Azkals come to grief

first_imgWhile the small Indonesian contingent whooped it up at the final whistle in Manila, there was heartbreak  in Bocaue—a pain that was the exact opposite of the mood in past AFF Suzuki Cup tournaments when the Azkals bucked odds and took down some of the region’s best teams.Midfielder Stephan Schrock minced no words as the Azkals came to grips with the result. “It’s a disaster,” he said. “We are all disappointed at the moment. We won’t shy from it.”The Azkals may have been doomed from the start. Unable to sustain the momentum of their stunning 3-2 win over North Korea in World Cup Qualifying last March, the Azkals— out of action for the next five months—groped for form.The preparation was far from ideal and all the signs were there for everyone to see when they suffered friendly losses to Bahrain and North Korea last October. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley saw no reason to panic. “If the Suzuki Cup were [held] tomorrow then I would be worried,” Dooley said then.He said he had a good plan in the Suzuki Cup and the players were firm in their belief that they could break new ground in the tournament. “I believe in the players and in our capability as a team,” said Phil Younghusband, the Azkals skipper.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise But the Azkals came to grief Friday night after losing to Thailand, 0-1, before another sparse crowd at faraway Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. The tournament went down the wire—down to the last six minutes of the final Group A matches last Friday night, when the last semifinalist from the group was decided.Thailand, unbeaten in three matches, and Indonesia, which fought back from a goal down to beat Singapore, 2-1, advanced. The Philippines and Singapore got the boot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliTwo points from three matches weren’t enough and, after Sarawut Masuk beat Roland Muller on the breakaway in the 81st minute, the Azkals’ run of three semifinal appearances in the tournament came to a halt.The result against the Thais would have been enough had Indonesia and Singapore drew in a simultaneous match at Rizal Memorial Stadium. But Stefano Lilipaly, the Dutch-Indonesian midfielder, lived up to the hype, banging in a volley from inside the area to send the perennially underachieving Indonesians to the next round. An AFF Suzuki Cup between Philippines and Thailand at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat was supposed to be a showcase of the progress of the Philippine national team the past six years became an illustration of the amount of work that needs to be done to keep the Azkals in the upper echelons of Southeast Asian football.Being Southeast Asia’s top-ranked team and host of the group stage for the first time, the Azkals entered the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup as one of the favorites to advance to the semifinals, despite the presence of former semifinal conquerors Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Still, there will be questions that need to be answered before the team takes the next step forward. Is a revamp on the cards? Is Dooley still the man for the job? Is the Philippine Football Federation developing enough talent from the age-group level to make the senior team? Can the Azkals prepare poorly and still expect to get away with wins? Are games promoted enough to fill the stadium for the Azkals’ home games?The period of introspection begins.“There’s always tomorrow and there are always some positive things to take away,” said Schrock. “We’ll analyze that and come back stronger.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Four squads mix it up for final 4 berths MOST READ Younghusband’s statement may have masked the concerns within the squad. There were just too many players playing out of position, including Younghusband himself—a prolific striker now deployed as a defensive midfielder by Dooley. There was a lack of defenders in the squad. The vocal leaders of past runs such as Rob Gier were no longer around and nobody seemed ready to take the leadership mantle.To watch it all unfold—and unravel—in the Suzuki Cup, in front of Filipino fans, was tough to take. But even in diversity, there was always faith in the team’s capacity to pull through. Not this time.The Azkals struggled to break down Singapore even though the enemy was down to 10 men, managing just a a point from the scoreless draw. The second match offered hope as the Azkals, showing the never-say-die spirit of old, fought back from a goal down twice to hold off Indonesia, 2-2, setting the stage for a tight Group A finish.Younghusband’s curling free kick for the equalizer in the 81st minute was a reminder of his quality when he’s closer to goal. But it was still in the Azkals’ hands heading into the match against Thailand, which had already qualified after winning its first two matches.The Thais had the luxury of resting their stars, like Teerasil Dangda and Chanathip Songkrasin, but even their so-called “B” team is filled with talented players.Dooley gambled on his defense, this time putting 17-year-old Marco Casambre at central defense alongside Amani Aguinaldo. And while the teenager acquitted himself after a shaky start, Dooley sacrificed him for the more attack-minded Kevin Ingreso in search of a winner late on against the Thais.The move backfired as the back line, already settled before Casambre left, allowed Sarawut to score on the breakaway. It was one gamble too many for Dooley.“Obviously, this is not what everybody expected,” said Dooley. “We created a lot of chances, we didn’t have 100-percent chances, but we had six, seven, maybe eight good chances. We wanted to run a little bit because we knew the score from Singapore-Indonesia. Maybe it was a little too risky trying to play offside.”In the end, the Thais, a class above the rest with their quality and free-flowing style, deserved topping Group A. The Indonesians also earned their berth to the next round by playing without fear on attack.As for the Azkals, there will be plenty of scrutiny in the coming months with the next competition slated in March yet. The positives cannot be ignored, though, with Casambre emerging as a viable option at the back and Pika Minegishi and Mike Ott bringing attacking verve. EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


South Africa to get two new metros

first_img10 December 2010 “Next year’s elections will be based on the existent boundaries, and that can’t be changed,” he said. Source: BuaNews Elections based on existing wards South Africa’s Municipal Demarcation Board has announced that Buffalo City, comprising greater East London, and Mangaung, comprising greater Bloemfontein, will become metropolitan municipalities after the 2011 local government elections. South Africa’s six existing metros are the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane (which includes Pretoria), Ekurhuleni to the east of Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini (which includes Durban), and Nelson Mandela Bay (which includes Port Elizabeth).center_img Buffalo City and Mangaung are currently local municipalities that fall under districts: Buffalo City under the Amatole District Municipality, and Mangaung under the Motheo District Municipality. Mahlangu said that while there was talk of doing away with economically weak municipalities, the 2011 local government elections would be based on the existing 4 277 wards. South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities execute all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation, in contrast to areas which are primarily rural, where local government is divided into district municipalities and local municipalities. Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Thursday, Municipal Demarcation Board chairman Landiwe Mahlangu said the decision followed careful consideration of the two municipalities’ economic activity and integrated development planning.last_img read more


Facebook Testing HTML5 Video for iPad? Apparently Not [UPDATED]

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts A numberofbloggers are today reporting a noticeable change to Facebook’s website when viewed from the built-in Safari web browser on the Apple iPad: videos now work. Previously, videos appearing in a user’s News Feed wouldn’t play on the iPad due to Facebook’s use of Adobe Flash technology, which is not supported. Apple has, somewhat notoriously, banished Flash from its mobile devices, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, in favor of supporting the HTML5 web standard instead. Although still in development, HTML5, the latest revision to the markup language used to create web pages, offers a feature that allows videos to play in a web browser without the need for a plugin like that used by Adobe Flash.But has Facebook actually implemented HTML5 on its site? UPDATE: According to Facebook, the company is not testing HTML5. Facebook told us in an email that, “All new videos are encoded in h264 format, so we’re playing videos natively in the iPad since it supports h264-encoded videos. It will load them full-screen, similar to what it does for YouTube videos.” Facebook rolled this out last week.In our tests this morning, it appears that Facebook isn’t actually using HTML5 to display the videos. Instead, what appears to be going on is that is detecting that you’ve arrived to the website via the Safari web browser on the iPad. When you then attempt to play a video on the iPad, it doesn’t play inline (something that would have been a clear confirmation of an HTML5 implementation). Instead, Facebook is linking out to the actual video, transcoded to MP4, a video format that plays on Apple devices. We confirmed this by uploading a video file to Facebook in WMV format (a non-iPad compatible video format) and then attempting to play it on the iPad. It played as an MP4 file. Still Being Rolled OutAlso interesting: this implementation of transcoding (converting one format to another) appears to be still in the initial stages of rollout. We went to one user’s News Feed (belonging to our own Marshall Kirkpatrick, in fact) and discovered he had uploaded two video files last night using iCamcorder. On the iPad, the earlier video played, launching as a full-screen MP4. The other, when clicked, informed us that we needed Flash in order to view it. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Apple#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Both videos were uploaded around the exact same time last night – sometime after midnight EST and the newer one is the one that plays. We’ve asked Facebook to confirm what’s going on here but have not yet heard back. Why Not HTML5? It’s interesting that Facebook has chosen to do transcoding instead of a full HTML5 rollout, especially considering how many other major media sites are making the switch. A number of publishers, when alerted to the iPad’s impending launch, quickly pushed out HTML5-compatible versions of their websites. In many cases though, those changes are just skin-deep. Despite Apple’s claims (via the “iPad-ready websites” section on the company’s website) that many major publishers have switched over to the new web markup language, it’s not an entirely accurate statement. For some of the sites listed, only portions of their content has been made “iPad-ready.” Reuters, Time and, for instance, were recently called out for claiming iPad-readiness when, in fact, they don’t offer 100% of their website content for iPad visitors. directs you to download an iPad app if you want to see videos, for example, while the other two only offer some of their content in an iPad-ready format. Apparently, using HTML5 throughout the site isn’t required to be dubbed “iPad-ready” by Apple. Now it appears that Facebook is making changes to get on that list, too. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


Top Trends of 2011: Group Messaging

first_imgFacebook Responds… But Where’s Beluga?Just a week after Google Plus launched, Facebook announced its own video chat and group messaging features. The video chat part is powered by Skype, but it’s limited to one-to-one video chat (so it’s not a ‘group’ chat feature). Facebook’s group messaging feature is likewise underwhelming when compared to Google Plus. It’s not available on their mobile apps, for a start. Also it’s limited to chatting with official Facebook ‘groups’ (which aren’t very well used, because they’re a user experience mess) or by going through some unintuitive steps in the Facebook chat interface. In short, Facebook’s group chat is badly designed. richard macmanus Tags:#2011 in Review#Groupware#Messaging Services#NYT#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week we’re running a 5-part series of posts looking back on the significant trends of 2011. Today we’re reviewing group messaging, the hot trend at this year’s SXSW festival. Group messaging started out as a battle between several startups, but over the past few months it’s turned into a fascinating Google vs. Facebook vs. Microsoft faceoff.Group messaging threatened to become a breakout activity at SXSW, as tweeting and ‘checking in’ had done at previous SXSW events. It didn’t quite pan out that way, partly because a giant (Facebook) acquired one of the leading scrappy startups before things got interesting. Also, there were minor but irritating glitches with the apps. A few months on and group messaging is no longer as hyped as it was at SXSW. Yet it’s more than ever a key feature in the social and mobile products of Google, Facebook and Microsoft.What is group messaging? It’s real-time and asynchronous communication between groups of people. Which these days typically means via your mobile phone. In many of the apps we’ll discuss below, messages are received as an interruptive SMS or push notification.The SXSW Battle of Group Messaging Apps Cut to late February 2011. A couple of weeks before SXSW Interactive, the biggest Internet technology event of the year. Many people are licking their lips in anticipation of the upcoming battle of the group messaging startups. Beluga vs. GroupMe vs. Yobongo vs. Kik vs. all comers! And then Facebook goes and ruins it all by acquiring Beluga before a SXSW shot has been fired.Beluga and GroupMe ended up the most popular of the group messaging apps in Austin, however neither caught on in a big way.Enter… Google PlusWe mentioned yesterday that Google Plus, the new social network from Google, has forced Facebook to re-evaluate its privacy options. Google Plus has also upped the ante in group messaging.Google Plus has two excellent group messaging features. The first is a group video chat feature called ‘Hangouts,’ which got a lot of attention on launch because it enables up to 10 people to participate. The second feature is much more akin to Beluga and GroupMe. It’s a mobile-only group texting feature called ‘Huddle.’ Where is Beluga in all of this? So far nowhere to be seen. Ironically, there are reports of technical problems with Beluga on its Facebook Page. One assumes Facebook will integrate Beluga at some point though – surely it has to in order to keep up with Google. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We should also mention the group messaging functionality in Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s latest mobile offering. Its “People Hub” enables you to chat with groups of people, much like Huddle does.What is Your Favorite Group Messaging App?Overall, it’s been a fascinating year for group messaging. It started out as a battle between several tiny startups, but by mid-year it’s turned into a battleground for the big guns: Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others. Let us know your favorite group messaging app in the comments!last_img read more


Rupert Murdoch’s son faces MPs over phone hacking

first_imgJames Murdoch, News International chairman, on Thursday appeared for the second time before British MPs regarding phone-hacking at the News of the World (NoW), BBC reported.He had appeared before the parliamentary committee with father Rupert Murdoch in July on the first occasion over the hacking scandal.James faced questions about what and how much he knew while signing off an out-of-court payment to footballers’ union leader Gordon Taylor in 2008.His testimony to the culture, media and sport committee in July was disputed by the NoW’s former legal manager Tom Crone.James has said he stands by his “accurate account of events” to the committee.The NoW’s ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, however, has claimed the paper did not act on the information he gave it about hacking.Thurlbeck is on police bail after being arrested in April on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.James claimed before the committee of being “aware” of an email suggesting hacking went beyond a single “rogue” reporter, Clive Goodman, who was jailed for four months in 2007.Marked “for Neville” and assumed to refer to Thurlbeck, the e-mail carried transcripts of private voicemail messages revealing that Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor’s phone had been hacked.The two former NoW executives – former editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Crone – later issued a statement claiming they “did inform him” about the email in 2008 when he agreed to settle the Gordon Taylor case.In July, the News of the World was shut down after it was found to have hacked into the voicemail messages of prominent individuals, including murdered teenager Milly Dowler and a number of celebrities, in search of stories.advertisementLater, James, his father Rupert, boss of parent company News Corp, and Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the NoW, gave evidence to the Commons media committee.They denied knowing the full extent of the allegations until evidence in civil cases was requested in late 2010.last_img read more


People to Launch Weekly OneHour Primetime Series on ABC

first_img The company will not disclose terms of the partnership, however a spokesperson tells Folio: sister site min that Time Inc. will be “hands on” with this project. The company also tells min that clips from “People’s List” will be redistributed across Time Inc.’s digital channels as well as promotional extras. “This series joins together two of the most trusted media brands in the world—ABC News and People,” says Battista in a statement “Partnering on this series gives us the opportunity to present the People brand to audiences in exciting new ways.”  “People’s List” will be produced by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. Thus People gains access to ABC’s infrastructure and experience in television production, while ABC can leverage People’s access and authority in entertainment content. People magazine is looking beyond digital video to extend its brand and is heading to the first small screen—TV. The Time Inc. brand has partnered with ABC News for a weekly one-hour series titled “People’s List,” which is set to debut on June 11 on ABC during the 8:00 pm ET primetime spot. “People takes us inside the most famous and fascinating lives in the world. From mega-stars to real people facing incredible circumstances, People has been a trusted friend for the biggest events in pop culture history,” says Morgan Hertzan, SVP ABC News. “It’s one stop shopping for all things pop culture, celebrity and human interest. It’s what you’ll be talking about with your friends all weekend,” adds ABC’s executive producer, Danielle Rossen.center_img The series will run through the summer and will be hosted by actor Jerry O’Connell and former MTVNews correspondent SuChin Pak. Each episode will unravel the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment and more. People will also bring some of its existing franchises to television, including Scoop, PeopleStyle, PeoplePets and The Jess Cagle Interview.  In addition to serving as an on-air personality for the program, Cagle, the editorial director of People andEntertainment Weekly, will also serve as executive producer along with Time Inc. EVP and president of Entertainment & Sports Group, Rich Battista.  Given its summer weekend time slot, rating expectations will probably be conservative. However, in a time of DVRs and on-demand streaming media, this opportunity provides Time Inc. and its partners a larger inventory of high-quality content that can be distributed across multiple channels.last_img read more


Why isnt Samantha Akkineni getting enough film offers after marriage with Naga

first_imgSamantha Akkineni in Oh! BabyTwitterActress Samantha Akkineni has revealed that she is not getting enough film offers as she used to get before her marriage with longtime boyfriend Naga Chaitanya.Samantha Akkineni is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Oh! Baby, which is set to hit the screens July 5. It is a female-centric movie and she is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make it a big hit solo film of her career. She started its publicity more than a month before its release. As part of its promotion, she interacted with her fans live on Twitter on Sunday.Bollywood film critic Rajeev Masand moderated the Twitter chat session of Samantha Akkineni. While talking to him, the actress made a shocking revelation about her career. “I am not getting as many films as I did before marriage. But I don’t think it’s because I am married, but I think filmmakers are confused about what to do with me now,” Samantha told the critic jokingly.It is true that any actress would face this situation after her marriage, as she will have inhibition in doing a glamorous role and romantic scenes. But Samantha has two more reasons for getting fewer offers. Firstly, she is the daughter-in-law of one of the few esteemed families of Tollywood. The filmmakers and heroes will have a second thought about getting her to do romantic roles.Secondly, Samantha Akkineni is also carefully choosing the films, keeping the prestige of the Akkineni family. After wrapping the projects that she committed before her wedding, the actress is said to be preferring women-oriented movies and U-Turn and Oh! Baby are her attempts in that direction. Thirdly, she also needs to start her family, which may not allow her to take more projects that she did before wedding.What is appreciable about the Akkineni family is that it is not forcing her to quit her acting career. Instead, it is supporting her to get good scripts, directors and producers to keep her career. Suresh Babu, who is a family member, is jointly producing Oh! Baby with Sunitha Tati under the banners Suresh Productions and Guru Films.The owner of Suresh Productions tweeted on Sunday, “#OhBaby is a very special film and i really wish every women out there comes to the theatres to watch it. Its so much more than a comedy film. Its a film you can watch it with your entire family – @Samanthaprabhu2.”Watch me LIVE w/ @samanthaprabhu2 abt her new film Oh Baby & her terrific performances in Super Deluxe, Majili and more— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) June 16, 2019last_img read more