PH Dragon Boat team eyes Asian Games gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis “We haven’t won a gold in [dragon boat] in the Asian Games,” said Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragon Boat Federation president Jonne Go on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel.READ: PH paddlers reset world markFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The success of our campaign in Taiwan is the first step toward achieving that goal,” added Go, also the auditor of the Philippine Olympic Committee.Host Indonesia has included the men’s and women’s 200 meter and 500m for 10 and 20 seaters in the Palembang Games slated Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 next year. Flying V nabs first playoffs spot, tops CEU “We haven’t reached our full potential. If we can accomplish our objectives in training, it won’t be hard for us to win,’’ said Go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We might as well take advantage of this rare opportunity to target the gold,’’ said Go, who brought along paddlers Daniel Ortega, Alex Generalo, Roger Masbate, Reymart Nevado, Ojay Fuentes and drummer Patricia Ann Bustamante during the weekly forum.The Filipino paddlers won the men’s 200m 20-seater in record-breaking fashion and ruled the 200m 10-seater, 500m 10 and 20 seaters as well.READ: PH Dragon Boat Team overcomes favorites, tops Russia tilt They clocked 40.16 seconds during the semifinals of the 200m 20-seater for the gold to reset their previous world record of 41 seconds in the 2014 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships in Poznan, Poland.According to Go, the team hasn’t reached its peak yet and capable of erasing its own world standard from now until the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIES View comments Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt PH Dragon Boat team. Photo by June NavarroA gold medal in next year’s Asian Games in Indonesia.The Philippine dragon boat team has set this goal for the 2018 Asiad after winning four gold medals in the Taiwan International Dragon Boat Championships in Changhua, Taiwan over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stoplast_img read more

Tottenham ignore Kane absence to down Southampton

first_imgWith 10 games remaining, the chances of overhauling Chelsea’s 10-point lead are slim, but victory strengthened Spurs’ position in the race to guarantee a top four finish by extending the gap to fifth place to seven points.Southampton are well clear of the relegation places and their remaining aim this season is to maintain their top 10 standing.Pochettino had insisted before the game his squad had the resources to cope with the loss of Kane, who was ruled out for up to six weeks after picking up an ankle injury in the FA cup quarter-final victory over Millwall seven days previously.The manager’s confidence was not necessarily supported by the evidence from the opening months of the season when his team struggled in the absence of the England striker.Then, Kane was sidelined for 12 games and in the nine games Spurs faced Premier League opposition during that spell, they won just three, scoring eight games.Pochettino, though, believes his squad has grown in strength as the season has progressed and placed his faith in Son Heung-Min to fill the gap left by Kane and provide the focal point to Tottenham’s attack.The early signs were certainly promising, with the South Korea forward quickly finding space behind the Southampton defence as he ran on to collect Alli’s well weighted through-ball, only to be denied by keeper Fraser Forster who moved quickly off his line to narrow the angle.The breakthrough, however, came from Christian Eriksen who put Tottenham ahead after just 13 minutes with a superbly struck shot from outside the area.The Dane collected a pass from the excellent Mousa Dembele, turned onto his left foot, and placed his finish beyond Forster and inside the keeper’s right hand post.– Comfort –Tottenham were in the ascendancy but Southampton demonstrated enough of a threat to ensure Pochettino’s side could not afford to be complacent and would have levelled had Manolo Gabbiadini shown more composure in front of goal.The Italian striker quickly settled in England since his January move from Napoli and was bidding to become only the third player to score in his first four Premier League appearances.Gabbiadini should have reached that landmark when he fired into the side-netting in the 28th minute after being set up by Dusan Tadic.Then 60 seconds later, he was guilty of an even more glaring miss when he skied over from just six yards.Unfortunately for the visitors, the striker picked up an injury while attempting to convert the first of those chances, forcing him out of the game, moments before Alli gave the home side the comfort of a two-goal cushion.The midfielder was sent to ground after tangling with Southampton’s Steven Davis, prompting referee Andre Marriner to award the penalty that was converted with ease by Alli.Southampton felt aggrieved not have been awarded a penalty of their own shortly before the break when Ben Davies brought Tadic down.But the visitors’ frustration eased when they found a route back into the game just seven minutes after the interval.Ryan Bertrand’s left wing cross should have been cleared by Spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld, but the ball found its way to Ward-Prowse who finished well at the far post after taking a touch.Southampton pressed hard for an equaliser, but Pochettino’s men held on to extend their impressive home record.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Christian Eriksen has a shot on goal on March 19, 2017 © AFP / Justin TALLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 19 – Tottenham overcame the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane to beat Southampton 2-1 and close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.First half goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli at White Hart Lane gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side the cushion they needed to hold onto victory after James Ward-Prowse halved the deficit early in the second half.last_img read more

Pedro: Mourinho said ‘he needed me’ at Chelsea

first_img Pedro Pedro wants to win trophies at Chelsea after being convinced to move to the Premier League champions by Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas.The 28-year-old on Thursday signed a four-year deal after the Blues agreed a £21.4million (30 million euros) fee with Barcelona, with £2.1million of the payment being performance-related add-ons.CHELSEA SIGN PEDRO AND BARCELONA RELEASE VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THANK HIMThe Spain winger, who had been a target of Manchester United, immediately trained with his new team-mates at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground and could make his debut in Sunday’s match at West Brom.It was Mourinho and former Barcelona playmaker Fabregas, whose first season at Stamford Bridge ended with a Premier League and Capital One Cup double, who persuaded Pedro to join the Blues.Pedro said on “He [Mourinho] is one of the main reasons why I’m here. He phoned me a few times and said he needed me to make the team stronger.“He has won titles wherever he has been. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles.“I spoke to Cesc. We are very good friends. I knew I would feel at home here and that was one of the main reasons why I decided to join.“He’s a great player, he’s got brilliant vision and he links up really well with the other attacking players. I know we work well together on the pitch so I can’t wait to play with him again.“I have also played with Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta before, for the national team, so I feel very comfortable here.” 1last_img read more

Jamie Lynn Spears says she’s pregnant

first_img 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! NEW YORK (AP) — Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way – and it’s not Britney’s. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old “Zoey 101” star and sister of Britney, tells OK! magazine that she’s pregnant and that the father is her longtime boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. “It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected,” she says. “I was in complete and total shock and so was he.” Spears is 12 weeks along and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday. “As soon as I found out for sure from the doctor, I took two weeks to myself where I didn’t tell anybody,” she says. “Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone’s opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me.” Spears broke the news to her mother, Lynne, just before Thanksgiving, the magazine says. “She was very upset because it wasn’t what she expected at all,” Spears says. “A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive.” Lynne Spears, already grandmother to Britney’s young sons, says: “I didn’t believe it because Jamie Lynn’s always been so conscientious. She’s never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby.” She says her actress daughter, the telegenic heroine of the popular Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101,” has known Aldridge for years and began dating him in high school. Jamie Lynn plans to raise the baby in her home state of Louisiana – “so it can have a normal family life.” The third season of “Zoey 101” wraps up Jan. 4. “I haven’t spoken to (Nickelodeon) personally, but they have always been so great to me over the past years and have given me so many opportunities.” What message does she want to send to other teens about premarital sex? “I definitely don’t think it’s something you should do; it’s better to wait,” she says. “But I can’t be judgmental because it’s a position I put myself in.”last_img read more

‘Gigi Buffon still ahead of David de Gea as world’s No.1 goalkeeper’

first_img 39-year-old Italian icon Gigi Buffon is still the world’s best goalkeeper, says Bosnich 1 Juventus hero Gianluigi Buffon is still ahead David de Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world, according to former Manchester United glovesman Mark Bosnich.Spanish star De Gea received widespread acclaim for his goalkeeping masterclass in the Red Devils’s recent victory over Arsenal, where his 14 saves – a joint Premier League record – were crucial to United’s massive 3-1 win over their top-four rivals.A host of pundits and former professionals, as well as fans, claimed his sensational display against the Gunners proves De Gea is now the top goalkeeper in world football.But Bosnich has told talkSPORT the 27-year-old still has a way to go to eclipse 39-year-old icon Buffon.“I think De Gea would definitely be in the top-three,” the ex-United, Chelsea and Aston Villa shot-stopper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He was absolutely outstanding against Arsenal. Making 14 saves – it was a really great performance from David de Gea and you if you’re going to win a title you need a goalkeeper who is going to save 20 or 25 points a season. There is no team who has won a title without a great goalkeeper between the sticks.“But, you’ve got to think of Gigi Buffon, regardless of his age. He came in fourth place for the FIFA Best Player awards this year and was awarded the Best Goalkeeper award.“I know we don’t see him play as much as Premier League goalkeepers, but I’d still have Buffon ahead of De Gea as number one.”last_img read more

Lennon: I don’t believe the hype around Gerrard’s Rangers

first_imgHe said: “It’s too early to say if Celtic and Rangers are going to be the top two teams.“There is obviously a significant improvement at Rangers but, for me, it wasn’t that major a job to do.“It wasn’t a great season for them last year and they are investing which ourselves, Hearts and Aberdeen can’t do.“But on any given day any team can be beaten, I still think Celtic will win the league, whether the gap gets closer remains to be seen. “They’ve been playing Champions League games and that stands them in good stead when they come back to domestic football.“As for second place , you’d have to say Rangers would be firm favourites for that but I don’t believe the hype.“There is a lot of hysteria around big clubs in Scotland, England and elsewhere and then you sit down and watch the games and think ‘I’m not so sure’.“We’ll just look to improve on last season if we can, it will be tough with the loss of McGinn and the fact we did brilliantly in the second half of the season.” Neil Lennon played down the “hype” surrounding Steven Gerrard’s impact on Rangers, with the Hibs head coach insisting not much was required to improve the Light Blues’ fortunes.Lennon’s outfit finished just behind the Ibrox side in fourth place last campaign whilst Aberdeen finished second.Hibs host the Dons this weekend, whilst Rangers travel to Motherwell.On the battle for second this season, Lennon acknowledged there had been “significant improvement” at Ibrox but reasoned it was a fairly simple task given the resources at the club.last_img read more

Climate change body launched

first_img20 October 2005An agency that will coordinate South Africa’s efforts to combat climate change was launched at the National Climate Change Conference in Midrand, Johannesburg this week.Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks told the conference that the move was in line with the Kyoto Protocol, which requires developing countries to establish a designated national authority (DNA) to participate in clean development mechanism (CDM) activities in promoting sustainable development.The CDM is a mechanism established to combat climate change and promote sustainable development, and in the process assist developing countries to meet their sustainable development objectives.South Africa’s new agency will regulate CDM activities in SA, promoting the country to attract investors and project developers.Already, it has received four project design documents from the private sector, one of them being for the Kuyasa Low-Cost Housing Project in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, which is registered as the first CDM project in Africa.These projects, if implemented, will help reduce South Africa’s emissions by 21 million tons by 2012 and generate an estimated R618-million from the sale of certified emissions.Hendricks said the effects of climate change on the country’s biodiversity was significant and that regions most affected by prolonged drought cycles would be more vulnerable in coming years.“We run the risk that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may not be able to enjoy the visual splendor of the fynbos of the Western Cape or the daisies of Namaqualand,” she said.Hendricks said the country’s energy efficiency strategy set out a national target of 12% improvement in energy efficiency by 2014, which would contribute towards a reduction in carbon emissions.The minister said South Africa also needed to look “keenly” at nuclear energy as a means of reducing carbon emissions and meeting the needs of a growing economy.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Celebrating, empowering SA’s women

first_img4 August 2010South Africa’s public sector is making “steady progress” in securing senior positions for women in the workplace, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch of Women’s Month 2010 in Pretoria on Monday.Although the entire month is dedicated to women, the public holiday on 9 August is particularly significant, as it marks the 54th anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, at the time the headquarters of the apartheid government.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. More than 20 000 women took part in this march to protest against racial segregation and the discriminatory pass laws, which restricted the movement of black people within declared “white areas”.This year government will use August to reflect on efforts made since then to empower women in South Africa’s rural areas, townships and cities.Women now occupy about 36% of senior-level jobs in government, Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch. “There is steady progress in the representation of women at senior levels of public services.”According to the minister, there are now more women in decision-making roles than there were in 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections.Up to 44% of members of the legislature, on a national and provincial level, are women – this puts South Africa in third position worldwide for the greatest number of females in Parliament, Mayende-Sibiya said.The number of women ministers and deputy ministers has more than doubled over the past 16 years, growing from 18% in 1994 to 40% in 2010, she added.Transformation slow in private sectorWhile the South African government works hard to empower women and positively influence their role in society, other employers are lagging behind.According to the country’s affirmative action policy, the employment of women and previously disadvantaged individuals should be prioritised, but top private-sector positions are still dominated by white men, the government says.Black, Indian and coloured South Africans fall into the “previously disadvantaged” category.At present, white men hold about 63% of senior management jobs in the private sector, while black, Indian and coloured women only account for 5%.While massive progress has been made in boosting female access to education, South Africa has to “ensure that skills development programmes focus on empowering women”, so they are able to follow “careers that are still male-dominated”, Mayende-Sibiya said.Speeding up transformationThe Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities is planning to introduce a new policy to “enforce gender parity measures across all sectors of society”.The Gender Equality Bill should be tabled by next year, Mayende-Sibiya said.The Bill reflects the government’s realisation that it needs to act decisively to enforce change in the workplace. “Our analysis of various studies available indicates that if we continue at the current pace of transformation, it will take us almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity.“We cannot allow that. Measures have to be taken to hasten the process of gender and racial transformation in our country,” the minister said.Empowerment projects in AugustThe government is planning to launch a number of countrywide initiatives to empower women this August.Mayende-Sibiya said their projects are aimed at tackling challenges facing women, reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic status of women in South Africa.The Gauteng provincial government said it will launch 200 women-only schemes across the province from 9 August.The schemes will take the form of cooperatives offering cleaning and catering services in hospitals, according to Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development. “This is part of our agenda to empower women,” he said.Both the public and private sector will support the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on 19 August, as has been done since the drive was launched in 2003.“To enforce mentoring of girls into various careers, we will all be supporting the campaign,” Mayende-Sibiya said.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more