Big guns enjoy relatively easy wins

first_imgAll the ‘big’ teams recorded relatively easy wins in the Cyprus football championship over the weekend, with the top end of the league table looking strikingly similar to how it was for most of last season. AEK, Anorthosis, AEL, Apollon and Apoel lead the charge and Omonia, despite being in 8th place, are just one point away from the top six.Ethnikos Achnas’ resilience against joint leaders AEK lasted until the final few minutes of the first-half when two quick-fire goals by top scorer Florian Taulemeusse and Acoran all but finished the game as a contest.AEK were rarely tested against bottom-placed Ethnikos, who barely ventured forward even when they went behind. It was no surprise when Acoran grabbed his second of the game and third for his team with 11 minutes to go.Anorthosis, who share top spot with AEK, had a much more difficult afternoon and they had to dig deep to get the three points against battling Ermis Aradippou.Palanka had given Anorthosis the lead with a fierce drive midway into the first half but Alex Constantinou brought the game level shortly after the break. The same player could have given his team the lead but he shot wastefully wide.The miss proved costly as Anorthosis scored in their very next attack with Kamara side-footing the ball past goalkeeper Arabadzis following Daniel Pranic’s inviting cross for the winner.Third placed AEL were also given a scare by lowly Nea Salamina but in the end two second half goals by Silva (penalty) and Arruabarrena were enough to give AEL the three points.The Limassol team had taken the lead through Benitez in the 31st minute but Nea Salamina fought back and equalised 10 minutes later through Grassi. Early in the second half both Dimitar Makriev and Brigito had chances to give Salamina the lead but both failed to find the net from good positions.Apollon swept past Alki with consummate ease as they defeated them 4-1.Zander had given the Limassol team an early lead and even though Alki equalised through Fabricio, Apollon hit back with three more goals in a 12-minute second-half spell through Skembri and a brace by Zelayia.Olympiakos and Aris played out a goalless draw with the Limassol team missing the chance to leapfrog over their opponents as Aurelio missed from the penalty spot in the final stages of the game. Pafos FC beat Doxa 1-0 on Monday night.CYPRUS FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2017-2018last_img read more

Clash with religious holiday forces schedule change in SEA Games

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The celebration will now be held on August 30, instead of August 31 which is the eve of the key holiday for Muslims, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.Khairy told reporters on Tuesday that the change of date would not be an issue for the games which begin on August 19.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 return“The closing date of the SEA Games has been brought forward by one day, from August 31 to August 30. This is for us to celebrate a (Muslim) religious event … which falls on August 31,” the minister said.“But this will not create any big problems to the competition in terms of venue or accommodation because we had created a buffer period from the start of the competition.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Metta scores 18 in possible farewell, Lakers top Pelicans It has taken years of meticulous planning but the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was forced to make a last-minute change to its schedule after organizers discovered its closing ceremony clashed with an important annual religious holiday.Just months before the start of the biennial event in August, authorities announced the closing ceremony in Muslim-majority Malaysia will be a day earlier than scheduled, due to the clash with Islamic festival Hari Raya Haji.ADVERTISEMENT 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) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View comments Khairy added there will be some changes made to the schedule of a few sports events but that “by August 30th we would have finished all the events”.The previous SEA Games unfolded in Singapore, which produced a slickly-organized event based around their newly-built, billion-dollar Sports Hub complex.However, there were several controversies at the Games including arrests for alleged football match-fixing, and the Philippines’ request for a gender test on an Indonesian women’s volleyball player.Suspected food poisoning laid low several cyclists, and Malaysians rallied round a top gymnast after critics slammed her for competing in revealing clothing.Filipinos John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo became inadvertent hits when footage of their consecutive, zero-point botched dives went viral on the Internet.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal brace for Wimbledon epic

first_imgNadal, who demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month on his way to a 12th title in Paris, admits his game has developed since 2008.Mostly, that’s due to his age as well as the desperate need to protect his creaking knees which so often conspired against him on the low-bouncing lawns of the All England Club.“I am running less so I need to serve better. I probably cannot play 20 weeks a year anymore,’ said 33-year-old Nadal.“I am serving better. I am hitting the backhand better. Maybe volleying better, slicing better.”In terms of the bare statistics, there is little to choose between them.ADVERTISEMENT The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (8/10), 9-7 as the clock ticked past 9pm and with the famous stadium in near-darkness.Over a decade later, the sport’s two most successful players now have 38 Grand Slam titles between them and more than $100 million in prize money each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at Wimbledon, has the edge overall, leading his great rival and friend 24-15 and 10-3 at the Slams.However, it is eight-time champion Federer who just edges their Wimbledon head-to-head 2-1 after winning the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously broke the spell in 2008. 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Benefits of township living LATEST STORIES The eager anticipation of their 40th clash has relegated defending champion Novak Djokovic’s push for a fifth title to second billing.The top seed and world number one reached the semi-finals for the ninth time, racking up his 70th career win at the All England Club by sweeping past David Goffin in straight sets, reeling off 15 of the last 17 games.In his 36th Grand Slam semi-final, the 15-time major winner faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who is in his maiden last-four at the majors at the 27th attempt.Djokovic leads the 31-year-old 7-3 in career meetings, including 3-0 at the majors.However, the unheralded Spaniard, who had to cancel plans for his stag party in Ibiza as a consequence of his run to the semi-finals, has defeated Djokovic twice in 2019, in Doha and Miami.“He’s got amazing consistency,” said Djokovic.“Very flat from both forehand and backhand. He has improved his backhand. I think he’s got more depth on his backhand.“The ball bounces lower on the grass, which is I think more suitable to his style of game.” Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer FILE – Spain’s Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland’s Roger Federer (L) after winning their men’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battle for a place in the Wimbledon final on Friday, 11 years after they mesmerized Centre Court in a Grand Slam championship match widely regarded as the greatest ever played.Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ PBA Player of the Week: Jayson Castro doing it all for TNT Nadal has served up 47 aces so far and been broken just four times; Federer has 42 aces, dropping serve on only three occasions.The Spanish third seed has yet to face a seeded player and has only been truly tested once, in his four-set second round victory over Nick Kyrgios in what was comfortably the tournament’s most bad-tempered match.Federer, 37, is the oldest man in the semi-finals of a Slam since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors.In a career illuminated by landmarks, he became the first man to register 100 match wins at a single Slam when he came back from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.‘Rafa can hurt you’Federer is wary of the dangers presented by Nadal.His loss in Paris, which took place in what he described as “insane” windy conditions, was his heaviest at the Slams in 11 years.“Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface,” said Federer.“He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points.” View commentslast_img read more

1,200 Traditional Fishermen Appeal for Support

first_imgTraditional fishermen are Liberians who are engaged in small scale fishing in communities located along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. They depend on the practice as a trade as well as to feed their families, and 1,210 of them want support from the Liberian government and other public and non-governmental organizations in the sector.According to Mr. Wle Wle Kofa, chairman of the Traditional Fishermen Association of Liberia, (TFAL), members from West Point to New Kru Town and other areas that border the Atlantic Ocean are in need of material support.“Our members are hard hit by the coastal erosion that has affected West Point, New Kru Town, Colonel West and Popo Beach and I think it is about time the government and organizations in the sector turn to support our members,” Mr. Kofa said in an interview yesterday in Monrovia.He said TFAL has members from Cape Palmas, Maryland County to Monrovia, Montserrado County and they all suffer from the increasing coastal erosion that has affected Liberia in the last couple of years.“Our members live in poor and extremely poor communities and their children hardly get better education,” Kofa said, adding, “I think this sector has been ignored for a long time and it deserves some attention by the government and non-government organizations in the sector.”Kofa explained that traditional Liberian fishermen use smaller canoes for their work hence are unable to raise themselves above the poverty line. As a result their children suffer greatly, said Kofa. “Many times male children of fishermen follow their fathers to do the very job that has kept them down for so long,” he said, adding that, “without financial support that could help them purchase bigger canoes for large catches, the situation remains the same year after year.”The females, he said, to a large extent end up with children at an early age, “and this is not good for the country. The women later get involved in drying and selling fish at the various markets and the cycle continues.”Kofa made an appeal to the Liberian government not to forget the sector and those who spend their lives making a living in the only trade they know. “This particular industry has been practiced by our people from time immemorial and so we must find means to grow it.”Mrs. Betty Nyanti, a mother of eight, is the head of women whose husbands engage in small scale fishing in Colonel West. “I have been able to educate seven of my kids and only the 8th child followed his father to become a fisherman,” she said, “it’s been hard but I am thankful that my husband Stephen has been of great help.”She said her husband is sometimes fortunate to make a huge catch but “very often we sell some and use some for the family.” She admitted it is a hand to mouth occupation because at times, “Stephen returns with nothing.” She said the majority of her women friends have not been lucky.“Many children, particularly the women, don’t really get good education and they follow their mothers to sell in the market,” she said. She hoped the sector can be improved.Many Liberians residing in coastal areas of the country are involved in small scale fishing from Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Maryland and Montserrado counties, for what Mr. Kofa describes as ‘fishing to survive,’ and are in need of government and partners’ support to raise their occupation to a better level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greuel demands investigation into reports of illegal mining

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIn June, the city shut down the Forum Engineering home-building site at Wentworth Street and Wealtha Avenue for operating what officials said was an illegal mine used to excavate, crush, sort and sell rock. Then, based on a tip received last week, a city grading inspector followed a truckload of rock taken from the Forum job site to a Valley materials yard, officials said. The inspector found evidence of a rock sale and prior sales from a company doing business as Forum Sand, Gravel & Rock of Tarzana. Inspectors are also investigating a second business for allegedly buying rock taken from the Forum Engineering property. “We had assurances from the owner of the property that he would cooperate in every way,” said Bob Steinbach, spokesman for the Department of Building and Safety. “It appears that the first opportunity he got, he continued to do work. When you crush rock and sell it, it becomes a business – and that’s not what he’s permitted to do,” he said, adding that a truck scale added to the evidence. “There’s no doubt he was selling the rock.” But Moshe Zemach, chief executive officer of Forum Engineering & Construction Inc. of Sylmar, said he never ran an illegal mine under a grading permit to build six $1 million homes. In order to build them to city code, he said, he obtained approvals to excavate 14 feet of heavy river rock and replace it with clean, compacted earth. He also insisted he never sold any of the excavated rock, but instead recycled it at other construction sites or traded it for drywall and other building materials at local supply yards. “Unbelievable,” Zemach said when informed of the city attorney’s investigation. “I’m very upset about this. It’s like an order came from the top to hammer us. We had nothing to do with the sale of any rock.” In addition to his Sun Valley site, Zemach has received permits from Los Angeles County to terrace a ridge in Lopez Canyon to plant a 35-acre vineyard. He said he expects to see a crop of Thompson, Concord and Zinfandel grapes within five years. A recent visit to Zemach’s property near the top of Lopez Canyon in the Angeles National Forest east of Sylmar found a bulldozer cutting deep into a hill. Below ran a conveyer dumping rock and gravel into neatly assorted piles. Zemach, who has moved his construction business to Lopez Canyon, said he intends to conserve the land and to stop the prolific illegal dumping there. He said he wants to use the rock and gravel excavated from the hill in terracing his vineyard and at 180 more acres he’s purchased in Lopez Canyon. He said he wants to create a fine wine with the Lopez Canyon label. “I’m about to retire. I want to do something with my life. I want to make kosher wine, good kosher wine,” said Zemach, 50, of Sherman Oaks, a native of Israel. “It’s going to be very helpful to the Jewish community.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel has asked the City Attorney’s Office to investigate whether a developer is operating an illegal mine on his Sun Valley property, officials said Friday. Her request comes after the Department of Building and Safety ordered Forum Engineering & Construction Inc. to stop grading operations after it was discovered last week selling rock from the site, officials said. “This is illegal activity and I want it stopped,” Greuel said through a spokesman. “That’s why I instructed the Building and Safety Department to refer the matter to the city attorney for prosecution, including felony fraud prosecution.” The company, which had excavated rock and gravel for a year under a grading permit to build six homes, insists that it has never sold rock or operated a mine. last_img read more

Syndication giants put in CBS division

first_imgJoel Berman, president of CBS Paramount Worldwide Television, will leave the company, CBS said. CBS shares closed up 11 cents at $28.76 on the New York Stock Exchange.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As part of the new structure, CBS Paramount International Television will continue to distribute and market CBS’s network and syndicated programming internationally. Roger King, chief executive for CBS Enterprises and King World Productions Inc. since January 2000, was named as the group’s chief executive. Robert Madden and John Nogawski were named presidents and chief operating officers. Madden previously served as chief operating officer of CBS Enterprises, while Nogawski was president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television. Steve LoCascio, executive vice president and chief financial officer for CBS Enterprises, was named CFO for the CBS Television Distribution Group. NEW YORK – CBS Corp. said Tuesday it has formed the CBS Television Distribution Group to handle its worldwide production, distribution and media sales. The group will combine the resources of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, King World and CBS Paramount International Television into one division. “These premier organizations joined together will form one fully integrated, syndication powerhouse,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS president and chief executive, said in a printed statement. “In addition, this restructuring will streamline our global distribution operations, focus our syndicated programming and sales resources and create a dynamic and prolific pipeline to serve the syndication marketplace.” last_img read more

Everton future will be decided in next ten days, says Toffees captain

first_imgPhil Jagielka says his Everton future will be decided in the next ten days.The Toffees captain is out of contract at the end of the season and has played just six times since August. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining huge blow BEST OF Phil Jagielka is a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Everton boss Marco Silva has used Michael Keane, Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina ahead of Jagielka this season.But the Portuguese coach revealed his admiration for the former England defender following a testing campaign.Silva said: “One different season to him, he didn’t play like he played for the last 11 years. Getty Images REVEALED “But his behaviour as a captain was really good, he understood a little bit his different role this season, the competition was really tough. The others did a fantastic season.“He understood and always helped his team-mates, his behaviour during the week is really good.“When his team needs him, he was there and he was everything that you would expect from a fantastic professional and a good captain.” REPLY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE tense REVEALED Marco Silva has praised Phil Jagielka’s attitude despite struggling for game-time this season Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Getty Images – Getty gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Jagielka, who has been at Everton since 2007, was a 91st-minute substitute in a 2-0 win over Burnley on Friday night in what could have been his final game at Goodison Park.When asked about his future, the 36-year-old said: “The answer will probably come in the next ten days.“I hope it is not my last game but it could well be.“I hope there are some great moments to continue but, if not, I can’t complain.“If it is a farewell game at home, so be it, but I want to continue playing football for as long as I can.” no dice last_img read more

This Donegal singer’s Christmas tune is a cracker!

first_imgA Donegal singer’s original Christmas jingle made it to the Top 5 of an All-Ireland contest.Matthew McNulty (23) from Rossnowlagh wrote a sensational swing track that was chosen for the final round of the 2018 Coca Cola Christmas FM Song Contest.Matthew impressed the judges with his Michael Bublé-like voice and his bittersweet song titled ‘Christmas Ain’t Christmas When You’re Lonely’. Listen here:The track was named as a runner-up following a public vote online. ‘Fly home for Christmas’ by Mark Leen was announced as the winner this week.Now in its eleventh year, the Coca-Cola Christmas FM Song Contest 2018 attracts hundreds of entries each year – all vying to be to be crowned ‘Song Contest winner of 2018’ by Christmas FM’s extensive national and international audience.Garvan Rigby, Co-founder of Christmas FM says: ‘We were delighted to receive a flood of entries this year. The standards seem to be rising every year we hold the contest, and this year was no exception. We’re thrilled to add ‘Fly home from Christmas FM onto our station this year.’ Christmas FM will be celebrating its 11th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €1.5million for a range of charities. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.This Donegal singer’s Christmas tune is a cracker! was last modified: December 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:christmas fmmatthew mcnultylast_img read more

Mobile Banking on the Rise

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Earlier this month we reported on a survey that revealed that 48% of online banking customers between the ages of 18 and 34 would be interested in using “secure gadgets for personal banking” if their bank offered them. More than a quarter of bank customers would consider switching to another bank if it took better advantage of web 2.0 technologies. While that survey was flawed in some ways, there is another access point to banking information that customer may want more than secure widgets: mobile.One third of the world’s largest banks are planning to launch mobile services in the next 1-2 years, according to a February 2008 survey. In the US, 53% of banks plan mobile services roll outs over the next two years. And it’s easy to see why. The Pew Internet & American Life Project Online Shopping report (PDF) from February found that 39% of Americans are doing their banking on the Internet, and analysts predict that mobile banking will grow to 884 million users worldwide by 2012.With mobile usage on the rise one major US bank launched a suite of mobile banking services last year. A year later, Bank of America’s mobile site has a million unique active user accounts. On peak days, Bank of America sees 100,000 users sign into its mobile services, with more use coming from mobile-savvy city dwellers (where cellular data and wifi coverage are generally better). 80% of the bank’s mobile users are under the age of 45, and Bank of America reports that 2/3rds of users are under the age of 35.Not surprisingly, the most popular devices are smart phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile-based phones. With some analysts expecting iPhone sales to triple this holiday season, we’re likely to see the up trend in online banking continue. Where do you do your banking? Let us know in the comments. josh catone 1last_img read more