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Gurias extended their lead early in the second half after Jason Missian converted a penalty right in front to put the score to 18-8.The Lions put themselves right back in the game when a double pump from five eighth Nathan Mili put Job Roltinga through a gap to score under the posts.Enoch Sine made sure the extras were added to set the tone for a fight to the finish.The next 10 minutes saw sloppy football with poor ball handling from both sides.Rallied on by the crowd, the Lions turned the tide and had the Gurias under the pump making them defend consecutive sets of six from the Lions.It was not long before the Lions were over the line thanks to quick hands to send the ball out to Sonny Daing who carried a few Gurias defenders over before slamming the ball down to level the score at 18-18.With the wind against him, it was now left to Sine to put his team in front.But Sine’s kick right from the side line heartbreakingly fell short.This set up a nail bitting last 10 minutes of play.The Gurias knew they had to score next if they were any chance of winning and score they did when a determined run from prop Pidi Tongap saw him step and bulldoze his way through the defence to score what was the winning try.Missian was spot on adding the extra two points to put the Gurias in front by six.With minutes left on the clock, the win was sealed when frustration caused the Lions to give away a penalty right in front of the posts.Missian took his time and kicked the goal right for the Gurias to walk away with the 2015 Digicel Cup.
Manchester United‘s lean goalscoring form continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar in their second Group L match in the Europa League on Thursday.For most of the evening on the plastic surface of the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague United never looked like scoring and failed to produce one effort on target.The hosts carved out the better chances with United‘s David de Gea saving sharply from the lively Oussama Idrissi.United‘s Marcus Rashford had a late penalty claim turned down but it would have been harsh on Alkmaar who claimed a second draw. United have four points along with Partizan Belgrade who beat bottom side Astana 2-1 away.
LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting RISING stars Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor in action. BVR PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–– The Philippines’ Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor begin their campaign in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open when it opens Thursday at White House Beach Station in Boracay.The young standouts from the highly-successful University of Santo Tomas beach volleyball program hope to make it to Friday’s main draw when the qualification matches start at 7:30 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The host country has four women’s teams in the main draw with Sisi Rondina reuniting with Bernadeth Pons in the four-day tournament organized by the Beach Volleyball Republic.Other Filipina pairs competing are Dij Rodriguez and Bea Tan, Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño, and Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBarbon, who paired with Rondina in the Tigresses’ remarkable three-peat conquest in the UAAP, and Eslapor are among the seven women’s pairs vying for slots in Friday’s main draw. They will face Gerda Grudzinskaite and Karole Virbickaite of Lithuania in the afternoon session at 2 p.m.Before competing in the Beach World Tour, Barbon and Eslapon emerged victorious in the BVR on Tour Dumaguete Open last month. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The goal of the BVR national tour is to give our local players an opportunity to increase their competition level to the international level,” said BVR co-founder and tournament director Charo Soriano.Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jesse Lopez, meanwhile, spearhead the country’s men’s campaign, which also includes collegiate standouts James Buytrago and Krung Arbasto, and Cebu’s Mike Abria and Jade Becaldo.“Teams have been training for this and we’ve been helping them through the BVR tours we’ve been holding,” said Soriano.The $10,000 Boracay Open, a one-star event, is the 24th men’s and 23rd women’s event for the 2018-19 FIVB World Tour. The Beach World Tour returns to the Philippines for the second time following a double-gender one-star event in Manila last year.ADVERTISEMENT
A century to the day that the 1914 Christmas Truce took place, football players and managers will appear on the FootballRemembers.com website reciting a special poem in their name.The video brings to a close Football Remembers, the series of programmes and events delivered jointly by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Football League, in partnership with the British Council, to commemorate the First World War.The poem will be posted alongside the 11,000 pre-match team photos that have been uploaded to FootballRemembers.com during December. The pictures and poem recital will be handed to the British Library as a record of football in 2014, 100 years on from the Christmas Truce.The video features football people from the Premier League, The FA, and the Football League. There are 17 footballers, coaches, managers and referees who deliver stanzas from the poem. The poem is a unique contribution of football past, present and future. Work on it started in mid-November during the Christmas Truce National Tournament held in Ypres, Belgium. The Poetry Society and Premier League worked together to enhance the educational aspect of the trip for the 320 young footballers representing all 20 Premier League clubs taking part in the tournament.Leading poets accompanied the Under 12s as they visited British and Commonwealth and German cemeteries, memorials and the graves of former footballers. They helped them produce their own poems inspired by their visit. These explored their feelings about the First World War, the Christmas Day Truce of 1914 and its fabled football matches.Their poems were then distilled into the final piece written by leading poet Ian McMillan called ‘The Game: Christmas Day 1914’. It received its premiere in the Houses of Parliament on December 9 when it was read by two Under 12 Liverpool players. Now the professional game has added its voices and faces.The full list of those speaking in the poem [in order of appearance]: Vincent Kompany, Manchester CityWojciech Szczesny, ArsenalCharlie Austin, Queens Park RangersJohn O’Shea, SunderlandMatt Bloomfield, Wycombe WanderersSir Trevor BrookingGary Neville, EnglandHoward Webb, Professional Game Match Officials LimitedSteve McClaren, Derby CountySteven Taylor, Newcastle UnitedJack Butland, Stoke CityAshley Williams, Swansea CityAlan Irvine, West Bromwich AlbionIan Holloway, MillwallMorgan Schneiderlin, SouthamptonMark Schwarzer, Chelsea
By Dan Elliott THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who failed to show up for a California court date related to a felony theft conviction, will be handed over to local authorities when he is released from a hospital, a spokeswoman said Saturday. Hsu had been scheduled to appear in a San Francisco court Wednesday but disappeared until Thursday, when Amtrak officials called the Grand Junction fire department to report a passenger had become ill on the California Zephyr. An arrest warrant was issued when he failed to appear at the hearing, and after his discovery in Grand Junction he was arrested on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler said. It was not clear whether he would fight extradition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials at St. Mary’s Hospital have declined to say what ails Hsu, although hospital vice president Dan Prinster has said he “was delirious.” Hospital spokeswoman Samantha Moe said Hsu was in fair condition Saturday. “My understanding is that after he is released from the hospital he will be booked into our facility,” Heather Benjamin, spokeswoman for the Mesa County sheriff, said Saturday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wyatt Angelo told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel he would go through local courts for an extradition hearing. Jeff Dorschner, Denver spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Colorado, confirmed the newspaper report. The New York City-based Hsu has been a top fundraiser for Democratic candidates, including U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, donating $260,000 to Democratic Party groups and federal candidates since 2004, according to Federal Election Commission records. Hsu had been scheduled to appear in a San Francisco court Wednesday to turn over his passport and ask a judge to cut in half the $2 million bail he posted last week when he turned himself in after spending 15 years on the lam from a felony theft conviction.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dr. Barbara Firestone figured the more faces people saw and the more stories they heard, the less alone they would feel. That’s how the founder and CEO of the Sherman Oaks-based nonprofit organization the Help Group came to write “Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge.” Told primarily through the parents’ voices, “Autism Heroes” recounts the experiences of 38 families. People of all classes, races and age ranges are represented, including actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Cole and John Schneider and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jim Gott. The photography is by Joe Buissink, who also has a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Q: How did you come up with the book’s title? A: I have throughout the years met many parents with children who are confronting the challenges of autism, and I’ve always been so struck by the commitment, the caring and their ability to persevere through all the challenges. So when I thought about the title, the fact that this was a book about families and celebrating the commitment of families, I thought, “They’re heroes.” And there it is. Q: Are most of these families people you’ve worked with through the group? A: Most of the parents are families whose children attend the Help Group schools, but not all of them. I really wanted to be able to reach out. The whole point of the book was to provide a lifeline or message of support and help to other parents who are beginning the journey or are at different points; so I wanted to include parents who have children with all forms of autism. The children have all forms and degrees, they’re different ages, and the parents come from all walks of life. I wanted to have a cross section. While each parent’s journey is unique, there are very many universal chords. Another reason I decided to do this book is that we are living in a new age of autism. Times are changing, and there is a tremendous message of hope that wouldn’t have been the same in years gone by. Q: How much time did you spend with the families? A: The interviews were an hour to an hour and a half long. I took them through the whole series: What was it like when you first had that intuition? What was your journey like at the beginning? What were the feelings you went through? How did you deal with those feelings? And how did you come to a place of hope and transcendence? I could have written about the families myself, but I thought it was much more powerful to have the families speak in their own voices since they’re the ones living the experience. Q: Did you ever consider including the children’s perspective along with that of their parents? A: I really made a decision that this was going to be in the parents’ voices. Maybe the next book will be in the children’s voices for those who are able to speak about the experience, which would be very interesting and insightful. Q: Did your celebrity parents have any reluctance about participating? A: Not at all. Gary and Teddi Cole have been very open, and all the parents who are celebrities in the book have a history of being very open and candid about the fact that their children have autism spectrum disorders. Like any movement, when people of note or who are in public eye are willing to talk about it, it makes it less taboo. Q: Jenny McCarthy received a lot of press recently for her account of being the parent of an autistic child. A: That’s a good thing. It builds the awareness and increases the dialogue and the debate. Q: McCarthy’s book talks of healing autism. Are you leery of such a claim? A: Those are not terms we use. Right now we see it as a lifelong disability. We see children can make significant progress, but recovery is not the term that’s important to us. What’s important to us is children reaching their fullest potential, whatever that potential is.
Eliaquim Mangala has hit back at claims he was a flop at Manchester City.The France international moved to the Etihad from Porto in August 2014 for £42m, but he was loaned out to Valencia this summer.His move to the La Liga outfit has led many to label the 25-year-old a failure during his two years with City, and the centre-back has admitted new manager Pep Guardiola was happy to let him go.Mangala, however, remains adamant he was not a failure during his time in the Premier League – and that the stats prove as much.“City was different, the English championship is different,” Mangala told Marca.“The team did not work well, but statistics said that more games were won when I played than when not playing.“The only thing I missed was winning a title. But I also got to play a semi final of the Champions League.“I talked with Pep, but there were many players and he told me that he understood that I wanted to play and had no problems.” 1 Eliaquim Mangala with Vincent Kompany last season
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Budding science journalists in Africa areto gain from the knowledge andexperience of their mentors.(Image: SjCOOP) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nadia El-AwadyPresident, WFSJ+20 10 615 2228Janine ErasmusScience journalists in Africa and the Middle East are to benefit from an ongoing mentoring programme set up by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development.Assisting with implementation will be the Development Communications Network, an NGO located in Lagos, Nigeria.The second phase of SjCOOP, or the Science Journalism Cooperation, was officially launched at the end of February 2010 by Egyptian journalist Nadia El-Awady, president of the Quebec-based World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).El-Awady is a veteran in the field – she is also president of the Arab Science Journalists Association, and has worked both as a full-time and freelance science journalist, and editor.The World Federation of Science Journalists represents 41 science journalist associations in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.Its aim is promote science journalism as a means of greater interaction between science and the scientific community, the media, and the public.Boosting science journalism skillsThe CAD$4.3-million (R31.5-million) SjCOOP mentorship project pairs experienced science journalists with rookies and offers training in Arabic, French and English.It will strive to equip 60 young journalists from 30 countries with the skills to proficiently report on complex issues that are relevant to Africa and the Middle East, such as health, the environment, agriculture, research, and science and technology. Another 15 participants will learn to be trainers themselves.The project also plans to establish another 10 science journalism associations to support the 60 mentees and their 16 mentors. Training is carried out mainly by distance, through the WFSJ website, email, Skype and telephone. However, the trainees and their mentors do meet face to face at least once a year.Latin America and Asia are to get their own SjCOOP programme soon.Interested journalists can watch out for announcements on the WFSJ website. Potential mentors are also invited to apply.Flagship projectAs with the first stage, which was the flagship project of the WFSJ from 2009 to 2009, the second stage of SjCOOP runs for three years.A number of young journalists from both Anglophone and Francophone African countries took part in the first phase, representing Cameroon, Madagascar, Burundi, Senegal, Rwanda, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana.The programme aimed ultimately to raise the profile of the genre on the continent and boost its ranks of competent science reporters. In its final report, published in May 2009, it claimed to have succeeded.SjCOOP graduates have founded the first pan-African science magazine Science Africa, as well as five new science-related TV programmes and six radio programmes. They have also established seven new science beats in regional newspapers, magazines and news agencies.Even better, said the SjCOOP report, a number of graduates received promotions as a direct result of their new skills, and 22 of them have walked off with 44 prizes for their articles – this includes five prestigious scholarships from MIT and Canada’s International Developmental Research Centre.Furthermore, a number of new science journalism associations have sprung up in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and the Arab World. A handful of others are in the process of being drawn up, and another eight have twinned with associations in the developed world. Two ailing associations in Kenya and Nigeria have also been revived.Previously there was little cooperation between Western science journalists and their peers from emerging nations, but the SjCOOP initiative has given African journalists the confidence to interact with colleagues from overseas on a knowledgeable and professional level.Positive influenceSo now, with proof of the success of the project, the more ambitious and demanding second phase is about to get underway.“The first SjCOOP had a major positive influence on science journalism in Africa and the Arab World in the past three years”, said El-Awady. “This second phase is much more ambitious. We will provide journalists with an opportunity to achieve the best a science journalist can hope for: make a difference in the life of people.”She added that the WFSJ hopes to repeat the success of the first course, and to continue to improve the quality of science reporting.The UK Department of International Development was a partner in the first phase, with the International Development Research Centre of Canada, which will again support the initiative from April 2010. The Swedish International Development Agency is also involved.Phase one also received funding from agencies such as Unesco, academic journal publishing house Elsevier and the German-based Robert Bosch Foundation – part of the multinational Bosch Group.