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Injured Montalbo shows leadership in La Salle win over FEU

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On Saturday, Montalbo had seven points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals but did more than what his numbers show.“My leadership is there to contribute things that are not in the stat sheet,” Montalbo said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That’s what’s needed. Not only coaches, but a leader inside the court as well,” said the skipper. “I’m glad and thankful to coach Louie (Gonzalez) because he trusts me to be a leader of this team.”Despite playing through pain, he was able to bring the Archers together to a victory against the Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum by keeping his team together. Celtics hand Pistons first loss of season Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle team captain Kib Montalbo’s impact to the Green Archers goes beyond the stat sheet.The graduating guard, who’s having an up-and-down season due to a thumb injury, is averaging just 4.3 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college READ: La Salle stays in 3rd drops struggling FEU to 5th“Actually, it’s fractured. It’s painful. I jammed it three times,” said Montalbo, who injured his thumb in late September but returned earlier than expected, in Filipino.Due to his injury, Montalbo also said he had to make adjustments with his shooting form.“Just this week, I was looking at my stats and I shot just 1-of-17. I’m really having a hard time shooting because it hits my thumb so it’s hard,” he said.“But I just answered the coaches’ call that this team needs a leader. When I took a bath before the game, I said to myself we can do this. It’s a big game. We know what’s at stake,” Montalbo added in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Not top in class, but still fun to drive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I’ll take “The Philadelphia Story,” but I might choose a different movie if you asked me again tomorrow. But cars aren’t movies, and most of us don’t get to choose another one tomorrow. If I had to pick a sport sedan for a 36-month lease, the C350 Sport would come in just behind the 335i and CTS. I loved driving the C350. I look forward to driving it again. But the 335i and CTS are just a little better in key areas. The deciding factors are fuel cost, a couple of unattractively wide gaps between exterior panels and the lack of a manual transmission with the C-class’ top engine. (In case you’re wondering, the clinchers for “The Philadelphia Story” are co-stars Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, who just edge Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy’s wonderful work in “His Girl Friday.”) Prices for the Mercedes C-class start at $31,200 for a C300 Sport model with a 228-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The lowest-priced model with an automatic transmission is a $32,640 C300 Sport with Mercedes’ marvelous seven-speed gearbox. The C300 Luxury model offers the same engine, adds standard equipment including the automatic transmission and starts at $32,900. The top C350 Sport model starts at $36,500 and comes with a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the seven-speed automatic, a marvelously smooth and precise gearbox. I tested a well-equipped C350 Sport with a $46,860 sticker price. All prices exclude destination charges. The omission of a manual transmission with the 3.5-liter will scratch the C-class from enthusiasts’ shopping lists. The 335i and CTS both offer six-speed manuals for drivers who want to maximize control and enjoyment. Neither of those sedans – nor lesser competitors like the Acura TL, Audi A4, Infiniti G35, Jaguar X-type and Lexus IS 350 – can match the automatic’s seven speeds, however. The Mercedes goes them all one gear better, but that advantage doesn’t translate into leading fuel economy or acceleration for the C-class. The C-class’ EPA fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway plant it in the middle of the pack. That’s about the same as CTS with Cadillac’s 304-horsepower direct-injection V6, but the Cadillac has a clear advantage over the Mercedes and the rest of the class because it’s the only engine that recommends regular gasoline. The C350’s 6.3-second 0-60 mph time also falls around midpack, trailing the 335i, CTS and IS 350. Those figures notwithstanding, the C350 is an enjoyable car to drive, thanks to lightweight construction, a supple suspension, and confident steering and brakes. The 3.5-liter engine produces its maximum 258 pound-feet of torque at all engine speeds from 2,700 to 5,000 rpm, providing plenty of power for jaunts around town, racing through the countryside or high-speed passes on the highway. For a brand that’s traditionally described by words like solid and substantial – adjectives better suited to a bank vault than a sporty car – the C350 feels lithe and eager as it gobbles up highway miles and country curves. The C350 tips the scales at 3,615 pounds; nearly 270 less than the CTS and just 20 more than the lean and mean 335i. The C350 is also an exceptionally quiet and comfortable car. Road and wind noise are minimal, front-seat room is excellent, rear room is good and cargo space is about average, thanks to a 3.9-inch increase in length and a 1.7-inch boost in width. For all the passenger compartment’s comfort, it’s not an especially welcoming place. The materials trimming the doors and dash are high-quality and well-fitted, but less pleasant to the touch than the CTS’s soft curves. The color scheme in the C350 I tested was also rather somber: two shades of charcoal that were more reminiscent of an abandoned campfire than a warm, firelit reading room. The instrument panel is strikingly lovely though, with big, legible gauges displayed in a setting that looks like brushed steel. The exterior was a similar study in contrast. The front is simply gorgeous. The C-class’ wide stance, with big tires filling flared fenders, flows into a low, wide grille and a sculpted hood. The visual impact is that this is not a car to be delayed when it fills your rearview mirror. The C-class’ profile is not as strong. A beveled ridge flows diagonally from the front wheelwells to the rear fenders. It’s not objectively unattractive, but it reminded me of unfortunate cars like the Saturn Ion and Chrysler Sebring every time I approached the C-class. On the plus side of the ledger, the C-class gets the latest version of Mercedes’ Comand system, which eliminates dozens of buttons with an intuitive control system that uses a console-mounted wheel to run audio, navigation, mobile phone and other features. Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags and curtain air bags. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 is easily the best small sport sedan the world’s most revered luxury brand has ever built. It’s a tribute to how stunningly good today’s sport sedans are that that’s not enough to make the C-class the pre-emptive first choice in its class. With models that include the BMW 335i and Cadillac CTS, picking a sport sedan is like renting a Cary Grant movie: There aren’t many bad ones, just different degrees of good. “The Philadelphia Story”? “North by Northwest”? “His Girl Friday”? “Gunga Din”? last_img read more

Triona Design has compelling story to tell on US mission

first_imgArdara’s Triona Design is targeting a prime Massachusetts market during an upcoming Trade and Investment Mission.Ardara based Triona Design will be showcasing the very best of Donegal Tweed in the US next week when they join seven other businesses from across the Northwest City region for the high profile trip.Triona Design has a unique story tell as a fifth-generation tweed clothing brand based in Ardara. Established in 1984, the company is dedicated to maintaining the heritage of Donegal Tweed through modern, contemporary design. Kieran Mulhern, Marketing Director with Triona Design will be taking part in the trade and investment mission and explains “all Triona products are made from the finest 100% lambswool and our products include coats, capes and jackets.“We pride ourselves on the fact that from start to finish our garments are made to the highest of standards by our experienced craftspeople to ensure that our products are worthy of their Irish heritage”.“Triona Design certainly has a compelling story to tell” says Kieran.Kieran Mulhern, Marketing Director with Triona Design.He adds: “For over a century, the village of Ardara in south west Donegal was at the forefront of the production of handwoven Donegal Tweeds. However, in the sixties, the arrival of modern machinery decimated the indigenous industry. “My father Denis Mulhern is a fifth-generation hand weaver and it was his ambition and his desire to ensure that the tradition of handweaving was maintained and preserved and that led to the setting up of what was a small bespoke tweed company called ‘Triona’ from his front room in the family home.“Today Triona remains a family business and our success is thanks to the determination and hard work of our loyal staff. We are now an international tweed brand with two retail stores and a visitor centre and we believe that the future is bright” says Kieran.The founder of Triona Design, Denis Mulhern giving a demo on the hand weaving process on a traditional loomTriona Design has been researching and networking in the US for a number of years now and believe that the East Coast and the New England areas are prime markets that they would like to target.“We already export to the UK and US and are keen to grow our business in these markets and through our own research we have identified the East Coast and the New England areas as important target markets for us” explains Kieran.Massachusetts is located in the Northeastern region of the US and is the most economically developed, densely populated and culturally diverse region and the nine states that make up the Northeastern region, including Massachusetts, accounts for approximately 23% of the USA GDP. Boston which is the state capital and largest city in Massachusetts is placed among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world and the Greater Boston metropolitan area has the 12th largest economy in the world.“We are keen to meet potential customers in this market and being part of this trade and investment programme means that we have the opportunity to avail of a range of supports including the pre-mission assistance programme, one to one business to business appointments and business networking events screened to match our own specific business objectives as well as avail of the support and expertise of the other businesses taking part in the mission” says Kieran Mulhern.The trade mission is being facilitated by both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council to promote Ireland Northwest’s compelling and attractive investment proposition.Along with Triona Design, the other companies travelling from Donegal are Fire Cloud 365 and CFish. Atlantic Hub, Joule Group, Northern Ireland Clinical Research Sciences, Automated Control Systems, Baronscourt Brewing Company and Bridie Mullin Ltd. from the Derry and Strabane area will also be taking part alongside both Councils, third level and further education providers and development organisations from across the North West including Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College and Udaras na Gaeltachta.The trade and investment mission will run from 12 to 16 November and will build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region.Triona Design has compelling story to tell on US mission was last modified: November 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bostonDonegal County Counciltrade and investmenttriona designlast_img read more

Trustees to review Rio Hondo projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When it comes to convenient and accessible parking for Rio Hondo College, trustees say they can agree it’s a priority for the upcoming bond-funded overhaul of the aging hilltop campus. But how that parking should be implemented is where the differences lie. “The board and the staff has been going back and forth with this, and we have yet to go through a decision-making process on whether a parking structure is feasible,” said board President Gary Mendez. As such, parking and other issues like bus services, carpool incentives and increased shuttle service will be up for debate among trustees during a special board meeting slated for April 5. The meeting was set up to review the current draft of the college’s Facilities Master Plan – or the vision for the college – which is scheduled for adoption sometime this spring. Much of the renovations in the plan will be paid for through the college’s $245 million bond, which voters approved two years ago. Once the master plan is adopted, Mendez said officials should be able to make up a working construction budget that will tell trustees “where we’re at and how we’re meeting our facilities goals.” “The cost of construction is going up tremendously and that’s what’s scary,” Mendez said. “That’s why we’re antsy to work on the budget. “As a former Rio Hondo student, I know what it’s like to walk from the bottom to the top of the hill. So personally, I want to make sure there’s a parking structure in the plan.” Fellow trustee Andre Quintero says his priority is also accessible parking – but that’s different than talking about parking structures. “I support the concept of accessible parking but my priority is to put the resources into the classroom first,” Quintero said. “And we should put resources into making the lower level parking more accessible.” For example, one option is to have a covered escalator run from the lower-level parking to the top of campus, similar to those at Universal Studios or Dodger Stadium. “The issue here is not the number of parking spaces because there are enough spaces to go around, but everyone wants the spaces at the top of the hill so they don’t have to climb up like pack mules,” Quintero said. “If we make the lower parking more user-friendly, maybe we don’t have to build a parking structure right away.” Student Carlos Avilez, 18, agreed – he said parking is bad at the beginning of the semester but then settles down, and empty parking spaces are normal. “It eliminates itself a month into the semester, so I don’t think it’s that big of a problem,” Avilez said. The board’s April 5 meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the board room on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road. For more information, call the college at (562) 692-0921. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more


first_imgACTION Cancer, a charity based in the North, is set to extend its services to Donegal after winning a contract with the HSE.Women in Sligo and Leitrim will also benefit from the new mammography service which begins in six weeks’ time.South Donegal election candidate John Perry TD said Action Cancer would “provide a safe, quality and evidenced based service to women” in the north west. “I can confirm that a company named Action Cancer, Belfast has been awarded the tender from HSE procurement,” said Deputy Perry.“I’m pleased now that the Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal areas will be served. I expect it will begin as soon as early March.Hundreds of patients travel for follow-up treatment to Galway annually and the initial decision not to provide a service in Sligo was “grossly unfair and had to be reversed,” he said.The service will operate under the governance of the Symptomatic Disease Service at Galway and all reporting will be carried out by HSE Consultant Radiologists in UHG. The tender requires that the mobile service is of a comparable standard and quality to that provided in Galway and that it can be linked electronically to the Group’s imaging system. The mobile service will be shared between hospitals in the SAOLTA group,  Sligo, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Roscommon, Portiuncula, UHG and Merlin Park in Galway. ACTION CANCER TO PROVIDE MOBILE MAMMOGRAM SERVICE TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 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) Tags:Action Cancerdoctormamographymobile servicelast_img read more

Who is Agnes Kharshiing?

first_imgOn November 8, Meghalaya’s Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma became the latest among 18 Right to Information activists in the northeastern region to have been either killed or assaulted or harassed. They were — as the police said — assaulted by a group of criminals at Tuber Sohshrieh in the coal- and limestone-rich East Jaintia Hills district. The spot where they were waylaid is not far from where another RTI activist Poipynhun Majaw, 38, was killed in March for exposing a nexus between the local tribal council and cement companies that were allegedly allowed to mine limestone without permission.Who is she?Ms. Kharshiing, 58, is one of the most well-known activists in the State. She belongs to a political family: her elder brother Robert Kharshiing represented the Nationalist Congress Party in the Rajya Sabha and her younger brother John F. Kharshiing is a Congress leader. But she has been avowedly apolitical and a long-time crusader against domestic violence, child and sexual abuse and deprivation of beneficiary schemes in rural areas. She formed the Civil Society Women’s Organisation to take her fight against corruption to the grassroots and educate rural women on RTI. Her organisation took on village chieftains and local councils for ostracising RTI activists. But her activism took an adventurous and risky turn when she began sniffing out illegal coal trade after the National Green Tribunal in 2014 banned unscientific rat-hole mining and restricted coal transport. Armed with a camera, she began documenting illegal mines and trucks carrying coal by travelling across the the State. What ails Meghalaya’s coal belt?Meghalaya has a coal reserve of 640 million tonnes, most of which is mined indiscriminately by private and community landowners. Besides the adverse effect of mining on rivers, activists found that miners employed children to crawl into rat-holes for extracting coal. If that were not enough, coal was being exported to Bangladesh and sent to other States on overloaded trucks, depriving the government of ₹300 crore in revenue a year. Complaints finally made the NGT ban coal mining and order sealing of coal pits. It, however, allowed transport of 3.4 million tonnes of extracted coal. Ms. Kharshiing documented illegal mining and transport of coal over the last four years, thus earning the wrath of the coal mafia.Why was she attacked?Ms. Kharshiing and Ms. Sangma were on a surveillance trip to East Jaintia Hills when a woman stopped their vehicle near a wooded patch. About 40 people swooped down from nowhere and began raining blows on them with blunt weapons. The two activists were dragged into the woods, but Ms. Sangma managed to crawl out and call for help. The police found Ms. Kharshiing unconscious and had them both shifted to a super-speciality hospital in capital Shillong. The police caught two suspects they referred to as criminals, but the rights group Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum said the attackers were without a doubt associated with the illegal coal trade. It asked Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma to let either the Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency probe the case. This was ironical since Ms. Kharshiing had taken up the case of sub-inspector P.J. Marbaniang, who was killed in January 2015, hours after detailing 32 coal-laden trucks close to the police outpost he was in charge of.Why has it created a flutter?The attack on Ms. Kharshiing, stable but not out of danger, has attracted the attention of activists and rights groups across the globe. The Meghalaya High Court has asked the government to ensure her security and bear the expenditure of her treatment. The Congress, which was at the receiving end of her activism until losing power in March, has thrown its weight behind her. The present BJP-backed government is feeling the heat since the attack has undermined its effort to reopen the coal mines that have allegedly funded politicians and elections in Meghalaya.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Please Don’t Eat the Artwork

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Daguerreotypes may seem frozen in time, but their surfaces are living landscapes. Popular in the middle of the 19th century, daguerreotypes were a precursor to photography created by layering silver on a copper plate and exposing it to light and various chemicals, often including gold. Although daguerreotypes like the one above on the left are famous for capturing vivid portraits of their subjects, many have been damaged in the 150 years since they were made. The images can become fuzzy or faded, or even be wiped away by overzealous cleaners. Hoping to gain some insight into how to restore these delicate objects, a team of researchers used a scanning electron microscope to zoom in on the surface of daguerreotypes—and discovered life. It turns out daguerreotypes have parasites, the team reported here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. The growths—one of which is pictured above on the right—appear to be mostly fungi, though some of the life forms remain unidentified. As they eat and digest the metals of a daguerreotype, they excrete gold and silver nanoparticles that can disfigure the image. But it’s not all bad news—the precise mixture of life forms growing on unattributed daguerreotypes may serve as a kind of signature, offering clues to where they were made. Plus, the researchers say, the metal-munching parasites may teach scientists new ways to manufacture nanoparticles through biological processes.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

4 more Indian athletes fail dope test ahead of CWG

first_imgEmbarrassment piled on India on Wednesday barely a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games with four athletes, including three in Games squad, failing their ‘B’ sample dope tests while a weightlifter was also caught for a banned substance in New Delhi.The ‘B’ samples of two Commonwealth Games-bound swimmers — Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare — and a shot putter Saurabh Vij returned positive for methylhexaneamine.Haryana discus thrower Aakash Antil, who was not in the Games squad, also failed his ‘B’ sample test for the same methylhexaneamine.”Richa, Jyotsana, Saurabh and Antil’s ‘B’ samples have tested positive. So we are sending them what is called the second notice to face (NADA) disciplinary panel. We have asked the panel chief to fix an early date for a hearing. All of them have tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI today.”The punishment to be handed on them will be decided by the disciplinary panel,” he added.Bhatnagar also confirmed that 53kg woman weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, who was added in the Commonwealth Games core group in August last year but did not make it to the CWG squad announced last month, tested positive for methylhexaneamine.”One lifter Thingbaijam Sanba (Sanamacha) Chanu has tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” he said.The 31-year-old Chanu, one of the most successful woman weightlifters in the country and an Arjuna awardee in 2000, returned positive in the NADA test conducted at the Commonwealth Games trials here last month.She is expected to face life ban if her ‘B’ sample also turns out to be positive and she is unable to clear her name before a NADA appeal panel since she had already been banned for two years after flunking a dope test at 2004 Athens Olympics.advertisementChanu’s dope flunk came days after Indian Weightlifting Federation completed payment of a hefty USD 5 lakh fine to the international body after its six lifters failed WADA dope tests conducted last September.The country’s lifters were allowed to take part in next month’s Commonwealth Games here after the CWG OC gave an interest-free loan of Rs 1.75 crore for the IWF to pay the remaining two instalments of the USD 5 lakh fine by August 31.Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav said that one lifter, who was not in the Commonwealth Games squad announced last month, had returned positive for a banned substance but refused to divulge the name.”One lifter has tested positive but under rules we don’t give names till the ‘B’ sample result comes. The ‘B’ sample result is expected to come by Monday. But I can say that the lifter is not among the Commonwealth Games squad,” he said.The two swimmers Richa and Jyotsana can now apply to appear before the NADA disciplinary panel to plead their case but they would be out of Commonwealth Games.Swimming Federation of India Secretary Virender Nanavati said that Richa and Jyotsana would not compete in the Commonwealth Games.”They can now appear before the NADA disciplinary panel on their application. But that is more of a formality and they are technically out of the Commonwealth Games,” Nanavati said.Richa, who was adjudged the best female swimmer of the 64th National Aquatic Championship in Jaipur, and Jyotsana were named in the CWG swimming squad.Delhi boy Saurabh was also named in the CWG squad. Antil, a young Haryana discus thrower, was not among the CWG core group.Today’s dope results came two days after the ‘B’ samples of six wrestlers also testing positive for methylhexanamine.The stimulant, which was widely available in dietary supplements and added in the WADA list of banned substances only this year, has been in the centre of a controversy with as many as 11 athletes returning positive in the past week.Four of them — men’s freestyle wrestlers Rajiv Tomar (120kg), who was conferred Arjuna Award last month, Sumit (74kg) and Mausam Khatri (96kg) and women’s freestyle wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) — were removed from Commonwealth Games squad.Rahul Mann (60kg men’s freestyle) and Joginder Singh (55kg men’s Greco Roman) were the other two wrestlers found positive.last_img read more

‘Genius’ Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final

first_imgAnalysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Switzerland had posed a threat themselves in the first half with Xherdan Shaqiri, fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool, particularly lively.However, it took the help of VAR to get them back in the game just before the hour mark.Brych had waved away appeals for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber before awarding Portugal a penalty as play broke down at the other end, but overturned his initial decision.Rodriguez drilled home the resultant spot-kick much to the fury of the home supporters at the Estadio do Dragao.The Swiss could then have gone in front when Benfica forward Haris Seferovic headed just wide.By contrast, Portugal had one of the deadliest finishers in football history on the end of their chances.“Congratulations to Portugal. They had street smarts, they had the cherry on top of the cake and that made the difference. Four shots, three goals,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.Silva was the creator for Ronaldo to drill home his second of the night two minutes from time.Moments later the hosts sealed their place in the final on the counter-attack as Ronaldo curled into the far corner for his 88th international goal. View comments However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the center of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped.A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped.In front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick.Debut for FelixThe Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix.City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro ($135 million) buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League semi-final football match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto on June 5, 2019. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time.However, Ronaldo predictably took center stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!”Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more