Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Meanwhile, Japan’s run in the same competition has seen them shoot up to 27th, a rise of 23 positions.Belgium remains first in an unchanged top 10, just in front of world champions France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRanking, February 71. Belgium, 2. France, 3. Brazil, 4. Croatia, 5. England, 6. Portugal, 7. Uruguay, 8. Switzerland, 9. Spain, 10. Denmark Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2019 Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez is thrown in the air as his team celebrates their win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. – Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar has climbed a huge 38 places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, reaching their highest position in more than quarter of a century on the back of their victorious Asian Cup campaign.The Gulf state, who will host the World Cup in 2022, is now ranked 55th — just ahead of Cameroon and Egypt — after beating Japan 3-1 in last week’s final in the United Arab Emirates. It is their highest ranking since 1993.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Facing former team Blackwater not just another game for Paul Zamar Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Selected others22. Iran (+7), 27. Japan (+23), 38. South Korea (+15), 55. Qatar (+38)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Batang Gilas gets tough group with Greece, Argentina, Russia in Fiba U19 World Cup

first_imgManila, Philippines—The Philippines got bundled into a tough pool in the Fiba Under 19 Basketball World Cup to be held in Greece from June 29 to July 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoining the Filipinos in Group C are Argentina, Greece, and Russia, all of which are in the top 20 of the Fiba Boys ranking.Batang Gilas is ranked no. 30 in the world and earned its spot in the World Cup after finishing fourth in the Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship in Thailand. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Breakdancing tipped for inclusion at Paris 2024 Olympics Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Argentina is the highest-ranked team in Group C at ninth with host Greece at no. 15 and Russia at the 12th spot.The 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto, who was named MVP of the UAAP Season 81 juniors’ basketball tournament, is expected to lead the Philippines with Filipino-Brit big man AJ Edu, Dalph Panopio, and Dave Ildefonso.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ecobank Staff Asso. Donates to Hospitals, Others

first_imgThe staff association of Ecobank Liberia Limited under the banner “Ecobank Social & Athletic Club or ESAC” on Monday buttressed the efforts of government in combating and containing the spread of Ebola in the country by making donations to hospitals and five media institutions.The Good Will Hospital and Hope for Women International in Fiamah and Paynesville received the assorted sanitary materials to include soap, Clorox; buckets and powder detergents, among others.Also five media institutions received diesel fuel and they include Radio Kartoma ten gallons; Radio Voinjama five gallons fuel, Radio Kakata five gallons fuel, Radio Gbarnga five gallons fuel and Super Bongese Radio five gallons fuel.Presenting the items, ESAC President Trokon R. Jackson flanked by Karine Walker and Mwasnoh Tuan said his organization was gratified to identify with the hospitals during a time of national emergency. According to ESAC Jackson, the two referral centers have done extremely well in recent time to ensuring that lives are saved.ESAC Jackson explained that despite the current difficulties in terms of hospitals refusing to administer medication, Good Will Hospital and Hope for Women International were embracing the challenges by providing medication to Liberians.He said the actions by the two hospitals to remained open and administer medication to people has restored hopes of Liberians who are seeking other medication in the midst of Ebola. Jackson put the cost of the donations at over sixty thousand Liberian dollars. He said the monies were provided by members of ESAC who are within the fifteen counties of Liberia.He disclosed that plans are also underway for donations to be made to other medical institutions across the country. He called on other referral hospitals to join the fight with national government so that Ebola can be contained and defeated.For her part, the Medical Director of Hope for Women International Dr. Willimena Jallah lauded ESAC for the gesture, promising that it will be use for the intended purpose. Doctor Jallah said the hospital was in dire need of sanitary materials.She encouraged ESAC executives to keep a distance from people who are showing signs of constant fever, adding, “Those who are treated for fever and keep experiencing it should remain at their homes and seek medical care.”For his part, the Proprietor of Good Will Clinic Doctor Edward G. David also lauded ESAC for the donation. He added that the clinic is running its normal medical activities in the wake of Ebola. Dr. David believes that Ebola can be defeated in the soonest possible time. He called on philanthropists to complement the efforts of government so that the country can return to its previous status.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senegalese Referee to Handle Liberia vs Zimbabwe

first_imgNdiaye will be assisted by Djibril Camara and El Hadji Malick Samba, who are also from Senegal, as Assistant Referees one and two respectively.Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye will take charge of Liberia versus Zimbabwe encounter as the center referee in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed.Lone Star will host the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday, November 18, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The match will kickoff at 4:00 PM.According to CAF, Ndiaye will be assisted by Djibril Camara and El Hadji Malick Samba, who are also from Senegal, as Assistant Referees one and two, respectively.Alioune Sow Sandigui was assigned as the 4th official. The Senegalese referee along with his two assistants recently officiated an African Champions League semi-final match between Primeiro de Augosto of Angola and Esperance de Tunis of Tunisia at the Estádio 11 De Novembro in Angola on October 2, 2018. Meanwhile, Tadeo Nsue Onva of Equatorial Guinea has been assigned as Match Commissioner.According to the Liberia Football Association, the match officials will be arriving in the country on Wednesday, November 14.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prisoners should be able to access more condoms

first_img– Social Worker says to boost HIV/AIDS preventionBy Michael YoungeThere is nothing wrong with prisoners within the Guyana Penitentiary System accessing more condoms and other forms of tools that would enable them to protect themselves against HIV and AIDs during their tenure there.In fact, it is better to be safe than to be sorry, and it is time for the country as a whole to address the problem holistically, since many stakeholders already know what is taking place when the lights go out behind bars.These are the sentiments expressed by Social Worker and lesbian, gay and bisexual activist Anil Persaud, who is currently serving as the Homophobia Education Coordinator within the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).Speaking with the Guyana Times during an interview at the agency’s Duncan Street, Georgetown office on Thursday, Persaud said that while these views do not necessarily represent the official position of SASOD, they representSocial Worker and SASOD Homophobia Education Coordinator, Anil Persaudhis personal perspective as a qualified and trained Social Worker, and they represent the view of many other like-minded individuals.“It is a matter of fact that persons within the prison system do engage in sexual activity, be it overtly or covertly; and it’s nothing new or nothing strange”, he remarked.Persaud disclosed that many of the stakeholders who, from time to time, work within the local prison systems in Georgetown and New Amsterdam are fully aware of the practice.“…the prison officers, the prison wardens, everyone within the system knows this, and so I see absolutely no problem with the distribution of the condoms…we are dealing with adults…. If we are saying that condoms should be used as a means of protecting people, then why not distribute them to this (at risk population)”, he reasoned.The Social Worker also disagreed with the view that by making condoms available, Government and its partners would be guilty of promoting alternative lifestyles and homosexuality within the prison systems. This is an argument that has continuously being put forward by conservatives and religious stakeholders, who fear that by making them available, inmates would be lured into homosexual acts, or feel that it is an acceptable and normal behaviour to portray.But Persaud argued that all adults have a choice to make, and will more than likely not allow themselves to be forced into any practice that they do not ascribe to.“Everybody has a choice”, he insisted.He said the wider problem is that, many times, prison mates who were on remand for long periods or who would have served their time would have to be reintroduced into the normal society, and if they would have contracted some disease or HIV/AIDs while in the prison system, they could pose a threat to others with whom they engage sexually, especially if they are off treatment or were never on treatment.“Not distributing condoms doesn’t benefit anyone or the state… likewise, distributing them doesn’t take anything out of anyone’s pockets”, he declared.His comments come at a time when there is still widespread concern over the rising levels of HIV/AIDS within the local prison system. While official statistics have not been made available by the Public Health Ministry or the Guyana Prison Authorities, it is felt that more needs to be done to protect the inmates.Back in November 2015, then Public Health Minister Dr George Norton had said that while Guyana has been doing well in HIV prevention and treatment in some regards, the Government is conscious of the fact that there is still a lot more work to be done in the prisons and other closed settings.Making a presentation in Geneva at the UNAIDS 37th Programme Coordinating Board, Minister Norton said, “I wish to state in advance that I am in full support of accelerating an increased access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services for people in prisons and other closed settings. Whist we are all aware of the risk for HIV in prisons and closed settings, our response in many ways has been lagging, and therefore the time is opportune that we prioritise this population.”Minister Norton added that the issue must be tackled at all levels, including at the policy stage. “This means therefore that, at the national level, there has to be willingness and openness of all stakeholders to collaborate and share information as possible. There has to be leadership from line Ministries, such as Ministry of (Public) Security. Indeed, this brings to bear the concept of health in all policies.”Calling for more openness, he said the discussion has to be transparent, and real issues have to be addressed in a frontal manner.“…access to HIV education and testing, the controversial condoms in prisons. The opponents of prevention services, and more particularly condoms in prison, must be educated and lobbied to ensure that there is full understanding of the issues, and that decisions are based on evidence and science. Policies have to take on board a comprehensive combination/prevention approach to HIV.”Turning his attention to the local prison system and HIV/AIDS, the Minister said, “In my own country, the prison population has (an) HIV prevalence (that is) at least two times higher than that of the general population.”last_img read more

Police yet to arrest mastermind, friends

first_imgAttack on SASOD’s MDManaging Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Joel Simpson had confirmed that the Police are yet to arrest the men who attacked him on June 16.Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel SimpsonThis was confirmed by A-Division Commander Marlon Chapman, who stated that the main suspect is being sought by Police. He has since managed to evade the lawmen.The Guyana Times previously reported that Simpson had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was attacked and beaten by six men. The ring leader was known to be a trouble maker, in fact, he was before the Court for assaulting a Trinidadian Singer.Moreover, it was reported that Simpson had visited the Bourda Market to purchase snacks after a night out when he when was swarmed by the six men, with whom he had an earlier encounter at a night club.He alleged that, as he continued to ignore the men while making his order, he was pushed to the ground and badly beaten.He said a City Constable, who attempted to intervene, was also attacked by the men. He was rescued by market vendors and taken to safety.He was later taken to a city hospital, where he received treatment for the injuries inflicted on his body. Simpson had detailed in a Facebook post that the men began the homophobic attack at a night club while he was with a group of friends, following a day of activities.He explained that, at around midnight, a group of men entered the night club and positioned themselves behind him and his friends while they were partying. Sometime after, he felt a watery substance, later identified as beer, being thrown at him and his friends.As such, a complaint was made to a supervisor of the popular night spot, but Simpson said he was left stunned when that supervisor declared, “We don’t want man wining pon man here”.He recounted that his angered friends began verbally abusing the men, but he intervened and stopped them.He added that he and his friends then left the night club, and while on his way to Bourda Market, he made a Facebook post highlighting the ordeal he had faced.However, shortly after arriving at Bourda, he was surprised when the same group of men turned up and attacked them.last_img read more

Site C regulatory clock will restart when B.C. Hydro completes responses

first_imgThe need for a visual resources assessment of the proposed reservoir and dam site from the perspective of a person on the water needs extra photography and computer modelling, which is underway. The Joint Review Panel pointed out that the assessment included in the amended Environmental Impact Statement only showed changes to the landscape from ground level. Five sites that were identified as important to Aboriginal groups are also being included, in addition to the five sites already in the EIS.Spokesperson Lucille Jamault says that once all of the information has been received, the regulatory clock will restart, and the Joint Review Panel will assess whether further information is needed, if there should be a public comment period, or, if satisfied, schedule public hearings. The deadline for public input on how the hearings should be held closed earlier this week, which Jamault says was done in advance of a decision to hold them so that the panel is ready should they be necessary. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Raiola says Pogba ‘in process’ of leaving Man Utd -report

first_img0Shares0000Pogba scored 16 goals for Manchester United last season © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 5 – Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is “in the process” of organising a move away from Manchester United for the Frenchman, he told The Times on Friday.The midfielder has had a topsy-turvy stay at Old Trafford since joining for a then-world-record fee of 105 million euros (£89.3 million) in 2016 from Juventus. Raiola claimed the Man United bosses know that the World Cup winner wants to leave the Premier League giants.“Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul’s wishes,” Raiola said in an interview with British newspaper The Times.“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”Raiola also cast doubt over whether Pogba would join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad on their pre-season tour of Australia, with the players due to fly out on Sunday.United had previously insisted Pogba would be on the flight.“I cannot tell you anything. I live day by day,” said Raiola.Pogba had said while in Tokyo last month that it “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”.Despite scoring 16 goals this season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.Ignoring Pogba’s often-lethargic displays, Solskjaer had planned to offer him the role of vice-captain this season in an attempt to persuade the star to remain in Manchester.However, Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus have repeatedly been linked with Pogba, who is contracted to United until 2021.Real is believed to be the 26-year-old’s preferred destination and in March he said the Spanish giants were “a dream club for every player”.The saga over Pogba’s future is likely to drag on for several weeks.The English transfer window closes on August 8, but the Italian window doesn’t shut until August 23, while the Spanish transfer deadline is September 2.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barcelona fined paltry Sh 34,000 for tapping up Griezmann

first_img0Shares0000Griezmann has scored three goals for Barcelona © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Sep 26 – Barcelona have been fined a mere Sh 34,000 ($328) after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) found the club guilty of tapping up Antoine Griezmann last season while he was still attached to Atletico Madrid.Barca signed Griezmann after paying his 120-million-euro buyout clause in July, prompting Atletico to claim the Catalan club had negotiated with the Frenchman without their permission. The RFEF published its decision on Thursday, in which it said Barcelona were guilty of holding talks with Griezmann but insisted it was not possible to prove a formal contract was signed.The RFEF also acknowledged the insignificance of the fine, which represents only 0.000045 percent of Barcelona’s 671.42 million-euro salary budget this season.The RFEF’s statement read: “Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the fine, this committee is aware that the payment of 300 euros, beyond its merely symbolic character, will not damage the sanctioned club and, probably, will not persuade other clubs in the same situation in the future to adjust their conduct to the regulations.”But the RFEF said that was “not a sufficient reason” to impose the other possible sanction of closing Camp Nou for a match, which it says would be to punish “infractions of a different nature”.Barcelona had come close to signing Griezmann in 2018, only for the striker to decide to stay and sign a new contract at Atletico Madrid.But Griezmann announced his decision to leave Atletico in May, explaining that he wanted to seek a new challenge away from the club where he had spent five successful seasons.The RFEF said Barcelona “initiated and maintained negotiations with the player without prior written notice to Atletico Madrid”.But concluded that “it has not been demonstrated that the contract between Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona was formally signed”.The statement added that the decision “attaches no disciplinary responsibility whatsoever to the player”.Griezmann has played seven times so far this season for Barcelona and scored three goals.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Angels’ depth will be tested again

first_imgNow they’re here, into the games of autumn, and it’s more of the same. Angels are going down like it’s the apocalypse. The injured threaten to outnumber the healthy. Just when everyone was supposed to be all rested and recuperated, their cheeks just rosy, the line to the training room grew to the parking lot. The Angels scraped all season to get here, bandaged this and band-aided that, and now it’s more of the same. On the eve of today’s division opener against the Red Sox, they learned that starting center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. will miss the entire series with severe pain in his left knee. Moments after Scioscia announced that former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, who had battled injuries all season, was fit and would make the playoff roster, he went out to warm up at Fenway Park Tuesday and complained his elbow hurt again. He’s out. BOSTON – Theories are supposed to be tested, to a point. Supposed to be uncovered as fact or fiction, and then everybody moves on all happy and everything. Only the Angels just can’t seem to come to a definitive conclusion. There is always another test, another challenge, another grand personnel experiment. All season long, Angels kept going down to injury and some backup would take a star turn. It was a running theme. The disabled list would swell, and the Angels would keep winning. Winning all the way into October. Winning the AL West. Winning it a week early, so Manager Mike Scioscia could rest all those players with nagging injuries. Left fielder Garret Anderson would love to tell you what he sees of all this, but he looks like he’s working on his Bluebeard the Pirate shtick. His left eye is still half shut with conjunctivitis. And he’ll start tonight. So will Chone Figgins and his sore left wrist and 0-for-22 skid in right field, because Vladimir Guerrero’s sore arm still limits him to designated hitter. And Juan Rivera’s leg is still not strong enough to play every day after he broke it in the winter. Right-hander John Lackey – and in an upset he’s healthy – will start for the Angels and throw to catcher Mike Napoli, still recovering from a sore hamstring. “We’re a little banged up,” hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. And Washington D.C. is a little mired in bureaucracy. This all would be overkill, if it weren’t somehow appropriate. That’s how the Angels’ year has gone, so why should the postseason be any different? Rivera losing almost the entire season with his broken leg. Howie Kendrick breaking a bone in his hand and later a finger. Casey Kotchman suffering a concussion just when his bat was making like Wonderboy. Colon battling injury after injury. Anderson fighting a sore hip. Figgins suffering a wrist bone bruise. And still they won. Rose to the challenge, found a way to compete. Discovered a Reggie Willits. Polished a Maicer Izturis. Gave opportunity to a Jeff Mathis. “We’ve been playing baseball for 7 months; I don’t know that it’s possible to get to this point without having a few guys banged up,” General Manager Bill Stoneman said. “The spirit of the club has been great all year and will continue to be. “The quality of the depth has really helped us have a quality season. And there’s no reason why that should change now. The game is still the same.” Scioscia and the Angels aren’t about to make excuses now. How could they? What would be the point? They have a best-of-5 series to play against a tough Red Sox team. Yet there is no denying the injured and partially injured are taking a toll, testing their famed depth in ways they hoped were now behind them. Losing Matthews is a particular blow. His 18 home runs are second on the club to Guerrero. And as much as his power is needed, it’s his instinctive defense in Fenway’s cavernous center field that will be most missed. Willits, the rookie, will now have to experience his first playoff pressure while covering the quirky fields of Fenway. “Like most teams at this part of the season, you’re going to have guys who are nicked up,” Scioscia said. “And you have to have the depth and versatility to absorb it. “Right now Vlad Guerrero is throwing the ball much better than he has in the last 10 days or so. I think he will become an option in right field at some point in this series.” The Angels take their silver linings where they can find them these days. But as long as Guerrero can’t play right, their options at designated hitter (Rivera, Matthews, Kendry Morales, Izturis) are eliminated. The Angels are counting on the significance of the moment to help push several players through. “Sometimes even though you’re banged up, the energy at just being in the playoffs makes you forget about it,” Hatcher said. “I think that’s what will happen with some of our guys. “They’ll get out there and forget about it and get out there and play with the energy this game brings at this time of the year.” So maybe Figgins won’t be thinking of his wrist, though that doesn’t mean he’ll be as effective as if it were healthy. Sore this, aching this, sprained that. Is this anyway to open a postseason? The Red Sox are a comparative picture of health. Outfielders Coco Crisp (Inglewood High) and Manny Ramirez are back and healthy. Tim Wakefield is out with a bad back, but he’s the one starting pitcher the Angels rip. The Angels said they made it here because of their outstanding depth. If they advance, it will likely be because of it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more