By Nemanja BjedovWITH two thirds of the Cyprus championship already completed, nine teams are still in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top six places at the end of the regular season which leads to the battle for European spots next season and, more importantly, the national championship.After dismantling Doxa Katokopia 6-1 last weekend, Anorthosis are set to open Round 18 against AEK Kouklion at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.This will be a meeting of the team with the best attack in the league, Anorthosis, who have scored 39 goals so far, against the team with the worst defence away from home. The Kouklion side have conceded 28 times in eight games and they are yet to record a single point away from the Paphiako Stadium.At the same time in Larnaca, Nea Salamina face Enosis Neon Paralimni at the Ammochostos Stadium, while defending champions APOEL will be looking to extend their unbeaten run on all fronts to 13 games when they visit Aris in Limassol at 6pm.Omonia are desperate to get back to winning ways after two heavy losses to Apollon and AEL in the league. They take on Alki, who were dismal in their midweek cup clash against lower division strugglers Onisilos Sotira, on Saturday afternoon also at 6pm at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.“We are working very hard to start winning again. We have a very good opportunity to do so against Alki. Not because Alki is a weak opponent or anything like that, but simply because that is our next game,” assessed Omonia coach Miguel Angel Lotina.“It is good to feel some pressure and this is absolutely normal with the big teams such as Omonia. We know that we are a long way behind the teams at the top and that we need to improve to achieve our goals. However, I am confident in this team and we will stop fighting only once the championship is finished,” he added.On Sunday afternoon at 3pm, in-form AEK host league leaders AEL who will arrive in Larnaca fresh from being eliminated in the Round of 16 of the national cup by APOEL in the midweek.The home side is chasing sixth spot which leads into the playoffs as they are currently seventh with 26 points, four points behind Omonia.Two hours later Apollon host Doxa Katokopia at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, while at the same time Ermis Aradippou take on Ethnikos Achnas.
Injured Brazil striker Neymar has targeted May 17 for a return to training and vowed to work harder than ever to be ready for this year’s World Cup in Russia.The Paris St Germain player, who became the world’s most expensive footballer when he joined the club from Barcelona in August, had an operation on his foot after being injured in a French league game against Olympique de Marseille on Feb. 25.He has been receiving treatment in Brazil and said he expects to be training exactly a month before the five-times champions play their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.“I get my final exam, if I’m not mistaken, on May 17 and then I’ll be free to play,” he told reporters at a news conference in Sao Paulo.“I had an exam last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible…“I am having treatment every day, and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that’s coming up, it’s a World Cup. I’ve waited four years for this chance, it’s close and I hope to get there in great shape.”Neymar played for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup but missed the catastrophic 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany through injury.Brazil struggled in the two years immediately after their home World Cup but have since rebounded and go to Russia as joint favourites with bookmakers along with Germany.Neymar, who joined PSG for a fee of 222 million euros ($275 million), said he was apprehensive about kicking a football again after almost three months out.“I expect to go (to the World Cup) in a better state than before,” he said. “Of course, doubts exist and I feel them too sometimes, but that’s normal for a guy who has had the first surgery of his career. It’s very difficult for me not playing and not training.”“I have to work even harder but I am going to have enough time to arrive in form for the World Cup, to prepare. It was horrible getting injured but I am more rested, that’s the upside. We have to see the positive side of things.”After opening their Group E World Cup campaign against Switzerland, Brazil face Costa Rica on June 22 and then Serbia five days later.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Neil Etheridge elevates to thwart an attack on the Walsall goal by Shrewsbury Town in England’s League One.Neil Etheridge kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel as he talked with passion and pride, his baritone reverberating inside the car.The drive from Walsall, where he was playing his club football then, to London, where he was based, took three hours. Just a few minutes after League One side Walsall’s frustrating 0-1 loss to Macclesfield Town in an FA Cup game, Etheridge was in the mood for a talk on that cold November night.ADVERTISEMENT “I stayed on Chris’ couch for three weeks,” Neil recalls. “Probably the toughest time of my life. I had no job and was nowhere close to getting the deal that I wanted. My savings [were] running out. I was really depressed and Chris was one of those friends who helped me get through that tough time.”Neil and Chris have been good friends since their days together at Fulham.Left with little option, Neil took a massive pay cut. He needed an opportunity and Charlton gave him his chance to be seen by other clubs. That stint led to a deal with Walsall, a League One side with a loyal fan base, which he nearly led to promotion to the Championship a year ago.“When you’re a player for a Premier League team, it’s easy to live in the moment, spend money and have that feeling that this career is never going to end,” says Neil, who had one Europa League appearance for Fulham. “But losing that job and dropping to the lower leagues will make you work harder and think about your future.”Etheridge went on to play 81 matches for Walsall, compiling a highlight reel of spectacular performances.Etheridge’s story takes extra significance on July 1 as he completes his lucrative move to Cardiff City, a Championship side, based in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is looking to make a push for a place in the Premier League, and manager Neil Warnock has tipped Etheridge to be a key player in their drive back to the Premiership for the first time since 2014.The impending transfer was the reason why Etheridge had to skip the Philippines’ “friendly” against China, as well as the Asian Cup Qualifying match against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday.“I have always put the Azkals first, but this is such a big move going to Cardiff and for once I have to step back and put my career first,” he says. “This contract is surreal to me. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”Taking into account the lessons of the past, trust Neil to make the most out of this massive opportunity. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Neil knew he could have done better, but he’d also been playing the game long enough not to worry about things that were beyond his control. Make no mistake about it, he’s all about winning. But Neil knew he couldn’t get too harsh on himself, too, with every defeat.The drive is still Neil’s routine after each game. A day before the match, he travels to Walsall and stays in a hotel to prepare for the weekend game. During the season, he’s at the training ground at 9 a.m. and lifts weights in the afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundNeil’s focus and attention to detail in an effort to become the best player he can be has always been impressive ever since he started playing for the Philippines in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in Iloilo. Sure, he’s a specimen at 6 feet 3, but the swagger which has highlighted his early days with the Azkals has been replaced by an unmistakeable assurance and maturity.Neil, whose mother, Merlinda Dula, hails from Tarlac, wasn’t always this way. He loved the spotlight and the parties, but these things don’t excite him much anymore. Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player PLAY LIST 01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player01:32Neil Etheridge on PH reaching the Asian Cup for the first time00:55Neil Etheridge on his decision to not hold a soccer academy in PH this past summer01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES Remember Mario Manubay? China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’ve mellowed,” Neil tells the Inquirer. Neil’s answer begged another question: What happened? “Going jobless for a few months can do that to you. It makes you appreciate things that you have now,” he replies.Three years ago, Neil thought about quitting the sport altogether. Neil was released by Fulham at the end of the 2014 season. But the timing of the release was awful because he had just aggravated an injury. Worse, he was left out by Azkals coach Thomas Dooley from the Peace Cup lineup, along with Stephan Schrock.Neil sent out a tweet in response to his omission and that didn’t sit well with Dooley. “It was a really emotional time for me and I was hoping I could get a call-up for the national team so I could play and at the same time take my mind away from the struggle of looking for a club,” the keeper says.Etheridge had been a reliable No. 1 for the Azkals. He’d been part of almost every major victory of the team since the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam. “But that (call-up) didn’t happen and I felt hurt,” he says. “It’s all in the past now.”Neil stayed at Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s place as he tried out for several clubs. Those clubs weren’t ready to give him the deal that he enjoyed at Fulham, which was just relegated to the Championship.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View comments
There are several diseases for which mankind have not managed to discover the cure at this time. Physicians can try dealing with the symptoms, but they haven’t found a way of actually treating the source of the disease itself. But in an article I read recently, there’s a new In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) technique that could reduce the risks of some of these disorders being passed on from mother to child. But several British Parliamentarians have argued against the therapy, citing the moral implications in substituting the damaged DNA in the mitochondria.During one of my classes, we discussed a problem that was based on the types of Muscular Dystrophy, which affects the muscles of the body and is due to certain muscle protein not produced. We learnt through our research that it was an inherited genetic disorder and once someone was born with Muscular Dystrophy there aren’t currently any real treatment options. And then I read this article, and I saw that there are advances being made to manipulate the genetic code, so that mothers wouldn’t be able to pass on diseases involving their mitochondria to their children. And it really made me feel hopeful, that they could keep on making advances, and eventually we would find a way to deal with most inherited disorders, not just ones involving mitochondria. But then I felt disappointed to read about the British MPs opposing the technique.But the article forced me to consider both sides of the argument. And very importantly, it made me realise that with so many rapid advances being made in the dynamic world of medicine, I’ll have to make decisions and consider these moral implications at some point in the futureA neighbour of mine, who is the same age as one of my aunts, suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and it is rather poignant to compare her vibrancy with the wheelchair bound individual I glimpsed through our fence since childhood. I know he will gradually, inexorably deteriorate until he is no more. I also had some experience with another genetic disorder- sickle cell anaemia.When I was in 2nd form, my Math Teacher’s three-year-old daughter died of complications due to sickle cell anaemia. There’s no cure for sickle cell anaemia, it’s a genetic disorder and the faulty gene is passed on. I saw how devastated my teacher was, and who could blame her – she’d just lost her little girl after months of desperately trying to find ways for her to have the best shot at a normal life. But if a baby is born with sickle cell anaemia, there’s not much that can be done in the way of treatment. But what if they were able to do something in vitro? What if the disease could have been prevented? We’re a way off from coming up with a way to manipulate the genetic code to prevent sickle cell anaemia.But we’re just making things even more difficult if politicians intervene by playing to public sentiments without considering the underlying science. Essentially advances in science in and of themselves are not “bad” or “good” – it’s to what use they’re put. In the case of MD, the science does not alter any aspect of the patient’s humanity – that which make them human – but simply allowed to live a fuller human life. The solution is to impose controls over the use of the scientific advance to ensure it is not abused.I would like to hope that as a doctor I would make the choices that would give my patient the best possible quality of life. I’d like to be the type of doctor that takes the time to educate my patients about the dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse, so that I can prevent lung cancer and liver cirrhosis instead of having to treat them. And if there’s a chance to prevent a child from being born with an untreatable disease, I’d like to take it.
The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.Expressed simply, sustainable tourism can be defined as, “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”The 2017 designation marks a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilising all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour, towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.Guyana has, in the past, made significant strides towards the promotion of Sustainable Tourism, and the destination has been recognised for its efforts; Guyana’s Rupununi region had justified the resources poured into its development, as it copped the regional spotlight by winning the 2012 Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award. The award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and Travelmole (CTO/Travelmole) was accepted by Guyana’s Rupununi Learners Inc, for improving the quality of life of the district’s inhabitants.In 2011, this award was shared by the Surama Eco-Lodge, also located in the North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). This tourist destination was recognised by the CTO for harnessing the economic power of the visitor industry in a responsible and sustainable way. The 2011 award was shared with Barbados’ Harrison’s Cave. Guyana’s Karanambu Lodge Inc were among the big winners of the TravelMole 2013 sustainable tourism awards handed out by the CTO. The country, for the second consecutive year, emerged as the big winner, copping three of the six prizes presented. These awards pointed to the hard work and commitment of stakeholders in Guyana and to the policy direction of the Tourism Ministry and Authority.President Granger, in his remarks at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana last year, acknowledged that the promotion of eco-tourism would be essential to the enlargement of our national economy over the next two decades and beyond, and he assured that his administration would work towards ensuring that the sector would be developed more deliberately and more methodically over this period.He emphasised also, that Guyana’s eco-tourism product, however, cannot be developed without improvement in investment, infrastructure and information technology. He therefore called for investment by the private sector to develop more eco-resorts and lodges, and to open new attractions. He assured that the Government would aggressively court investment for the eco-tourism sector. While there has been private sector investment, the slowdown in the economy has resulted in little returns on those investments and with the added taxes, many companies are grappling with introducing higher rates at the risk of losing business.Sustainable tourism development requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary. Clearly, 2017 will be a challenging year and for the Tourism Sector, and as Guyana moves towards a sustainable development path, it will be up to the Government to ensure viable, long-term economic operations, which will provide socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders, which are fairly distributed, and which includes stable employment and income-earning opportunities.Guyana is set to host the four prestigious Hero Caribbean Premier League games next month. These games will serve as a platform for the promotion of tourism. Guyana will benefit both from both financial and international exposure through these games. It is time we aggressively move towards the promotion of its tourism sector, and move away from simply acknowledging the country’s potential.
MOST READ Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES The Kings won, 81-77, behind 22-year-old forward Wenyen Gabriel, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Semaj Christon also collected a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.The Kings, who finished ninth place in the loaded Western Conference with a 39-43 record last season, face the Miami Heat on Wednesday before taking on the Lakers on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 41-year-old Alapag, who went into coaching in 2015 as an assistant at Gilas Pilipinas, was invited by his good friend Vlade Divac, the former NBA veteran who now serves as the Kings’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager, to be part of the team’s coaching staff for the Summer League.22 PTS | 12 REB@SacramentoKings win 81-77 with @WenyenGabriel leading the way! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/4gDEcV6plO— NBA (@NBA) July 2, 2019 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists INQUIRER Photo/Denison DalupangMANILA, Philippines—Jimmy Alapag made his debut as assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League Tuesday (Manila time).Alapag, the former national team captain, was on the Sacramento sidelines as the Kings opened their Summer League campaign against the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT Wimbledon makes change in using Miss or Mrs. on court Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Four days after becoming the first female darts player to beat a man at the PDC World Championship, she did it again Saturday – this time eliminating No. 11-ranked Mensur Suljovic with a 3-1 win in the second round.The 25-year-old Englishwoman c linched victory against Suljovic by hitting a bullseye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m still waiting for it all to sink in,” said Sherrock, a one-time professional hairdresser who first picked up a dart when she was aged 17. “I don’t know how I’m going to sleep tonight.”Now she believes she can go all the way. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Fallon Sherrock and Ted Evetts in action at the PDC Darts World Championship at Alexandra Palace, London, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2019. Sherrock become the first female player to beat a man at the PDC World Championship after she recovered from losing the opening set to beat Ted Evetts 3-2 in front of a raucous crowd at Alexandra Palace. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Fallon Sherrock put her right hand over her mouth in sheer astonishment as a raucous darts crowd celebrated behind her.Another wild night, another stunning win for the Queen of Alexandra Palace.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIES When asked if she could win the tournament, Sherrock said: “Why not? I have won two games, I am just going to take each game as it comes but there is nothing to say that I can’t. I am going to try.“I have just proved that we (women) can beat anyone. I have beaten two of the best players in the world. If that doesn’t show that women can play darts, I don’t know what does.”Sherrock, a former runner-up at the women’s world championship, will play Chris Dobey in the last 32.Organizers decided for the first time last year to allocate two of the 96 places in the world championship field to women. Previously, women could attempt to qualify for the event, but now spots are guaranteed.Women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki took James Richardson to a sudden-death leg in the fifth set before losing on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Luka Doncic close to signing with Jordan Brand No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Three other women – Gayl King, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton – have previously played matches at a PDC World Championship. They all lost in the first roundSherrock is guaranteed to win at least 15,000 pounds (nearly $20,000) after beating Suljovic, who congratulated his opponent before quickly exiting the stage. The Austrian has won multiple tournaments in his career, is a former World Matchplay runner-up, and has been in the last 16 at the world championship three times.After her first win this week, Sherrock became an overnight celebrity, appearing on some of the biggest TV and radio shows in Britain and getting a blue tick next to her name on her Twitter account.Sherrock developed a serious kidney condition after giving birth to her son, Rory, five years ago. She had to take medication and one of the side-effects was the swelling of her face, which led to her receiving abuse online for her appearance. She says she drinks water on stage during matches to flush out her kidneys.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Shattering the dreams of your rivals, having a thing for Jose Mourinho and a love of Gary Neville’s orgasm – if you recognise any of these signs then you’re most probably a Chelsea fan.It’s a good time to be a Blue at the minute, with Man City providing the only real threat to winning a fourth Premier League title. Frank Lampard may have left, but Didier Drogba is back and Diego Costa is scoring for fun.Check out more funny videos and subscribe to talkSPORT’s YouTube channel.
ATTENTION, LAUSD students: Summer’s here, and it’s time to crack the books! No, not textbooks. We’re talking books for pleasure. Under Superintendent David Brewer III’s Books for Summer program, reading this summer could provide even more than the usual intellectual stimulation. The program encourages students and their parents to read four books from a list of grade-level titles, then write reports. Everyone who participates will get a chance to win a savings bond and an invitation to see J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, at the Kodak Theatre in October. What more incentive could you need? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Brewer says, “Reading together helps families become more involved.” It’s an experience that could be rewarding in more ways than one.
Jurgen Klopp admitted his Liverpool side will need to improve drastically if they want to beat rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.The Reds lost to Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final and are without a win in their last three games in all competitions.And with a daunting trip to Old Trafford to face an in-form Manchester United only four days away, Klopp believes the Red Devils stand as favourites for the clash.“We can do much better and we will do much better,” Klopp told talkSPORT.“And of course, if we play like we did tonight against United, I think we can save the money for the petrol.“We should and we will do better. United is the big favourite because of our performance tonight, but that’s not the worst role in life, we will be there and we will be ready.”Nathan Redmond scored the crucial goal for the Saints to hand them a slender advantage going into the second leg at Anfield in a fortnight’s time.Liverpool were largely unimpressive and had to rely on their underfire goalkeeper Loris Karius to rescue them on a number of occasions, to keep the aggregate score within touching distance.“I think we started really well and we saw why we were here [in the semi-finals] and then we concede a goal.“Obviously tonight, it was enough to change the game and it changed in this moment. We lost a lot of things of what you need in football; timing for defensive situations and being compact.“Our passing game was a little bit nervous – we gave the ball away so easily and needed Loris Karius to save our lives two or three times.”Liverpool stand as the league’s top goal scorers, notching 48 goals in their opening 20 games of the season.But having gone two successive games without a goal against Plymouth Argyle and Southampton, Klopp believes his side are struggling to break down deep lying defences.“They were in a really deep formation and in our good moments they had no idea how to defend – except for being deep – and we could have done much better.“We had chances to cross but we lacked that last look to see if a lad was there to finish. We usually do a lot of things better, we have to accept it like it is and everything is still possible.”