Moufflons: we had to lose at some point

first_imgBy Alexander McCowanThe Cyprus rugby team saw their world record winning streak of 24 games ended by Latvia over the weekend, the Moufflons going down 39-20 in freezing Riga.“We knew that we had to lose at some point, we just couldn’t go on winning, but I am extremely proud of our boys,” said Laurence Vasiliades, president of the Cyprus Rugby Federation after the clash.“They have achieved so much – who would have thought we would find ourselves in this position when we were first formed seven years ago?“We didn’t even have proper shirts for our first international against Greece. Now we are on the world rugby map – they write about us in New Zealand and South Africa. The world record was never a target for us, but it is a bonus. “Our next game is in March against Hungary and we must build for this. The future lies in our school programmes and our academies which I am proud to say are expanding on a weekly basis. Nicosia, Paphos and Limassol all have qualified coaches that give up their time every Saturday morning to train up the next generation of Moufflons.”As a result of the defeat, Cyprus find themselves in third place in European Division 2B behind Lithuania and Latvia and above Hungary and Andorra.Marcus Holden, a veteran player for Cyprus, and a try scorer on Saturday, said: “We need to build for the future. Commitment to training is essential, more now than ever. Let’s improve together and bounce back – we owe it to ourselves, the players from before, the players yet to come and for the future of Cyprus rugby.”Theo Lenos, the Rugby Federation vice-president, added: “I want you to record that we all knew that this day would happen, but we have the coach, the staff, and most of all, the talent and the will to improve further in the future.”last_img read more

Manchester United sign Portuguese defender Dalot from Porto

first_imgManchester United have signed 19-year-old Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from FC Porto on a five-year deal with an option to extend for a further year, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.“Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club,” United manager Jose Mourinho said on the club’s website–united-announces-the-signing-of-diogo-dalot.“He has all the attributes that a fullback needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.”Dalot, who made seven appearances for Porto in all competitions last season, played a part as the club won the Primeira Liga title.The fullback joined Porto’s youth squad, aged nine, in 2008 and came through the ranks to make his first-team debut in February.“Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I have grown up in Porto’s academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me,” said Dalot, who has four international caps for Portugal’s under-21 side.“But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down … I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach.”United did not disclose the financial details of the transaction.Dalot’s arrival follows the news on Tuesday that United have reached an agreement to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 52 million pounds.last_img read more

Petron, F2 shoot for PSL finals berths

first_imgWATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Both have twice-to-beat privileges to exhaust after finishing 1-2 in the eliminations.There’s no doubt that Petron will come into the day the hotter of the two teams, closing out its classification round with 12 straight wins for 13-1 overall before sending Marinerang Pilipina packing in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHead coach Shaq Delos Santos liked what he saw, saying that they are peaking as the league enters its most crucial stages.“I’m glad that our players are playing at a high level,” Delos Santos said. “But we have to be more eager, more aggressive and sustain the level of our game for us to achieve our goal.” Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Grudge rematch OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Cignal, though, is not in awe of Petron’s record. In fact, coach Edgar Barroga is confident of taking this match-up to the full route after extending the Blaze Spikers to five sets in their two elimination round losses to Petron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bitter rivals Petron and F2 Logistics seek to arrange a seventh straight title series clash when they tackle separate opponents Tuesday in the semifinals of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Muntinlupa Sports Center.The Blaze Spikers, queens here for the past two years, battle Cignal in the 7 p.m. game, just after the Cargo Movers face Foton at 4:15 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rugby World Cup – the last hurrah for five of the best

first_img0Shares0000Ireland’s captain Rory Best was given a standing ovation in his final home Test earlier this month © AFP/File / Paul FaithPARIS, France, Sep 12 – The Rugby World Cup has long been a stage for young talent to impose itself on the international stage, but it also remains the ultimate theatre for the great actors of the game to lap up the plaudits of the audience and take their final curtain call.The 2019 edition will be no different as a number of great players of the recent past and present take their leave. Here AFP Sport look at five of the very best. Rory Best (Ireland)Age 37Debut: v New Zealand at Lansdowne Road, Nov 12, 2005Caps/tries (as of September 12): 119/10It is almost inconceivable to think of an Ireland side without Rory Best. The Ulsterman made his debut as a replacement against the All Blacks back in 2005 and has been at the forefront with coach Joe Schmidt, who is also stepping down after the tournament, of the Celtic Revival. The 37-year-old Best has always been an all-action hooker in the mould of the great Keith Wood and he has helped to drive Ireland to the top of the world rankings.Career highlight: Captaining Ireland to two wins over the All Blacks would be enough to check most players into a Hall of Fame, but Best reserves his finest moment for leading the Irish to the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018: “To win something as captain in that special green jersey, it’s something that dreams are made of,” he said.Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)South Afrcia’s Tendai Mtawarira has started 97 of his 111 Test apperances © AFP / Martin BUREAUAge: 34Debut: v Wales, Pretoria, June 14, 2008Caps/tries: 111/2It is not official yet but this is certain to be the last time that the world sees The Beast wearing a Springbok jersey. Since making his debut in 2008, the Zimbabwe-born prop, weighing in around the 120 kilo mark, has become a fixture in the Springbok front row and a symbol for the changing nature of the game within South Africa. He has been hit with injury of late and may be used off the bench but, as one of the world’s top scrummagers, he will be a key component in South Africa’s bid for a third World Cup triumph.Career highlight: Some might suggest the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in 2009 when he dominated Phil Vickery to such an extent that the experienced Englishman was substituted after 45 minutes. The Beast, though, has his sights set higher. “Winning the World Cup will be a highlight of my career and being part of a successful World Cup-winning team will mean everything,” he says.Sergio Parisse (Italy)Italy’s Sergio Parisse is set to appear at his fifth Rugby World Cup © AFP/File / boris HORVATAge: 36Debut: v New Zealand, Hamilton, June 8, 2002Caps/tries (as of September 9): 140/16Heading into his fifth World Cup, the Argentina-born Parisse made his debut as an 18-year-old and has been an integral part of every Italy side since then. Almost two metres tall, Parisse set up shop at Stade Francais, leaving in the summer after 14 years with the Parisians. He had all the physical attributes for a top number eight but his handling and passing skills elevated him to the top tier in the game.Career highlight: Playing for Italy hasn’t been a bed of roses but the quality of his performances has been recognised with two nominations as World Player of the Year, missing out in 2008 to Shane Williams and in 2013 to Kieran Read.David Pocock (Australia)Australia’s David Pocock made his return from injury in the victory over Samoa earlier this month © AFP/File / Peter PARKSAge: 31Debut: v New Zealand, Hong Kong, November 1, 2008Caps/tries: 77/9Pocock’s season has been hampered by a torn calf muscle which restricted his appearances for the Brumbies. Whether that played a part in his decision to call time on his international career remains to be seen but certainly the Wallaby captain will be looking to go out on a high. A ranging flanker with a nose for loose ball, Pocock played an important role in the 2015 campaign and has offered the Australians true leadership on and off the field.Career highlight: The Zimbabwe-born Pocock has enjoyed some great moments on the field but he might argue that the tougher battles have been conducted off the field. A committed environment and civil rights activist, Pocock has campaigned against homophobia and was arrested in 2014 for chaining himself to a digger in a protest against a coal mine being opened in a forest in New South Wales.Kieran Read (New Zealand)New Zealand’s Kieran Read replaced Richie McCaw as All Blacks captain after the 2015 Rugby World Cup © AFP/File / MICHAEL BRADLEYAge: 33Debut: v Scotland, Murrayfield, November 8, 2008Caps/tries: 121/25There aren’t too many men in the world who can show off a World Cup winners medal. Fewer still is the number that have two — just 20 in fact, 14 of them New Zealanders. Kieran Read was a member of Richie McCaw’s side that won the title in 2011, was named World Player of the Year in 2013 and then captained the All Blacks to a second successive World Cup victory in 2015. At the peak of his game, he was the best number eight in the world, never flashy but always inspiring and always in the right place.Career highlight: Lifting the Webb Ellis trophy at Twickenham after his side held off an Australian fightback in the 2015 final.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FA Cup round-up: MK Dons cruise while Oxford and Bristol Rovers crash out

first_imgMK Dons ensured they were not early victims of an FA Cup first-round shock as they comfortably beat Hyde 4-0.After the game was delayed when a flare burnt a hole in the Northern Premier League Division One North side’s plastic pitch, Dons went about their business professionally.Aidan Nesbitt scored a fine opening goal in the 14th minute, curling into the top corner, and Chuks Aneke supplied a similar finish from a free-kick to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.Ethan Ebanks-Landell then made the game safe for the League One outfit midway through the second half, with Ed Upson putting gloss on the scoreline.Fellow League One clubs Oxford and Bristol Rovers are out, though, as they both succumbed to League Two opposition.Goals from Gavin Gunning and Tom Pope earned Port Vale a 2-0 win over Oxford at Vale Park.Gunning opened the scoring with a header in the 16th minute and Pope doubled Vale’s advantage eight minutes after the restart.Rovers looked on course for a victory at Notts County as they led 2-0 after only 12 minutes at Meadow Lane, before the Magpies produced an impressive comeback.Liam Sercombe and Stuart Sinclair gave Rovers a dream start, but Ryan Yates scored two goals in two minutes on the half-hour mark to draw County level.Then veteran striker Jon Stead put Kevin Nolan’s men ahead in the 58th minute and Jorge Grant made it safe at the death. Tom Pope of Port Vale celebrates scoring his team’s second goal 1last_img read more

Youths get TV, film exposure

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A dozen high school students from the Southland recently completed Cal State Los Angeles’ five-week Summer 2006 TV Film Academy program, designed to help prepare them for a career in the film industry. The students enrolled in university-level classes that instructed them in single-camera video production, television studio directing and operations and development of short original screenplays. Their original productions, which included newscasts, music videos and short films, were shown at a private screening Thursday night in the Music Patio on the campus of Cal State L.A. The course was offered through the university’s Accelerated College Enrollment and Pre-Accelerated College Enrollment programs, as well as the Communications Studies department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Communication Studies Chair John Ramirez said he was gratified to see the students learning both technical and interpersonal skills that will help them succeed in the entertainment industry. “They learned to be effective in meeting the challenges of collaboration and production,” he said. “Learning how to compromise and negotiate and provide technical and moral support for each other is essential to survival in the industry.” Ramirez said several of the students are planning to pursue a career in film after their experience in the program. “This opened their eyes to an opportunity,” he said. Alex Arevalos, 13, who attends St. Andrews Grammar School in Pasadena, said the classes inspired him to enter the entertainment industry as a camera or audio specialist. Alex said he especially enjoyed working with different camera angles for the making of a music video to Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller.” Another student, Ronald Chavez, 13, who currently attends Ynez Elementary School K-8 in Monterey Park, said he was glad to have taken part in a unique learning process. “It was just really great, like a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. Ronald produced a newscast on the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. He also developed a script for a short movie titled, “Alien Vengeance.” Students received both high school and college credits for participating in the program. ACE special assistant for Student Affairs George Bachmann said organizers considered the program a success, and plan to expand it next year by broadening their advertising and extending the summer program by a week to shorten the students’ 9a.m.- to-4p.m. days. Bachmann said the “hands-on” film academy was the first collaboration between ACE and the Communications Department to benefit high school students. “We’ve never done everything so out-of-the-box like this before,” he said. For more information on the ACE/PACE programs, call (323)343-3131.160Want 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

‘The Office,’ ’24’ are in running for Guild awards

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Other shows competing in that category were “Friday Night Lights,” “Heroes,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Ugly Betty.” The awards will be presented simultaneously on both coasts – in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and in New York at the Hudson Theater at the Millennium Broadway Hotel – on Feb. 11. Film nominees will be announced separately. “Grey’s Anatomy,” “24,” “The Office” and “30 Rock” are among the contenders for top honors at the 2007 Writers Guild Awards. Nominees for outstanding writing in radio and television categories were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. “Deadwood,” “24,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “The Sopranos” were nominated in the dramatic series category. Comedy series nominees were “Arrested Development,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “The Office” and “30 Rock,” which was also nominated for best new series. 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

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 1-29-19

first_imgRelease Date:01-28-2019 – 9:23 pm Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:3 Out of County Hold View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:100674 Bond:No Bond Booking #:100676 Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 10:59 am Kessner, Mark A Booking Date:01-27-2019 – 6:55 pm Release Date:01-28-2019 – 3:23 pm Charges:35-42-2-1.3 Domestic Battery Charges:35-48-4-1.1(a) Dealing in Meth16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth Douglas, Harold Booking #:100662 Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 3:23 pm Charges:35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior Bond:No Bond Corcoran, Justin M Bond:No Bond Release Date:01-28-2019 – 4:53 pm Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Bond:$705 Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 4:11 pm Booking #:100672 Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 10:20 am Hunt, Steven S Booking #:100670 View Profile >>> Sizemore, Jeremy R Booking #:100671 Bond:No Bond Charges:35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox Bond:$55005 Bond:$1005 Bond:$1005 Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 8:47 am Weller, Gary L Booking Date:01-25-2019 – 12:52 am Schrader, Amney D Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Shoemaker, Jeremy W Charges:35-45-2-1 Intimidation35-43-1-2 Criminal Mischief Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Booking #:100673 Bond:$1005 Booking #:100634 Release Date:01-28-2019 – 7:53 pm Booking #:100675 View Profile >>> Bond:$2005 Release Date:01-28-2019 – 1:38 pm Booking Date:01-26-2019 – 1:09 am Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 3:07 am Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 6:21 am View Profile >>> Release Date:01-28-2019 – 7:38 pm Booking #:100668 Waskom, Tyler M Booking #:100669 Booking #:100667 Sprague, Justin L Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 4:11 pm Charges:8 Parole Violation Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-1(b) BAC .15% or greater Release Date:01-28-2019 – 4:53 pm Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 3:17 pm Booking #:100657 Clark, Matthew R Booking Date:01-19-2019 – 10:14 am Charges:34-47-3 Indirect Contempt Waskom, Tyler M View Profile >>> Charges:35-42-2-1.3 Domestic Battery Booking Date:01-28-2019 – 3:30 pm Drake, Rocky A Farris, Zachariah F View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:34-47-3 Indirect Contempt Bond:$1505 View Profile >>> Booking #:100676 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult View Profile >>>last_img read more

UN praises SA for fight against Aids

first_img21 January 2013UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe has congratulated South Africa and President Jacob Zuma on the progress the country is making in the fight against HIV and Aids.Zuma met with Sidibe at his residence in Pretoria on Friday. The two discussed various ways in which the fight against the disease in Africa and the world could be intensified.According to the Presidency, Sidibe said he was particularly impressed by the government’s policy interventions and leadership that, since 2009, have led to significant progress in the fight against HIV and Aids in the country.He appealed to South Africa to “lead all efforts in Africa, especially in manufacturing their own medicine and thus reducing dependency on countries outside the continent”.“We appreciate the support of UNAids in this difficult battle against the epidemic,” Zuma said.Zuma reiterated that the country had moved from “very difficult times” on HIV and Aids to a success story in a short space of time.There were now more than 1.7-million South Africans on antiretroviral treatment, with dramatic improvements in life expectancy, Zuma said. “We have about 2 948 public health facilities now initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment compared to 495 in January 2010.”The country had also seen a drop in the rate of new infections, from 1.4% to 0.8%, in the 15-24 age group, while mother-to-child transmission of HIV had been massively reduced, from about 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011.Zuma added that more than 20-million South Africans had been tested for HIV through the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign since its launch in 2010.“This indicates that the stigma around the disease is being eradicated, which will assist our continued prevention efforts, and the rate of new HIV infections looks set to decline over the coming years as we deepen our existing programmes.”Source: read more Buys Assistly to Pull Even with Dynamics AX in Social

first_imgscott fulton Assistly had been a breakthrough member of’s emerging AppExchange ecosystem, having made the Final Four in the independent CRM Idol 2011 competition. A contest spokesperson noted that Assistly had indeed been chosen for the Final Four even after news of the company’s pending acquisition had leaked out. (EDIT: Assistly remains in the running and has not been eliminated; a top 3 list posted yesterday consists of the European finalists for the same competition.)“Assistly qualified this year. They still met all the criteria and, despite the slightly bad timing, they were chosen as finalists before their announced acquisition,” the spokesperson wrote. “Since this was year one, we will have to allow in year two that we may change this – there are a lot of things we are going to consider ‘post-season.’ But there is no reason to think that they are anything but qualified.”The two take-aways from the last Dreamforce conference should have been 1) customers can and should be reached through social media; 2) an ecosystem can be built around tools for doing precisely that. But rather than wait for such an ecosystem to form organically, Salesforce has chosen to make one of its AppExchange partners into a division, putting Salesforce into direct competition with members of its own ecosystem.Citrix is one of those companies that may find itself today in an awkward position, having just announced the integration of its GoToAssist product with Salesforce. At that time, Citrix indicated to RWW that this particular integration should not be considered exclusive to Salesforce, or part of a deal with that company. Citrix and Microsoft are already friendly with one another, especially in the virtualization field. Already, Citrix has one GoToAssist-branded product that enables customers to start support sessions from a link attached to Outlook (PDF available here). Outlook is already established as Microsoft’s portal of choice for communication (as opposed to setting up a new portal screen in Dynamics).So Citrix is no stranger to Outlook integration, or at least something that looks like it. If Salesforce’s strategy continues to be to harvest its own ecosystem for features, the bigger players in that new ecosystem may be compelled to hedge their investments elsewhere. Citrix is among the companies RWW has contacted for comment this morning.UPDATE 5:32 pm ET September 27: Citrix General Manager for IT Services Elizabeth Cholawsky tells RWW this afternoon that her company officially perceives Salesforce’s purchase of Assistly as an opportunity for her company’s GoToAssist product line.“We find the Assistly acquisition by Salesforce very interesting,” says Cholawsky. “First and foremost, we don’t really see it as competitive right now. Where we really add value in our sweet spot right now is on the remote support side, and that was really our main intent with the AppExchange integration with GoToAssist – to be able to launch one of our rich remote support sessions from within a Salesforce case.”Assistly’s communication takes place through chat windows, or by integrating with existing social services such as Facebook and Twitter. By contrast, GoToAssist’s remote session takes place through a dedicated viewer. Cholawsky believes the two can and will co-exist. Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Just three short weeks ago, a relatively new player in the CRM space, Assistly, made its biggest debut at the Dreamforce conference by integrating its social CRM service with The result was the beginning of a cloud-based customer service portal that lets Salesforce users initiate direct contact with customers, aided by Assistly’s innovative “agents.”Days later, Microsoft unveiled an addition to its Dynamics AX 2012 product that should have surprised no one: a feature that gives salespeople direct insight into customers’ Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn activity, using Outlook as the portal. Today, Salesforce has countered that move by purchasing Assistly outright for $50 million in cash. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more