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SEA Games: Stunning routine hands Filipino pair muay gold

first_imgThe 37-year-old Calica from Baguio City said they were motivated to do better after Irendin Lepayan and Rusha Bayacsan settled for the silver medal in the women’s wai kru event.“We needed to push ourselves more for us to get the gold. We are here in our country, so we don’t want to let the crowd down,’’ said Calica.Hatem Rumijan and Mohamad Ismail of Malaysia placed second with 9.21 points and the Indonesian pair of Muhammad Sudirman and Lorens Walun got the bronze with 8.84 points in the four-nation event that includied Vietnam.Thanawan Thongduang and Ruchira Wongsriwo of Thailand, who came here as the heavy favorites, didn’t disappoint and captured the gold with 9.48 points, just a shade above the score of Bayacsan and Lepayan.“Knowing that Thailand got a very high score in the first round, we tried to cut the lead down by performing better in the second round,’’ said Lepayan in Filipino, a former pencak silat fighter. “We’re just not lucky to win this one.’’ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) SEA Games: Carlos Yulo comes up short in parallel bars, gets 4th silver NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img “I think the impact of our power and technique gave us the advantage,’’ said Calica in Filipino after the duo averaged 9.59 points in the double-round event.When they first took the floor, Gallaza and Calica demonstrated calmness but brandished the energy that moved the judges to throw in 9.59 points before the tandem exerted a better effort for an improved output of 9.61.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Both of them swore that the 40-day training camp in Thailand, the country where the combat sport originated, was the key to victory.“We were able to adopt their (Thais) technique and at the same time improved the movements,’’ said Gallaza, a prized find from Iloilo. Filipino athlete Jearome Calica (red shorts) and Joemar Gallaza (blue shorts) wins gold at the wai kru muay thai men’s competition of the 30th EA Games in Subic, Zambales on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDESUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza have added a new dimension to their routine that any wai kru performer will find it hard to duplicate.Showing a unique display of tricks and stunts, the Filipino pair claimed the gold medal in the Thai boxing dance ritual at the start of muay competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Ha Huu Hieu Huynh and Thi Lua Tran of Vietnam placed third in the women’s category.Wai kru (Thai boxing dance), which made its debut in the Games, is a ritual performed by each participant before engaging in a fight atop the ring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View commentslast_img read more

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Conservative forecast for 2013 drilling activity

first_imgThat’s only 150 more than this year’s expected total. The association bases its projections on an average price of $3.25 per thousand cubic feet for natural gas and $95 U.S. per barrel of oil.British Columbia is forecast to drill 385 wells next year, which is a decrease of 11 per cent from this year. President and CEO of PSAC Mark Salkeld says “suppressed” gas prices have led the company’s predictions to be conservative.”We are forecasting that 2013 will see nearly 90 per cent of well completions in favour of oil which is being driven by commodity prices,” he notes. “Other factors that are likely to impact next year’s activity include the costs associated with the technology required to drill deeper and longer wells and access to capital to support equipment upgrading and purchasing.”- Advertisement -It’s expected 11,250 wells will have been drilled in Canada in 2012.last_img read more

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Sofapaka beat Muhoroni in KPL

first_imgSkipper Johnson Bagoole keeps the faith his side will manage a huge comeback having spent most of the season in the bottom two.“It is a huge result today and we shall fight till the end of the season to see to it that we survive. I believe we will win all the remaining three games and avoid relegation. We work together as a team and fight for one purpose,” the Ugandan said after the match.Muhoroni seemed hang-overed from their KPL Top Eight triumph party last Sunday and stand in coach Tom Juma admitted as much.“I had that feeling that maybe we might be affected by the result last weekend and my fears were actually confirmed when we started the match. I have to admit that the boys were really not prepared to play this match,” Juma said.Muhoroni had to play 40 minutes of the game with ten men after keeper Farouk Shikhalo was sent off for bringing down former team mate Paul Odhiambo inside the box.The 2009 KPL champions went ahead in the 10th minute after defender George Maelo rose highest inside the box to head in a free-kick from Noah Abich on the right.Sofapaka’s hunger continued and they had another chance in the 26th minute with Odhiambo’s shot going straight to Shikhalo in the Muhoroni goal.With his side failing to create anything meaningful in attack, Juma made his first change, offloading Samuel Ndung’u for David Otieno on the half hour mark.The sugar belt side found themselves two down five minutes after the restart with Abich slotting home from the spot after Shikhalo brought down Odhiambo.Muhoroni head coach Juma was forced to sacrifice forward Benjamin Mosha for reserve keeper Timothy Igweta after Shikhalo’s red crad.Despite the numerical disadvantage, Muhoroni pulled one back in the 83rd minute, also from the penalty spot after substitute Lwamba Bebeto was brought down inside the box by Sofapaka skipper Bagoole.The Congolese stepped forward to take responsibility against his former side, sending Mathews Kigonya the wrong way to halve the deficit for the sugar belt side.,Despite some late surge from the visitors, Sofapaka managed to hold on for the vital three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Moses Odhiambo attempts to go past Muhoroni Youth’s Yussuf Mohammed. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21- Sofapaka’s faint hopes of surviving relegation were handed a huge shot in the arm on Friday after a 2-1 win over ten-man Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Complex, a result that takes them 15th and five points close to safety with three matches to go.Batoto ba Mungu will however, hope 14th placed Ushuru falter on Sunday when they take on Thika United, a result that will give them some hope of remaining in the top flight.last_img read more

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Eto’o risks 10-year jail sentence for ‘fraud’

first_imgThe fraud, they say, amounts to some 3.9 million euros.“The footballer pretended he had ceded his rights to two other companies in Hungary and Spain so as to fraudulently avoid paying taxes,” they added in accusations seen by AFP calling for Eto’o to be tried.The income diverted to the company based in Hungary wasn’t taxed in Spain, and benefitted from the eastern European country’s low tax rate, prosecutors said.The money put in the Spanish firm, meanwhile, was taxed at a lower rate as it came under the regime of company — rather than income — taxation.Prosecutors estimate the footballer, a four-time former African Player of the Year, should reimburse the alleged fraud to tax authorities plus interest, and pay a 14.3-million-euro fine.They want a prison sentence of 18 months for the 2006 fraud, and then three years jail for each subsequent year until 2009, which adds up to 10-and-a-half years.Even if he is given the full sentence, though, he is unlikely to spend all that time in jail, given prisoners often get paroled for good behaviour.– Barcelona players’ legal woes –Eto’o is not the only FC Barcelona player to be accused of tax fraud.Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, fellow countryman Javier Mascherano, as well as Brazil’s Adriano and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez, have been subject to similar allegations linked to image rights.Messi and his father were sentenced in July to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, which they are appealing.Whatever the outcome, the prison sentences are likely to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.Mascherano, meanwhile, was given a one-year suspended jail sentence last December.Brazilian star Neymar is also under judicial scrutiny, with prosecutors recommending he be handed a two-year jail sentence and a 10-million-euro fine for alleged corrupt practices in his 2013 transfer to Barcelona.Eto’o spent a hugely successful decade in Spain’s La Liga, playing for both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.He also played for Chelsea and Inter Milan.He is now at Antalyaspor, which signed Eto’o in June 2015 as the keystone of their bid to find national and even European success for the southern Mediterranean resort city.But the club is struggling in the Super Lig, and Eto’o was recently involved in a racism row, writing on his Instagram account in September that he was not being given respect for his achievements as he is black.Furious, the club left him out of the squad, with chairman Ali Safak Ozturk reportedly saying no player was “above the interests of Antalyaspor.”But he was reinstated in October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spanish prosecutors say Samuel Eto’o set up a series of front companies to avoid paying taxes from 2006 to 2009 © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniBARCELONA, Spain, Nov 24 – Spanish prosecutors have asked that Cameroonian football great Samuel Eto’o be handed a 10-year jail sentence and pay a Sh1.5bn ($15 million) fine for alleged tax fraud, a court filing revealed Thursday.They allege that Eto’o — now at Antalyaspor in Turkey — set up front companies to avoid paying taxes from 2006 to 2009, when he was a striker at Barcelona before leaving for Inter Milan.last_img read more

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CO2 emissions continue to rise in B.C. despite Provincial Carbon Tax

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – CO2 emissions in B.C. continue to increase even with the Provinces Carbon Tax.Provincial data shows CO2 emissions went up from 61.3 million tones in 2015 to 62.3 in 2016 (the most recent data available).  CO2 levels have increased in five of the last six years that data is available.Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says “The carbon tax costs everyday people a lot of money, and it’s not reducing CO2 emissions, so why are we doing this?”The carbon tax is set to increase in 2019 for British Columbia to $40 per tonne from $35.“B.C. is a sad example showing that a Canadian carbon tax doesn’t work the way politicians tell us it will: it doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions, it doesn’t create a ‘social license’ for our natural resources, and it costs regular people a lot of money just to live their lives,” said Sims. “People need to get to work, they need to get their kids to school and they need food from the grocery store – these aren’t frivolous luxuries that they can cut back on even when they’re punished with a carbon tax.”- Advertisement -The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.Last week Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 percent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues.However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 percent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger unsure who captained Arsenal in second half of draw with Man City

first_img Arsene Wenger: The under-fire Frenchman was speaking ahead of Arsenal v West Ham Arsene Wenger admits he does not know who captained his Arsenal side for the second half of their draw with Manchester City.The under-fire Frenchman made the startling revelation on Tuesday morning when he was asked who took the armband from Laurent Koscielny when he was forced off at half-time with an Achilles problem.With club captain Per Mertesacker not on the pitch and stand-in Petr Cech out injured, there were still likely candidates in the shape of Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez.But it was unclear who, if anyone, had taken the responsibility from Koscielny with Wenger conceding he was not sure who was skipper as the Gunners fought back to seal a 2-2 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.READ MORE: Arsene Wenger remains coy on future and claims Arsenal board have NOT set top four target this seasonAfter ruling both Cech and Koscielny out of Wednesday’s clash at home to West Ham, Wenger said he was unsure who would lead Arsenal out before making the admission he did not know who had finished Sunday’s game as captain.“I don’t remember,” he said.“It is a good question. Nobody asked me who is captain. I will have 24 hours to think about that.”Premier League rules state a captain must wear an armband at all times and they may ask the club for an explanation.Laurent Koscielny led the side in the first half for the 2-2 draw at the Emirates but came off at half-time and did not appear to have been replaced by a nominated skipper for the second half.Wenger also insisted he has no plans to change his approach to the game despite ongoing protests against his continued management of the club.Protests have been held before the last three home games and a handful of supporters stood outside Arsenal’s training ground on Tuesday morning as they bid to prevent Wenger signing a new deal.The Frenchman’s current contract runs until the end of the season but he is yet to announce whether he will stay or go after a run of just three wins in 10 games.Speaking at a pre-arranged supporters forum on Sunday, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the recent form should be a “catalyst for change” – although he was not talking specifically about Wenger.And the 67-year-old said he wants to continue to learn but that he has no plans to suddenly change the way he operates.“That has nothing to do with you to change,” he replied when asked about reinventing himself.“That is something you do to improve. My battle in my whole life is to improve and to be better. That is evolution, not change.“Change is the heart of who you are. That’s difficult. Evolution? Yes…The structure is there as it is today. We have fantastic conditions to do better. A spectacular change of structure now would be very difficult.“I think we just need to focus on tomorrow (against West Ham) and forget all the rest. Football today is a lot of talks and talks and talks. But at the end of the day, good players on the pitch is more important than anything else.” 1last_img read more

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Broad probe into practices of Ivy Academia

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – A high-performing charter school with a history of permit violations is being probed for allegedly padding its attendance to boost state funding. On Friday, Los Angeles schools Inspector General Jerry Thornton acknowledged a sweeping investigation into Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School. The investigation follows written complaints from former teachers and parents outlining ethical violations at the K-8 school that include false attendance and mishandling of state funds. Thornton declined to comment on the investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIvy Academia husband-and-wife founders Eugene Selivanov and Tatyana Berkovich denied all allegations of wrongdoing at the school. “Absolutely false,” Berkovich said after classes ended Friday. “These charges are totally false. We have the paperwork to prove it.” In a separate case, the Woodland Hills academy is under fire by the city for noise, attendance and other conditional use permit violations at its Fallbrook Avenue campus. A hearing is set for Tuesday in a planning and land use management committee. “This particular school has caused a number of problems with the community,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, whose office has received a flood of letters from Ivy Academia parents who pulled their kids from the school. “All of a sudden these letters come in, the inspector general is involved, where does this thing end?” Los Angeles Unified School District board member Jon Lauritzen, who pushed through a resolution calling for greater oversight of charter schools, declined to comment during the investigation. The charter school got off to a rocky start in fall 2004 by conducting classes off campus while awaiting final permits to open its De Soto Avenue campus. For two years, the academy boasted the highest academic test scores of any independent elementary charter school in Los Angeles. The business-oriented school, now building a new library and gymnasium, intends to nearly double its 538 students by 2011. But after an administrative shake-up this spring that included the termination of Principal Christina Gordon, dozens of parents withdrew their children. “The academics were incredible, my children were doing phenomenally well,” said Candyce Leisen, 46, an early supporter who pulled two children last spring. “But the directors told too many lies. … There’s a lot of smoke over at Ivy.” The inspector general is investigating allegations made by former parents and teachers regarding Ivy Academia administrators that include: Altering teacher attendance cards last year to increase state funding. The school receives $6,400 per student each year. Using supplies purchased with state funds for use at the founders’ private preschool and kindercare programs. Steering fire marshals away from children taught in unsafe areas, then lying to them. Including false information about the school on grant applications. Parents said they were upset that Ivy Academia administrators violated their own charter by failing to include parents and teachers on the governing board. The city planning committee will discuss a history of noncompliance that includes 44 more students than are permitted, in addition to ongoing noise violations and other issues at its Fallbrook campus. “The applicant’s intent to be a good neighbor has not been successfully accomplished … ,” Linn Wyatt, an associate zoning administrator with the city, wrote in a May report. Berkovich acknowledged violations but said state guidelines for charter schools mandated certain educational practices. She also accused parents of spreading “evil rumors” about the school. dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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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French Fan creates Spurs merchandise and people are desperate to own it

Yes please. pic.twitter.com/l9EaQPulsp— SamZ (@ztranche) January 7, 2019 pic.twitter.com/gQ3ZDdIDFr— Graeme Spice ✌️👌 (@spice1971) January 7, 2019 Thats wicked i want one of those 😍— Boy About Town (@MrSarcastic91) January 7, 2019 The video has been viewed more than 9,000 times and has 470 likes on the social media platform. He has also tweeted that he plans on continuing to improve his prototype and wanted it to feel “handmade”.Spurs fans appear keen to get their hands on one of the openers, which Fleur made with his father. The bottle opener created by a Spurs fan A French Tottenham Hotspur fan has created a bottle opener using the club’s crest and supporters love it.Francois Fleur tweeted a video of the bottle opener being made and tagged in star striker Harry Kane saying he will bring him some if he ever gets to a game. 1 Hi @HKane ! I’m a french Spurs fan – a rare species – and I thought I had to share with u the Hotspurs bottle opener we made my father and I !🍻 If one day I manage to visit you for a game, I’ll bring you some ✌️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/K0qBOl2sE4— François Fluhr (@francoisfluhr) January 6, 2019Many were asking how they can buy one and when they will be available.However, it does not appear as though they will be able to purchase anytime soon unless Tottenham decide to bring out their own.Here are some of the best reactions to the tweet below: read more

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Coach sacked for calling Greta Thunberg a ‘w****’ who ‘can take a pounding’

first_img Greta Thunberg delivered a passionate speech at the UN, which Casalini took umbrage with Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019But Casalini was seemingly also unimpressed and wrote a vicious statement on Facebook which led to his dismissal.He wrote: “This w***e! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age.”US Grosseto 1912 play in Italy’s fourth tier and local media report the club sacked the manager shortly after the post was made.The club wrote: “Unione Sportiva Grosseto 1912 communicates the dismissal of the assistant trainer, the very young Tommaso Casalini for behaviour that does not keep in line with the one laid out by the company that values morals over management skills.”After being relieved of his duties, Casalini returned to the social networking site to issue a grovelling apology.Casalini wrote: “I would like to publicly apologize [sic] to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week, containing the phrase: ‘This w***e! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age.’ The 16-year-old grabbed the attention of the world at the Climate Action Summit after accusing world leaders of stealing her dreams due to their inactivity.She even aimed a sly dig at US President Donald Trump by changing her Twitter bio, wherein she described herself as ‘a very happy young girl’ in reference to Trump’s comments about her. revealed Tommaso Casalini was sacked after he wrote on social media that 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg is a ‘w***e’ who is old enough to ‘take a pounding’.Serie D side US Grossetto 1912 axed the coach after his vile outburst, which came shortly after Thunberg delivered an impassioned speech at the United Nations. “It was a post written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist, with absolutely the wrong language and with content that I regret. I have never thought or could never really think about those things, especially with regards to a minor.“However, when one makes a mistake, it is right that one takes responsibility for that mistake, so I willingly accept the decision of U.S. Grosseto to remove me from my role as assistant coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment provoked by my gesture.” MOST READ IN FOOTBALLcenter_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty SORRY scrap 1 gameday cracker appointed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more

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Employee Benefits Go Mainstream

first_imgThere was a time when only HR professionals were concerned about the nuts and bolts of employee benefits such as paid leave, telework and health care. Perhaps a top recruit asked a question or a female worker expecting her first child sought clarification on the Family and Medical Leave Act. Or maybe it was HR’s perennial favorite time of year: open enrollment season. Not any longer. Employee benefits have gone mainstream. Today, companies make news with their latest and greatest perks, ranging from unlimited vacation to free college degrees to, most recently, student loan payments. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when he took time off for parenting, and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer stirred controversy after opting to drop her company’s telework option.Even in the political arena, paid leave has officially become a hot topic. More and more, policies once discussed by HR professionals and managers around conference room tables are now being hashed out in national conversations. That’s why I say we are in the Decade of Human Capital.In the modern workplace, there is greater diversity—age, gender, ethnicity and more. The tenured career is on the decline, and the freelance nation is on the rise. Employees must balance work and personal lives that are more intertwined than ever before. Moreover, advances in technology have given people greater flexibility than they’ve ever had to work when, where and how they choose. According to SHRM research, telecommuting has tripled in the past 20 years. Read this month’s issue of HR Magazine to learn more about why the “so-called” typical worker no longer exists.Know that, as you adjust your company’s benefits offerings, you are doing far more than simply adding new programs. You are shifting the employee-employer relationship to an approach that makes sense for people and organizations in the 21st century workplace.last_img read more