Brazil gives impression on Japanese team

first_imgThe quarter-final match will no doubt be a tough and aggressive game between the two group finalists with Brazil in Group A  and Japan in Group B.Brazil’s defender and Player of the Match in the game against Sweden on Sunday, Daiane Silve said they need to play in the same level against Japan and will do their best to win each match.Coach Dorival Bueno said Japan is a very strong team and was one of the teams they met last year in the qualifying cup.He said his team has been watching Japan’s matches and will play their own game against the Japanese on Thursday and hopefully qualify to the semi-finals.“They are a totally different team from Sweden,” the Brazilians coach added when asked for his impression on Japan during the Post-Match Press Conference on Sunday night.(Pictured above is team Japan in white, celebrate after their win on Sunday.)last_img read more

Willian grabs Chelsea a point

first_imgThe Brazilian substitute needed just 144 seconds on the field to make the impact boss Antonio Conte was looking for, with his attempted cross sailing over the head of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the far corner on 85 minutes.Salah, who tops the Premier League scoring charts, continued his fine form by coolly slotting his 10th goal of the campaign past Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois on 65 minutes. And he was almost the hero with a last-gasp strike from the edge of the box which was brilliantly parried away by Courtois.Player ratingsLiverpool: Mignolet (6), Milner (6), Coutinho (6), Salah (8), Gomez (7), Henderson (7), Sturridge (6), Klavan (6), Moreno (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Matip (6). Subs: Wijnaldum (6), Mane (6), Lallana (6)Chelsea: Courtois (7), Alonso (6), Drinkwater (6), Kante (7), Morata (6), Hazard (7), Bakayoko (6), Zappacosta (7), Cahill (6), Christensen (6), Azpilicueta (7)Subs: Fabregas (7) , Willian (8), Pedro (6).Man of the match: Salah (Liverpool)But Liverpool will be left to rue a missed opportunity to move level on points with the third-placed Londoners and remain in fifth after being pegged back.The visitors had the best of the first half, with Mignolet sharp to parry powerful drives from Eden Hazard and Davide Zappacosta either side of a brave dive at the feet of Danny Drinkwater, and Liverpool were fortunate to survive a goalmouth scramble on 24 minutes, when Gary Cahill missed his kick from six yards out.Team newsDaniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both started with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino dropping to the bench, while Alberto Moreno maintained his place despite his midweek struggles against Sevilla. For Chelsea, Danny Drinkwater replaced Cesc Fabregas in the starting line-up, while Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill came in in for David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.Salah provided Liverpool’s prime threat in the opening 45, twice shooting off target from the edge of the box, but he had his say shortly after the hour mark, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deflected Philippe Coutinho’s pass into his path.That looked like it would be the winner, with Alvaro Morata and Alonso spurning good openings, but while Liverpool fans cheered the return of Adam Lallana from injury, it was another substitute, Willian, who made the difference in the closing minutes.Man of the match – Mo SalahMo Salah was Liverpool’s most dangerous player all evening and kept up his superb scoring streak with a neat finish. He came close twice from the edge of the box in the first-half and could have added a second on the break late in the second. With 10 Premier League goals already this season, he’s looking like the signing of the summer – and once again showed Chelsea what they let go.The managersJurgen Klopp: “It was a good game, very intense game. Very difficult for us against a very strong Chelsea team with quite a different approach. Deep defending and then giving the ball to Eden Hazard…Everything was good until Willian crossed the ball, still most parts of the game were good but it doesn’t feel as good.”Antonio Conte: “I think we were unlucky, if you see the dynamic of their goal. But at the same time I’m very happy to see a good reaction of my players. A great desire, a great will to fight, a great desire to not accept the result against Liverpool. We tried to win the game. We must be pleased despite the draw.”Opta statsLiverpool have conceded just two goals in their last nine Premier League games at Anfield, but these goals have cost them a total of four points (1-1 vs Burnley, 1-1 vs Chelsea).Of the 19 sides Antonio Conte has faced in the Premier League as a manager, Liverpool are the only side he has not beaten in the competition.Salah also became the 20th different player to score a Premier League goal against Chelsea having previously appeared for the Blues in the competition.last_img read more

Stanislas strike helps Bournemouth into League Cup quarters

first_imgA superb goal from Junior Stanislas helped Bournemouth reach the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Norwich City on Tuesday while third tier Burton Albion beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 to reach the last eight for the first time.Bournemouth, who are flying high in sixth in the Premier League, opened the scoring in the 39th minute when Stanislas weaved into the area with a couple of stepovers and then rifled the ball into the net.It was a fantastic goal but harsh on second-tier Norwich, who had played well in the first half and went close when Dennis Srbeny’s effort came back off the inside of the post.Norwich were level with 20 minutes remaining through Onel Hernandez, but parity lasted only two minutes as a Bournemouth corner resulted in Steve Cook’s shot finding the net via a deflection on the line.Burton’s victory was particularly sweet for manager Nigel Clough, who made more than 400 appearances for four-times League Cup winners Forest over two spells.“To get to the last eight as a League One club is pretty special,” he told Sky Sports.“To get to the last 16 was a hell of an achievement. We’ve had our breaks but we’ve earned them and to be in the last eight is wonderful. We can’t wait for the draw.”Clough’s side missed a first-half chance to take the lead when Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce blazed a penalty over the bar, but did open the scoring when Scott Fraser’s shot took a wicked deflection before looping into the net.Fraser added a second eight minutes later when he stroked home after being teed up by Boyce, yet Forest clawed a route back into the match when Lewis Grabban slotted home from six metres.Forest’s comeback hopes were stalled, however, with the goal of the game as Fraser turned provider, crossing for Jake Hesketh to volley home with superb technique, but there was still time for late drama as Forest substitute Arvin Appiah prodded home in stoppage time.Leicester City’s fourth round match against Southampton was postponed after the chairman of the Midlands club Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.last_img read more

FIFPro censures CFA over disciplinary procedure against women’s national team

first_imgFIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for professional footballers, has urged the Cyprus football association (CFA) not to take any disciplinary action after members of the women’s national football team displayed an unauthorised banner reading “Equal Game” before a game against Finland last week.In a letter to the CFA, FIFPro Secretary General Theo Van Seggelen praised the players who “sent a message in favour of gender equality.”The letter also praises the Pancyprian Footballers Association (PASP), “which stood by the players.”The CFA decided to conduct a preliminary investigation after members of the women’s national team displayed the banner before the November 7 fixture.The association said “the action was outside the framework agreed between the two football federations and against the UEFA protocol on international competitions.”The statement went on saying that “the players’ action left the CFO in danger of being fined by the Europe’s football governing body (UEFA).“Such actions cannot go unnoticed and an investigation will be conducted, which will show whether the players will be subject to a disciplinary action.”FIFPro, however, strongly disagreed with the CFA.“We find the CFA’s behaviour unacceptable and unethical, as we publicly support the team’s actions.“Let us be very clear. Both FIFPro and PASP have fully supported the Cyprus women’s national team’s campaign for an equal game and will continue to do so.“Contrary to what the CFA seems to imply, the players did not violate any rules or regulations. They were simply asking to be treated in the same way as their male counterparts, with reference to an official UEFA campaign, called ‘Equal Game’.”“We fail to understand how a reference to a UEFA-supported campaign could in any way lead to the conclusion that the players’ actions were unacceptable or immoral or would justify any disciplinary sanction.“Please note that any further indication by the CFA that the players’ actions will be sanctioned is going to be considered by FIFPro to be an abuse of power.“Therefore, we kindly, but firmly, urge you not to take any disciplinary measures against members of the team.”last_img read more

Recovering from knife attack, Petra Kvitova back at practice

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments In this file photo, Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, watches her shot during her women’s singles match against Wang Yafan of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. APTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) showing herself swinging a tennis racket .ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chot Reyes already fed up with no-show Blatchecenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar She included the message: “I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls.”Kvitova has missed all season so far while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December. She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic.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 returnShe said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins May 28, in hopes of competing. But she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.last_img read more

Labour’s lost…

first_img…loveNo…your Eyewitness didn’t mix up the Bard’s play, “Love’s labours’ lost”. That had to do with a king and his three friends who decide to focus on their studies and not to get distracted with “love”. But being yesterday was “Labour Day”, he decided to reflect on the heady days of yore when Labour was strenuously wooed by the politicians. And why today, they barely rate a second glance.In case you’ve forgotten, dear reader, the very existence of our country is due to “LABOUR”. And yes, it should be capitalised for exactly that reason. The Europeans who “discovered” our neck of the woods soon discovered they quickly wilted under the local conditions when plundering our wealth. Not to worry…they quickly solved their problems by first purchasing African slaves to supply the labour – from chiefs of warring tribes who were only more than willing to get some quick baubles from the Europeans. Later they ended that system and freed the slaves when they discovered they could get the work done even more cheaply with indentured servants from India and China!!So we’re all about LABOUR, right? So where do the politicians come in? Well during slavery, the slaves used to rebel periodically and create quite a ruckus – not to mention razing factories and profits and such like. After slavery, when the factory owners just couldn’t shoot the workers willy-nilly, the workers realised the value of withholding their labour. When conditions got to dread – like with wages or working conditions, the workers would now STRIKE en masse!The difference from the old rebellions of slavery was that now the owners had to read “the riot act” before shooting them down!! So, after a while, the workers learnt that up in England the white workers formed something calls “Unions”, which rioted until the Government had them BARGAIN with the employers for better wages and conditions. So like monkey see; monkey do, we formed trade unions here!!Like sharks smelling blood in the water, it wasn’t long after, fellas who used to BEG the powers that be for a piece of the (political) action, realised if they linked up with the trade unions, they could instead BARGAIN for that piece of the action. “Politicians”, who had LEVERAGE, were born!!And so, lo and behold the trade unions became the womb that produced all the early politicians – both from the PPP and later the PNC. But like the sharks they were genetically related to, the politicians soon turned the table on unions, after they got into office.And we reach the present when the unions are so passé, the Government of the day wouldn’t even give unions the time of the day!!…directionBut seriously folks…isn’t there something the unions can do to reverse their descent into irrelevance? Your Eyewitness thinks so! All they have to do is get back to first principles: do what they started out to do on behalf of workers in the first place!! Remember? They’ve got to get out into the streets and riot when workers’ rights are being violated!!Look at what just happened to sugar workers – the folks whose labour during slavery and indentureship made this country possible, to begin with. The employer, GuySuCo, arbitrarily fired 5700 of them!! Why weren’t there riots?? GuySuCo also demanded sugar workers forget about the CONTRACTED clause forbidding having workers being sent to work more than 20 miles from their homes!! Why no riots??The answer, of course, is trade unions have become just like Government Ministers who retire into their airconditioned offices and send out press releases! Imagine the workers who pay their salaries are left to starve…and they tap away at computer keyboards!No wonder labour’s lost relevance.…championWas a time only a decade ago, under the Socialist banner, when labour seemed to be just about to conquer all in our region – including Latin America.But with Lula in jail and Maduro in the air, it’s all gone to channa.last_img read more

Fort St. John Recreation and Leisure Department looking for survey respondents on Active Living Strategy

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John’s Recreation and Leisure Department is asking for residents to fill out a survey for its Active Living Community Development Strategy.Recreation Manager Kylah Bryde said that the department is asking City residents to give feedback on their knowledge of the City’s recreation programs. She said that the survey will give staff more information on identifying gaps in marketing, barriers to participation, general interest in programs, and general awareness of City programming.Bryde said that as an incentive for participating, those who fill out the survey will be entered into a draw for a $100 credit towards the City’s recreational programming. The survey can be found here: Advertisement -More information can be found on the City’s Recreation Facebook page: read more

Pricing and More Details About Building a Droid at the Droid Depot

first_imgShare This!Do you want to build your own droid when visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? You’ll definitely want to make sure you visit the Droid Depot! This workshop is stocked with chips, parts, manuals, and other items that will help you create your very own droid. You’ll be able to either build a BB-Series droid or an R-Series droid.First things first, you’ll need to register your choice of which type of unit you are wanting to construct with the clerk, who’ll provide you with a basket and blueprint for parts. Next, you’ll need to proceed to the select stations and begin your droid-building experience.Parts StationHere you’ll be able to select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt:BB-SeriesDomeDome Connection PlateBody SphereMotivatorR-SeriesDomeBodyCenter LegSet of Side-LegsBuild StationHere you’ll follow simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble your droid in the proper sequence. Once your droid has been built, it will be paired with a remote control and activated as you watch it come to life! The cost of each droid unit will be $99.99, plus tax and that price will include a carrying box and instructions. Custom droid units are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discountsIf you want to have various personality chips and other accessories for your unit, they will be available for an additional chargeDisney recommends that Guests be 3 years or older to complete this experience.The Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required. If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated. More information about how reservations will be obtained will be shared if the reservation process is introduced.last_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball dominates Northland Lutheran

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Paiton Richardson had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Auburndale girls basketball team pounded Northland Lutheran 59-14 in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Auburndale cruised out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter and went up 45-10 by halftime in a dominating performance.Taylor Gotz added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Shannon Yahnke had 11 points for the Apaches. Auburndale improves to 15-4 overall and finishes its Marawood South season with a 9-3 record. Northland Lutheran is now 7-13 and ends up 2-10 in the conference.Auburndale hosts Athens in a nonconference game Tuesday and will play in the Marawood Conference third-place crossover game on Feb. 20 against an opponent yet to be determined.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 59, Wildcats 14Northland Lutheran 5 5 2 2 – 14Auburndale 21 24 9 5 – 59NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (14): Beka Edelberg 0-5 2-4 2, Ashley Colby 0-4 0-0 0, Hannah Kloehn 2-6 2-6 7, Mesa Haag 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Fenske 1-4 0-0 3, Sidney Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Halley Engelbrecht 0-6 0-0 0, Erin Gast 0-1 0-0 0, Melissa Neumann 0-2 2-2 2. FG: 3-31. FT: 6-12. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Kloehn 1-1, Fenske 1-4, Neumann 0-1, Engelbrecht 0-1, Edelberg 0-1, Colby 0-2). Rebounds: 14 (Neumann 6). Record: 7-13, 2-10 Marawood Conference South Division.AUBURNDALE (59): Rachel Gronemeyer 0-1 0-1 0, Cassie Mitchell 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Allison Linzmeier 3-4 0-0 6, Cheyenne Karl 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 2-4 2, Sylviann Momont 1-7 1-2 3, Paiton Richardson 9-15 5-6 23, Shannon Yahnke 4-7 3-4 11, Taylor Gotz 4-14 5-6 13. FG: 21-55. FT: 17-25. 3-pointers: 0-1 (A. Peplinski 0-1). Rebounds: 34 (Richardson 9). Assists: 13 (Momont 3). Record: 15-4, 9-3 Marawood Conference South Division.last_img read more

Big Data: Bringing Growth to Rural Communities

first_imgPrineville, Oregon; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Quincy, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; Mahwah, New Jersey.   Are these the cities that will drive future US economic growth?  These are becoming hubs of growth around cloud computing and big data research.   While the industrial age in the US was driven by cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, these new cities are hosting massive data centers for housing data collected by companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and the New York Stock Exchange.Oregon in particular is seeing huge growth.  Thanks to tax incentives, good climate, cheap power, and the availability of water, growth has been very rapid  in a few of what are currently rural Oregon communities.  Big data is translating to big building and big construction.  The data centers and construction are bringing with them jobs and tax revenues.  In an effort to bring industry to Oregon,  land in different parts of the state has already been marked as pre-approved for large industries, removing most of the red tape normally involved in getting government approval.Facebook is building a 307,000 square feet facility in Prineville, Oregon.  Google is already in Prineville.  In and around The Dalles, companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and T-Mobile have set up business along the Columbia river.  But the activity isn’t limited to Oregon.  In Quincy, Washington, Microsoft, Intuit and Yahoo already have large centers.  In Council Bluffs, Google is setting up a $600 million data center.  Twitter is rumored to be planning a large data center outside of Salt Lake City.  And the New York Stock Exchange is setting up a 400,000 square foot facility in Mahwah.last_img read more