Thailand scores 1st World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden

first_imgView comments 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Thailand’s players celkebrate their side’s first goal scored by Kanjana Sung-Ngoen during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)NICE, France — A couple of seconds elapsed before a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her arms in celebration.It really happened.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing “Everyone was very happy that we at least scored one,” Kanjana said through a translator. “The whole team is very glad.”Even if it was only a consolation goal and the team remains bottom of Group F.“It was a difficult goal and playing a great team like Sweden, it meant so much,” Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said through a translator. “It meant that all of our preparation paid off. We had a lot of chances today. This one goal made us laugh, made us smile and makes us happy.”Forget that Thailand’s 18 goals conceded equals the tournament record set by Argentina in 2007. And, Thailand still must face Chile in the group finale.Even Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, through the disappointment of not keeping a clean sheet, could see what scoring meant to the Thais.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We are all human,” Lindahl said, “and having had that defeat they had against the US, and now scoring their goal, you can feel some empathy for them.”It helped that her teammates had already scored four times by the time Sungngoen got on the end of a high ball on the right flank and cut in before beating Lindahl at her near post.The first of the five Swedish scorers netted in the 6th minute in Nice, with Linda Sembrant heading past Waraporn Boonsing.The Thai goalkeeper did manage to palm away Anna Anvegard’s shot in the 19th minute but she couldn’t recover the ball to prevent Kosovare Asllani scoring. Boonsing couldn’t stop the 41st-minute strike from Fridolina Rolfö curling into the top corner.Just like in the game against the United States, it was 3-0 at halftime. Unlike in Paris, Thailand didn’t concede another four times in the opening 11 minutes of the second half.In fact, it took Sweden until the 81st minute to find the net again through Lina Hurtig’s header before being beaten by Thailand on the counterattack.So when the final whistle blew, the Thai squad was able to bow to its fans. Some pride had been restored.“Our defeat in the last game was massive,” Srathongvian said. “We were disappointed, but scoring one today we made some success. We still need to develop and we need to improve and make it better. We need to get as close to other super teams. We need to play better so we can enjoy it more.”center_img Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism PLAY LIST 03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Thailand had finally scored at this Women’s World Cup.By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the first minute of stoppage time, Thailand was already trailing 4-0 Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut simply scoring was a triumph after Thailand’s humiliating 13-0 opening loss to the United States. Coaches embraced on the bench and Thai flags were raised in the stands on the French Riviera.They were still beaming after the final whistle, even after Elin Rubensson scored with the final kick of the game from the penalty spot to seal a 5-1 victory for Sweden, which advanced to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted France looking to close out World Cup group play undefeated Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgThe issue of alcohol and the massive damaging effects it is having on individuals and communities has once again been brought to the fore. It was reported in the media that, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), alcohol kills a whopping three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined. It was stated that men are particularly at risk.WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018, published recently, presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. It also describes what countries are doing to reduce this burden. And for those that are lagging, it explains what could be done to discourage the use of alcohol and possibly reduce the huge negative impact it is having on countries.According to the WHO, alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drunk driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and a multitude of diseases and disorders. Men account for more than three quarters of alcohol-related deaths.The report explains that alcohol drinking is linked to more than 200 health conditions, including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. Alcohol abuse also makes people more susceptible to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and pneumonia.For young people, the numbers are even more alarming, with a full 13.5 per cent of all deaths among 20-29-year-olds considered to be alcohol-related, the study found. In comparison, HIV/AIDS was responsible for 1.8 per cent of global deaths in 2016, road injuries accounted for 2.5 per cent and violence for 0.8 per cent. Globally, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol use disorders, WHO said.Here in Guyana, there are many social ills affecting citizens, and alcohol abuse is seen one of the contributing factors. According to the WHO, the alcohol death rate for Guyana is 5.95 per 100,000 (globally ranked 70). This is still quite high and urgent action must be taken to further reduce this figure.Due to poor lifestyle choices such as; alcohol abuse, tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity, NCDs have resulted in large numbers of our young people dying. Another significant number have also fallen ill and therefore cannot contribute to their families or the development of their communities in any way.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted in the media as saying that far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke.According to The Caribbean Voice, an organisation that has been engaged in research etc in this field, alcohol is a trigger for abuse, especially gender based, child and sexual abuse. It explains that some abusers rely on substance use (and abuse) as an excuse for becoming violent – alcohol allows the abuser to justify his abusive behaviour as a result of the alcohol. Alcohol affects the user’s ability to perceive, integrate and process information. Further, the organisation points to other substantial costs to society include property damage, job loss and health service costs.WHO is urging countries to do more to counter harmful drinking and to reach a goal of cutting global consumption by 10 percent between 2010 and 2025. It is also urging countries to tax alcohol and ban advertising of such beverages to reduce consumption. However, this is not enough, there is need to push for a change in attitude and lifestyle changes in general, especially amongst the younger segment of our population.While the Government must play a crucial role in designing the relevant programmes and policies and putting in place the necessary legislative framework and other support mechanisms aimed at addressing the harmful use of alcohol, this burden must also be shared by other stakeholders too; such as religious groups, the private sector and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) etc.It is hoped that the Government here, international development partners and other stakeholders will use this most recent WHO report on alcohol as a wakeup call to take urgent action aimed at addressing the harmful use of alcohol in this country.last_img read more

Reawakened Ronaldo up against a Croatia with teeth

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo is one of the players to look out for in the Euro 2016. PHOTO/AFP.LENS, France, June 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo awoke from his Euro 2016 slumber in time to rescue Portugal from an early exit, but faces a greater challenge against a classy Croatia side that Portugal coach Fernando Santos called “sharks”.Ronaldo made history as the first player to score in four European Championships with a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary. The result saw Portugal just squeeze through behind Iceland and Hungary in third-place in Group F. Ivan Perisic was the hero against Spain, drilling home the winner three minutes from time.However, Croatia cannot get carried away despite finding themselves in the weaker half of the draw avoiding Germany, France, Italy, Spain or England until the final.“We made a really great job in the group stages, but this is just the beginning. If we lose the next match this doesn’t mean anything,” Perisic said.“We have to stay at the same level and fight as we did in the first three matches if we want to recreate memories of 1998.”The sour note for Croatia has come off the field as their football federation (HNS) was fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) for disturbances when fans threw flares onto the pitch during a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic last week.HNS president and hero of the 1998 World Cup run Davor Suker praised the security effort that ensured there were no problems in the stands against Spain.However, he called for stricter controls on those allowed to enter the grounds in France to ensure there is no repeat of the Lens trouble.“In any other country this would last one day. There are between 300 and 500 hooligans in Croatia that are listed, that cause problems in any place in Europe and came to Saint-Etienne. You have to stop them entering the ground.“There was exceptional security (in the Spain match), there were no problems and exceptional fair play.“Ninety nine point nine percent (of fans) are great, but there are 0.01 percent of radicals that want to destroy football and we have to stop them now because we have paid over one million euros in fines for nothing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The Real Madrid star has more records in his sights as he is just one goal behind French legend Michel Platini’s mark of nine in European Championship finals.However, Ronaldo refused to accept Portugal were underdogs against a Croatia side that shocked two-time defending champions Spain to top Group D.“We made it and now we face a very good team, but the odds are 50/50,” said Ronaldo.“Croatia are a tough team, with good players. Not every team manages to beat Spain.“We respect them, but we know our strengths and we’ll look them in the eye when we face them.”Croatia are likely to be even stronger for Saturday’s clash in Lille (1900GMT) than against Spain with the return of Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric from injury.Juventus frontman Mario Mandzukic is also likely to shake off a knock to retake his place after Croatia coach Ante Cacic made five changes for the historic win over Spain.“Croatia are one of the sharks we had been trying to avoid,” admitted Portugal boss Santos.“They placed first in a group with Spain, which tells you all you need to know about them.”However, Santos has placed his faith in Ronaldo to again answer his country’s call after his double strike.“This will have increased his confidence levels. He’s a confident player anyway, but this will have boosted him for the next game against Croatia.”For Croatia a bright start to a tournament in France has rekindled memories of their fairytale run to the World Cup semi-finals in 1998 before losing out to the hosts 2-1.last_img read more

Klopp full of praise for Guardiola

first_imgPrior to this weekend’s clash at Anfield, City are in third place in the Premier League, one point behind the Reds and seven adrift of leaders Chelsea.Speaking to the media ahead of the match, Klopp applauded Guardiola for not taking the easy option and for testing himself in an unfamiliar environment.“He came here with open eyes. He could have had easier jobs in easier leagues, that is for sure,” said Klopp.“He could have gone everywhere. He wanted to come here. He was probably aware 100 per cent of the big challenge.“He knew he had a wonderful squad at Barcelona and a wonderful squad at Bayern but he had big influence on the way they played football.”“If you go to Barcelona as a new manager they will tell you: ‘By the way, don’t forget, we play like Pep Guardiola played.’ That’s the biggest influence you can have.”“Bayern loved the years he was there. He is a fantastic manager.”“Johan Cruyff started total football, but Pep made it perfect. He’s an outstanding manager, 100 per cent. He’s very influential. But the Barcelona style is not possible for each team you play.”“f a Sunday league team tries to play like Barcelona, they will find it difficult.”While in charge of Borussia Dortmund, Klopp faced Guardiola’s Bayern on eight occasions, with both sides winning four times, although the Bavarians did win the Bundesliga in each of the Spaniard’s three seasons there.Although Guardiola’s commitment to a possession-based strategy has remained unchanged throughout his managerial career, Klopp knows his rival is far more tactically adept than what he gets credit for.“Yes they [Bayern] changed their style of play against us a few times,” Klopp continued. “A clear philosophy does not mean that you stick to it in each moment. If you have to adapt to your opponent then that is what we all do.“The style of the game isn’t everything, it is kind of important but in the end you only want to get your players looking forward with the ball.”“How you do it is not important. It is not about having 20 passes. If you have to play a long ball that is good and fighting for a second ball is good too. Then you want to have influence with the ball.”“It is not a big difference between the ideas, but when you look from the outside there is an image that Pep is kind of possession and I am counter-pressing.”“or me it is not important, I don’t need names for things. We play the football we think makes sense and Pep does the same with his team and his ideas.”“I never thought too much about the ideas of other managers – only until before the game when we played them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola and Klopp will renew their rivalry from the time at the Bundesliga. PHOTO/CourtesyLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 30-  Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola, ahead of the EPL clash between the two sides on New Year’s Eve.Guardiola took over the reins at the Etihad after hugely successfully spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but has found life in England somewhat tougher than what he experienced in Spain and Germany.last_img read more

Warming trend will push out frigid temperatures early next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The frigid temperatures that have a firm grasp on B.C. and much of Canada for that matter, will exit the province as a warmer air mass is expected to arrive for much of the first week of January.Currently Fort St. John is sitting around minus 30 with the wind chill making it feel like minus 40 as a result of a weak El Nina system in the Pacific Ocean that has pulled the temperature 14 to 18 degrees below the seasonal normal in the Peace Region. However, by Tuesday the mercury is forecasted to drastically change to near or above the freezing mark.“We do expect conditions to improve as a ridge of high pressure builds over British Columbia,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Andre Besson. “This ridge will lead to a warming up for the majority of the province as it blocks the cold air in the northwest.”- Advertisement -No precipitation is forecasted for the remainder of 2017 or the first week of January as the city received less than 5 centimetres of snow in December. Temperatures during the warm-up are expected to hover around minus 1. Expected warm up for next week as the cold air is pushed to the east. Expected warm up for next week as the cold air is pushed to the east. Current weather as the cold air settles in from the north. Current weather as the cold air settles in from the north.last_img read more