first_imgSport’s highest tribunal on Thursday rejected Russia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow.The decision by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) increases the possibility that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will now exclude Russia from all sports, not just track and field, in Rio de Janeiro.That would mark the deepest crisis in the Olympic movement since the U.S. and Soviet boycotts of the 1980s, and would be a grave blow to a nation that prides itself on its status as a sporting superpower.“CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes,” CAS said in a statement that backed the right the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend the Russian athletics federation.The head of Russia’s delegation to the Rio Olympics said the decision was devoid of any logic, and double Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva called it “the funeral of athletics”.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “I certainly regret such a decision by CAS which refers to absolutely all of our athletes.”The ban was imposed last November by the IAAF after an independent report uncovered rampant state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics. It was maintained in June after the IAAF Council ruled that not enough progress had been made in transforming Russia’s anti-doping programme.Russia had argued it had taken steps to clean up the sport, and that the blanket ban was unfair to individual athletes with no record of doping.“The principle of collective responsibility is hardly acceptable,” Peskov said.Interfax news agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying Russian officials would consider what steps to take in the light of the court’s decision, and that things could not be left as they are.The ball is now in the court of the IOC to decide whether Russia should be excluded from all sports at the Rio Games, starting on Aug. 5.Pressure on the IOC to take such a step increased this week after another report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed evidence of systematic state-sponsored doping by Russian competitors before and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi.The IOC’s executive committee met to discuss the issue on Tuesday and though it condemned the activities and started disciplinary proceedings against many of those involved, it postponed any announcement on potential blanket ban pending legal advice and the outcome of the CAS hearing.The IOC is expected to reach a final decision on Sunday.The IAAF said it was pleased that CAS had supported its stance.“While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.“I didn’t come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation’s instinctive desire to include, not exclude.”last_img read more

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing The final will be in Stockholm on May 24. The winner gains entry to the Champions League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (center back to camera) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second from right) and other teammates during a Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Saint Etienne and Manchester United at Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint Etienne, France, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by LAURENT CIPRIANI/AP)NYON, Switzerland — The risk of fan violence looked high in the last 16 of the Europa League after Friday’s draw produced a volatile matchup between Manchester United and Rostov.Russian and English fans clashed in Marseille last year during the European Championship. United and Rostov are followed by firms of hardcore fans.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The draw also pitted Gent against Genk, only the second all-Belgian matchup in the history of UEFA competitions.French side Lyon will be up against Roma, and there will be an all-German showdown between Schalke and Borussia Moenchengladbach.Lyon advanced to the last 16 by thrashing AZ Alkmaar 11-2 over two legs, the second biggest aggregate in the competition’s history. Lyon and Roma met in the 2007 Champions League round of 16, when the Italian side prevailed 2-0 on aggregate.Also, it was: Celta Vigo vs. Krasnodar, APOEL vs. Anderlecht, Olympiacos vs. Besiktas and Copenhagen vs. Ajax.The first legs will be on March 9, and the return legs a week later.ADVERTISEMENT According to UEFA coefficients, Rostov is the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament but it finished second in the Russian league last season and beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage last November.United, the only remaining English club, is a three-time European champion but has never won the second-tier tournament.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“It will be a nice experience, we will have the chance to play at Old Trafford,” said Rostov midfielder Andrei Prepelita. “They have top players and a top coach, but we’ve had good results and we beat Bayern. It is good to play the first leg at home and I hope the cold weather will be on our side.”United manager Jose Mourinho said it was a “bad draw in every aspect,” pointing to Rostov’s quality and the distance United needs to travel for the first leg on March 9. The two legs will be played either side of United’s FA Cup quarterfinal match at Chelsea on March 13. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWe’re just a week away from football’s biggest sporting spectacle and the most watched event in TV history, the FIFA World Cup. While everyone will be glued to their TV sets and devices to watch the stunning displays from June 14 to July 15, we’ve all had some memorable moments, and some that were completely heart-wrenching. This week, I’ll recap some of the most disappointing World Cup moments, purely based on what I’ve watched. This means, of course, no mention will be made of Maradona’s 1986 ‘Hand of God’ which was as controversial as his entire career; nor will you hear how England strangely lost the 1966 World Cup trophy which was later found, miraculously, by a wandering dog. Here are my three most disappointing World Cup moments which, mind you, start at 1994, when I first fell in love with football. Football is a matter of life or death for some people, just ask the Colombians! Colombia were one of the dark horses of the 1994 World Cup with an excellent run during qualifications. They had an amazing team that had lost only one match in 26 outings on their way to the World Cup. Colombia had historically beaten Argentina 5-0 in 1993. Many, including PelÈ had listed the team as one likely to win the 1994 title. Miraculously, the team failed to deliver at the 1994 World Cup and the final straw for Colombian fans was when their captain, Andres Escobar, scored an own goal against the USA. Sadly, Escobar was gunned down in Colombia a month later. Andres Escobar & Colombia Usually, having home advantage in the World Cup can go a far way. As far as to the trophy! This has actually happened on six previous occasions with Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina, and France all winning the World Cup in front of their massive home crowds. Ironically, Brazil, the only country that can boast all of five World Cup titles, has actually never won on home soil. The year 2014 was their chance to do so, but with an injury to Neymar, many gave Germany the nod to win the semi-final encounter in front of a capacity 64,000 with included mostly Brazilians! While many tipped Germany to win, nobody expected a massacre! Germany first scored in the 11th minute, then went on to hit the back of the net with rapid succession in the 23th, 24th, 26th, and 29th minute. The onslaught continued as Germany scored all of seven goals in 79 minutes. The humiliation was already sealed by the time Oscar pulled one back for Brazil in the 90th. As a Brazil fan, it was heart-wrenching! Sadly, it wasn’t the worst moment I’d experienced watching the World Cup. That’s reserved for the 1998 World Cup Final! It was 1998, and the world’s biggest football sensation was Brazil’s Ronaldo de Lima and Brazil were into the World Cup final against France, a country that had never won a title. Ronaldo had already experienced a World Cup final when Brazil won in 1994, as he was a part of that squad at just 17 years old. By France 1998, the 21-year-old was already a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year. In the final against France, something inexplicable happened. Ronaldo, and Brazil, looked disoriented and made their worst showing all tournament. France went on to win the match 3-0 and lifted the Jules Rimmet Trophy in front of a capacity home crowd. But football fans were left flabbergasted as to how a Brazilian team, that had made such a remarkable run to the final had such a lacklustre final. One still wonders what happened to Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998. Some said that he had an epileptic fit minutes before the final and thus the team was disoriented. Others suggest that even though he was unwell, he was forced to take to the pitch anyway. None of these reports have ever been confirmed. Whatever happened remains one of the biggest mysteries in World Cup history and certainly my most disappointing moment. Hopefully, all goes well in 2018 for Brazil! One Love. – Tanya Lee is a marketer, author and sports publicist. Brazil lose to France, 1998 Germany whip Brazil 7-1last_img read more

first_imgCalm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ry Dela Rosa bombed the Altas with four three-pointers, including a back-to-back threes midway in the final period when their rivals launched a comeback.The Altas, who suffered their third defeat for a 1-3 record, leaned on the backcourt brilliance of Kim Aurin and speedy guard Edgar Charcos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe scoresJRU 71—Amores 15, Dela Rosa 12, Dionisio 12, Steinl 12, Miranda 11, Delos Santos 7, Aguilar 2, Arenal 0, Jungco 0, Vasquez 0. View comments LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division LOOK: Francis Libiran creation for Filipino athletes to be worn at SEA Games opening MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ JRU Heavy Bombers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers drew a stellar performance from their young guns and pulled off a 71-66 upset of the highly favored Perpetual Altas in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.John Amores proved his worth with 15 points while fellow rookie JL Delos Reyes also posted numbers that helped the Bombers notch their second straight win after dropping the first three matches.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PERPETUAL 66—Aurin 14, Charcos 13, Peralta 13, Egan 7, Adamos 6, Razon 5, Cuevas 3, Sevilla 2, Barasi 0, Giussani 0, Lanoy 0.Quarters: 17-11, 41-28, 56-52, 71-66 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_img Moussa Sow 1 Senegal striker Moussa Sow has revealed he turned down late offers from West Ham and Sunderland to complete his move to Al Ahli.The 29-year-old agreed a deal to join the United Arab Emirates club for £11.7m from Fenerbache – spurning the chance to test himself in the Premier League for the first time.Sow, who previously plied his trade with Rennes and Lille in France, was also offered a big-money loyalty bonus to link-up with the Middle East Side.And now the French-born striker has admitted that the prospect of first-team football swayed his decision to move to the UAE following Robin van Persie’s arrival at Fenerbache.“I heard this is one of the biggest transfers here in the Emirates and I’m happy to have that much value in me,” Sow said.“I’m trying to give back what the club paid for me and attempting to do my best. I received a few offers from England and other teams in the UAE, but I have been here many times and, after I spoke with my family and friends, I decided to come to Al Ahli club.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNIVERSAL CITY – Southbound lanes on the Hollywood Freeway were closed tonight following a multiple-vehicle crash that seriously injured three people and hurt two others, fire and CHP officials said. Some of the injured might have been ejected from their vehicles during the crash, which occurred about 9:25 p.m. north of Barham Boulevard, said Los Angeles Fired Department spokesman Ron Myers. All of the injured were still at the scene but will be transported to local hospitals, Myers said. California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter said southbound lanes were closed after the crash. last_img read more

first_imgA resolution could be in the near future for a Chatham man charged in the largest drug bust in Chatham-Kent’s history.Jonathan Toornstra, 36, made a brief appearance in Chatham bail court via video on Thursday, where a date was set for Sept. 9 to seek a resolution of the matter and for a plea to be entered.Toornstra was arrested and charged with several drug and weapons-related offences in connection to Chatham-Kent police raiding an apartment in Chatham on April 10.According to previously published reports, officers seized cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, hydromophone, GHB, ecstasy, morphine and fentanyl, along with an electronic digital scale, packaging materials, and $52,000 in what amounted to a $2.6-million drug bust.A 9mm handgun and ammunition were also seized in the raid.Toornstra has remained in custody since his arrest but will be required to attend the Sept. 9 court date in person.If he wanted to be released on bail, Toornstra faced an added challenge because the case’s federal prosecutor, Tim Mathany, previously told the court the suspect was in a reverse onus position since the drug charges were a straight indictable offence.In most cases, the Crown has to prove why an accused should not be released on bail but, in this situation, Toornstra would have had to prove to the court why he should be released on bail.Mathany also previously indicated the Crown would not be consenting to Toornstra’s release on bail in this matter.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

first_imgWhat do you like to buy in France? Do you have a favorite item you’ve purchased there? Let us know in the comments. Clothing and AccessoriesSurprising for a country like France, the clothing options are limited. You can expect to find a small selection of berets and jokey tees. Sometimes there are few items of children’s clothing. The France pavilion typically sells a range of Camila Paris brand barrettes and hair clips. My three daughters, all with long, thick hair, are big fans of this line because they hold well and rarely break. The Eiffel TowerThe range of items in the France pavilion that depict the Eiffel tower is many and varied: snow globes, tees, figurines, wall art, and so on. Disney Tie-InsThe France pavilion currently has a small selection of Ratatouille merchandise, but we expect this to grow many times when the Ratatouille-themed ride opens. The pavilion also sells Disney princess merchandise with a French twist, as well as items depicting Marie the cat and Minnie Mouse with an oooh la la flair.center_img Share This!Epcot’s World Showcase countries are a magical entree into the world at large. Even if you can’t get to China or France or Morocco, you can gain some insight into the culture of those places through the attractions, architecture, and food represented in the Epcot pavilions. But let’s face it, one of the key enticements of the World Showcase pavilions is the shopping. Even if you’ll never get to London, you can get souvenirs from the United Kingdom without ever leaving Florida.We’re going on a tour of the shopping opportunities in Epcot’s World Showcase countries — this time we’re visiting France. Bear in mind that the merchandise mix in the parks is constantly changing. While all the photos in these posts were taken in the first half of 2019, it’s quite possible that some of these specific items will be gone by the time you visit. They will, however, give you the flavor of what you can expect to find as you shop around the World Showcase.Perfume and MakeupThe France Pavilion is an authorized outpost for several French fragrance and cosmetics brands. The sales staff there is generally knowledgable and helpful in making suggestions. There are often special events where representatives from the fragrance brands come to explain their products and offer promotional items. Food and WineThere’s a real wine shop in the France pavilion, with a selection of several dozen bottles (all French, bien sur). You can also find a small range of packaged foods.last_img read more

first_imgRooibos is native to South Africa and is only grown in a small area in the Western Cape province. (Image: For those of us who enjoy our daily rooibos cuppa, a good flavour is all-important. However, for the uninitiated it is only possible to distinguish basic flavour characteristics.Now, with the help of a newly developed rooibos flavour wheel, anyone can identify a full spectrum of tastes and aromas of this uniquely South African – and internationally popular – tea.The rooibos flavour wheel was developed by a group of South African researchers headed by Stellenbosch University (SU) Masters student Ilona Koch, who worked with Professor Elizabeth Joubert of the Agricultural Research Council and SU lecturer Nina Muller.“We thought it was time that someone develops a rooibos flavour wheel. We want producers, processors, grading experts, marketers, flavour houses, importers and consumers to all speak the same tea language,” Joubert says.Koch, who completed a BSc in Food Science at SU, was approached by a lecturer to get involved in the project. “I thought rooibos would be an interesting product to work with,” she says.The three-year project is jointly funded by the South African Rooibos Council and the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme.The rooibos wheel isn’t the first of its kind in the food and beverage industry. Products such as brandy, honey, wine and whisky already use flavour wheels, and the research team now hopes that the rooibos version will be a useful tool to help the industry assess rooibos flavour and aroma using a selection of specific descriptors.Koch says that the flavour wheel is also important for the industry as many people drink rooibos because of its taste. “I like the taste and I think that this is what draws people to it. It is also not as strong and astringent as black tea,” she says.The wheel offers 27 descriptive attributes, of which 20 describe the flavour and seven the taste and mouth-feel. Joubert says that just as the wine industry talks about an area’s viticulture terroir, or the sensory attributes of wine in relation to the environmental conditions where grapes grow, so too the growing area affects rooibos flavour nuances.Diversity of rooibos flavoursAccording to Koch, the research team carried out numerous experiments on rooibos tea to find out which sensory characteristics are typically associated with its flavour.The researchers, along with a panel of nine judges, spent a lot of time tasting rooibos tea. Koch says that most of the judges had prior experience with descriptive analysis of numerous products, but analysing the sensory qualities of rooibos tea was a first for them all.The team studied 69 distinct rooibos samples from 64 plantations in a number of production areas. Selecting samples from different production areas was important as rooibos flavour is influenced by where the crop grows, the soil type, rainfall and weather. Processing also plays a role, as the time taken to process tea leaves can cause the flavour to become watery or sour. “All these factors affect the taste, quality and composition of the tea,” Joubert says.The selected samples were graded from A to D, representing the highest to the lowest tea quality. “The tasters compiled a long list of the flavours they picked up,” Joubert says. The list was then reduced to the final selection. “We chose those descriptors that were found to be most useful to assess a tea.”Both negative and positive descriptors were recorded on the wheel. One half contains categories of positive sensory qualities such as sweet, fruity, floral, woody and spicy. Each category lists a few sub-descriptors such as honey, citrus or cinnamon. The negative descriptors are grouped in the same way and contain qualities such as dusty, sour, sweaty and rubbery.The tea tasting processIt was important that the tasting and tea-brewing process remained scientific and consistent at all times, to ensure that only the most accurate flavour descriptors made it onto the short list. The tea was brewed in 300g of boiling, deionised water, which was poured onto 5.8g of dry tea leaves and infused for five minutes.Each sample was strained and stored in a stainless steel flask to keep the temperature constant. At each tasting, members of the judging panel sipped 100ml of tea. The tea sample was served in a white porcelain cup and covered with a plastic lid to prevent evaporation and loss of volatiles, also known as aroma compounds. The cups were also preheated to 70º C, and stored in 65º C water baths during the analysis.The project, which is expected to run until March 2012, will keep the wheel updated with rooibos samples from later seasons. This is important, as even tea produced on the same land can vary in taste from season to season.“With the flavour wheel, you can pick up the most subtle differences in tea flavour and taste,” says Joubert.Proven health benefitsThe proven health benefits of rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) are encouraging more people to drink the tea. “Consumers are becoming much more aware of healthy lifestyles and rooibos tea is known for its many health benefits,” Koch says.The tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to eliminate damaging free radicals. Recently collaborating scientists from four international research facilities established clinical evidence that drinking rooibos regularly helps the body’s natural defences by enhancing its antioxidant capacity. Both traditional and green rooibos produced this effect.According to the Rooibos Council, South Africa produces approximately 12 000 tons of rooibos per year. South Africans consume 4 500 to 5 000 tons and the rest is exported.The growing global demand for rooibos has boosted exports to more than 6 000 tons per annum, and to more than 30 countries worldwide. This includes Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, the UK, and the US, which is the biggest importer of rooibos.last_img read more

first_imgrichard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Recently Icame across a new magazine that is delivered via the Web – and utilizes a lot of Webnative functionality in the process. It’s called Avantoure and the tagline is “life is a game”. Thecontents of the magazine appeal to me, but in this post I’ll focus mainly on the webtechnologies being used.To read each issue of Avantoure, you need to download a web app called Zinio Reader –a 4.4 MB download. Zinio in itself is an interestingnext generation Web app. The Zinio homepage provides a variety of name brand magazines toread and/or subscribe to – such as BusinessWeek, Macworld, Premiere. The latest versionof Zinio Reader also features rich media,such as the following features:Animations and interactive contentMusic and live audio interviewsMovie clips and TV commercialsAs a recent NY Times article noted, there is a trend for magazines to go digital – sothey can attract students and young people to read them. The Web is of course one of theprime delivery mechanisms, but also web technologies such as hyperlinking and rich mediaUI elements are key to the user experience.To make the online magazine reading experience more interactive, Avantoure uses richmedia elements like animated pictures, hyperlinks, and embedded audio and video trailers.The company says it wants to push the boundaries in digital magazines, so after eachissue they examine what worked and what didn’t. For example, they say that based onfeedback received after the inaugural March-April issue, the May-June one included moreaudio files and full-page Flash animations to illustrate the articles. In subsequentissues, they’ve added more video footage, additional Flash animations created fromscratch to highlight specific articles, and slide shows. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#web I purchased the latest edition of Avantoure and found the reading experience to bevery nice, although it’s never that comfortable reading a magazine via a PC or laptop.With a tablet though, I could see myself using it a lot.The hyperlinks in the article open up in your default browser, while the videos playinside the Zinio Reader and generally complement the articles well. Some pages have musicon by default – e.g. the article entitled “WhenEastmetWest” greeted me with a wash oflovely music related to that theme. You can also make notes (like yellow stickies) andhighlight things in the magazine. Another interesting factor is the advertising, which isas glossy and attractive as you’d expect in a lifestyle magazine.The only usability quibble I have is that you have to magnify the text in order toread it, then de-magnify to see the whole page again. Other than that, it is a pleasureto read and interact with.Avantoure behind the scenesTo finish, a little about the magazine itself. Avantoure is a London-based interactivedigital magazine, launched in March 2006. It’s now up to its fourth issue, which has thetheme “Back to the Future”. Themes of past issues included “Las Vegas” and “NauticalIssue”. Publisher Serafima Bogolomova says that their aim is to “make people want tostrive for something unusual, to experiment, and to be non judgmental…to encouragethem to play with their lives a bit”. The title of the magazine, Avantoure, is acombination of the French word “avan” (meaning ‘forward’) and the English “tour.” So thetitle loosely translated means: “let’s set on a journey”. So on a personal level, themagazine’s theme appeals to me.Setting on a journey is also kind of what print publications are doing circa 2006, bytransferring their business into the digital Web realm! Avantoure is doing a fine job atrunning with this trend – and is well worth checking out for its content too. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more