PH clubs make semis

first_imgSINGAPORE—Enhancing the country’s growing reputation as a force in club football in the Asean region, Philippines Football League stalwarts Ceres-Negros and Global-Cebu on Wednesday night lined themselves up for a possible knockout stage duel in the AFC Cup.The Busmen put together a solid performance on enemy ground, hacking out a comprehensive 4-2 victory over Singapore-side Tampines Rovers to clinch top spot in Group G at Jalan Besar Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Global later joined Ceres in the Asean zonal semifinals after turning back Cambodian club Boeung Ket Angkor, 3-1, in Group F at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.The Filipino clubs could meet in the Asean zonal finals, which is equivalent to a place in the quarterfinals in the competition. For now, the Busmen are setting their sights on another upset against Malaysian champion Johor Dairul Tazim in the two-legged semifinals, while Global clashes with Home United, which topped Group H.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Busmen travel to Johor for the first leg on May 17. Global battles Home United at RMS on May 16.Paul Mulders, Pika Minegishi and Daryl Roberts were on target for the Cebu side, which topped its group after winning five of its six matches. LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Rushing Seaba preparations Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon bagged a brace in the first 13 minutes, while compatriot Fernando Rodriguez and Japanese defender Kota Kawase were also on the scoresheet for the Busmen, who defied the odds to top the group that included powerhouse sides Hanoi FC and Felda United.“I think, before the competition nobody expected that we will qualify out of the group,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “I’m very proud of all the players for going all-out in the last two crucial games.”Just like Ceres, Global also scored early in the match, thanks to Paul Mulders, who has been rejuvenated since moving to the Dan Palami-owned club during the off season.“We didn’t play our best, but somehow we managed to get a result because the boys really worked hard,” said Palami.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Inter emerging as dark horses for Italy title

first_imgMILAN, Italy (AP): Inter Milan are emerging as dark horses for the Serie A title. Napoli, Roma and perhaps AC Milan were expected to present the toughest challenges to Juventus’ bid for a seventh straight league title. But after beating Roma comprehensively in the Italian capital, as well as collecting victories over Fiorentina and Spal, Inter could pose a serious threat. “We know that despite our three victories, we still have not achieved anything,” Inter midfielder Matias Vecino said. “To finish at the top, you have to leave no point behind, and for this reason, there is still a lot of work to do. “We must not let our guard down, and we need to keep working because the season is long. The objective is to win all of our matches up until the next break.” And Vecino, who joined from Fiorentina in the off season, said much of the credit is due to Luciano Spalletti, the team’s new coach. “Spalletti has given me confidence, which is fundamental for a player when arriving at a new team,” said Vecino, who also plays for Uruguay’s national team. “He looks at every little detail, so you know exactly what to do when you go out on to the pitch.” Spalletti, a former Roma coach, has seemingly provided some much-needed stability to Inter after a tumultuous campaign last season that included four coaching changes. “My job has been easier, because having talented material, I just needed to put it in order,” Spalletti said. “(Mauro) Icardi and (Ivan) Perisic are talented players and exceptional professionals. Inter have scored eight goals and conceded only one, which doesn’t bode well for their next opponents as Crotone are the only Serie A side yet to score in their three opening matches. Inter will be expected to pick up all three points at Crotone and continue their unbeaten run into October, as they next face Bologna, Genoa and Benevento before two much sterner tests against Milan and Napoli.last_img read more

Terror group strong again

first_imgThe official and others spoke on condition of anonymity because the secret report remains classified. Counterterrorism analysts produced the document, titled “Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West.” The document focuses on the terror group’s safe haven in Pakistan and makes a range of observations about the threat posed to the United States and its allies, officials said. Al-Qaida is “considerably operationally stronger than a year ago” and has “regrouped to an extent not seen since 2001,” the official said, paraphrasing the report’s conclusions. “They are showing greater and greater ability to plan attacks in Europe and the United States.” European operatives The group also has created “the most robust training program since 2001, with an interest in using European operatives,” the official quoted the report as saying. WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned. The conclusion suggests that the network that launched the most devastating terror attack on the United States has been able to regroup along the Afghan-Pakistani border despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at crippling it. Still, numerous government officials say they know of no specific, credible threat of a new attack on U.S. soil. A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the new government threat assessment called it a stark appraisal to be discussed at the White House today as part of a broader meeting on an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate. At the same time, this official said, the report speaks of “significant gaps in intelligence” so U.S. authorities could be ignorant of potential or planned attacks. John Kringen, who heads the CIA’s analysis directorate, echoed the concerns about al-Qaida’s resurgence during testimony and conversations with reporters at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. “They seem to be fairly well settled into the safe haven and the ungoverned spaces of Pakistan,” Kringen testified. “We see more training. We see more money. We see more communications. We see that activity rising.” The threat assessment comes as the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies prepare a National Intelligence Estimate focusing on threats to the United States. A senior intelligence official said the document has been in the works for roughly two years. Kringen and aides to National Intelligence Director Mike Mc- Connell would not comment on the details of that analysis. “Preparation of the estimate is not a response to any specific threat,” McConnell spokesman Ross Feinstein said, adding that it would probably be ready for distribution this summer. Counterterrorism officials have been increasingly concerned about al-Qaida’s recent operations. This week, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he had a “gut feeling” that the United States faced a heightened risk of attack this summer. Kringen said he wouldn’t attach a summer time frame to the concern. In studying the threat, he said, he begins with the premise that al-Qaida would consider attacking the U.S. a “home run hit” and that the easiest way to get into the United States would be through Europe. The new threat assessment puts particular focus on Pakistan, as did Kringen. “Sooner or later you have to quit permitting them to have a safe haven” along the Afghan-Pakistani border, he told the House committee. “At the end of the day, when we have had success, it is when you’ve been able to get them worried about who was informing on them, get them worried about who was coming after them.” Several European countries – among them Britain, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands – are also highlighted in the threat assessment partly because they have arrangements with the Pakistani government that allow their citizens easier access to Pakistan than others, according to the counterterrorism official. This is more troubling because all four are part of the U.S. visa waiver program, and their citizens can enter the United States without additional security scrutiny, the official said. The Bush administration has repeatedly cited al-Qaida as a key justification for continuing the fight in Iraq. “The No. 1 enemy in Iraq is al-Qaida,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said Wednesday. “Al-Qaida continues to be the chief organizer of mayhem within Iraq, the chief organization for killing innocent Iraqis.” Bush may benefit The findings could bolster the president’s hand at a moment when support on Capitol Hill for the war is eroding and the administration is struggling to defend its decision for a military buildup in Iraq. A progress report that the White House is releasing to Congress this week is expected to indicate scant progress on the political and military benchmarks set for Iraq. The threat assessment says al-Qaida stepped up efforts to “improve its core operational capability” in late 2004 but did not succeed until December 2006 after the Pakistani government signed a peace agreement with tribal leaders that effectively removed government military presence from the northwest frontier with Afghanistan. The agreement allows Taliban and al-Qaida operatives to move across the border with impunity and establish and run training centers, the report says, according to the official. It also says al-Qaida is particularly interested in building up the numbers in its middle ranks, or operational positions, so there is not as great a lag in attacks when such people are killed. “Being No. 3 in al-Qaida is a bad job. We regularly get to the No. 3 person,” Tom Fingar, the top U.S. intelligence analyst, told the House panel. The counterterror official said the report does not focus on al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, his whereabouts or his role in the terrorist network. Officials say al-Qaida has become more like a “family-oriented” mob organization with leadership roles in cells and other groups being handed from father to son, or cousin to uncle. Yet bin Laden’s whereabouts are still of great interest to intelligence agencies. Although he has not been heard from for some time, Kringen said officials believe he is still alive and living under the protection of tribal leaders in the border area.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

Striking: Hot, humid weather expected to linger

first_img• List of cooling stations in LA County Triple-digit temperatures and high humidity continued to roil the area Thursday in a weather pattern that is expected to last through the Labor Day weekend, officials said. “It’s going to be hot and muggy through next Wednesday,” said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service. “Pasadena should break the century mark and much of the San Gabriel Valley will be even warmer.” Humidity is expected to be in the range of 50percent to 80 percent, thanks to a weather system moving in from Mexico that is blanketing much of the state, Hoffer said. “One of the most important things is to never, ever leave anybody in a car – not a child, not an elderly person, not a pet,” said Jonathan Fielding, the director of Public Health for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “In this kind of weather a car can become an oven in a matter of minutes.” While the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner reported no heat-related deaths through Thursday afternoon, Fielding said the health impact of high heat can be devastating in a variety of ways. “What we found last year is that we didn’t see a big spike in heat deaths, but an increase in death from heart disease,” Fielding said. “The heat puts an extra strain on people with chronic conditions. They are at higher risk unless they take the right precautions.” At the 7-Eleven on West San Bernardino Road in West Covina, water sales were brisk, according to a clerk there. “When it’s hot like this we always sell lots of water and sports drinks,” said Raj Singh, the clerk. “We’ve been busy today.” At the Altadena Senior Center on East Mariposa Street, seniors cooled off in 72-degree luxury, and talked about the overnight storm, according to receptionist Marge Marquez. “This is a great place for seniors to go and be cool. A lot of them don’t have air conditioning at home, so its far more comfortable here.” Marquez said she planned to stay indoors for the whole day, “just looking at the weather on the Internet. It looks like its pretty warm out there.” Thundershowers blanketed the region early Thursday bringing measurable rainfall to much of the area. While the storms subsided late in the day, the threat will exist in area mountains through the weekend, Hoffer said. McCorkle said the ISO took the rare step of holding a conference call with the state’s largest energy users and asked them to initiate voluntary reductions in power use. Those combined efforts appeared to work. The agency extended its statewide energy warning into today, marking a fourth consecutive day in which it projected high demand and urged conservation efforts. Southern California Edison recommended consumers set thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and use fans; not use major appliances such as washers and dryers during peak hours – 3 to 6 p.m.; draw the curtains to block out sunlight; use clothes and dish washers only for full loads; and close doors and vents to unoccupied rooms. Demand overloaded a distribution station in Sun Valley, triggering a rolling outage affecting about 2,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers. Throughout Los Angeles, a total of 3,500 residents lost power, spokeswoman Gale Harris said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directed California’s Office of Emergency Services and the state Department of Public Health to implement heat response plans as a result of heat advisories and extended periods of high temperatures. Part of the plan calls for the opening of state cooling centers. State cooling centers will be open in eight other counties and OES has established a toll-free number for the public to get information on how to protect themselves from the hot, humid weather: (877) 435-7021. The line will be active through Tuesday, officials said. The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Early Thursday, the California Independent System Operator, the agency that manages most of the state’s electric grid, warned of potential trouble in the state’s power supply. It said it planned to declare a minor power emergency at 2p.m. and increase its alert level to a so-called Stage 2 emergency at about 4 p.m., the hottest point in the day when electricity use soars. Neither alert was necessary, as the state’s largest electricity consumers voluntarily cut their use. The state’s power consumption peaked at 47,843 megawatts, well below the predicted peak of 49,105 megawatts. “Residents really responded and we want to thank them,” said Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for California’s Independent System Operator. “The conservation we saw today from Californians saved the equivalent of a large power plant.” Highs hit 102 degrees in Pasadena, El Monte and West Covina, 94 in Whittier, 96 in Pico Rivera, 103 in Monrovia, 104 in Glendora and Diamond Bar and 105 in Pomona. Officials Thursday urged residents to take precautions for themselves and others. last_img read more

U.S. sniper sentenced to 5 months

first_imgVela said the sniper team was following orders when it shot the men during two separate incidents near Iskandariyah, a volatile Sunni-dominated area 30 miles south of Baghdad, on April 27 and May 11. Vela and Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley will be tried separately in the case. All three soldiers are part of a headquarters unit based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Gary Myers, one of Vela’s lawyers, claimed last week that Army snipers hunting insurgents in Iraq were under orders to “bait” their targets with suspicious materials, such as detonation cords, then kill those who picked up the items. He said his client was acting on orders. Vela goes before an Article 34 hearing, the equivalent of a civilian grand jury, today.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two U.S. soldiers were killed by gunfire, one in Diyala province north of Baghdad and one in a southern district of the capital. Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, 22, was acquitted Friday of murder charges in the April and May deaths of two unidentified men. The five-man, two-woman panel decided he was guilty of a lesser charges of placing detonation wire on one of the bodies to make it look as if the man was an insurgent. “I feel fortunate that I have been served this sentence,” Sandoval said. “I’m grateful that I’m able to continue to be in the Army.” Military prosecutors had argued Sandoval should be sentenced to five years in prison. The Laredo, Texas-native had faced five charges in the deaths of the two unidentified Iraqi men. In dramatic testimony during the four-day court-martial, one of Sandoval’s colleagues, Sgt. Evan Vela, testified he had pulled the trigger and killed one of the men Sandoval was accused of murdering. By Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – The court-martial that cleared a U.S. Army sniper of two counts of murder sentenced him Saturday to five months in prison, reduced his rank to private and ordered his pay withheld for planting evidence in the deaths of two Iraqi civilians. Sectarian violence, meanwhile, claimed at least 40 more lives across Iraq, with a flurry of attacks around the northern city of Mosul where bombs, gunmen and mortar fire killed 14. last_img read more

TRANSFER EXCLUSIVE! Liverpool agree deal with Southampton for Clyne

first_img1 Nathaniel Clyne Liverpool have agreed a deal with Southampton for full-back Nathaniel Clyne, talkSPORT understands.The Reds had a £10million bid rejected for the 24-year-old England international last month, but they have now made an improved offer and it has been accepted by the south coast club.The former Crystal Palace youngster will now thrash out personal terms with the Merseyside club and undergo a medical.Clyne has just one year left on his Southampton contract and informed them he will not sign a new deal, leaving them with little choice but to cash-in this summer.Should a switch be finalised, Clyne will become Brendan Rodgers’ sixth summer signing, following deals for Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez.last_img read more


first_imgTWELVE local primary schools working on An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme participated in Water Forums held in Letterkenny last week.The pupils and teachers from the Donegal schools took part in a variety of fun games and activities to increase their knowledge on water conservation.The main objective of the forum was to provide advice and ideas to each school in order to increase their water use efficiency and provide support as they work on the Green-Schools Water theme. An Taisce Green-Schools has teamed up with Irish Water to support schools undertaking the Water theme of the Green-Schools programme throughout Ireland.The Green-Schools Water theme encourages participating schools to improve their water efficiency and to conserve water by adopting simple measures through a seven-step framework. Operated by An Taisce, Green-Schools promotes and acknowledges long-term whole school action for the environment across seven themes including water, energy, waste and sustainable transport.Green Schools Officer Ruth Gaj-McKeever commented “It was a real pleasure to see the dedication and enthusiasm of all the Donegal schools that attended the forum. It show’s great promise that the future generation will be extremely water wise”.In addition, Irish Water and An Taisce have launched a competition to find the Irish Water Green-School of the Year and a poster competition open to all schools currently working towards their Green Flag for Water. These competitions will recognise innovation and creativity among primary and secondary schools who have achieved success in reducing their water consumption, spreading awareness about water issues and involving their community in their Green-Schools Water Programme.Visit for more information.Th Donegal schools who attended the Water Forums were:Holy Trinity N.S. (Model School)Scoil Bhríde (Convoy) St. Eunan’s N.S.Crannogbui National SchoolS.N. TaobhóigeDonagh N.S. Letterkenny Educate TogetherSt Riaghan’s NSGaelscoil na gCeithre MaistríScoil Mhuire (Inishowen)St. Columbas National SchoolScoil an Aingil Choimheadai (Keadue N.S)DONEGAL SCHOOLS LEARN HOW TO SAVE WATER WITH UNIQUE PROGRAMME was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalsaving water An Taisceschoolslast_img read more

Mahrez wants to stay at Leicester, according to Claudio Ranieri

first_img1 Leicester City have been handed a boost after Claudio Ranieri revealed Riyad Mahrez wants to stay at the club. The 25-year-old has been linked with a big-money move away from the Foxes after playing a key role in their title-winning campaign, with Barcelona, Paris St Germain and Arsenal among the clubs touted as possible destinations.However, Ranieri says the Algeria winger – last season’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year – is not looking to leave the King Power Stadium.Asked after Leicester’s 2-1 friendly win over Oxford on Tuesday night if Mahrez had spoken to him about his future, Ranieri told Sky Sports News: “Yes, he wants to stay.”The Italian added about trying to keep hold of his best players: “I think everybody here is happy and then it’s finished, the market has finished.”READ MORE: STUNNING transfer report: Manchester City to target Leicester ace Riyad Mahrez if they fail to land Leroy Sane Riyad Mahrez played a key role in Leicester City’s title success last season last_img read more

Where was Antonio?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOn second thought, maybe the bill isn’t so bad after all! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a take-charge kind of guy. Mr. Energy. Wherever he’s needed, there he is. Except for Sacramento on Tuesday, when an Assembly committee voted on a bill that would strip the city of a big chunk of its influence over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Clearly this legislation is not in the city’s interest, and the mayor – a former Assembly speaker – might have been able to use his influence to squelch it. But neither Villaraigosa nor anyone else representing the city was at the hearing. Maybe that’s why the committee overwhelmingly backed the bill, which would cut the city’s representation on the MTA board from four to three of 13 voting members. It’s not too late for Villaraigosa to step up and lead the opposition, as the bill is still early in the legislative process. But he better get moving. After all, he’ll have a hard time pushing for all his grand transit schemes – including a subway to the ocean – with diminished representation. last_img read more

Ross Barkley ‘victim of an unprovoked attack’ in Liverpool bar, lawyers claim

first_imgEverton midfielder Ross Barkley ‘was the victim of an unprovoked attack’ in a bar on Sunday, lawyers acting on his behalf have said.Merseyside Police have confirmed they have opened an investigation following the emergence of footage appearing to show the 23-year-old being punched.The incident is alleged to have taken place in Liverpool city centre, some time after Barkley featured in Everton’s 4-2 victory over Leicester on Sunday.A statement from lawyers read: “We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening.”It is understood Barkley was not seriously hurt during the incident, and he is said to have trained on Monday as usual.Footage of the alleged incident has appeared online via social media. The matter has not been reported to police but the Merseyside force has decided to investigate.A statement read: “Merseyside Police is aware of footage online reportedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre.“No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.” 1 Merseyside Police have opened an investigation after footage appeared to show Ross Barkley being punched last_img read more