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‘WI can compete well without top players’

first_img Local conditions DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies Test and ODI skipper Jason Holder says the regional team remains a powerful force despite the absence of some top players heading into the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. West Indies are missing some of their big stars in the T20s and ODIs, including explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder AndrÈ Russell. Trinidad and Tobago left- handed batsman Evin Lewis was called up to replace Gayle at the last minute, while Kesrick Williams, the fast bowler from St.Vincent and the Grenadines, has replaced Russell. “It’s obviously a big loss to lose certain players, but obviously, we have some very capable players in the dressing room to fill their boots,” said Holder. International circuit “Evin Lewis was called up at the last minute to replace Chris Gayle, and we saw what he did (100 against India at Lauderhill). I don’t think we are short on personnel. It’s just a matter of everyone getting in and getting used to international circuit. “We have played a very vibrant brand of cricket, especially in the limited overs, and I think whoever is coming in has the ability to do the same.” West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy on Tuesday before the opening T20 match against Pakistan on Friday. “We are just looking to start the series well. It is important that we start well,” said Holder, after an intense net session at the ICC academy on Friday. “We are coming off a very good win against India in the T20 series. We are coming in with a bit of confidence and, hopefully, we can carry it in the heat here in Dubai.” One major factor the Caribbean side will have to contend with is the climate in Dubai. The 24-year-old Barbadian, who celebrates his next birthday in November, says his teammates would need to become familiar with local conditions quickly. “I just think it’s a situation where we understand these conditions as best as we can and as quickly as we can and get acclimatised to the conditions here. The heat is not something we are accustomed to,” said Holder. “We come from the Caribbean, which is quite hot – at times it can get hot – but the humidity in the Caribbean is not as it is here. It is just important to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions here as quickly as possible and play the cricket we are accustomed to.” West Indies and Pakistan will play three T20s, three ODIs, and three Test matches.last_img read more

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Ezzat Eid vs. Grand Cape Mount: Audit Committee Set up to Investigate Claim

first_imgA five-man committee has been set up by Grand Cape Mount County to audit business documents of the Madina Rock Crushers (MRC) owned by Lebanese businessman Ezzat Eid.The audit committee is clothed with the responsibility to ascertain whether Mr. Eid has complied with rebuilding of over 30 houses allegedly damaged by his company’s rock blasts.The committee, headed by Cape Mount Senator Abel Massaley, is also mandated to review financial documents of the Madina Development Associations (MDA), the group responsible to liaise between the county and the MRC.The perusal of financial documents of the two institutions is owed to counter-claim of burden.The committee was established on Saturday, July 11, in a general meeting at the Madina Town Hall, and is expected to report on Saturday, July 17, 2014 in the same venue at 11.Members of the Committee include District # 2 Representative Mambu M. Sonii, Mr. Carsemu B. Brown, Chief of Office Staff of Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Development Superintendent Tenneh Simpson-Kpedebah and Alex K. Balo, the chairperson of the County for the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.The committee was set up as a result of a three-day protest carried out by women and youths from the towns of Madina, Mankoh and Soh in demand for the rebuilding of over 30 houses broken down allegedly due to rock blast.The aggrieved women lamented that about 37 families are homeless while more than 12 persons are seeking medical attention at the Gbenejii Hospital.Madam Yatta Dosii, the County Chairlady told journalists that the demonstration stemmed from failed negotiation with the management of MRC.The youths under the banner, “Concerned Youths,” headed by Mohammed Dosii, have petitioned the management of MRC, cataloguing six points to be addressed to end the protest.The protest was read before a representative of the management of MRC, Arnu, Madina Commissioner Kasor Kadii, the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police in Region, Daniel B. Gotojuwee along with some officers of the Grand Cape Mount Police Detachment.Important amongst the points were the reconditioning and reconstruction of damaged houses, review of the 20-year contract between the town and the MRC, and the improvement of workers at the MRC.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Senator (Atty.) Massaley promised to tell the truth and wrong.He said the county is bigger than anybody, and everybody is responsible and important to the county.For their parts, Representative Sonii and Mrs. Kpedebah urged the women and youth to remain peaceful and await the findings.The MDA comprises nine men, and Blama A. Freeman is the president.According to reports, MRC is a US$80 million company and has signed a 20-year agreement to run from 2013 to 2033.The reports further says, MRC gives about $15,000 quarterly to MRC as royalty fees for the rock, and annual land fees of about US$35,000 as well as US$15,000 annually for scholarships.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Valleyview man wanted for attempted murder

first_imgBartlett is said to have stabbed another person three times at a Valleyview residence on February 14. He is known to frequent the Edmonton area and should not be approached if seen.The photo was taken in 2008. Bartlett now has short, spiked hair.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Valleyview RCMP at 780-524-3343, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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Something missing in loss

first_imgSomewhere at home in Newport Beach, watching the Lakers lose 98-94 to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, Kobe Bryant must have wanted to throw an elbow at the television. With Bryant serving the first of a two-game suspension, the Lakers fell back to .500 for the first time since Dec. 10, losing their fourth straight game amid a hail of missed free throws and bad decisions down the stretch. On any other night, Bryant almost certainly would have found the ball in his hands. “Luke, with his instincts, he thought he saw something,” Cook said. “We can’t really fault one person. We just didn’t execute.” Keith McLeod wound up with the ball and sank both free throws to put the Jazz in front 96-92. McLeod also scored a critical basket with 1:17 left as Smush Parker and Devean George lost track of him off a screen inside. It might not have come to that had the Lakers hit their foul shots. Walton missed both free throws during one trip to the line in the fourth quarter. George missed the second of two foul shots twice in the last 3:12. Bryant was suspended for an elbow he delivered to Memphis guard Mike Miller’s chin in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss. He wasn’t allowed to attend Sunday’s game, though Odom said he planned on talking to Bryant by phone afterward. The Lakers are now 6-11 playing without Bryant the past two seasons. They were down Sunday to just 11 available players – three of whom are rookies – with Bryant suspended. Without Bryant, the Lakers had 32.7 points and 26.3 shots to account for. Jackson described his starters as “licking their chops” at those numbers. The only question was who would step into the void and what kind of shots would be there for the taking. Cook, who was so sick he sat out Wednesday’s game, hit his first eight shots and finished with 19 points. Odom totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and George added 15 points as five players finished in double figures. “It has to do with taking good shots and understanding how to run the offense to get the good shots and the execution part,” Jackson said. “Having Kobe around is a bailout. We had a couple of things on and the execution wasn’t there.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson And it came one day after Lakers coach Phil Jackson stressed to his team at practice that they weren’t going to lose any more games at the line. The Lakers missed 3 of 6 free throws at the end of regulation in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Memphis. “You can get hypnotists to work with guys, and you can get soothsayers or voodoo or something,” Jackson said. “But clearly it’s a matter of confidence and going out there and just settling in and doing the job you have to do as a professional player.” The Lakers (15-15) not only must deal with their longest losing streak of the season, but also with a woeful 6-8 record this season at Staples Center. The play of the game came with 25.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers searching for the tying basket. Brian Cook tried to use a back pick and cut to the basket off an inbounds play. Luke Walton, who started in Bryant’s place, thought he spotted an opening and rifled the ball inside to Cook. But Utah center Jarron Collins got a hand in front to knock away the pass and deny the Lakers. center_img They will be without Bryant again Tuesday night as they play the Jazz in Salt Lake City, the second game of a home-and-home set. The Lakers have lost their past four games by a combined 13 points. It would have taken a perfect game to win without Bryant. Instead, the Lakers picked a bad night for one of their worst free-throw shooting games (15 for 25) of the season. They missed 5 of 8 foul shots in the fourth quarter as the Jazz converted 12 of 12. last_img read more

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West Ham’s striker bid, Spurs want midfielder, Chelsea and Man City target wonderkid

first_imgtalkSPORT round up all the biggest transfer gossip from Sunday’s newspapers and online… Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion TOP WORK 3 changes Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Most Read In Football whoops SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? huge blow revealed Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Xhaka helped Arsenal secure a 1-1 draw with Liverpool Ramsey will not be offered a new Arsenal contract Manchester United are struggling to tie David de Gea and Anthony Martial to new contracts due to the high wages paid to Alexis Sanchez. The Chile forward is believed to earn around £400,000-a-week. (Mirror)Everton have been linked with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the highly-rated Crystal Palace full-back. Marco Silva could attempt to sign the youngster by offering Ademola Lookman or Cenk Tosun in exchange. (Sun)Barcelona are reportedly considering a January move for David Luiz, the Chelsea defender. (Calciomercato) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury West Ham are considering making a January loan move for Kostas Mitroglou, the Greece forward. The 30-year-old is best known in England for a poor spell playing for Fulham. (Mail)Tottenham have been linked with Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios, who could be signed for just £16million. (Star)Sunderland wonderkid Bali Mumba, 17, is reportedly a target for both Chelsea and Manchester City. (Sun)Bayern Munich have emerged as front runners in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, though Manchester United and Liverpool are also keen on the Wales international. Ramsey is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires. (Express) How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 3 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? tense 3 And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…‘Lee Probert is an absolute disgrace’ – Football fans fume as referee correctly books Leicester City goalscorer Demarai GrayBurnley boss Sean Dyche wants to ‘clean up football’ as he heaps praise on West Ham United forward Grady Diangana for not divingSome Arsenal fans hail ‘immense’ Granit Xhaka after incredible performance against Liverpool gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ‘Fabinho shows why Jordan Henderson is missed so much’: Some Liverpool fans change their opinion on midfield pairManchester United news: ‘We were very lucky’ – Jose Mourinho admits Red Devils could have been 6-2 down at half-time against Bournemouthlast_img read more

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James Odoch turns down Ntinda, JMC Hippos

first_img Tags: James Odochtop Odoch was at Nyamityobora at the start of the season (file photo)KAMPALA – Former Nyamityobora FC head Coach, James Odoch is believed to have turned a chance to get back into management.The former Cranes winger who was fired by Nyamityobora barely a month ago turned down Ntinda United and JMC Hippos, two sides currently playing in the FUFA Big League.First Ntinda United came knocking onto the doors of the CAF ‘B’ licenced tactician before Jinja Municipal Council Hippos.Odoch confirmed the reports:“I am not attached to any club and have not decided to join any club at the moment, said Odoch.“I have been approached by Ntinda United FC and there was nothing conclusive.“Secondly, JMC Hippos also approached me but I boldly told the director that I would recommend someone and chip in with advise here and there once in a while.Odoch was head coach at top tier side Nyamityobora FootballClub before he was shown the back door following a string of bad results including a 6-1 humiliating defeat at KCCA FC.Days after his departure, he was replaced by former Maroons and Onduparaka head coach Asaph Mwebaze.Reportedly, Odoch, a former Uganda Revenue Authority assistant coach under Ibrahim Kirya, is destined for a move to the top flight football.Odoch has also previously coach at Jinja Municipal Council Hippos before he crossed over to URA and lately Nyamityobora (coached Nyamityobora both in the FUFA Big League and Uganda Premier League).Comments last_img read more

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Julian Assange: The Movie

first_imgSooner or later, the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks story will be a major motion picture. It has all of the elements of an edge-of-your-seat thriller: a charismatic leader (with great hair) going up against government corruption, a precipitous fall from grace, a seedy sex angle, and a dramatic last stand. We’ve assembled a rough cut out of scenes from cinematic classics. To all you aspiring filmmakers who dream of pitching a treatment, take a look at what The Julian Assange Story could be. And thanks in advance for remembering us in your Oscar acceptance speech!Scene 1: The Birth of a Legend. The story starts with a glimpse of our hero in his heyday, cutting a dodgy, back-alley deal for illicit information onto which he can shine the light of day. Maybe start with Project B, the classified 2007 video showing an Apache gunship crew killing innocent civilians and two journalists in Iraq. Assange releases teh clip, igniting an international debate about the role of the media and the autonomy of military operations. Plenty of people think Assange has gone too far, but just as many believe he has shed light on a subject that needed to be discussed. Need a place to start? Try Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in All the President’s Men. Scene 2: Introducing the Antagonist. You’ll need a villain, of course, someone who represents offical opposition to Assange’s efforts. A U.S. military officer would be perfect. The Army doesn’t exactly support the killing of civilians, but Wikileaks’ release of the Apache video looks like the top of a slippery slope, and the government doesn’t want that kind of scrutiny. Clearly, this man must be stopped. So they send someone to take him down. Someone who’s dangerous, tenacious, and resilient – a good soldier who has the guts to terminate Assange “with extreme prejudice.” Scene 3: The Doomed Romance. Assange and his wife separated in 1999, which leave plenty of room for a love interest. It’s a tragic affair, of course, since our hero is a man of mystery. He’s a loner. A . . . rebel? Yeah. A rebel. With awesome hair. The scene would go something like this: Scene 4: The Set-Up. Assange hits the big time in February 2010, when Wikileaks begins releasing classified communications among the worldwide offices of the U.S. State Dept. You’ll need a steely performer to play Hillary Clinton – say, John Travolta in a reprise of his role in Hairspray – who asserts that the leak “puts people’s lives in danger, threatens national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.” Meanwhile, sexual assault allegations in Sweden further complicate matters. Stand and fight or turn and run? Assange is wanted for a crime he didn’t commit, so he evades his would-be captors, hounds at his heels. That scene might go something like this: Scene 5: Backed Into a Corner. Forced to seek refuge in Ecuador’s British embassy, Assange is out of options. The Americans and British, thinking Assange is out of control, are closing their nets and locking him down. The fun times are over. For inspiration, filmmakers might want to look to the the time Riff Raff and Magenta busted up Fran N Furter’s pool party: “Frank-N-Furter, it’s all over. Your mission is a failure. Your lifestyle’s too extreme.”Scene 6: The Nightmare. OK, so Sweden isn’t exactly Transylvania. But extradition is extradition. Assange steps to the embassy window to taunt the British, where he spies troops mobilizing to storm the embassy. Bloodshed ensues as the British troops take on Ecuador and, ultimately, Assange and his army of information-wants-to-be-free warriors. It’s a good thing, then, that we’ve already lined up a film about an anti-hero who mocks law enforcement from the safety of a secure tower that has never been breached. It’s got a killer soundtrack and some amazing martial arts sequences. (Try to sign up some of these guys – they really know how to do a roundhouse kick.)Scene 7: The Escape. Is this it for Assange? Of course not. At the last minute, with the troops closing in, he wakes to the sound of rescuers attempting to smuggle him out – perhaps in a shipping container or the trunk of a car. If you think that sounds too crazy to work, check out the trailer for Argo, in which an angry mob chases innocent workers into a friendly diplomatic safe zone and the U.S. government hatches a wacky scheme to being them home. So there’s your movie. You’re welcome. Let us know which scenes we’ve missed! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#humor#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img cormac foster A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Interview with Rachel Swindle, Runner, Yoga Instructor and Vegan

first_imgDisclosure:  Rachel is my daughter and has been very conscientious about following a self-taught plant-based diet without professional training. This is her story!Are you vegetarian or vegan?I was vegan for two years, then vegetarian for the past six months or so with the occasional serving of chicken. Currently, I mostly adhere to a vegan diet but living in Oregon I do consume seafood in small quantities about once a month. I’m not strict about it when eating out or if at a dinner party, I will try to stick to veggies and grains but won’t send something back if it has cheese or butter on it.How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?I went vegan in January of 2015; vegetarian-ish for about six months in early 2017, now mostly vegan again.Why did you decide to become vegetarian/vegan?Several reasons- I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease during the summer of 2008 and struggled with it intensely for several years. In 2012, during a summer break from college, I worked on an organic vegetable farm and naturally transitioned to a more plant-based diet and noticed that I felt quite a bit better. Those months were the first in four years that I was symptom-free. The diet didn’t stick when I went back for my senior year of undergrad and the flare-ups came back, but several years later I decided to make the switch. It was coupled with a piqued interest in yoga, as I was in a teacher training at the time and was learning about ancient ethical standards of living and how vegetarianism fits into that lifestyle. I spent weeks researching various studies that had shown a positive correlation between plant-based diets and remission success rates for Crohn’s patients. Dairy and high-fat meats seem to be of particular concern for those suffering from irritable bowel diseases. Further, a side effect of Crohn’s that I frequently struggle with is arthritic joints, specifically in the knees and spine. I found evidence that plant-based diets could reduce the inflammation that correlates with or causes (depending on who you ask) this pain. Pain and inconvenience are, by far, most deleterious to the quality of life for patients with Crohn’s disease. Modern medical approaches to treating pain are unsustainable for most, and I personally did not want to rely on medication to feel okay every day. At the time that I made the switch, I was at the beginning of my professional career, which necessitated a more viable solution to Crohn’s symptoms. In college it’s acceptable to go to class in sweatpants or ask your friends to record lectures when I had fevers; the same approach does not suffice in corporate America. Prior to committing to a yoga and meditation practice that reduced stress levels and a plant-based diet, I felt like I was constantly reacting and playing defense with my health. While I am not a strict vegan anymore, I still feel as though a 90% plant-based diet coupled with exercise and meditation has been and continues to be a vital aspect of sustained well-being and improved quality of life. Animal agriculture is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, a huge cause of deforestation, and it uses grain and water resources that could be directed towards humans instead of livestock maintenance. I care about our planet and felt that cutting out animal products was an easy way to protect limited resources.Health- there seems to be statistically significant links between increased meat consumption and higher rates of certain diseases. Vegans also have, on average, lower BMIs than meat-eaters. Also, as someone with Crohn’s disease, I had found some research indicated that a plant-based diet can produce favorable results for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases.Ethical concerns regarding the treatment of animals. I grew up with a dog, whom I loved dearly, and it seemed counter-intuitive to me to be opposed to eating my dog but not to eating a cow. Further, animals raised for meat and dairy are treated horrifically.What benefits do you receive from being a vegetarian/vegan?I’ve noticed increased energy and easier and more regular digestion when adhering to a mostly plant-based diet. I’ve also noticed easier recovery from workouts (I’m a runner and a yoga teacher/practitioner).Are there any difficulties with being vegetarian/vegan?It is challenging to eat out sometimes. It’s quite easy to be vegan in Portland, as it’s a popular lifestyle here, but living in central Illinois and going to restaurants often presented logistical issues. Another difficulty is attending dinner parties with few vegetarian options because you don’t want to be rude by not eating what the host has provided but you also don’t want to be difficult by requesting something that suits your diet. I usually try to avoid this situation by offering to bring something that I know I can eat.Once you became vegetarian/vegan what there anything you missed?Cheeseburgers, Papa Del’s deep dish pizza (Illinois girl at heart!), my dad’s steaks, Velveeta and shells (college guilty pleasure), sushi (when I wasn’t eating seafood), and ice cream from Custard Cup.What is the best advice you would give for anyone thinking about becoming vegetarian/vegan?Do your homework! There are a ton of resources available for those considering the switch. I used and still use Pinterest all the time to find healthy, protein-rich plant-based recipes. (Below are a few of my favorite websites.) If you work a standard 9-5 job then make a dish on Sunday that can serve as your lunch all week. Figure out an easy breakfast (mine is usually a smoothie, oatmeal, or fruit) that you can rely on. And write down WHY you’re making the switch so that when you feel tempted to veer off course you can reference why it is that you’re doing this.Also important is making sure you’re getting enough essential vitamins and minerals; your PCP can run a blood test to check iron and B vitamin levels, which are common deficiencies in vegans (remember that most meat-eaters also take vitamins, it’s okay for you to do the same!).Be forewarned that there is a lot of vegan junk food out there, which is great for the occasional indulgence, but just because something is vegan does not make it healthy!Lastly, try to ignore anyone who heckles you about your diet. Eat what makes your body work the best for you and if a vegan or vegetarian diet makes you feel good then who cares what anyone else thinks! Just be prepared to get some inquisitive and confused comments from your [grand]parents 😉http://www.theppk.com/recipes/https://www.forksoverknives.com/http://vegangela.com/http://www.theglowingfridge.com/This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ“My favorite is steak. But I also love pancit and lechon,” said the senior high school student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe was the youngest gold winner for Team Philippines after winning the women’s -70-kilogram gold Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.“My strength is in-born. My father influenced me,” she said through judo officials Lorna and Takeshi Nakano. The Nakanos are parents of bronze winners Shugen and Keisei. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi may have learned judo from her father, but it was her mother, who introduced her to Filipino delicacies such as pancit and lechon.The 16-year-old Takahashi went to her mother’s home province of Davao when she was 10 and that’s when she developed her love for Filipino food.ADVERTISEMENT Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Takahashi honed her skills in Hyogo, a district in Japan which has a very strong women’s judo team.Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.But back in the district level, Takahashi said her best achievement was only second place.In this SEA Games, however, she’s the No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

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Safiq: We hope the fans will turn up

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Safiq calls for fans to make their presence felt at Hang Jebat Stadium Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tan Cheng Hoe, Nelo Vingada, Safiq Rahim, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Asian Cup qualifer Goal Asian Cup Qualification Malaysia Malaysia v Hong Kong Hong Kong Safiq Rahim calls on the support of fans for the crucial Asian Cup qualifier against Hong Kong that can help turn the tide in favour of Malaysia Malaysia have a chance to pick up their first positive result under new management and the guidance of Eduardo ‘Nelo’ Vingada when they take on Hong Kong in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifier at Hang Jebat Stadium on Tuesday.Having started his reign with a defeat against Lebanon in Malaysia’s opening fixture in Group B, it was soon followed by two more defeats at the hands of Syria and then Myanmar. It does not make for happy reading but all Malayan Tigers fans would gladly accept those two defeats if it meant a win on Tuesday. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Portuguese Vingada pointed out during his pre-match press conference on Monday that while the matches in which he has presided over have been defeats, the team as a whole has gone through a positive phase of improvement.The 64-year-old former Saudi Arabia head coach is hoping for the team to find one final element that would change their fortunes around and that could start against Hong Kong. If the team could find it in them to remained vigilant throughout the entire match, they may well be on their way to start picking up valuable points in the group.”We have a very crucial game for our target. We are here to develop, to bring better solutions and to change the negative results that have happened in the last 2 – 3 years. And now we are still with the negative results but the performance I believe in all games, we are near to achieve positive results.””We’ll do our best to get the three points because it’s the most important. We are getting better and better, especially against Myanmar for best part of 70 minutes, we were in control and good in possession.”But to be honest, what is missing in our team is this wish to sometimes to be realistic and play for the result. Sometimes we have to play well but sometimes we have to play for the result,” said Vingada.The arrival of Francisco ‘Kiko’ Insa Bohigues into the squad for this second training camp under Vingada has seen the Pahang player being deployed in the defensive midfield role. A choice that frees up the defensive responsibilities from Safiq Rahim which allows the mercurial midfielder to focus on providing the ammunition in attack.The captain of Johor Darul Ta’zim knows that Malaysia can ill-afford to lose to Hong Kong, a win could set Malaysia on their way to pick up one of the two spots that will guarantee a place in the finals. Having seen the effect fans had for the junior team in the recently concluded 2017 KL SEA Games, Safiq is hoping to get a boost from the stands.”Us as players want support. We cannot deny that we want support from everyone. We hope the fans will turn up for the game tomorrow and with their presence, it will spur us on to be extra motivated to get a good result,” said Safiq.The last two matches that were held on home soil both in Johor Bahru and last month in Melaka did not see a full stadium but the Malaysia captain is hoping that would change come Tuesday.The Malayan Ultras who had to forgo their usual support in the SEA Games final due to ticketing difficulties have pledged to give their support for this Hong Kong match. Their presence could well be the extra advantage that Malaysia need to start pushing their way up Group B.last_img read more