SEA Games conclusion sees early start to celebrations

first_imgForeign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano waves the Southeast Asian Games Federation flag after receiving it from Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and outgoing SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar of Malaysia during the closing ceremonies of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Cayetano will serve as chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—A spectacular showstopper with a glorious medal tally of 323 was the magnificent end to the 29th SEA Games hosted by the nation.On the eve of the 60th National Day, with a roaring spirit of nationalism, thousands of Malaysians thronged the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to witness the closing ceremony of the Games that saw 7,090 athletes from 11 nations come together to compete in the spirit of sportsmanship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “May they display cheerfulness and concord so that the Sports Torch may be carried on with even greater eagerness, courage and honour for the good of humanity throughout the ages,” he said in a short declaration yesterday.As the curtain came down on KL 2017, all eyes will now be fixed on Philippines, the host of the next edition in 2019.Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the organising committee chairman, handed over the SEA Games Federation flag to South-East Asian Games Federation president and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar.Tunku Imran then presented the flag to the Philippines Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr, who received it on behalf of the Philippines government.Cojuangco Jr then passed it to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the 30th SEA Games organising committee chairman, His Excellency Alan Peter Cayetano.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’center_img Cayetano then waved the flag, signifying Philippines’ acceptance of hosting the Games.Among some of the highlights at the closing ceremony included a tribute video, a visual journey into the daily lives of some of the 13,000 volunteers at the SEA Games on the tasks and various duties they undertook to ensure the Games’ success. This then followed with Terima Kasih Daun Keladi (tribute of thanks), which was an inspiring fusion of communal singing and dancing, thanking Mother Nature.There were also a video featuring all the major moments and achievements during the Games, together with a short tribute from Malaysia’s medal winners to all Malaysians.Among them were shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, wushu champion Diana Bong Siong Lin and karate exponent R. Sharmendran.The closing ceremony mostly centred around Malaysia’s 60 years of nationhood with the region as well as unity, harmony, togetherness, aspiration and respect.Among the key highlights was an 80-minute long musical ode called the Soundtrack Negaraku that featured iconic Malaysian songs recreated for the public.It was accompanied by visuals that were a combination of projection mapping and LED showcasing the nation’s landscapes, symbolic moments and glimpse into its future.The other highlight included a video segment, which was a compilation of nation building and defining statements from history brought to life for all, accompanied by visuals from the 1957 Merdeka declaration cries by Tunku Abdul Rahman.There was also the multi-faceted rendition of the national anthem that reverberated across the stadium, with thousands singing, guided by a choir.This was then accompanied by a spectacle of fireworks. 7 die in Agusan del Sur road mishap Northeast monsoon to bring cloudy skies, light rains in Northern, Central Luzon There was also a “wefie moment” when the public had the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest and widest “wefies” of all time with Najib and Khairy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malaysia as the host dominated the medal tally and became the overall champion with a total haul of 145 golds, 92 silvers and 86 bronze.This surpassed the initial target of 111 gold medals, making it one of the best ever in the Games.FEATURED 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’Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived at 9.40pm, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.“I declare the 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 closed and I call upon the youth of the South-East Asian countries to assemble two years from now at the Philippines to celebrate the 30th SEA Games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Break new groundlast_img read more

Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Italy’s Fabio Fognini during a quarter final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)ROME — Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals on Friday.The crowd at the Foro Italico was decidedly behind Fognini, Italy’s top player, and Nadal was under pressure when Fognini won five straight games to cancel out a 4-1 deficit and win the opening set.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Filoil: Blazers pip Chiefs for fourth straight win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But Fognini couldn’t keep up with Nadal’s consistency and heavy topspin on the red clay court and eventually was physically worn down.Fognini had tape applied under his left knee while trailing 3-2 in the third set due to an apparent physical problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor a spot in the final, Nadal will play four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori.In the women’s quarterfinals, defending champion Elina Svitolina defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 for her sixth straight victory over the former No. 1 player. Svitolina will next face Caroline Wozniacki or Anett Kontaveit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Media barred from prison CoI

first_img– Public Security Minister dodges transparency questionMembers of the media were on Monday barred from hearing the testimonies of members of the Prison Service at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison fire. This decision followed aPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan speaking with the media at the Guyana Fire Service on Mondaymeeting with Commissioners which delayed the start of Monday’s session.Sometime after 10:30h, Chairman of the CoI, retired Justice James Patterson advised that the testimonies would be done “in-camera”. Before the public was ushered out of the proceeding, Justice Patterson had stated that he would inform the media as to when they would be allowed to return.One of the key witnesses expected to testify at Monday’s session was Prison Officer Lyken (only name given). Lyken, who was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, was poised to give his version of the events which led to the deaths of 17 inmates. Notably, this publication witnessed equipment being set up to present the video footage taken as evidence.In the past weeks, controversy had ensued when the Attorney representing the Joint Services, Selwyn Pieters had made constant references to the footage in grilling his witnesses despite the said footage not being tendered as evidence. When upbraided by the CoI Chairman, Pieters threatened to resign from the CoI.Justice Patterson had raised concerns over the way in which the video footage was released to the public. In the footage, which was shown to the media operatives on April 4, prisoner Collis Collison and members of riot forces were shown to be engaged in an altercation.Attorneys representing the Guyana Bar Association had later raised concerns over the lack of transparency regarding the non-disclosure of the Standard Operating Procedures which govern the Joint Services operations at the Camp Street Prison.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was on Monday questioned by the media over the closed-door setting and concerns about lack of transparency with the process. Ramjattan whilst evading the question of transparency posited that it was within the authority of the Chairman to allow such a move.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members…he has authority to do that I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not?” the Minister posited.Notably, Station Officer at the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder was last week allowed to disclose what inmates related to him when he carried out his investigation as to the cause of the deadly fire. Holder had concluded that the fire emanated from inside the Camp Street facilities and that inmates were indeed responsible.“It is my conclusion that this fire occurred as a result of a prisoner or more than one prisoner setting fire to mattress or mattresses within the prison walls,” Holder had noted.last_img read more

GRDB to conduct aerial spraying for paddy bugs

first_imgThe Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is soon to commence aerial spraying for paddy bugs in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Despite experiencing heavy losses due to the paddy bugs’ infestation in the last two crops, no aerial spraying will be conducted in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Rice farmers on the picket line at Number 56 Village on Thursday demanding aerial spraying for paddy bugsThe decision was made after rice farmers on the Corentyne, Region Six, continued their picketing exercise for a third day on Thursday, demanding that the GRDB conduct aerial spraying for the bugs which cost the region to lose more than a billion dollars last crop.Despite the advice of an international expert against this method, the farmers continued their protest.President of Guyana Rice Producers Association (PRA) Leekha Rambrich told this publication that aerial spraying to combat the dreaded paddy bugs will not be carried out in Region Two because most of the cultivations are within close proximity to residential areas.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had advised the GRDB against conducting aerial spraying with toxic chemicals in that region.General Manager of the GRDB, Nezam Hassan told <<>> that the exercise of aerial spraying to combat the paddy bugs will commence in Region Six.Meanwhile, rice farmers on the Corentyne continued their picketing exercise outside of the GRDB’s Seed Paddy Drying Facility at Number 56 Village even as the GRDB agreed to have aerial spraying in the region to stop the infestation.The farmers resorted to this after the General Manager of the Rice Board had done nothing on instructions to carry out aerial spraying o save the rice crop.Seeta Shiwpersaud, who cultivates one thousand acres at Moleson Creek, told Guyana Times that she had to apply insecticides to her crop seven times for the bugs. Each application, she said, cost about $100,000.According to her, the GRDB’s extension officers on the ground had been providing incorrect information to the office.She said extension officers visited her field at 10:00h to look for the bugs after she had reported a massive infestation at Moleson Creek.She said the officers found five insects and reported that there was infestation there.However, according to the farmer, the extension officers are aware that the bugs mainly become visible at daybreak and in the evening around dusk and not when the sun is up.Meanwhile, another rice farmer, Hemraj Babulall, who has 500 acres under cultivation along the central Corentyne Coast, said some of the pesticides which are being sold are ineffective on the paddy bugs.“The chemicals are no good,” he said.The rice farmer pointed an accusing finger at the Pesticide Board for allowing those chemicals to be sold on the market.The RPA President told this publication that some rice farmers are in the habit of purchasing chemicals from unrecognised importers and have been experiencing little or no results. He is advising that they purchase from the established dealers.Rambrich, who is also a member of the GRDB Board, said the Board met on Wednesday to once again discuss the issue of the infestation of the bugs in the rice-producing regions.The GRDB last week said that it received assistance from its international partner, the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice, also known as FLAR, to tackle the current infestation of paddy bugs. The two-man team from FLAR consists of entomologist and researcher, Dr Ed Pulver along with agricultural engineer Santiago Jaramillo Cardona.More than 62,000 acres are under rice cultivation in Region Six. The cultivation areas are Moleson Creek, Crabwood Creek, the 52-74 area, Black Bush Polder, Central Corentyne, East and West Canje and the East Bank.last_img read more

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

first_imgBayern head coach Jupp Heynckes rang the changes from Tuesday’s 3-1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, starting midweek goalscorers Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso on the bench.The biggest shock however was that third-choice goalkeeper Tom Starke, who had been working in Bayern’s academy after retiring last season.The 36-year-old was thrown into the fray after Sven Ulreich, who has played in place of Manuel Neuer since the Germany captain fractured his foot in September, injured his groin in the warm-up.“I have been doing this for a few years and the juices are still flowing,” said Starke, who came out of retirement in September and was named in the club’s Champions League squad.Frankfurt made a bright start, but Bayern grabbed what proved to be the winner on 20 minutes.Joshua Kimmich swung in a cross which found Vidal unmarked at the back post to score to decisive goal.Having already picked up a first-half yellow card, Vidal narrowly escaped a red card after fouling Marius Wolf with just under 40 minutes left and Heynkes hauled him off soon after.– Leipzig leak late goal –Bayern extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga after RB Leipzig conceded a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw at home to Mainz, whose replacement striker Emil Berggreen equalised three minutes from time.Mainz’ forward Emil Berggreen equalised three minutes from time against RB Leipzig © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELThe hosts took the lead at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when midfielder Kevin Kampl fired home on 29 minutes, but Mainz equalised ten minutes later when Robin Quaison slotted home a rebound from a parried free-kick.Germany striker Timo Werner restored Leipzig’s lead in the third minute of first-half stoppage time with a controversial penalty.The decision was backed up by the VAR after Diego Demme went down in the area, but replays showed there was only the faintest of touches from Mainz defender Leon Balogun.The incident lingered and Mainz’s disgruntled coach Sandro Schwarz was sent to the stands for the final 15 minutes before Berggreen’s late header.Third-placed Schalke later missed the chance to go second when they drew 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are fourth, as Thorgan Hazard cancelled out Christoph Kramer’s first-half strike for the hosts at Borussia Park.– Dortmund crash again –Former league leaders Dortmund dropped out of the top six for the first time this season after crashing 2-1 at home to strugglers Werder Bremen.Bremen’s midfielder Maximilian Eggestein and forward Max Kruse celebrate scoring © DPA/AFP / Ina FassbenderDortmund are without a win in their last eight league games and the defeat could well be the last for head coach Peter Bosz.“The first half was really bad and I am the one responsible for it. The disappointment is very deep,” said the glum-faced Dutchman.Bremen went ahead when Germany Under-21 midfielder Maximilian Eggestein fired home unmarked at the edge of the area on 26 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brought the hosts back on level terms when he bundled home Shinji Kagawa’s 57th-minute cross, which appeared to hit the arm of defender Philipp Bargfrede.But Bremen restored their lead eight minutes later when a header from Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie hit the boot of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki on its way into the net.Kagawa wasted a to equalise for Dortmund with 15 minutes left when he fired over with the goal at his mercy after Aubameyang had slipped over.Hamburg stay three points clear of the relegation places after their goalless draw at home to mid-table Wolfsburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s midfielder Arturo Vidal (L) celebrates after scoring against Frankfurt © AFP / Daniel ROLANDBerlin, Germany, Dec 9 – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.last_img read more


first_imgWillie McAteer – found guilty.DONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the guilty findings by the jury in the trial of former Anglo directors John Bowe and Willie Mc Ateer.McAteer is originally from Rathmullan.Anglo’s former head of Capital Markets Bowe and the bank’s former finance director, McAteer, had denied conspiring with former Irish Life and Permanent executives, Denis Casey and Peter Fitzpatrick and others to mislead depositors, lenders and investors by making Anglo’s corporate deposits look larger than they were. The jury took almost 38 hours over nine days to reach its unanimous verdicts.McAteer and Bowe were remanded on continuing bail until Friday.The jurors will resume deliberations in relation to Mr Casey and Mr Fitzpatrick tomorrow morning.The court heard that in September 2008, Anglo Irish Bank was due to finalise its end of year figures. The financial crisis had affected bank’s ability to get funding.Deputy Doherty said that the two convictions on a single charge, after so many years since the banking crash, showed the weakness of the state’s stance on white collar crime.Deputy Doherty said: “These convictions are a good start but they are also long overdue. The damage caused by the fraud of which these men have been found guilty, and their roles with Anglo, is still being felt by every Irish worker in their pay cheque and every Irish patient in a hospital in this country. It is infuriating that we have had to wait nearly decade since the banking crash for these convictions to be handed down.“We know that the culture in Irish banking was corrupt and reckless at the time. Billions of the people’s money was squandered and wasted yet the vast majority of those incidents aren’t illegal even to this day- reckless lending being a case in point.“It is time to create a genuine system that does not tolerate reckless lending and takes white collar crime seriously. It should not be treated as a victimless crime. It is incredible that in so many cases white collar crime is still treated as not even being a crime at all.” CONVICTION OF DONEGAL MAN ON ANGLO CHARGES WELCOMED was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgColm “Gooch” Cooper, winner of four All Ireland football medals with Kerry, who visited Loreto Community School yesterday.The GAA star officially opened the Outdoor Challenge Centre and launched the AIB “Build a Bank” for Transition Years in the school.He also took the school teams for coaching sessions.  COLM ‘GOOCH’ COOPER OPENS MILFORD SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR CHALLENGE CENTRE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 5th, 2012 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:AIBColm CooperGoochLoreto Milfordlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-born film-maker is hoping his horse comes in after being nominated for an award at the Irish Film and Television Awards this weekend.Rathmullan television producer Pierce Boyce, who is based in Galway, is hoping his TV series Jockey Eile, will be first past the post in the Best Reality Series at the awards on Friday night.Pearse has even admitted that he has placed bets in bookmakers shops around the country to make a few euro if his series wins. And with the winnings, he has promised to take his three children on a sunshine break during midterm.Pearse says he really believes in his series which is up against RTE big-hitters Masterchef and ICA Bootcamp.But he insists that he really believes his show is a thoroughbred and will romp home.The IFTA ceremony is broadcast live in RTE1 on Feb 9th from the Convention Centre Dublin.  FILM-MAKER PEARSE HOPES TO WIN BY A SHORT HEAD AT IFTAS! was last modified: February 7th, 2013 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:film-makerIFTAsPearse Boycelast_img read more

DDTV: Think you can trust your ears? Try these weird audio illusions!

first_imgASAP Science is a youtube channel dedicated to discussing scientific theories.This video tests your susceptibility to audio illusions. Some of them had us fairly stumped!DDTV: Think you can trust your ears? Try these weird audio illusions! was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:asap scienceaudio illusionsexperimentlast_img read more


first_imgSINN Fein in Donegal will begin campaigning for Martin McGuinness to become next President next week.Here is a video of party leader Gerry Adams announcing the move. VIDEO OF GERRY ADAMS ANNOUNCING MARTIN McGUINNESS AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE was last modified: September 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal sinn fegerry adamsmartin mcguinnessSinn Feinlast_img read more