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Waltrip’s team joins cheat list

first_imgWaltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in today’s races that determine the field for NASCAR’s biggest event of the year. David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A second day of scandal hit the Daytona 500 on Wednesday when two-time winner Michael Waltrip’s crew chief and team director were thrown out of NASCAR’s biggest race for cheating. They were suspended indefinitely after an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opening race. “This is not the way you want to enter the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, by any means,” said Jim Aust, president of Toyota Racing Development. “But circumstances are what they are, and we’ll support NASCAR in any way we can to help to help them find a resolution to the issue.” Five teams have been caught cheating during preparations for Sunday’s race. The crew chiefs for 2003 champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were suspended Tuesday. NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip’s intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a property contained in jet fuel. NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton said only that the substance was not jet fuel itself. “We’re not going to go into any great detail, but it was a foreign substance that we feel should not have been inside the engine, and we’ll leave it at that,” Pemberton said. “I don’t think this is anything that we’ve seen in the recent past.” center_img The substance was found during the inspection of Waltrip’s new Toyota Camry before Sunday’s qualifying session. NASCAR seized the part and shipped it back to North Carolina for analysis, and spent all day Wednesday pulling parts and pieces from under the hood. The manifold is a part of the engine that supplies the fuel/air mix to the engine cylinders. Waltrip’s team coated the inside of it with an illegal substance that is believed to be a property contained in jet fuel. Waltrip’s team maintains it was oil. Adding the substance, described by NASCAR as an oxygenate, would boost the octane in the fuel, thus making the engine run better at higher horsepower. Pemberton said the substance was discovered when a NASCAR official reached his hand into the manifold to feel for loose parts. “When he brought his hand out, there was a substance on there that was unlike anything he had ever seen in the inspection line before,” Pemberton said. Some rival team members said they thought NASCAR should have taken away more points from Waltrip’s team, because in a sport where cheating is common, tampering with the fuel is a rarity. “Throughout the garage area I think everybody knows you don’t mess around with tires, you don’t mess around with the engine, the restrictor plates,” Pemberton said. “Those things are very taboo.” The last penalty NASCAR issued for a fuel-tampering violation was harsher than Waltrip’s. In May 2000, driver Jeremy Mayfield and team owner Michael Kranefuss were penalized 151 points each for a fuel-related violation found at Talladega Superspeedway. 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

Centre to return gorillas to the wild

first_imgRay Maota The silverback gorilla is the sexuallymature leader of the gorilla pack.(Image: The Dean of Travel) Debby Cox (pictured here with chimpanzees),of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, saysthe gorillas at the centre will help give thelocal people a glimpse of the world of gorillas,which has much in common with thatof humans.(Image: Australian National University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International+1 404 624 5881The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a new rehabilitation centre, not for humans but for the Eastern Lowland gorilla or Grauer’s gorilla.The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund opened the centre, called Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (Grace), in a remote area in the DRC in early December 2010.Helping gorilla orphans to surviveThe gorillas at the centre have been rescued from traumatic situations and are physically and emotionally fragile. Often they fall victim to poachers, who take them out of their habitat to sell them as bushmeat, or traffick them illegally.The centre’s goal is to rehabilitate these gorillas to survive in the wild, while its ultimate goal is to release them into a forest in the nearby Congo Basin, as a self-sufficient group.Grace’s manager Sandy Jones said: “All of the gorilla species are endangered and because Congo is so unexplored they have not done a real census on how many Grauer’s gorillas exist.“But at the rate at which we know they are being killed and the forest is being destroyed we are really concerned that if things aren’t changed now they can be wiped out very soon,” added Jones.The centre is the first of its kind in east-central Africa and has space for 30 young gorillas, who explore a natural habitat of 350 acres. The US Fish and Wildlife Service funded its construction, while the site was donated by the Tayna Centre for Conservation Biology and is located next to the Tayna Nature Reserve. Both Tayna facilities are owned and managed by local communities, under guidance from the Fossey Fund.Debby Cox, of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, said that getting the chance to observe gorillas living like humans do, in family groups and with some familiar social habits, will help to foster empathy in people.The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project has helped the fund take care of the rescued gorillas in temporary shelters in Kinigi, Rwanda, and Goma, DRC.Eddie Kambale, a doctor for the project, said: “The gorillas are enjoying this place compared to where they were.”They didn’t like the noise and dust from the Goma roads, he added, and are happier to be in a more natural habitat.Primates in needThe first group needing help are four Grauer’s who were airlifted to the centre in a helicopter donated by the DRCs UN peacekeeping force. Gorillas still living at the temporary shelters will be airlifted to Grace in early 2011.This method of transport was used to avoid inflicting more trauma on the primates, and because roads in the area were in a poor condition.The four already at Grace are Mapendo, Amani, Kighoma and Ndjingala, who are aged between one and five years old. All were snatched from their families by poachers.Mapendo, a female whose name means love in Kiswahili, was rescued in December 2007 along with a male, which sadly survived for just two more days.Amani, which means peace, was rescued in 2009 with a large gunshot wound in her leg.“It seemed obvious that her mother was shot and she was caught in the crossfire. Although it took many weeks to heal, now she is walking perfectly normal,” said Jones.Kighoma, whose name means drums, is the only male in the group of four, while one-year-old Ndjingala was rescued earlier this year and is named after the place from which she was rescued.The Grauer’s gorillaThe Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) or Eastern Lowland gorilla, lives exclusively in eastern DRC. It’s a subspecies of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) but prefers lower levels of the forest, and tends to eat more fruit.Males can weigh up to 227kg and stand 1.7m tall. Grauer’s gorillas live in roving groups of up to 30 members, led by a dominant silverback male – silverbacks are the sexually experienced males of the pack and have glossy silver fur on their backs.They are listed as endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – in 1995 there were as many as 17 000 individuals but now only about 8 000 exist.In eastern DRC, agricultural activities are leading to massive deforestation, which only adds to the challenge of trying to conserve the Grauer’s gorilla.last_img read more

SA teen takes Roof of Africa victory

first_imgBrother Broadlink’s Altus de Wet, on a KTM, snatched second from Husaberg’s Jarvis when the British star lost his way on the final day. Sixteen-year-old Wade Young became the youngest ever winner of the Roof of Africa, an extreme enduro regarded as one of the toughest challenges in the sport, outriding a field filled with world-class campaigners to capture the overall honours in Lesotho on Saturday. While he had impressed in the early going during the South African enduro season, Young had mostly finished outside the top three, although excelling the 200cc class. Yet, towards the end of the season, he came on strongly and shocked his more experienced opposition when he captured the Castrol Winterberg title. The king of extreme enduro The field is made up mostly of South Africans, but also feaures some of the world’s leading enduro riders. This time around, they included defending champion Graham Jarvis and the Hemingway brothers, Tim and Dan. Time trial winnerDarryl Curtis, his teammate, a Dakar Rally rider and a former two-time winner of The Roof, enjoyed a strong showing and took fourth place, just ahead of Proudly Bidvest Yamaha’s Marc Torlage, who had won the time trial on Thursday. “He set out to win and we told him ‘calm down, bru, concentrate on a top five finish’. He’s gone out there and won!” The Roof of Africa is a challenge for the best and toughest enduro riders only. It is raced in mountainous Lesotho, a tiny country within the borders of South Africa. While Young’s father jokingly voiced his concern about his son’s school work, Wade’s career path seems certain now that he has a Roof of Africa victory to his name. He plans to campaign in the Europe as a professional once he is old enough, and there will surely be teams lining up to sign him. Improvement through the season Rounding out the top 10 were Kenny Gilbert, Wynand Badenhorst, Louwrens Mahoney, Riaan van Niekerk and Chris Birch. Birch, a former three-time winner of the Roof of Africa, dropped down the order on Saturday after struggling with heat exhaustion.center_img Nonetheless, few could have predicted he would go on to Roof of Africa victory. Young, though, had a different idea. “Winning the race is an awesome feeling,” he said. “I set my goal, and that was to win. I pulled through, and that feels great.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Battling to comprehend what he has done’Young’s father, Nigel, smiled and said he wished his son would put in as much work at school as he does on his motorbike, but he was extremely happy. “We’re battling to comprehend what he has done,” he told The Witness. Young admitted in an interview with Lunga Biyela of The Witness: “I never thought I’d beat Graham,” adding that he had watched videos of Jarvis in action to prepare for the race. His margin of victory was 10 minutes, the same advantage he had begun the final day with over Jarvis after he had become the youngest winner of a stage on Friday. He had just missed out on that honour when he finished second on Thursday in the time trial. Earlier in the year, nine-time Roof champion Alfie Cox had predicted a big future for Young. But he surely could not have expected such a display from the Fever Criterion Yamaha star so early in his career. Jarvis was the defending champion after winning first time out in The Roof in 2011. He is also recognised as the king of extreme enduro, but he finished third this time around – his worst result of 2012. 19 November 2012 The Hemingway brothers were two of only seven finishers out of a field of 1 800 in the notorious Erzberg Rodeo in Austria earlier in the year.last_img read more

SA to confer Orders on Freedom Day

first_img24 April 2013 President Jacob Zuma will confer National Orders, the country’s highest civilian honours, on 33 South Africans and five foreign nationals for bravery, for outstanding achievement, and for contributing to the advancement of democracy, on Freedom Day on Saturday. “This is the 19th Investiture ceremony since the inception of the National Orders contributing towards unity, reconciliation and building the nation,” Chancellor of the National Orders Cassius Lubisi told journalists in Pretoria on Monday. Alfred Duma, Riot Makhomanisi Mkhwanazi and Cletus Mzimela will receive the Order of Mendi for bravery. Chad Le Clos, who beat Michael Phelps in the American’s favourite event, the 200m butterfly, to win Olympic gold in London in 2013, will be among the recipients of the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises excellence in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. Other recipients will be Paralympic athlete Ilse Hayes, singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, traditional oral poet and musician Zolani Mkva, soccer legend Kaizer Motaung and opera singer Pretty Yende. Nontsikelelo Qelane, South Africa’s oldest known teacher at the age of 92, and Yusuf Abramjee, who heads up Crime Line and is one of the founders of active citizenship inititiative LeadSA, will among the recipients of the order of the Baobab, which recognises contributions to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation. Other recipients will be Suraya “Bibi” Khan, David Bosch (posthumous), Colin Eglin, Herbert William Garnet De La Hunt, and Sayed Mohamed Ridwan Mia. Late anti-apartheid activists Amina Desai and Neville Alexander will be among the recipients of the Order of Luthuli, which recognises contribution to the struggle for democracy, nation building, human rights, justice and peace. Other recipients will be Nomazizi Mtsotshisa (posthumous), Michael Harmel (posthumous), Essop Jassat, Arthur Letele (posthumous), Mosibudi Mangena, Moosa Mooila, Richard Mothupi, David Mncube, Elias Moretsele (posthumous) and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. World-renowned HIV researcher Glenda Gray and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project director Bernie Fanaroff will be among the recipients of the Order of Mapungubwe, which recognizes excellence and exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond. Other recipients will be Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Professor George Ekama, and Professor Malegapuru William Makgopa. Five foreign nationals – Dina Forti, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Enuga Screenivasulu Reddy, Giuseppe Soncini (posthumous) and Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (posthumous) – will receive the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo for friendship shown to South Africa. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more Do It Yourself – Create a Geotrail

first_imgSusan and Mark (team Calvertcachers) with SignalEditor’s note: Susan Kelley, Calvertcachers, has volunteered countless hours organizing geotrails in multiple states. A geotrail offers geocachers a variety of hides linked by a central theme or topic. There is often a prize for completing all or part of a geotrail. This article shares Susan’s experience and her advice on creating a geotrail. She’s been part of a months-long effort to launch the Capt. John Smith geotrail. The Capt. John Smith geotrail challenge begins on June How did the idea for the Capt John Smith geotrail begin?Susan: With the success of the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail, The National Park Service (NPS) and Chesapeake Conservancy wanted to do something special to commemorate the adventures and explorations of Capt. John Smith. A Geocaching project was a perfect fit since Capt. John Smith was the first person to map the Chesapeake region beginning in 1607. His detailed map was published in 1612 and remained in active use for seven decades. Considering the primitive tools he had to use, the geographical accuracy is amazing. I would guess that Capt. John Smith would have loved geocaching! What’s involved in organizing a geotrail? How many people, maintenance, time, etc?Susan: Lots of work! In all seriousness, I have helped to coordinate four major trail projects, the first being the Maryland Municipal League Geotrail which was the first statewide geotrail in the United States. This trail launched with over 70 caches throughout Maryland. This was followed up with the M-NCPPC Park Ranger Challenge, the Star-Spangled Banner (SSB) Geotrail, and launching June 4th, the Captain John Smith (CJS) Geotrail. Both the SSB and CJS have caches in several states so it does take a great amount of coordination and hours of work.  However, these trails would not have been possible without the help of many volunteer geocachers.Capt. John Smith’s Original MapThe best aspect of geotrails is that it affords us the opportunity to partner with park, town, tourism, and government officials.  This has been a win-win for everyone involved and as they have learned more about geocaching, the more they have welcomed geocaching into their park or community.  With these trails, we have partnered a local geocacher with a facility.  The cacher would schedule a time to meet with the facility staff, give them an introduction lesson on how to geocache, and show them how to log-on and create a account. The cacher would help them select an appropriate location for their trail hide, place the cache and send us the hide details for the cache page.  Once the trails have launched, staff have loved meeting the many geocachers visiting their site.  The facilities/parks now get excited when they see a cacher going for their hide. Some will even help the cacher if they cannot locate the Describe the scope of the Capt. John Smith geotrail to us, what’s involved for the geocacher, when does it begin? Susan: The Captain John Smith Geotrail is set to launch on June 4, 2011. This date was selected by the NPS to coincide with National Trails Day. We are kicking-off the CJS trail with a special event GC2F414 at the National Colonial Farm – Accokeek Foundation.  The event will feature booths, exhibits and demonstrations from the Maryland Geocaching Society, Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization, Magellan, and many of the parks, museums, and historic sites along the CJS trail! Cachers will also have the opportunity to pick-up a copy of the passport and a list of CJS hides. We will have lots of nice door prizes including a GPS unit donated by Magellan!Capt. John Smith geocoinThe trail will have over 40 caches within Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. The trail will focus on five rivers; the Susquehanna, Potomac, Nanticoke, Rappahannock, and James (including the Chickahominy branch). The trail will work off of a passport system. Cachers will be required to find, log and post a pic at 15 CJS caches to earn a beautiful trackable CJS geocoin.The National Park Service and Chesapeake Conservancy have gone the extra mile by preparing a history write-up for every cache location. Each cache page will include a special history piece to give cachers an idea of what they will discover at the cache site. The history surrounding Capt. John Smith’s explorations is amazing! I am learning more and more each day with preparing the cache pages and I’m confident that folks will enjoy the Why a geotrail? What does this format offer beyond having a themed geocache or a Multi-cache? Susan: Geotrails offer cachers an experience that is linked by a central theme or topic with a variety of hides.  Cachers can pick and choose which caches along the trail are best suited for them or of their interest. A little something for everyone! Plus, there is a reward at the end.  We know how geocachers love challenges, so the trails offer cachers a fun What are folks reaction when they complete a geotrail and what sort of feedback do you hear?Capt. John Smith geocoin (reverse)Susan: With both the MML and SSB trails, the response from geocachers has been overwhelmingly positive. All of these projects required us to partner with park staff and/or government officials, so the hides are quality and each offer a little something special. No matter if it is a nice hike with a scenic view, or a multi/puzzle cache at a museum with fascinating exhibits and displays, the response has been great!   Log-on to and read some of the logs from the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail caches. What is your advice if people would like to create a geotrail in their neck of the woods? Susan: Talk with cachers or geocaching groups within your region to gauge interest and willingness to assist. A trail will take the time and efforts of many.  If you have an idea, schedule a time to meet with your local tourism, parks or government staff and share your thoughts and the positive outcome a geocache trail will have for your community. Do your research and go prepared to the meeting with handouts, a presentation and stats from other geocache projects. Place a temporary cache and take them outside to find a cache!  A trail should have a related theme or topic and if the funding is available, a reward for the geocacher for completing the trail.  There are great resources on the site and most trail coordinators are willing to share information.  Reach out to others when doing your research. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWant a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…March 2, 2015In “Community”There Are Geocachers Among Us…And They’re AmazingNovember 5, 2014In “Geocacher of the Month”Announcing the September Featured Geocacher of the MonthOctober 3, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

EX-IQ’s NoteCast is Changing The Way We Learn From Podcasts

first_imgHow to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… New Wave of Online Education: Helping Quiet Chi… EX-IQ What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Podcasts are increasingly utilized for learning purposes. No matter who you are or what you’re interested in, there’s a podcast just for you. This abundance and diversity of content represents a real opportunity for lifelong learners in pursuit of intellectual growth. The question is, is the knowledge being presented in podcasts accessible in terms of fundamental long-term learning?    No, it isn’t. Luckily, EX-IQ has developed NoteCast, which will change the way you listen and learn from podcasts. Evaluating The Podcast MarketIn order to understand how we can learn more effectively from podcasts, it’s essential to understand the scope of the podcast market. According to the Pew Research Center, about 90% of Americans over the age of 12 have listened to a podcast. Another study, published by Edison Research, found that 26% of Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. That’s over 70 million people. It’s estimated that there are over half a million active podcasts, and that number grows on a daily basis. Couple this statistic with the previously mentioned number of current listeners- and it is apparent that podcasts are runaway phenomenon; people simply love them.   It may be science that explains the draw to podcasts best; a study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign found that in the brain interconnects hearing and the visual. To put it simply, the brain “sees what it hears.” In other words, your brain processes what it hears by recalling that knowledge in a visual (and relatable) form. This finding may be one component of the rise of the podcast market; this audio to visual translation helps listeners to better connect with and remember what they’re hearing. Another reason people have chosen to consume podcasts? Podcasts facilitate productive multitasking. More often than not, podcast listeners are listening to podcasts while participating in other activities. The research doesn’t lie: 52% of people listen to podcasts while driving. 42% of people listen while traveling 40% of people listen while exercising It’s clear that people feel as though they can listen and learn from almost anywhere, while doing just about anything.  This desire to consume content on the go will only grow as demand for skills suited to the information economy increases.  The growth of the podcast market demonstrates the need and demand for more adaptive and flexible, yet equally informative, learning. This trend didn’t hit us unexpectedly, either. For decades, educators have been differentiating their learning formats for students.  Now, podcasts are a single-format and versatile form of differentiation. Unfortunately, just listening to podcasts doesn’t give you the ability to retain all of the interesting information you’ve learned. Despite the visual effort of our brain to make the things we hear more tangible, learning effectively and in the long-run from podcasts is challenging. Effectively Learn from Podcasts with NoteCastPodcast listening is a growing phenomenon, and millions of people are embracing the medium as a more efficient way to learn. EX-IQ’s NoteCast app makes it easier to learn from podcasts.  Have you ever tried to take notes on a podcast? It’s hard because statistically, podcast listening is oftentimes happening on-the-go. NoteCast makes taking notes on your podcast effortless.  Using voice and touch commands, NoteCast will transcribe what you’ve found interesting and put it into a note. This note is forever saved on the NoteCast app. You can even tag the note and add comments to it as well. Even better, all of your notes are accessible on the NoteCast portal, where you can search them by date, podcast, episode, or tag. Whether you’ve saved a fact you want to remember, heard something compelling in an interview, or are ready to try out a new recipe, NoteCast makes it easy to learn and recall information from your favorite podcasts No matter where the world takes you, the NoteCast app allows you to listen, learn, and capture the things you never want to forget. At EX-IQ, we call these “aha moments,” and when you’re listening to your favorite podcasts, we know you’ll have a lot of them. That’s why we created NoteCast – it’s going to change the way you listen and learn from podcasts.Are You Ready for Exponential Podcasting?NoteCast is now available for download from the App and Android stores. Download now, and begin learning more efficiently from the top podcasts! Use code READWRITE for your first 60 days of NoteCast premium for free. center_img Related Posts EX-IQ’s revolutionary mobile and desktop applications empower life-long learners and leaders to make the most out of every moment. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

On Your Reinforcements

first_imgLook at the people you spend the most time with. Do these people reinforce a healthy, positive psychology. Or do they reinforce a negative, cynical, results-destroying psychology?When you were young, your parents were concerned about who you hung around with. They wanted you to have the right friends (And if you were my mother, I gave you a lot to worry about in this regard). There’s a good reason your parents worried about who you spent time with: it reinforced a certain psychology, a certain set of beliefs, and a certain set of behaviors.What concerned your parents should still concern you. The people you spend time with can build you up or pull you down.Positive ReinforcementsAre the people you spend time with making you more positive? Do they reinforce your belief that you are capable of more, that you can be more? Did they reinforce a positive personal psychology, empowering you and supporting you?Do they challenge you to be more? Do they inspire you? What are you providing them? Are you growing together, learning from each other?Negative ReinforcementsOr do the people you spend time with reinforce your fears? Do they have a scarcity mindset, always believing that they don’t have enough because someone else has more? Are they naysayers and cynics, never drinking the Kool-Aid? Do they blame others for where they are?Do they lower the bar? Have you allowed them to steal your dreams? I don’t know if misery loves company, but the miserable sure do. What beliefs are they reinforcing?Your ChoiceYou are responsible for you own personal psychology, your mindset. You have to protect that personal psychology. You may not recognize the negative influences continually working at the subconscious level destroying your personal psychology, but I assure they are all around you.The antidote is to not allow people with a negative personal psychology to make their psychology your psychology. That means avoiding negative people and refusing to be infected by their poor mindset.Inoculate yourself by spending time with people who have higher standards and who will hold you accountable to your own highest standards. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Tensions creeping in at PSG as questions asked of two stars

first_imgPSG’s Kylian Mbappe, right, challenges for the ball with Marseille’s Adil Rami during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) — Tensions are creeping in at Paris Saint-Germain with questions raised as to whether Neymar and Kylian Mbappe—the world’s two most expensive players—are so far justifying their price tags.PSG is unbeaten and has scored 43 goals in 13 games overall, yet the mood seems surprisingly quizzical ahead of Friday’s home match against Nice.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Both players were heavily criticized following in 2-2 draw at Marseille last weekend, which allowed second-place Monaco—the defending champion—to close PSG’s lead to four points after 10 league games.Mbappe didn’t make any impact up front and omitted to track back whenever Marseille broke on the counterattack.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 shutoutNeymar did score his seventh league goal since joining from Barcelona, but his red card gave Marseille the chance to dominate late.It was the Brazil forward’s fifth red card since breaking into the Santos team in 2009 and, not for the first time, resulted from a petulant reaction. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Uruguay striker previously played second fiddle for three years when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was PSG’s star player, and whether he is prepared to do so again could prove crucial to the club’s chances of going far in the Champions League. PSG has failed to get past the quarterfinals despite huge investment since Qatari backers QSI took charge six years ago.But after even bigger spending during the offseason—with Neymar and Mbappe costing a combined 402 million euros ($475 million)—a semifinal is surely the minimum target.The attack of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar is known as the MCN—continuing the theme for abbreviations first launched when Real Madrid’s BBC (Bale-Benzema-Cristiano (Ronaldo) attack was compared with Barcelona’s MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar).Although prolific in attacking terms, PSG’s trio causes an imbalance elsewhere on the field simply soaks up so much possession.Patient approach play is negated in favor of quick passes up to the front three. In turn this means that the midfield invariably stays too deep and makes for a large gap between the midfield and attack— which then impacts on the defense.Given that Cavani is the only member of the MCN who does any significant tracking back to defend, PSG’s low midfield block of three finds itself completely stretched and covering too much ground when other teams attack on the break.“I’ve rarely seen PSG get pushed around so much in recent years,” former PSG winger Jerome Rothen said after the Marseille game.If modest Marseille exploited such a weakness, teams with far bigger firepower will surely punish PSG later on in the Champions League.Nice memoriesNice was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30 in a result that swung last season’s title struggle Monaco’s way. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But coach Lucien Favre’s Nice is struggling badly for form this time around.Last weekend’s 2-1 home loss to Strasbourg was Nice’s sixth in the league this season—compared with just four last season—and Nice has lost its past four games in all competitions.Despite this, and the fact that PSG is unbeaten at home in league play since April, 2016, Favre is looking forward to Friday’s trip.“We’re delighted to go and play PSG,” said Favre, who guided the team to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last season. “We’ll have to defend as a team and we’ll need to be more compact.”Nice is expected to welcome back Mario Balotelli, who missed the Strasbourg match with a minor calf injury.Balotelli has made a good start with eight goals in 11 games altogether. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And it almost proved costly. For the second straight league game, PSG needed an injury-time goal—this time from top scorer Edinson Cavani.Criticism of Neymar this week centered on his lack of composure, his reluctance to track back, and his self-indulgence.Neymar’s tendency to hold possession sees him invariably trying to dribble his way through teams, and often leads him to randomly drop deep into midfield to get on the ball as much as possible.When he does pass, his preference to seek out Mbappe often comes at the expense of Cavani—who scored 49 goals in all competitions last season. Cavani and Neymar disagreed last month over who should take a penalty in a league game, and their relationship does not appear to be a particularly harmonious one.Cavani’s patience could well be tested—yet again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hotshots’ Pingris returns but still ‘at 60 percent’

first_imgView comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:15MMDA: 90% of Mabuhay Lanes, 60% inner roads cleared01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more