Laos committing over $1 million to Asian Games campaign

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Pencak silat, boxing, wushu, archery, weightlifting plus track and field athletes are currently preparing at the Lao National Sports Training Center with taekwondo and sepak takraw training taking place at the National University of Laos Dongdok campus.The judo team is training at the Lao-Japan Budo Center, swimmers at the Km16 pool in Xaythany district, and karate-do fighters at the Polytechnic College, while the cycling team is training along the 450 Road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sports officials believe pencak silat, sepak takraw, wushu, boxing, taekwondo, judo, karate-do, judo, archery and baseball are Laos’ best medal hopes at the games.“We have hired foreign coaches to improve the athletes in these sports in the hope of winning medals at the Asian Games,” Director General of the Elite Sports Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Sengphone Phonamath said. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ A pencak silat team competed at the Pre-Asian Games in Indonesia where they won one gold and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The pencak silat team is being guided by an Indonesian coach, sepak takraw has two Thai coaches, wushu and archery have Chinese instructors, taekwondo has a Republic of Korea coach, the judo and karate-do teams have Japanese mentors, baseball is coached by two South Koreans, and the boxing team is coached by a Russian.The National Olympic Committee of Laos has been cooperating with the various sports federations to regularly check on the progress of the athletes’ training.“We have also been sending taekwondo, pencak silat, wushu, sepak takraw, boxing, baseball, paragliding, and track and field athletes to overseas training camps ahead of the Asian Games,” Mr Sengphone said.The football, baseball, shooting, tennis, table tennis and paragliding teams have used their own budgets to support training ahead of the games in Indonesia.Laos will compete in three sepak takraw events and face opponents from Myanmar, China, Japan and host Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT VIENTIANE — The Laos government is spending more than 9.9 billion kip ($1.16 million) in preparing competitors to take part in 12 sports at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18-September 2.Some 271 athletes, coaches and officials are set to represent Laos at the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman no hard feelings after finals loss: ‘Credit to Ginebra for doing a great job’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Selfishness and Responsibility Are Just a Game

first_imgIt’s become increasingly common for evolutionists to explain human behavior in terms of games.  Another entry in this genre was published by Science Daily, which began, “‘Game theory’ is used to predict the behaviour of individuals when making choices that depend on the choices of others.  First developed as a tool for understanding economic behaviour, game theory is increasingly used in many diverse fields, ranging from biology and psychology to sociology and philosophy.”    Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol devised a mathematical model and applied it to humans, in order to provide “a new explanation as to why a wide range of personality traits has evolved in humans and other social species.”  Their basic idea is that if you seed the mathematical model their colleague developed with variation and monitoring by others, a diversity of selfish and cooperative individuals popped out as an artifact.   In evolutionary terms, this trend is self-perpetuating: variation begets more variation, increasing the gap between those who trusted and co-operated, and those that exploited trusting individuals….    Although the model focuses on individuals, the findings have implications for understanding whole societies  They are also significant because they offer an explanation as to why variation has evolved in human beings and other social species.They seem to be implying that politics, economics, law, national security, charity, and love have now all been subsumed under the game of evolution.  But does a game really qualify as a scientific explanation?  It seems to suffer the same flaw as natural selection: just as selection implies a selector, a game implies a game-maker who sets up the rules.  Is that not what they did with their mathematical model? OK, let’s play their little game.  Let’s punish these non-cooperators for exploiting the gullibility of individuals.  How could they complain?  We’re just more clever at the game than they are.  While they are scratching their heads about our strategy, we move in for the checkmate: pointing out that, by sacrificing their own queen of rationality, they have exposed King Darwin to self-refutation.  For more detail, read the entries from 10/02/2008, 06/03/2008, 05/02/2008, 04/23/2008, 03/21/2008, 03/12/2008, 02/03/2008, and 01/20/2008 – and that’s just from this year.  It gets so tiring to beat the evolutionists at their own game all the time when we’re trying to get some work done.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA sets achievable goals for COP 17

first_img24 November 2011 While it is unlikely that a legally binding deal on reducing carbon emissions will be struck, COP 17 should build on the Bali Roadmap and put into effect the Cancun Agreements, says Edna Molewa, leader of South Africa’s negotiating team at the UN climate summit. With the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change set to kick off in Durban on Monday, the South African negotiating team is putting the finishing touches to its preparatory work for the critical gathering. Environmental and Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and her International Relations and Cooperation counterpart, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told journalists in Durban on Wednesday that the country was ready to host the event, which will see over 20 000 delegates descend on Durban. While Molewa leads SA’s negotiating team, Nkoana-Mashabane will be taking over as president of COP 17.No legally binding outcome likely Molewa’s team has overseen the development, compilation and lobbying of the South African COP 17 negotiation position, through wide consultation with stakeholders including academics, business and non-profit organisations. The primary objective of the conference would be to reach an agreement on how effectively to tackle climate change at a global level in a fair manner, thus addressing the threats it posed to human development and growth, Molewa said. She said no legally binding agreement would likely be reached on cutting down on emissions, and the outcome should rather build on the Bali Roadmap of 2007 as well as put into effect the Cancun Agreements of 2010.Cancun Agreements, Bali Roadmap President Jacob Zuma, outlining South Africa’s vision for the conference earlier this week, said it was crucial for COP 17 to ensure that the Cancun Agreements, which included the establishment of a Green Climate Fund, were operationalised. The President said developing countries demanded a prompt start for the Fund through early initial capitalisation. For Durban to be successful, Zuma said, the parties then had to deal with the outstanding political issues remaining from the Bali Roadmap of 2007. This meant finding a resolution to the issue of the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, and agreeing on the legal nature of a future climate change system. Zuma added that adaptation was another essential element of the outcome of COP 17, as it was a key priority for many developing countries, particularly small island developing states, least developed countries, and Africa. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

A bit of South Africa in London

first_imgOlympic and Paralympic athletes, their families, friends and supporters, and all South Africans will find a home away from home at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre in Belvedere Road, London.Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will be welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa.Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.”But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” she adds. Supporters at the New Zealand Ekhaya during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, show their patriotic spirit.(Images: Ekhaya Hospitality Centre) Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar.Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.”The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August.Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from homeEkhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations.“Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes.South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager.Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA.The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ villageDubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations.It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses.This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site.The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation.Source: Mediaclublast_img read more

SA saves R2.2bn in HIV drug tender

first_img29 November 2012 South Africa achieved a massive R2.2-billion cost reduction in the R5.9-billion tender awarded to three pharmaceutical companies on Thursday for single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Making the announcement in Pretoria, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi said South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2 billion.‘Means we can treat more patients’ The price of the three-in-one combination is R89.37, which Motsoaledi described as now the world’s lowest price for this product. The tender was awarded to South African companies Aspen Pharmacare and Cipla Medpro along with US firm Mylan Pharmaceuticals. “This new tender has moved from an original cost of R8.1-billion to R5.9-billion for two years,” Motsoaledi said. “This savings means we can treat more patients with the same budget.” Motsoaledi said, from April, all pregnant women who were HIV positive would be given the single dose combination during pregnancy and breast feeding, regardless of their CD4 count. At least 80% of patients on ARV treatment would also be able to switch to the single-dose combination, though Motsoaledi noted that those who couldn’t switch for any reason could still take individual ARV drugs.Benefits of the single-dose combination Motsoaledi said the single-dose combination had major benefits for patients, and not only in terms of compliance with the daily routine; the combination meant fewer side-effects, and easier logistics and storage. “The fixed dose combination … is more effective than dual therapy and has fewer side-effects for the pregnant mother, in addition to its convenient dosage regimen.” The drugs will be available in all 3 000 registered health facilities across the country, said Motsoaledi, adding that there would be no more delays in supply, as experienced with the previous supplier. “We have asked the suppliers to give us their commitment on this, and all three of them have done so.” Dr Francesca Conradie, clinical adviser for TB/HIV at Wits University’s Clinical HIV Research Unit, said the new combination would not be harmful to pregant mothers in any way. “Simplification of the tablets is so much easier for mothers, and it will lead to better results,” Dr Conradie said. UNAids country coordinator Dr Catherine Sozi commended South Africa for being able to access the effective drugs at a small price. “The reduction in cost is way beyond what we’ve hoped for,” Sozi said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Foreign media hail Romeo as tournament best scorer

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas has taken the Fiba Asia Cup by storm in Beirut and one man who helped put away all pre-tournament talk on how mighty China is has been heaping praises from international media there.Terrence Romeo, who exploded for 26 points in a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese last week, is being described as possibly “the best scorer” in the tournament after being the only player in the Top 7 to come off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT An article at Fiba.com on Wednesday was dedicated to the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who is averaging 17.7 points in the Filipinos’ first three games. He is also averaging the least minutes among the top scorers.Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib is shooting an average of 24.3 points in 30 minutes to be at No. 1, with former PBA import Michael Madanly tossing in a shade over 20 points in 29 minutes, counting a 35-point explosion versus China.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 shutoutBut Romeo has been hailed as this tournament’s biggest star and labeled by the article as the Philippines’ new face in international basketball because of his “overflowing swagger, slick ball-handling and streaky shooting,” according to the article.It also narrates how Romeo and the rest of the team sulked in the locker room after losing to the Chinese in the finals in Changsha in 2015, and how Romeo vowed that no one from the Chinese national team would be able to touch him when a return bout happens. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ Filipinos drop to battle for 7th Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Shane Warne retires from IPL, says won’t play after fourth edition

first_imgAustralian spin legend and Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the end of the ongoing fourth season. Making his decision public, the 41-year-old cricketer wrote on his Twitter page: “Yes this is my last year playing IPL – please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai & Bangalore! We need your help!” Warne, who quit Tests in 2007 and ODIs in 2005, however said he might continue his association with the IPL team as coach or advisor from the next season. He bid adieu to international cricket after leading the Aussies to a 5-0 whitewash in the 2007 Ashes series. “Next year who knows what or if I will be involved in IPL re mentor/coaching- am focused on doing best for RR,” he tweeted. Warne, who led the Royals to a historic title triumph in the inaugural season said he was hopeful of bidding a winning goodbye to the cash-rich Twenty-20 league. The world’s best leg spinner led the team across the four seasons helping the franchise emerge as a frontrunner in the IPL. With 55 wickets, Warne has played a huge role in Royals’ success show in the league so far. In the current season, he has claimed 11 wickets so far running sixth in the race for the coveted purple cap. His team stands fourth in the points table.last_img read more

Rangers Beat Habs, Lead 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist earned his 41st career playoff victory and his first postseason point with an assist.The only number that mattered late May 25 was the one win the New York Rangers need to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years.“You just have to keep the same mindset that you had for the first four or five games, and the last series. You don’t change anything,” Lundqvist said after the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime victory gave them a 3-1 lead against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. “You don’t think about what’s ahead. You’re just going in and trying to do your job.”The Rangers know firsthand just how quickly a 3-1 series lead can evaporate. They dug out of that hole in the previous round against Pittsburgh.A win May 27 in Montreal will put New York in the championship round for the first time since they won the title in 1994. A loss will make Game 6 necessary at what will be a nervous Madison Square Garden on May 29.“I look forward to that challenge,” Lundqvist said of the return to Montreal, where the Rangers won the first two games of the series. “It’s exciting to know you’re one game away. You have to motivate yourself to get to a level where you’re helping the team.“That’s pretty good motivation right there.”Martin St. Louis has been providing inspiration on and off the ice in recent times, particularly since the unexpected death of his mother the day after the Rangers fell behind the Penguins 3-1.St. Louis tended to family responsibilities for a day before rejoining his teammates in Pittsburgh for Game 5.The Rangers, who attended the funeral for St. Louis’ mother near Montreal in between Games 1 and 2 of this series, were galvanized as they rallied around their grieving teammate.New York is 6-1 since her passing, and the latest win came 6:02 into overtime on May 25 when St. Louis netted his sixth goal of the playoffs.“I had some decent looks,” St. Louis said. “The puck bounced a couple of times. You just have to concentrate on your next opportunity. You get this far, you have to trust yourself. That’s what I try to do, and I was fortunate.”He has 10 career postseason winning goals and 39 overall. He hadn’t scored in a playoff overtime since Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals when he was with Tampa Bay.Less than three months since being acquired by the Rangers, he is providing memorable moments that could lead to another championship. St. Louis has a six-game point streak — with four goals and three assists — and three goals in this series.“He has been great for us ever since he got here,” said forward Carl Hagelin, who also scored his sixth playoff goal. “He shows a lot of tenacity and emotion every time he steps on the ice.”The Rangers rebounded from a home overtime loss on May 22 by outlasting the Canadiens, who carried much of the play over the final two periods. New York didn’t want to return to Montreal all even, even though it won the opening two games of the series there.“It would have been devastating to go back there without getting one at home,” forward Brad Richards said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’d rather it be 3-1 than 2-2. It was a very emotional time when we saw that go in.”A loose puck came to St. Louis, alone in the right circle, and he fired a snap shot over goalie Dustin Tokarski’s shoulder. That gave the Rangers the win after they squandered a pair of one-goal leads.“St. Louis had some time and picked a corner on me,” Tokarski said. “It’s a game of inches, and we came up a bit short.”Hagelin put the Rangers in front with a short-handed tally in the first period, and Derick Brassard made it 2-1 in the second in his return from a two-game injury absence. Hagelin also assisted on St. Louis’ winner.Lundqvist made 27 saves in tying the postseason franchise record for wins held by 1994 Cup champion Mike Richter, who was in attendance. He also earned an assist on Brassard’s goal.“I’m really proud to be out there with those guys, and hopefully can keep it going a little more,” Lundqvist said.Francis Bouillon tied it for Montreal in the second, and fellow defenseman P.K. Subban made it 2-2 in the third with a power-play goal. David Desharnais assisted on both for Montreal. Tokarski stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens, who went 1 for 8 on the power play.“By no means are we counting ourselves out,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. “It’s a tough loss, it’s a bitter loss, but at the end of the day we are still in this series. I still like our chances with two games at home.”Though there were 13 minor penalties, there was no carry-over of the nastiness in Game 3 when a hit by Montreal’s Brandon Prust broke the jaw of New York forward Derek Stepan. Prust served the first game of a two-game suspension. Stepan sat out after having surgery.The Rangers gave Montreal five power plays through the first two periods, and New York’s penalty-killers stood tall. But the sixth produced the tying goal 2 minutes into the third period when Subban scored his first goal of the series and first point in six games.That broke the Rangers’ run of 27 straight killed penalties, dating to Game 2 of the second round.(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be sold

first_imgSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Colm Feore joins cast of new CBC drama 21 Thunder

first_imgIt’s produced by PMA Productions and Generic Productions and was created by Riley Adams (Flashpoint), Kenneth Hirsch (Extraordinary Canadians) and Adrian Wills (The Surrogacy Trap).By Debra Yeo Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The series is in production in Montreal and will premiere on CBC in summer 2017.It also stars Stephanie Bennett (Descendants), former Scottish footballer Ryan Pierce (who played as Ryan O’Leary), RJ Fetherstonhaugh (Wayward Pines), Emmanuel Kabongo (Hemlock Grove), Andres Joseph (The Flash) and Conrad Pla (19-2). He has been a U.S. general, a 15th-century cardinal and a presidential spouse — and those are just his TV roles. Now prolific Canadian-American actor Colm Feore is taking on big city crime boss in a new CBC-TV drama.Feore, also known for numerous movie roles and for his stage work with the Stratford Festival, has joined the cast of 21 Thunder, described as a series about “the fiercely competitive and high-stakes world of an under-21 soccer academy in Montreal.”Feore has been cast as Declan Gallard, an imprisoned crime boss trying to reconcile with his son, who plays for the academy, according to a news release.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more