Kevin Belingon says he would’ve KO’d Bibiano Fernandes if not for DQ

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Kevin Belingon felt he already had Bibiano Fernandes all figured out in their third bout on Sunday, so much so that he would’ve handled the Brazilian star had he not been disqualifiedBelingon has a point after he came out blazing from the opening bell and quickly established control with his striking.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director The unfortunate result also had ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong ordering an “automatic rematch” between the two rivals.“These are true warriors, two of the best bantamweights in the world and they deserve another shot fair and square to see who’s the best,” Sityodtong said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Emotional loss to La Salle good for UST moving forward, says Kung Fu Reyes He did get caught with a solid punch on the jaw later in the first round but other than that, the Team Lakay standout was primed to prove that his victory in the second bout was no fluke.“I feel that I would’ve knocked him out if not for the disqualification,” Belingon said in Filipino early Monday morning at Grand Prince Hotel here. “And I would’ve also won clearly had the fight went to decision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBelingon was issued with a red card in the third round due to illegal blows to the back of the head that resulted to an abrupt end to their trilogy.The disqualification also led to Fernandes recapturing the bantamweight world title after losing it to Belingon by split decision four months ago in Singapore. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Dirk Nowitzki signs 1-year, $5 million deal to play record 21st season with…

first_imgAdvertisementThe Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki, which will make the German star the first player in NBA history to play 21 straight seasons with the same team.The franchise icon signed a one-year contract worth $5 million on Monday. The news was confirmed by a source earlier in the day and the Mavericks announced the signing shortly before 11 a.m.In the next season, Nowitzki will also be a teammate of reigning EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic who has already expressed his excitement ahead of playing alongside the legendary German forward.Nowitzki will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons with the same organization. It is believed this will be his final season, but Nowitzki has been careful not to mention it.Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game last season. Nowitzki, who turned 40 last month, is the league’s only international player with more than 30,000 career points.Advertisementlast_img read more

New Formula One qualifying format scrapped for Bahrain

first_imgFormula One bosses have agreed to ditch the new qualifying format after it was roundly panned at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and revert to the old system for the second race of the season in Bahrain.The new format, based on drivers being progressively eliminated during the sessions rather than at the end of them, was intended to add excitement but instead took away any suspense with no cars on track in the final minutes.The teams principals made the decision, which will still have to be ratified by the Formula One Commission, at a meeting in Melbourne on Sunday.”For once there was absolute unanimity in the room,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports.”Everyone recognised what happened yesterday wasn’t right … so the unanimous decision was to go back to what we’ve had for the last few years from the next race.”Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone had signalled the decision when he told Reuters on Saturday that changes should be made before the second round of the championship in Bahrain on April 3.last_img read more

Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in India

first_imgTeam India would have felt like they were playing on their home ground during the second T20 international against New Zealand as Indian fans filled up the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Friday.Nobody would have blamed the Indian players if they had mistaken Eden Park with the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai or Eden Gardens in Kolkata as most of the banners and flags were in support of Rohit Sharma’s side.And they didn’t disappoint the thousands who turned up at the ground as India cruised to a 7-wicket win over New Zealand to level the three-match series 1-1.Former New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum, who was in the stadium with his family, described the atmosphere as “great” and even reminded him of what it was like playing in India.”Took my family to the cricket tonight for @BLACKCAPS Great atmosphere @edenparknz with the Indian fans making it an awesome time for the kids. Loud and energetic.Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present. Felt like I was back in India,” McCullum tweeted.Took my family to the cricket tonight for @BLACKCAPS Great atmosphere @edenparknz with the Indian fans making it an awesome time for the kids. Loud and energetic.Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present.Felt like I was back in IndiaNathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) February 8, 2019New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also acknowledged the crowd after the defeat at the post-match presentation.”Brilliant crowd today. Today wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn’t any better atmosphere in the world,” Williamson said and hoped to see another full house at Hamilton in the next match.advertisement”One-all in the series, hopefully we will get another outstanding crowd.” India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I (Black Caps Twitter Photo)Indian fans, who significantly outnumbered the local crowd inside the stadium, got to witness a special performance from Rohit’s team as they chased down 159 inside 19 overs to level the three-match series 1-1.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya bowled an outstanding four-over spell, taking 3-28 as India contained New Zealand to 158-8 as it batted first after winning the toss. He was man of the match.Rohit Sharma then set up the India run chase in a 79-run partnership for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, who made 30 from 31 balls, and Pant saw India home in an unbroken 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made 20 from 17 balls.India reached its winning target with seven balls remaining. Rohit top-scored with 50 while Pant and Dhoni remained unbeaten on 40 and 20 respectively.India’s win sets up the series nicely as both teams now stand level at one-win each. The third and final match will now be a decider and will be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20IsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane Williamsonlast_img read more

Ramos wishes Salah quick recovery

first_imgMohamed Salah Prompt recovery, Salah – Ramos wishes Liverpool star well Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 09:59 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) SalahRamos - Cropped Getty Images Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League African All Stars The defender injured the star attacker with a first-half challenge but hopes he can make a quick recovery Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wished Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery after the Liverpool star suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final.Salah came off in tears half an hour into Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat in Kiev on Saturday, having hurt his shoulder under a challenge from Ramos.The 25-year-old has ligament damage in his shoulder, according to the Egyptian Football Association, amid initial fears the forward could be in doubt for the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ramos, who was slammed for the tackle, went on Twitter after the game, writing he hoped Salah could make a quick return.”Sometimes football shows you it’s good side and other times the bad,” he wrote.”Above all, we are fellow pros.”Prompt recovery, Salah. The future awaits you.”Gareth Bale’s brace led Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown and Ramos’ fourth in total.After the contest, Ramos also downplayed team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments which suggested an exit for the star attacker, saying Ronaldo will find no better fit than at Real Madrid.last_img read more

‘No more celebrity behaviour’ – PSG president warns star players

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has issued a warning to the club’s players, stating he will no longer put with any “celebrity behaviour”.The Ligue 1 champions have long suffered from rumours of unrest in the playing squad, dating as far back as early 2018 when Edinson Cavani and Neymar reportedly had to be separated in the dressing room following an argument over penalty taking duties – though Uruguay international Cavani would dismiss these as ‘greatly exaggerated’.Al-Khelaifi is no longer willing to stand for any such behaviour from the club’s star-studded squad in future however, telling France Football: “I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before.“It must be completely different. They will have to do more, work more.“They are not here to please themselves. If they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao!”His statement arrives at a time when two of the club’s most prized assets have been linked with moves away from the French capital, with Neymar heavily rumoured with a return to Barcelona as well as fierce rivals Real Madrid.Kylian Mbappe is another man who is reportedly considering a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Zinedine Zidane’s side appearing his most likely destination as they look to continue their summer spending spree.PSG’s change in direction comes as a result of recent changes to their off-pitch personnel as the club announced that Leonardo Araujo would be replacing Antero Henrique as sporting director for a second spell.Al-Khelaifi believes that alterations were vital, adding: ”I realised that changes were essential, otherwise we were going nowhere.“In two minutes the case was settled between us, he will have all the sports powers.“Leo, this is my guy. He is incredible, I have total confidence in him.“His natural authority will do good for everyone, especially the players.”Leonardo originally held the role from 2011 to 2013 and spent time as a PSG player during the mid ‘90s, with the Brazilian attacking midfielder making 46 appearances for the club and scoring 10 goals.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Burnley team news: No Ozil as Kolasinac makes bench

first_imgAfter getting their Premier League campaign off to a winning start against Newcastle, Arsenal play host to Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.Even without being at their best, a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sufficient to take the points home from St. James’ Park last Sunday.Now Unai Emery’s side face a team renowned for being stuffy and difficult to play against, with the Clarets’ own top-flight adventure for the campaign beginning with a fine 3-0 home win over Southampton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Arsenal vs Burnley Date Saturday, August 17 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. It can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz, Kolasinac Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Ceballos, Ozil Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nelson, Pepe Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal; Willock, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette Position Burnley squad Goalkeepers Hart, Pope, Legzdins, Peacock-Farrell Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Gibson, Bardsley, Long, Senior, Pieters, Dunne Midfielders Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Westwood, Lennon, McNeil Forwards Barnes, Wood, Vydra, Rodriguez Burnley starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, BarnesBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are 3/10 to keep their winning streak against Burnley going at bet365. A draw is priced at 9/2, while a Burnley victory is a 9/1 long shot.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Nicolas Pepe Arsenal 2019-20Arsenal’s first home game of the 2019-20 Premier League season will pit them against perennial overachievers Burnley.Unai Emery’s side got their campaign off to a satisfactory start last weekend as they went to Newcastle and picked up a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but with their new signings to integrate into the first team, as well as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac to return to action, the Spaniard only expects his side to become stronger.“We need to improve. We were happy with the three points and we played seriously, but I want to improve on each position for us,” Emery admitted on Thursday.“We need to and can improve with the same players and other players who were out of that match. My idea is to be more competitive in each position.“We worked very well that match, above all defensively we worked very compact. The balance, we must improve.”Reaching the top four, and thereby securing Champions League football next term, is the chief goal for the Gunners before the end of May 2020.Burnley, meanwhile, begin the season with more modest aims. The Turf Moor side, first and foremost, must secure their place in the division, though if their opening weekend victory over Southampton is anything to go by, they will be hopeful of putting together the type of form that allowed them to reach Europe 12 months ago.While the Clarets are the type of side that Arsenal have traditionally struggled against in recent years, the Gunners are the only team that Dyche’s men have failed to win a point against since winning promotion back into the elite in 2016.“I didn’t know about that statistic, but we’ve been in the league long enough to get something from the lot of them, so hopefully that goes in our favour this weekend,” Dyche commented on Thursday.“But they are a good side, the manager is tweaking and changing things, and they are slightly more defensive, but still have the weapons to open up the game.“They are a top side, but we’ve shown before we can take points off the top sides.”With the Gunners having won the last ten Premier League fixtures between the clubs, they are going for an incredible eleven on Saturday. 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Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHLthemed totem poles

first_imgHalifax’s former poet laureate says she has received unprecedented online backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise that appropriates West Coast Indigenous culture.Rebecca Thomas, who is Mi’kmaw, tweeted a photo of two garden statues designed in the style of totem poles with NHL logos, asking Lawton’s Drugs why the culturally insensitive items were being sold.Lawton’s responded to say the products would be pulled from stores, but days later Thomas said she is still receiving a stream of negative and racist messages, some saying she is mentally ill and that Indigenous people are too sensitive.Thomas said the deluge of comments speaks to the knee-jerk reaction often seen when the country’s history of colonialism is pointed out.She said it shows the lack of understanding many Canadians have about the significance of Indigenous art forms and how Indigenous people are still disrespected.Totem poles originate from a number of West Coast Indigenous cultures and require a potlatch ceremony to be raised.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Food company chairman gets 2 years in prison in fraud case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A former food company executive who admitted feeding inside information to an influential Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison by a judge who said he was motivated by a desire to seem powerful rather than by greed.“This was a crime that enhanced his status as a peacock,” U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel said, ordering Dallas-based Dean Foods Co.’s ex-chairman Thomas Davis to pay nearly $9 million in restitution and to forfeit nearly $1 million for a conspiracy that ran from at least 2008 through 2014.The judge said Davis, 68, “paraded through Dallas as a peacock … when he was a phoney, a fraud and a crook.”“This was not a crime of greed,” the judge said, adding, “It’s a real shame.”Davis had a good upbringing and served in the U.S. Navy before attending Harvard Business School, the judge noted. Afterward, Davis earned more than $1 million annually before getting $10 million when the investment bank where he worked was bought.The judge acknowledged Davis was a pivotal co-operator who testified at trial against gambler William “Billy” Walters. Mickelson had to repay $1 million in stock profits after receiving a tip from Walters but wasn’t charged.Walters was convicted last spring of making more than $40 million through illegal trading and was sentenced to five years in prison. His lawyer said the prosecution hung on a witness’ lies.The judge criticized Davis for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission and going on a $10,000 gambling junket just days after pleading guilty even though he knew he would owe restitution and a forfeiture amount at sentencing. Davis, who must surrender on Jan. 9, apologized.The judge also criticized Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in 2011 from a Dallas-based charity he oversaw to cover gambling debts he accumulated during a trip to a Las Vegas casino.Prosecutors said in court papers the thrice-married Davis had lived a lavish lifestyle that included luxury travel, fancy cars, membership in private clubs and gambling trips on which he spent tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars.Davis spent so much money that he eventually sought and obtained from Walters two loans totalling more than $800,000, which were “essentially forgiven” in return for the inside information he regularly provided to Walters, prosecutors said.The government also said Davis made revelations from the witness stand that prosecutors had not heard before, including the frequency with which he used escort services.Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella told the judge that Davis was a “committed” co-operator who provided information that was “incredibly devastating at trial.”Defence attorney Benjamin Naftalis called his client’s co-operation “extraordinary and crucial.”“He was the key and star witness of the trial,” he said.Davis, addressing the judge, said he was a changed man and was “grateful for my newfound humility.”last_img read more

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

first_imgPARIS — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UAE Suspends Airstrikes Against Islamic State Following Pilot Capture

Rabat – U.S. officials said that the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the US-led coalition against the so-called the Islamic State (IS), has suspended its attacks following the downing of a Jordanian F16 warplane and the capture of its pilot in December, who was later burned alive.“I can confirm that UAE suspended airstrikes shortly after the Jordanian pilot’s went down,” an official told the news agencies AFP and Reuters.According to the New York Times, the UAE cited fears for its pilots’ safety in case of downed planes shortly after Jordanian pilot, Muaz al-Kasasbeh, was captured in late December in IS stronghold of Raqqa in Northern Syria. The United Arab Emirates reportedly wants rescue aircrafts closer if a plane goes down. The Emirati officials warned they would not rejoin the anti-IS coalition if rescue aircrafts were not deployed.According to Al Jazeera, the Emirati pilots will not resume fighting until the Ospreys aircrafts, rescue aircrafts that take off and land like helicopters but fly like planes, are deployed in northern Iraq close to the battlegrounds.The UAE stopped flying combat missions but has remained involved in noncombat roles. “But let me be clear that UAE continues to be an important and valuable partner that is contributing to the coalition,” the official spoke on the condition of anonymity.Morocco is also part of the US-led coalition to fight the terror group. Moroccan F16s had reportedly undertaken around 20 missions against the Islamic State.A source familiar with the issue cited by Telquel Magazine said that in addition to Moroccan F16s, the Moroccan pilots will also pilot Emirati military planes. read more

May could face call for government of national unity in UK

LONDON — A British lawmaker says the U.K. may have to try a government of national unity if Prime Minister Theresa May cannot break the impasse over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after Parliament rejected May’s divorce deal for a third time, rebuffing the prime minister’s plea to “put aside self and party.”The House of Commons will vote Monday on a variety of alternatives in an attempt to find an idea that can command a majority, but May’s government is considering a fourth vote on her deal.Morgan told the BBC that a cross-party coalition might be the only way to break the deadlock if Parliament were to agree on an alternative and May refused to accept it.The Associated Press read more

New UN agricultural study to help reduce poverty among small farmers

Entitled “Farming Systems and Poverty: Improving livelihoods in a changing world,” the study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank says governments and institutions intent on helping farmers in developing countries must first understand the world in which they live and the many choices they have to make each day.Detailed analyses were conducted on 20 of the world’s 70 farming systems, which together support nearly two billion farmers and their families, about 80 per cent of the agricultural population of the developing world.According to FAO, in some systems, farmers may escape poverty principally by intensifying or diversifying their production. In others, increasing rural non-farm employment offers the best pathway out of poverty, while in some of the poorest systems, many farm families will inevitably abandon their farms and seek better lives in the cities.The feasibility and attractiveness of these different options depends not so much on which province, state or even country the farmers live in, but rather upon the nature of the farming system in which they live, the UN agency says.The emphasis on poverty reduction calls for increased attention to support farm level diversification and growth of off-farm income to supplement intensification of existing production patterns, FAO says.”The farming systems approach will help [the World Bank and other development agencies] set their priorities for investment in food security, poverty reduction and economic growth by funding broad-based agricultural development that reaches and benefits the poorest and hungriest small-scale farm families,” says John Dixon, FAO senior farming systems officer and one of the co-authors of the report. read more

Weather existing socioeconomic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

“The weather was not the only cause of the tragedy, many other socio-economic factors, including deforestation, came into play,” Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told the media at a regular press briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). March is typically a rainy month in the country, but the quantities of rainfall seen in the past week have been exceptional, she explained, adding that the municipality of Mocoa, hardest-hit by the landslides, saw 129 millimetres of rainfall within 24 hours on 31 March. Of that amount, 80 per cent of the precipitation fell in just three hours, explaining the size of the tragedy. According to a Flash Update by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (in Spanish), as of 2 April 254 people have been confirmed to have perished in the disaster, 262 have been injured and 441 are missing. The casualty figures are approximate and are expected to rise. Furthermore, as of 3 April, more than 500 municipalities are at the of risk of landslides in the country, and of those 182 had orange to red alerts, noted Ms. Nullis. She added that while the national meteorological service is very strong and well-equipped, it faced considerable challenges. “There are more than 700,000 rivers and bodies of water, and it is impossible to have monitoring stations at each one of them,” said the WMO spokesperson. Further, clarifying that the cause of the disaster was not El Niño, crediting a senior official at the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, she said that climate variability and climate change would continue to produce rain and drought, and that prevention is the most important. She also informed the briefing that in the short-term, Colombian Meteorological Agency weather forecasts indicate that there would be no or very light rainfall in the affected areas till 6 April. The long-term predictions for the season were for above average rainfall in the area. read more

Scottish island which is home to six people gets its first road

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The road will give 24 hour access and is also vital for a new renewable energy scheme which will start producing electricity in a few months.The new road stretches from the Canna bridge to a church on the island. Alongside the track, the trust wants to create a trail to link the sites of interest on Sanday together. These include the bridge itself, the shrine, machair and sand dunes, bird colonies, St Edward’s Church, Sanday lighthouse and local archaeology.Canna is just over four miles long and one mile wide. The tidal island of Sanday is much smaller.Canna and Sanday, 23 miles out into the Atlantic, have no mains electricity and currently rely on diesel generators. They  attract 10,000 visitors each year Fifteen people live full time across the two islands of Canna and Sanday.  The bridge can take vehicles, but until now there has been no road on Sanday.Liz Holden, secretary of the ICCDT, said the islands’ mothballed school was also on Sanday. It is hoped that children will again be taught there.”This road will transform life on Sanday,” she said. “No ordinary vehicles could use the old track because of the clearance needed and only get around along the foreshore when the tide is out.” The new road on the Isle of Sanday The new road on the Isle of Sanday The original track would often be submerged under water at high tide The original track would often be submerged under water at high tide A Scottish island inhabited by only six people has got its first road.The 10ft-wide, mile and a half long route has been constructed on Sanday, in the Inner Hebrides, which is connected by a bridge to the neighbouring Isle of Canna.Only islanders’ and contractors’ vehicles are allowed on the islands. The road – which is does not have tarmac – is a replacement to a rough shoreline track that was covered by water at high tide.The Isle of Canna Community Development Trust (ICCDT) helped with a crowdfunding campaign to raise more than £31,400 to pay for the construction of the road.The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the two islands, also contributed to the cost. read more

Column The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the

first_imgThis January the tables were turned on the Troika; the committee that had so closely scrutinised the budgetary reforms of countries like Ireland, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal was examined itself. The resulting report acknowledges the challenges the Troika faced in critical situations, but it also highlights the problems that the EU-ECB-IMF consortium has now created. Although there will ultimately be no sanctions, today in Strasbourg MEPs voted to endorse the report’s findings.Here, independent MEP Nessa Childers, running for re-election in Dublin, argues that the report proves Ireland was at the receiving end of a disastrous social experiment …THE HIGH-PROFILE report into the workings of the Troika has now concluded and today was approved by MEPs in Strasbourg. Sadly, however, the people of this country will not find it so easy to draw a line under austerity.When Irish voters went to the polls in October 2009, for a second time, a lot had changed since the first Lisbon Treaty outing 16 months earlier.The nation had officially entered recession and was experiencing a catastrophic financial meltdown. Jobs were toppling, mortgage arrears were spiralling and forced emigration was once again an everyday feature of everyday Irish life. Meanwhile, we were tragically familiar with the likes of Nama and bank guarantee schemes.In two years, the country around us had transformed and the electorate, understandably, was scared. We were threatened with the onset of further grief should the constitutional amendment to accommodate the Treaty be denied for a second time.But we didn’t have to be told twice, and within two weeks of voting, Mary McAleese had made Lisbon law, allowing for the Treaty to be gifted to grateful European Union officials on 1 December, 2009.Perhaps, when lo and behold three-and-a-half years ago the Troika arrived on Irish soil because we said that was OK via Article 143 of the Lisbon Treaty, the politicians-of-the-day expected contribution and friendly assistance – a resulting collaborative effort to help the struggling people of this nation. How wrong that assumption would have been, however. The Troika was never ‘involved’ in Irish financial affairs – it has only dominated them in the same way a schoolyard bully always dictates how the game is played.Long-standing social problemsWith the benefit of hindsight, we can now see the serious, long-standing social problems that have emerged because of the actions of the EU-ECB-IMF triumvirate.Indeed, we need only look around us: poverty; sub-standard educational and health services; an inefficient social welfare system; mass negative equity, and emigration – all a lasting legacy of poor banking regulation and the austerity agenda implemented by the Troika.And let’s not forget the real faces of austerity: the elderly lady who, once again, won’t be turning on her heating; the young mother going without dinner so that her children can eat; the 25-year-old graduate who finished top of his class but can’t find a job in a bar or restaurant.Certainly, the consortium’s focus never considered the lives of these ordinary, hard-working people striving to provide a decent living for their families. Cost-cutting achieved by any means, that’s what the Troika wanted – and it is what it got.At least now, there are some quiet mutterings of regret among the European Union ascendancy.The Employment And Social Affairs Committee report, which I have followed closely from its inception, was voted through today in Strasbourg. It shows the impact of adjustment programmes and examines how austerity was implemented in Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus.Overseen by Othmar Karas of Austria and France’s Liem Hoang Ngoc, the words ‘too little too late’ will undoubtedly spring to mind for the millions of people in those four countries. For them, this retroactive move cannot undo the unaccountable Troika’s dealings with their bailed-out governments.This was an experimentDon’t be fooled by governmental spin either; we are not yet free from our economic shackles. Though the markets may agree that Ireland is looking gradually more stable, the lingering Troika insists on hanging around, this time assuming the shady role of ‘observer’. Then there is the further €2 bn of cuts to come out of Budget ‘15 in October. Indeed, we will only exit the bailout programme when the likes of spiralling youth unemployment and the gap between rich and poor finally comes to a halt. In short, Ireland is facing years more of austerity to come.Admittedly, I am bitterly disappointed that the report did not clearly state these enforced measures were a breach of the EU’s Charter Of Fundamental Rights – because that’s what they were – but at least the findings prove that the Troika was undemocratic and totally lacking in transparency.I believe that Ireland’s future is so much more uncertain because we allowed a foreign grouping, and one that had no understanding of this nation and its people, to meddle in Irish affairs.This was a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat. And so we are branded by bailout … and it may take years for the scars to fade.Read: Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committeeRead: Paying unguaranteed bondholders was unfair, admits former IMF chiefColumn: This “Ireland as a success story” rhetoric is based on empty spinlast_img read more

That was beautiful work McGregor ringside as Michael Conlan delivers first professional

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Frank Franklin IIChants of ‘Olé Olé and republican songs swept through the venue where there was barely standing room as Irish fight fans stayed on their feet.Ibarra’s entrance was bizarrely subtle. He entered the ring to a few boos and a nondescript rap song. Conlan had a promo video play before his arrival with traditional music and republican ballads accompanying his ring walk as Conor McGregor carried the tricolour to the ring.UFC star McGregor was a vocal presence at ringside, offering encouragement to his fellow Irish fighter throughout the bout.Conlan waltzed through the first two rounds, threatening a premature finish at the end of the second as a clearly overwhelmed Ibarra tired.Esteves rightly stepped in during the third to halt the bout after Conlan put together a number of combinations as Ibarra lay on on the ropes.“This is the real deal”, said Conlan after the fight. “I hope to Ireland’s greatest fighter… I was telling people all week I’d stop him in the third round… What an atmosphere, what a night”McGregor, enthusiastic at ringside hailed his colleague, stating:  “Tonight is Michael Conlan’s night… tonight is St Patrick’s night and the Irish are in town.“That was beautiful work… he got the win and the win was the most important thing.”New York snowstorms disrupt Conlan’s final preparations for professional debutUnbeaten Jamie Conlan wins WBC International super-flyweight title with gutsy performance 44,594 Views Image: Frank Franklin II 28 Comments ‘That was beautiful work’: McGregor ringside as Michael Conlan delivers first professional win It was a third-round stoppage for the Belfast boxer against Tim Ibarra. Image: Frank Franklin IIcenter_img Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 2:51 AM Short URL MICHAEL CONLAN HAS made a victorious debut at Madison Square Garden’s Theater Arena, recording a third-round stoppage over American Tim Ibarra.Referee Benjy Esteves Jr stepped in at 59 seconds of the third round as Conlan teed off on his 26-year-old opponent, who did not offer any defence when trapped on the ropes.The Belfast native attracted a sizeable crowd to the famous fight venue’s Theater with a 5,102 sell-out crowd present.A bubbling atmosphere built up in the Garden Theater despite the fact that there was not much Irish interest in the undercard other than Monaghan native Larry Gleeson recording a points win after injuring his hand early on in his welterweight bout against Gabriel Solario.A Top Rank promotional video set the scene for Conlan’s entrance with highlights of some of the US promotional giants’ greatest contemporary fighters, such as Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko, broadcast to the arena along with footage of greats like Muhammad Ali,  ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns. Share Tweet Email1 By Ciarán Gallagher Mar 18th 2017, 2:51 AM last_img read more

Météorologie un laser pour faire tomber la pluie

first_imgMétéorologie : un laser pour faire tomber la pluieSuisse – Les chercheurs de l’université de Genève (Unige) sont parvenus à déclencher une pluie de fines gouttelettes d’eau grâce à la technologie laser. Une avancée scientifique qui pourrait permettre, dans l’avenir, de stimuler les précipitations dans les régions victimes de la sécheresse.Selon le communiqué de l’université de Genève, ces gouttelettes seraient cependant trop petites pour être à l’origine d’une véritable pluie, même si elles sont visibles à l’œil nu. Le laser déclenche la condensation de la vapeur d’eau, à l’origine de gouttes d’eau qui resteraient en suspension dans l’air.  Les conditions météorologiques pourraient ainsi être modifiées de manière locale. Le laser atteint pour le moment une puissance de 1.000 centrales électriques. Les chercheurs vont désormais tenter d’obtenir de meilleurs résultats, notamment au niveau de la taille des gouttelettes et de la durée du phénomène en augmentant la puissance du rayon laser.  Ils envisagent également d’utiliser cette technologie dans le but de capter l’énergie de la foudre. Cette expérience a fait l’objet d’une publication dans l’édition en ligne de la revue Nature Photonics datée du 2 mai.Le 5 mai 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Découverte de gènes impliqués dans la prééclampsie

first_imgDécouverte de gènes impliqués dans la pré-éclampsie Des scientifiques ont fait savoir qu’ils avaient découvert des erreurs génétiques pouvant augmenter le risque de pré-éclampsie chez les femmes enceintes, cette affection grave et potentiellement mortelle.Près de 4 femmes sur 100 développent des problèmes d’hypertension artérielle durant la grossesse ou des problèmes de reins symptomatiques de la pré-éclampsie. D’origine inconnue, cette affection grave peut provoquer des fausses couches, des accouchements prématurés ou encore la mort de la mère suite à des crises de convulsions importantes. Aujourd’hui, des chercheurs sont parvenus à identifier des erreurs génétiques sur l’ADN capables d’expliquer certains cas de pré-éclampsie.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ? Expliquée dans le journal PloS Medicine, cette découverte pourrait permettre aux médecins de déterminer si certaines femmes ont plus de risques que d’autres de développer l’infection et ainsi mettre au point un suivi médical plus approprié. Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les chercheurs américains ont étudié l’ADN de 300 femmes enceintes ayant développé des problèmes de santé durant leur grossesse. Soixante d’entre elles, a priori en bonne santé ont été hospitalisées après avoir développé une pré-éclampsie sévère. L’analyse ADN a révélé que quarante de ces femmes partageaient les mêmes erreurs génétiques. D’après l’étude, les gènes mis en cause ont été identifiés comme jouant un rôle dans la régulation de la réponse immunitaire. Un processus qui pourrait expliquer leur lien potentiel avec la pré-éclampsie, selon les chercheurs. En effet, ceux-ci avaient déjà constaté que les femmes ayant développé des lupus ou d’autres maladies auto-immunes présentaient un risque accru de pré-éclampsie. Bien qu’elle nécessite davantage de recherches, cette découverte pourrait alors permettre d’ouvrir la voie à de nouveaux traitements pour soigner cette affection qui conduit parfois à des complications à long-terme. Le 23 mars 2011 à 19:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cantwell: GOP health bill hurts veterans

first_imgU.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell,D-Wash., disavowed a House-approved bill that would slash Medicaid funding and adversely impact military veterans.“We’re worried that the Trump administration and Congress may break their promise to make sure that veterans are protected and they get access to health care. We do not want to see cuts to Medicaid that would cut veterans off of health care access in Washington and in Oregon,” said Cantwell during a Saturday morning press conference in Vancouver.The American Health Care Act, or Trumpcare, passed the House of Representatives last month with 217 to 213 votes. The vote came before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could complete its review of the bill. In its review of the original legislation in March, however, it projected Medicaid spending would be cut by $880 billion and 24 million Americans would lose health care coverage.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, voted against her party’s bill, saying changes made to the original bill didn’t go far enough. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, was the only member of Washington’s House delegation who voted in favor of the bill.It’s unclear whether the Senate vote will happen before the Fourth of July recess.Cantwell dubbed the bill a “broken promise.” Trump said during campaign speeches and stated on Twitter that he would not make cuts to Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security.About 60 percent of veterans get health care outside of the Veterans Health Administration, including about 50,000 veterans in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, Cantwell said. Her press conference was held at SeaMar’s medical clinic on Delaware Lane in Vancouver. Eighty percent of SeaMar’s patients use Medicaid.last_img read more