Gastón Ramírez: “Coronavirus? Sampdoria did not hide anything, others did ”

first_imgFor the blucerchiato striker at Calcio there are many more affected by COVID-19 of those who came to light and, therefore, attacked the other teams in the championship: “La Sampdoria never hid anything, other teams did, and I don’t understand why. It was a lack of respect towards who was transparent and towards the people who were in contact with those infected. “Ramírez affirmed that Sampdoria lived the situation calmly: “The infected colleagues always reassured us about their conditions. Revealing the positives is not a crime, it is a matter of ethics. Does anyone seriously think that in Serie A, only our team has had five, six cases?“ In Italy there was much controversy about the management of the coronavirus emergency in football: in Serie A there are 16 infected and the team that has been hit the most has been Sampdoria, with seven. Gastón Ramírez spoke of the situation in an interview with the newspaper ‘Il Secolo XIX’: “They are very hard days, I feel a lot of sadness for the deceased and their families“last_img read more

Holmwood score big in rural netball

first_imgDESPITE losing most of the players who won the rural ISSA and all-island netball titles a year ago, Holmwood Technical sent a strong message to their rivals with an impressive 62-13 win over Yallahs High in second-round action on Thursday at The Queen’s School.It was the second win for the defending champions, who held a healthy lead in the previous game against Edwin Allen, before it was rained out.Thursday’s victory set up a double for the Manchester-based school as their junior team fought gallantly to turn back a determined Titchfield High 34-27.big wins for Manchester, DenbighAlso, former champions Manchester High and Denbigh High also picked up big wins on the day. Denbigh had the highest tally of the round as their seniors embarrassed Irwin High, 67-3, in their match at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS). Earlier, Denbigh’s junior team, the defending champions, got by Anchovy High, 31-19.Manchester High’s seniors, playing at home, easily got by STETHS, 50-17, and their juniors completed the double with a 34-13 success over Hampton High.Other results (Seniors): Frome Technical 25; Decarteret College 10; Hampton High 24; Aabuthnott Gallimore 20; Petersfield High 33; Anchovy High 4; Glenmuir High 42; York Castle High 7; Charlemont High 42; Montego Bay High 7; Herbert Morrison Technical 37; Old Harbour High 13; Titchfield High 34; Knox College 25; Thompson Town High 45; Buff Bay High 8; Edwin Allen High 55; St Mary High 17.Juniors: Bishop Gibson High 33; Frome Technical 17; Newell High 21; St Hilda’s High 16; Glenmuir High 29; Albert Town High 15; The Manning’s School 14; Mount Alvernia High 14; Guys Hill High 24; Montego Bay High 16; Herbert Morrison Technical 17; Guys Hill High 16; Knox College 32; St Thomas Technical 8; Central High 15; Marymount High 12; Edwin Allen High 16; St Mary High 14.last_img read more

Marawi-inspired ‘Alab ng Puso’ medals await full Ironman finishers

first_imgView comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 More than 50 weavers overcame the odds and spent countless hours to make more than 1,200 ribbons in less than four months.The couple hopes that this is just the start of something even bigger in store for the Marawi weavers and their families.“For us, it was really our advocacy to make it sustainable. The reason why this is dying is because a lot of weavers stopped working because it’s not sustainable in helping them and their families and that’s a big challenge for us. How to make it sustainable livelihood for them especially with the fact that we had to start again from the ground up,” said Salika.Jardin lived in an area most affected by the war. He had nothing left of his home after it burned down.“Weaving those ribbons was a big help to us because when we accepted the job, the pain was still fresh in each and everyone of us here in Marawi,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hurting Banchero delivers impressive performance in honor of late best friend China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Weaving has been a cultural tradition in Marawi but the Maranaoans have been struggling to keep it alive through the changing times especially when the city came under siege in May of last year that lasted for nearly five months.During the war, lives, homes and livelihood were lost. In the aftermath, bombed-out buildings, rubble from destroyed establishments and bullet-punctured walls describing a city in tatters are those left of Marawi.But amid adversities, hope, perseverance and the fight to revive the true identity of the Maranaoan and their culture remained.“First, we wanted to do this to help the weavers, but we were shocked to learn that our equipment were destroyed. We encountered a lot of other challenges but I kept telling them this is going to be one of those that will prove that we can get back to our feet,” said Salika Maguindanao-Samad in Filipino, who, along with her husband Jardin, led the efforts in making the ribbons. “We were inspired and thankful because this is also our livelihood before that has somehow been forgotten but now, it’s giving us hope.”“We encouraged them to bring back weaving because that is something that we can be proud of and not be known for all the wrong reasons of being labeled as terrorists. We want to show that we are known for something much bigger than that and that we have a culture,” said Jardin in Filipino. “That’s what we want the world to know about us.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The commemorative piece was created by Daniel dela Cruz, a renowned Filipino metal sculptor.“The title of the medal is ‘Alab ng Puso’ and it’s the fire in the heart which I think each and every triathlete needs to be able to finish the race,” said Dela Cruz.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 crownBut a medal won’t be one without a ribbon and making it was no easy task either.Staying true to the Filipino theme, each sling was made by weavers from war-torn Marawi. LATEST STORIES ALAB NG PUSO. These specially handcrafted medals and ribbons from Marawi weavers will be one of the prizes for the finishers of the first Ironman race in the Philippines.A reward like no other awaits finishers of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.Each participant who completes the arduous 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run earns a special medal that not only symbolizes victory but also signifies the Filipino spirit and the sport of triathlon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Ellen Urges Urban Residents to Engage in Agriculture, As CHAP Introduces New Rice Planting…

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) As the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in Du-port Road Paynesville, introduces the new method for planting rice to increase yield namely, “system of rice intensification ( SRI)”, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged residents residing in the urban parts of Liberia to rise up and grow more food to end hunger in the country.The Liberian leader made the call on Saturday, May 10, in Paynesville, when CHAP launched the first harvest of rice cultivated through the SRI practice.SRI is an innovation that changes the conventional practices of rice growing, enabling the rice plant to better express their production potentials. It consists of producing rice with less seed, less water with either no fertilizer on a soil that is rich with organic matters.This new way to plant rice was adopted by Liberian farmers last year in Kakata, Margibi County. The aim is to increase the production of rice in Liberia for self-sufficiency.Speaking at the occasion, President Sirleaf said that Liberia can only become food secure provided Liberians are willing to grow more food.She lauded members of CHAP for the initiative to engage in agriculture activities and promised to pay the laborers hired to work on the farm.“I am highly impressed about your active participation in to farming activities in the urban areas. When I first heard that there is some group of citizens farming here in Du-port Road, I was shocked. This is why I visited your field in 2008 and was impressed thereby mentioning your contributions in my Annual Massage [to the nation], as part of my government’s achievements toward the fight against hunger,” she told the farmers at the program.At the same time, considering the constraint faced by urban farmers to access to land, the Liberian President disclosed that there are plans to lift the moratorium on the sale of public land in the country.According to her, when this is done urban farmers will be able to contribute greatly to the nation’s food security.Liberia’s Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, who also spoke at the program, said the Ministry of Agriculture, will provide technical support to the Du-port road farmers.She called on the Du-port farmers to exercise patient as government would do all it can to address the land crisis facing them.For his part, the Executive Director for CHAP, Reverend Robert Bimba, said that farmers in the country are encouraged to adopt the SRI practice to increase the yield of rice.“CHAP is implementing the SRI practice in Liberia, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and other partners. The project is currently being piloted in three counties, including Montserrado, Grand Gedeh and River-Gee Counties,” he disclosed.Reverend Bimba said that ownership to the Du-port farm land was needed to enable the farmers increase their production.“We are appealing to the government so that we may have complete access to this farm land (Du-port Road) for production,” he mentioned.He said that though the land was given by permission from the city government of Paynesville, many times farmers have been stopped from farming on the land.last_img read more

Fact Checkers, Spin Doctors Go to Work After Creation Debate

first_img(Visited 146 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Neither side feels their champion scored a clear victory in the creation debate.  Now it’s time to evaluate who had the better facts and logic under fire.Here is a sampling of opinion after the widely-publicized debate Feb. 4 between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.USA Today provided a fairly neutral analysis of the two debaters’ major points, including video excerpts.Supporters of Ken HamKen Ham’s Answers in Genesis views it as a “historic moment for the creation movement.”  Over 3 million tuned in, an AIG press release says.Answers in Genesis posted a follow-up video with Ken Ham, looking upbeat, discussing the debate with AIG scientist Georgia Purdom.  He provides more clarity about what he said and meant to say.Kent Hovind of Creation Today had a booth behind the debate hall, where he recorded a post-debate show on YouTube.  Historian Terry Mortenson (AIG) and astronomer Danny Faulkner joined in, pointing out Ham’s strong points, Nye’s weak points, and specific rebuttals to some of Nye’s scientific claims that Ken Ham lacked time to address.Creation Ministries International‘s review includes a list of scientific rebuttals to some of Bill Nye’s claims.The Discovery Institute called the debate a missed opportunity, and said that the debate avoided intelligent design.  Dr. Michael Egnor, however, appreciates Ken Ham’s openness about his assumptions, and discounts the scientific validity of naturalistic assumptions.A writer for Uncommon Descent provided scientific support for some of the geological evidence against long ages.Cross Examined thought Ken Ham put the cart before the horse by arguing Biblical authority to a secular audience instead of disposing of naturalism first.WND gave Ken Ham the edge, pointing out what Nye admitted he didn’t know.Al Mohler analyzed Nye’s reference to the “reasonable man” as not an unbiased rhetorical device.Tony Perkins at Family Research Council turned attention to God’s moral law, saying it isn’t really a question of the incompatibility of creation and science.  He urges parents to watch the debate with children, in order to teach them to be “able to respond with confidence and authority” to Nye’s assertions.Supporters of Bill NyeLive Science reported the debate, encouraging people to watch and describing the history of evolution debates.  Most surprising was their less-than-flattering description of Bill Nye’s performance as “not a total disaster.”National Geographic‘s headline was, “Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debated Creationism—But Did They Change Anyone’s Mind?”The Daily Beast was very critical of Nye, calling the debate a “disaster for science.”On The Guardian: Liberty Voice, Rebecca Savastio gave a blow-by-blow synopsis and concluded Bill Nye clearly won, because he presented a lot of scientific evidence, but Ham presented mostly belief in the Bible.Jeremy Pritchard (U of Birmingham) wrote a typical anti-creationist rant on The Conversation, referring to the debate.  Sample of his attitude:The patterns that weave through the natural world scream of evolution, extinctions, diseases and dead-ends, but also of intriguing solutions and wonderful designs from molecular motors to the efficiency of bird flight. These were not created but thrown together from a rag bag of historical left overs to ensure that the possessor was not perfect, but the best, the fittest, at that time and that place. There is no direction, no progression, no perfection but instead a wonderfully simple process as each generation runs as fast as it can to stay ahead of competition, predators and pathogens. Evolution may be going nowhere but it is better to travel in hope than to arrive.Many anti-creation sites mentioned that they advise against debating creationists.  The NCSE has a standing policy against debates, because they feel it only gives a platform for their ideological enemies.  Ken Ham and his supporters hope that the publicity will open some minds and get people thinking.  One thing was undeniable: a lot of people were tuned in.Many have written in and shared similar sentiments to our mixed feelings about the debate performance.  We hope that in the aftermath, with the personality issues fading from memory, the facts will be clarified with details and references, so that it will become clear who really had the better scientific information.  What AIG needs to do (and appears to be doing) is to rush its supporting documentation to press as far and wide as possible, to clarify points that were not rhetorically effective, and to expose the factual errors and illogic Nye employed.  Ken should also be honest about what he wishes he would have said, and should have said, instead of spinning the debate as a total victory (which it was not).  He portrays his performance more positively than it came across to many listeners, even some supportive ones.  The debate can still be rescued for good in at least two ways: (1) clarification of any lingering doubts about the science, and (2) use as a training video on how to improve debates against fast-talking Darwinians.  In the final analysis, all viewers should keep in mind that, as in a court of law, it’s not the flair of the lawyer that should sway the jury, but his evidence.last_img read more

USDA halts import of fresh Brazilian beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100% of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11% of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. The action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness.  Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers,” Secretary Perdue said. “That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef.  I commend the work of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families.”last_img read more

The jaws in the Parbati river

first_imgPeople living in several villages of Sheopur Kalan district in Madhya Pradesh fetch water from the Parbati, a tributary of the Chambal, every day. As runaway crocodiles from a sanctuary 5 km away have moved up the river near the villages, lives are in danger.Women, who bear the burden of collecting water for their homes, are the most at risk. The Forest Department has put out just a warning sign: “Fetch water at your own risk.” The district administration too has failed to come up with a solution. The women test the waters before dipping their pots. “Take a long stick; if you feel the still water, double-check for a crocodile,” says Mousmi Meena, as she quickly dunks her pitcher in the water. “Of course, my heart quakes in fear. But is dying of thirst an option?”Drought-like conditions prevail in the region. Water pumps and wells have long gone dry, forcing the people of Icchana Khedi, Malarna and Dalarna Kalan to use the river water for drinking and washing utensils and clothes. “We don’t have an option as the water from the village borewell is extremely salty,” Satrawat Meena, a resident, says. The sanctuary for crocodiles and gharials was opened at Palighat two years ago. The big reptiles had ventured outside the protected territory and attacked animals, but the problem went unchecked. The people lost a few of their cows and goats in the past year. “The crocodiles have tasted blood,” says a resident, knowing full well that the conflict is not going away soon. Mangilal Gurjar, sarpanch of a village, has given up hope for a solution anytime soon. The crocodile problem has another social dimension. For over a year, young men in the villages have had to postpone their marriages, with some even facing rejection. “Neighbouring villages refuse to give their women in marriage to men in the affected villages because of the crocodile threat,” Dhanjeet Singh Meena, a resident, says.last_img read more

Mbala: La Salle defense not as good as last year

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Well, Ben Mbala is not the one to forget and he knows this version of the Green Archers is far different from the unit that won the title a year ago.“I say defense, we’re not the defensive-minded team we used to be last year and that’s something we need to change,” said Mbala Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after La Salle lost to arch rival Ateneo, 76-75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La SalleLa Salle’s loss to Ateneo saw it slip to 5-2, a respectable record but a far cry considering how powerful the Green Archers were last year. Read Next Pons lifts FEU over Adamson for PVL Finals berth For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s only the first round, we still have a lot of time to work on our game, our team chemistry especially on defense,” said Mbala, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds against the Blue Eagles. “I’m sure coach (Aldin Ayo) and all of us players will be able to work on that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how the mighty have fallen.With De La Salle’s recent slippage in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, one may be forgiven that he forgot how dominant the Green Archers back in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Green Archers waylaid opponents in the first round of Season 79 holding them down to an average of 73 points a game while scoring 88.4 to end up with a 7-0 record.Those numbers, however, are not even close from what La Salle put up in the first seven games this season.The defending champions may be scoring more this year, averaging 96.9 points a game, but they also allow their opponents to score way more compared to last season as their points allowed skyrocketed to 90.3 points per outing.La Salle outscored opponents by 18.4 points a game in the first round of Season 79 but Season 80 saw the Green Archers take wins by an average of just 6.6 points.Mbala hopes the Archers can change their fortunes in the second half of the tournament, a stage where the Final Four picture starts to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-HADLEE-KOHLI 3 L(SPB5)

first_img“I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up “I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up internationally than I was off the longer run-up. So the decision I made was right, and I was pleased about it,” he said. Hadlee, who competed with Imran Khan of Pakistan, Indias Kapil Dev and Englands Ian Botham for the best all-rounders title in world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s, said the quartet closely followed each others progress. “We did that, (but) mind you technology was a bit different in our day. We had to read it in newspapers that Kapil got five wickets or Beefy (Botham) got a hundred. We kept an eye on each other because we were similar sort of players even though we had different skill sets. “We were interested to know what others were doing and clearly when we were playing against each other. I rated Imran as the better of the four because he was more consistent with the bat and ball in my view. Id like to think I was the better bowler than the others, but my batting was a weaklink. And stats would back that,” he added. PTI NRB SSR KRK KHS RYSlast_img read more

We could have scored more goals, says coach Roelant Oltmans

first_imgIndia coach Roelant Oltmans praised his players for not conceding a single corner in the bronze medal match of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which the team won 4-0 against New Zealand.”I don’t think New Zealand had one serious shot on the goal in the whole game. We did not concede a single corner,” said Oltmans, expressing satisfaction at the manner in which India turned around their game after yesterday’s disappointing 0-1 loss to Malaysia.India needed a two-goal victory over Malaysia to secure their second consecutive entry into the final of this tournament, but played an erratic match to end up losing to the hosts, who had lost three previous matches.Against the Black Sticks, India rode on two penalty corner conversions by Rupinderpal Singh (17th and 27th minutes) besides field goals from S V Sunil (48th) and Talwinder Singh (60th) to assert their supremacy.”Our defence was really well organised today. They kept the structure really well,” said Oltmans.”We also managed to create a lot of goal-scoring opportunities. If one wants to be critical, we didn’t score as many goals from the opportunities that we created. The way we finished that off is not good enough yet. That is something we need to work hard on.”We were also unlucky at times as the ball rebounded off bar on one instance,” the coach added.last_img read more