires football to be free, clean and democratic.“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ.“Nobody told me about this. I saw it with my own eyes.”last_img read more

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Tigers lead Digicel Cup

first_imgThe Tigers shot up to first place after the Gurias suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Waghi Tumbe over the weekend.The Tigers now remain the only undefeated team in the competition on 11 points (from 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 bye).The progressive ladder after 6 rounds:Snax Lae Tigers (11) Agmark Rabaul Gurias (10), Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles (9), Kemele Hela Wigmen (7), PRK Gulf Isapea (7), Waghi Tumbe (7), EPG Mioks (7) PRK Mendi Muruks (5), SNS Port Moresby Vipers (4), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (4), TNA Lions (1).last_img

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Mahindra signs Corpuz

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte He further improved his averages in the Finals, where he netted 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Tile Masters’ first franchise championship appearance in the league.Corpuz’ entry to Mahindra will be a welcome boost to its thin frontline which only banners import Keith Wright, Mark Yee, Jason Ballesteros, and Prince Caperal.He will be cleared to play for the Floodbuster’s game on Sunday against TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Celtics slump as Millsap lifts Hawks Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJackson Corpuz got the biggest break of his professional career after Mahindra signed the undersized big man Thursday evening.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the Floodbuster snagged 6-foot-4 forward just mere hours after Racal fell to Cignal in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra team manager Joe Ramos also said Corpuz has signed a contract good until August.“We wanted to sign him up earlier, but with Racal’s success in the playoffs, we did not want to disrupt their run,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAfter going undrafted in 2014, Corpuz has carved a long career in the PBA D-League as he bounced from one team to another before landing in Racal last season.This past conference has been the best of Corpuz’ career as he averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the conference, making him a contender for the MVP plum. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READlast_img read more

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“Guyana Carnival” set for May 18-27

first_img– official launch set for December 2The Guyana Carnival, an event that has been in the making for quite some time, will become reality between May 18 and 27, 2018, with the official launch set for December 2, in the Parking Lot of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.The event was birthed as Guyana celebrated its 50th Independence Anniversary last year. The aim of the Guyana Carnival is to boost tourism in the country, since it is believed the Carnival has major economic benefits.It is expected that from taxi drivers to hairdressers, clothing stores to hotels and airlines to restaurants will see an increase in business. It will also bring about much needed exposure to our local musicians and deejays.Even before its launch, the event is already being marketed and promoted in the Caribbean and further afield.As seen in other Caribbean islands, carnival is known for its energetic and dynamic showcase of culture and entertainment. It features revellers in elaborate costumes gyrating through the streets to the sound of sweet soca music, booming through the speakers of the various music systems.However, the theme for Carnival Guyana 2018 is “Genesis’ and will target partyholics in the Diaspora and around the world, providing them with world-class events such as all-inclusive parties, concerts, boat rides, day tours and a grand costume day parade through the streets of Georgetown.The all-inclusive packages will include hotel accommodation, admission tickets, costume, food, drinks and day tours to the country’s most fascinating tourist sites.A list of fashion icons are already getting their bands ready and will undoubtedly give a glimpse of what Guyana Carnival is all about on December 2. After examining the various bands, revellers will have a choice to get registered and benefit from an all-inclusive, international standard road experience.Patrons will receive a costume, goodies bag, lunch, snacks, free premium drinks and security all day while masquerading through the streets to some of the most versatile and renowned disk jockeys.For more information about the event, persons can contact the organisers at guyanacarnival@gmail.com.last_img read more

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International Day of YOGO

first_imgUstrasana or Camel PoseSit on your feet with your knees and calves close together. You need to use some soft cloth under you to prevent pain. Now come onto your knees and place your hands on your hips. Stretching out the torso, look above. Hold your heels slowly, one hand after the other. Bend backward and stretch out the chest and tummy. You can feel the weight in your arms. This position is useful to melt the fat in almost all the areas of the body.The instructions above will be able to help you in effectively stretching the muscles around the hips, waist, abdomen, legs and hands. This will eliminate the fats and give you a healthier, lighter body. They help you to lose unhealthy fatty tissue in the body. Constipation, stress and nervous tension are reduced by these poses. Following these yoga poses for weight loss will help you get a sound mind and a sound body.Keep practicing all the postures that we have brought to you so far. Why? Well, because on June, 25, 2017, we would like to see you participating in our International day of Yoga event hosted at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, from 4pm to 5pm. All the yoga postures that we have introduced will be on demonstration and you, YES YOU, will be doing them on that day. So get those yoga mats out and keep working. Summer is rapidly approaching and everyone wants to trim some fat off before they hit the lakes in beautiful Guyana or hope on that plane to another country. Our hectic lifestyle and workloads do not let us live in a healthy way. The craving for junk food and stress filled environment gives us an unhealthy body. The area around the waist and thighs is usually flabby.The risk of diseases and ill health increases with the fat around these areas. A fitness routine and a good diet will help to reduce these risks. Since some people prefer not to sweat too much while exercising, yoga is the best option. By adopting the methods of yoga one can reduce weight, control the body and soul. Along with these benefits, one can also experience mental peace. Losing weight and staying in shape will also build self-esteem and reduce the stress levels.In today’s edition, we will be looking at two postures that will help us get in shape. Once you have been practicing our previous postures, then you should make very light work of these.Navasana or BoatSit down on a mat, and stretch out your legs. Your knees should be pulled up, thighs should be tight and your toes should be pointed out. Now try to raise your feet of the ground and bring your legs to a 45 degree angle. Inhale while you raise your feet and avoid bending your knees. The spine should be straight and your body should make a V shape.Raise your arms to the shoulder level. This pose will increase your stamina and also cut down tummy fat. It will increase your lower and upper body strength.last_img read more

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Murder suspect still at large

first_imgLodge stabbing incidentaubrey Clarke of Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown, who is accused of stabbing his cousin, Lennox Norton, to death on Saturday evening over an old grievance has reportedly gone into hiding.The suspect and the now dead man were engaged in a heated argument during which Norton was stabbed several times.Norton of Lot 418 Samaroo Street, B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was pronounced dead on arrival at theDead: Lennox NortonGeorgetown Public Hospital.One of the eyewitnesses where the stabbing occurred told Guyana Times Monday that on the night of the stabbing, the two men were drinking and an argument led to a fight.The suspect, he added, pulled out a “long” knife and allegedly stabbed Norton to his back. The knife reportedly passed “through and through” the man’s body.He noted that he heard Norton screaming and eventually saw him collapse. As he collapsed, the suspect dealt him several blows to the abdomen. The man, who requested anonymity, told Guyana Times that a few years ago, the suspect had blamed the now dead man for his sister’s death.Meanwhile, at the house of the deceased, his niece related that she was at home when she received the news that her uncle was stabbed by a cousin. She noted that at about 08:15h on Sunday she received another call relating that her uncle had died.This prompted her to visit the scene only to see blood stains in the yard and in the shop that is not in operation. She was told the two men had a scuffle and the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed her uncle to the back.She noted that the suspect is always armed with a knife and she often told her uncle not to be around that cousin. She noted that the argument stemmed from an old grievance involving another cousin now deceased.The woman described her uncle as a helpful person who took care of the culprit’s blind mother. “He would normally go and clean and so for his aunt since her children hardly pay attention to her… it was at her house, he went and met his death”, she noted.The niece added that Norton returned from the interior about two years ago but was due to return soon. The man leaves to mourn five children and siblings.last_img read more

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Tougher road to repeat for Creamline as new teams spice up PVL Open conference

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Creamline will be battling a bigger field in its title defense as the league grew from six clubs to nine for the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Air Force returns to the fold led by Wendy Semana and May Ann Pantino while NCAA Season 94 champion San Beda banner Chef’s Classic Lady Red Spikers.Creamline’s sister team the Choco Mucho Flying Titans also make the field interesting with players like Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, and the legendary Manilla Santos-Ng.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Open Conference kicks off with a double header on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center with the Lady Jet Spikers taking on Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, and Michelle Gumabao’s Cool Smashers.Paneng Mercado and Jonah Sabete lead PetroGazz in the 4 pm match against BanKo that has Nicole Tiamzon and Dzi Gervacio. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Girls’ basketball makes debut as demo sport in UAAP Season 82 Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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Conte urges leaders Chelsea to stay ‘humble’

first_imgThe win took Chelsea back above Liverpool and Manchester City, who welcome Conte’s side to the Etihad Stadium next weekend, but the Italian said it was far too early to think about the title.“I think that today or in this period, if you talk about this, it is not right because we have to improve a lot and we have a long way in front of us,” Conte said.“Above all after this type of game we have to wait, to speak, to not write things (in the media). It’s important to stay humble, to continue to work, to trust in our work.Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen (L) celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge © AFP / Ben Stansall“Above all after this type of game, because we won a game against a really strong team.“On Saturday we’ll have another strong team and we don’t forget that against Arsenal and Liverpool we lost.”While Conte cited the back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool in September, he said his side were now “another team”.Chelsea have been transformed since Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation during the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal and Eriksen’s goal was the first they had conceded in 601 minutes of top-flight football.Both managers agreed the difference between the teams had been their efficiency in both penalty areas, with Chelsea weathering a first-half storm to take control of the game after the break.Spurs’ high press caused Chelsea serious problems in the first half, but Conte said he would continue to ask his players to play the ball out from the back.– Pochettino ‘proud’ –Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) scored his side’s second goal in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, to give Chelsea a seventh successive league win © AFP / Ian Kington“We are working for only four months on some aspects. I want to play from the back and I ask this of my players,” he said.“If someone thinks the fault is the players — no, the fault is mine, always. I want to do and see some situations that we work on during the training sessions. I want to see this.“I repeat we can improve a lot, starting from the back, but it’s important to start.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco and lose their unbeaten league record to Chelsea in the space of just five days.Their loss at Stamford Bridge, where they have gone 30 games without victory, left them seven points below Chelsea in fifth place in the table.But despite his team having won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions, Pochettino said he had no concerns about their form.“No worry, no concern about nothing,” he told reporters.“I think that after that game you need to feel proud. The effort was brilliant. We come from Monaco. That was difficult, that was tough to be out of the Champions League.“But the answer of the players was clear: right mentality, good performance. We were better, but we lost. I can understand that.“If you want to analyse only the result, it’s 2-1 for Chelsea, congratulations. But if you analyse the 94 minutes, I think Tottenham did a lot of positive things.“But in football you need to score and defend your goal well and if not, that’s what happens.”Moussa Sissoko was left out of Tottenham’s 18-man match-day squad, having publicly disagreed with Pochettino’s assessment that the club’s squad was not deep enough for a Champions League challenge.When asked about the matter, Pochettino said the France midfielder’s absence had been purely “tactical”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told his team to “stay humble” after they returned to the top of the Premier League © AFP / Ian KingtonLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte warned his players to remain grounded after they returned to the Premier League summit courtesy of a gritty 2-1 victory at home to Tottenham Hotspur.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs ahead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but Pedro Rodriguez — with a glorious curler — and Victor Moses scored either side of half-time to give Chelsea a seventh successive league win.last_img read more

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City Councillors set to recruit Surgeons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City Council meeting, Council passed a motion for Mayor Lori Ackerman or one of the Council Members to attend an upcoming Job Fair for recruiting Surgeons.The City has been actively involved in the recruitment of professionals to FSJ to help ensure residents have access to quality and timely health care services as well as other professionals that will raise the bar with the ‘Move Up Here’ campaign.The upcoming Job Fair for Recruiting Surgeons, in Penticton, on May 11, 2019, is an event that is a valuable opportunity to connect our community with surgical students and surgeons who are looking for positions in a rural community shared the City staff.- Advertisement -By going in person to the job fair ensures that Fort St. John will be represented as a desirable location. Sending a Council member shows the attendees of the job fair a member of the community who is passionate about the City and who can answer any questions they may have.Recently Councillor Bolin attended a nurses conference and the results of going directly in person were impactful as Bolin shares ‘Fort St. John was the only Municipality represented at the event’, “It was great we had nurses sending their friends and co-workers down to our booth, it was non-stop nurses at our booth for two days, pretty fantastic”In efforts to attract and retain more professionals to the area, the City created ‘Move up Here’ to be attractive recruitment of new people to the community.Advertisement In terms of the ‘Move Up Here’, “The Campaign is a celebration and showcase of the community,” said Ryan Harvey Communications Coordinator of the City of FSJ. Collaborating businesses included in the recruitment campaign are the Chamber of Commerce, School District, Northern Health, the Northern Lights College as well as others.‘Move Up Here” has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.To read more about Nurse recruitment; CLICK HEREThe City of Fort St. John ‘Move up Here’ Campaign; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Teachers adventure into summer

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Maybe it’s the teachers rather than the students who should be assigned to write an essay on what they did on their summer vacation. From ice climbing in Peru to deep-sea diving off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, teachers in Santa Clarita are gearing up for adventure. “Having summers off is definitely not the only reason I got into teaching but it is nice to take time off to do traveling,” said Chris Jackson, who teaches math at Canyon High School. Jackson has taken several trips during his five years at Canyon, including spending one summer in Albania. This year, he plans to journey with his church group to Cuzco, Peru, where they’ll be raising money for seminary school scholarships. He’s looking forward to learning about the Peruvian people and trying exotic delicacies like Amazonian grubs. But there’s one experience he might pass up. “In Peru they eat a lot of guinea pigs, and I’m not sure if I’m going to do that,” he said. Peru is also the destination of Canyon math and science teacher Matt Stanich, who plans to go ice climbing in the Andes. Stanich, whose classroom walls are covered with pictures of previous adventures, says he uses his climbing anecdotes in creating word problems for his math classes. He admits that climbing, like school, is all about overcoming the challenge. “You have to think about so many technical aspects like if your rope is set up right and you have to plan where your next move will be,” he said, adding that it “is very satisfying to figure out how to deal with all of the difficulties of the climb. Summer vacation starts today for teachers in the Hart Union High School District. They’ll return Aug. 15, with classes resuming Aug. 20. That will give Kyle Kulich, who teaches 10th-grade English at Golden Valley High, the opportunity to take an intensive German-language course at Dartmouth College. He says after reading several books to his 10th-graders about World War I and II he realized that he needed to expand his German skills from basic to intermediate. “Learning another language really seems to engage students,” Kulich said. “It opens more doors and ideas for them.” He admitted that his plan was a combination of work and play but this sort of extracurricular activity keeps this relatively new teacher going. “If I had to teach my students the same thing in the same way year in and year out they would notice the tedium and so would I,” Kulich said. “The more fun a teacher has the more fun the students have.” Working mother Lourdes Isaacson, an instructional assistant at Placerita Junior High, says she’s always used her summers to devote to her other full-time job. As the mother of two, 16 and 18, Isaacson is going on a deep-sea trip with her family to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Argentina. The foursome will take a boat down south with 14 other divers and a small crew. “Diving is spectacular and it gets us to travel to new places and explore different worlds,” Isaacson said. She admitted the activity also gives her teens something to do and keeps them out of trouble. While these teachers are excited to go off on their varied adventures they all admit that when it’s time to go back to school, they’ll be looking forward to it. Jackson said after his adrenaline-filled trip to Peru he’ll be coming back to at least 100 hours of preparation for his statistics class next year. “Yes, teachers do a lot of homework during summer break,” Jackson said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 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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