first_imgBy Andreas VouCYPRUS will have two representatives in next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi in the form of skiers Alexandra Taylor and Constantinos Papamichael.The duo were presented in front of the media this week, along with the other three members of the delegation. Pavlos Fotiadis who is a board member of the Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) and will chair the team, Demetris Papatheodotou who will accompany the delegation and Milan Matic, the coach of the Cyprus Skiing Federation.19-year old Taylor will compete in the slalom as part of alpine skiing while 20-year old Papamichael will also participate in alpine skiing’s giant slalom and slalom.The games will take place from February 7-23 and Cyprus’ talented pair will get underway in the second week of the games, with Taylor on February 21 and Papamichael in the giant slalom on February 19 and slalom on the 22nd.Papamichael said he felt unique satisfaction and pride for representing his country in such a big competition while he also was quick to warn that a podium finish will be difficult to secure, stating that “many compete but not everybody can win”.Taylor ensured that she would give the best possible account of herself, acknowledging the difficulty and competiveness of the Games.Fotiadis believes that the athletes travel to Sochi having gone through the appropriate training that gives the team every right to be confident that this will be the most successful Winter Olympics Cyprus has ever had.COC Chairman Ouranios Ioannides wished the athletes all the best and acknowledged the difficulties that Cypriot athletes who compete in winter sports face, being at a disadvantage due to the fact that the majority of their training is held abroad.A major absentee for the Cypriot team is that of skier Dinos Lefkaritis who, despite earning the right to compete in the Games, suffered a serious injury in training and will therefore be unable to make the trip to Russia.Cyprus’ first participation in the Winter Olympics came in 1980 at Lake Placid in the United States, with the island never having won a medal since.The Games will be hosted by Russia for the first time as the southern coastal city of Sochi prepares to take centre stage.It will also be a new experience for Thomas Bach, who will preside over his first Olympic Games after being recently elected the new IOC president to replace Jacques Rogge.The Games will feature a total of 98 events in seven sports, including 12 new events that will make their Olympic debut in an all new purpose-built Olympic Park known as the ‘Coastal Cluster’, hosting over 2,500 athletes from more than 80 nations.last_img read more

first_imgNAPLES, Italy (AP): Dries Mertens started this season where he left off the last, setting Napoli on their way to a 2-0 win over nine-man Nice in the first leg of their Champions League play-off yesterday. Mertens scored more than 30 goals last season for Napoli, with five of them in the Champions League. And it took the Belgium international less than 13 minutes to open his account for this campaign. Mertens sprang the offside trap to race on to a through-ball, take it past onrushing goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale and slot it into the empty net. The 30-year-old forward was instrumental in Napoli’s second, winning a penalty when he was tripped by Christophe Jallet just inside the area. Jorginho converted the spot kick in the 70th minute. “Today was a very important match, we told ourselves that. The team played well and gave everything,” Mertens said. “But I think 2-0 is too little. It’s not bad, but if we watch the match again I think it’s too little looking at our performance.” Nice’s night went from bad to worse 12 minutes from time when midfielder Vincent Koziello was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski and teammate Alassane Plea followed him off the pitch after receiving a second yellow for dissent. Other results: Celtic 5 Astana 0; Basaksehir 1 Sevilla 2; Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 Maribor 1; Olympiakos 2 Rijeka 1.last_img read more

first_imgThe acting president of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) has restated the position of private school teachers never to sit for any test being administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) agreement.Mrs. Mary Mulbah made the disclosure to the Daily Observer recently at the start of a two-day Representative Council meeting of NTAL. She said private school teachers under her supervision will play down the MOE’s decision demanding that they write the test.The meeting was to discuss issues that are affecting the teachers’ welfare some of which are the writing of the PPP test, the payment of the two percent dues by each member and the holding of this year’s national convention. The PPP test, according to her, will never survive because those who took it and others who did not take the test cannot get redress from the MOE up to present.She said teachers are the blood stream of education in the country and therefore, if government wants to implement such a program, they must consult the teachers before coming up with such a policy.She however commended the MOE for replacing teachers whose names were deleted from the payroll.She called for more collaboration between the ministry and NTAL.She also called on teachers to be focused while imparting knowledge to the students.It may be recalled that the MOE required PPP test is to assess the ability of private school teachers in the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBrazilian player gets life ban from tennis for match-fixing MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photo taken on June 15, 2019 shows Lito Ramirez (2nd L) during a rugby match in Silangan, Laguna, south of Manila. – Long before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines’ first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging. In 2015, Ramirez was one of the first born and bred Pinoys (Filipinos) to land a spot on the Philippines national squad, the Volcanoes. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH RugbyU-WC-2019-PHI-Philippines-Ramirez, FOCUS by Joshua MELVINLong before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines’ first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging.If there was any luck in his hellish world, it was that the brand of glue he and other street kids used to get high was called “Rugby”.ADVERTISEMENT It culminated with him becoming, in 2015, one of the first born and bred Pinoys (Filipinos) to land a spot on the Philippines national squad, the Volcanoes.To this day, the team is composed mostly of foreign-born players whose primary tie to the nation is a Filipino parent.‘He’s been through it all’Jake Letts, general manager of the Philippine Rugby Football Union, has watched Ramirez develop from a raw talent to what he called a “dangerous” player on the pitch.“His strength is his speed and his agility. It’s really hard for a big guy to catch him,” Letts told AFP. “When they do catch him it can be painful.”Letts said Ramirez’s brutal upbringing is now a strength: “He’s definitely got the grit. He’s been through it all.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Playing rugby wasn’t one of the options — Ramirez studied to become a baker — but when he was 11 he had the pivotal, if accidental, introduction to the game.He fell in love with the fast-paced action of the game and excelled at it. He started with small clubs, but was getting noticed in the tight-knit rugby community.Around 2012, he was asked to try out for the Philippines under-18 team. He kept rising until he won a spot on the Volcanoes in 2015.Yet that success cannot erase the gap left by his missing parents, and whether they are still alive is something that Ramirez thinks about every day.“I want to be with my parents. I miss being part of a family,” he said. “I just don’t know how I can find them.” Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Ramirez says he has no memory of his parents and is not even sure of their full names. In fact, he has no birth certificate, so he’s not sure of his true birthday.He uses March 17, 1994, which was assigned to him when he was taken in by an orphanage. That makes him 25 years old, on paper at least.After his parents went missing, he and his older brother had ended up in the hands of a man he believes was an uncle. The man was an addict who sent the boys to beg on the streets of Manila, which is where they were introduced to glue-sniffing.So-called “Rugby boys” have been a problem in the Philippines for decades, despite promises of reforms from solvent manufacturers, merchants and the government.A small bottle of solvent still costs less than $1 in most shops.‘I miss being a family’Ramirez and his brother lived a perilous existence. They dug for food in the trash and were chased by the police, who arrested child addicts.“We slept wherever the night caught up with us,” he said.That changed when a woman, shocked by how the boys were living, led them to an orphanage. They bounced between facilities over the coming years.Ramirez says that during that time he broke his addiction to glue because he was cut off from it and the bad influences of the street.Eventually the brothers ended up at Tuloy sa Don Bosco, a home that shelters street children and aims to teach them a trade. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City The name still resonated with Ramirez years after he stopped using and was building his life in a Manila orphanage.Counsellors there had urged him to pick a sport, but he didn’t like football or basketball, the national obsession. Then they asked him if he wanted to give rugby a try.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I didn’t have any idea it was a sport,” he told AFP. “I thought it was the glue. That’s why I chose rugby for sports.”This fateful misunderstanding would redirect his life, giving the scrappy five-foot six-inch (1.7-metre) wing/fullback a way off the streets and into the sort of full-time career he can only have dreamt about. 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first_imghttp://bc.ctvnews.ca/missing-man-found-kidnapped-with-2-other-victims-in-northern-b-c-1.3577722 DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — One of the three victims in a strange kidnapping case near Dawson Creek over the weekend was a Dawson Creek man that was reported missing in Langley late last month.The Langley Times and CTV Vancouver are both reporting that 21 year-old Keith Koponyas was one of the three victims that were rescued by police after they were being held against their will at a rural home near Dawson Creek. Koponyas was reported missing in Langley on August 29th, the same day he was last seen.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with the North District RCMP would neither confirm nor deny that Koponyas was one of the three kidnapping victims, saying that investigators on the case will not be releasing any more information. A reporter with the Langley Times told Energeticcity.ca this morning that she learned that Koponyas was one of the three kidnapping victims from a post by his mother on social media.- Advertisement -The RCMP say that their investigation into the case is ongoing.With files from CTV Vancouver and The Langley Times: Man allegedly kidnapped out of Langley found held against his will with two othersAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_img Jordan Ibe 1 Liverpool have recalled Jordon Ibe from his loan spell at Derby County.The winger had been expected to spend the whole season on loan at Pride Park, where he has scored five goals in 20 Championship appearances.However, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has elected to recall the 19-year-old after seeing him impress under Steve McClaren and he may now feature against Aston Villa on Saturday.Ibe has been a key part of Derby’s side this season, helping the Midlands club climb to second in the Championship.last_img read more

first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The curved basketball hoop near the Korean Friendship Bell, the scenic ocean views from Point Fermin, and the old maritime buildings at Ports O’ Call are all familiar sights – and not just to San Pedrans, but to moviegoers around the world. San Pedro has become a famous backdrop for movies, commercials and photographs. What is it about the port town that makes it so attractive for filming? Location manager Jim McCabe has worked in San Pedro and moved to the city just over two years ago. “There’s not much of San Pedro that doesn’t get shot,” said McCabe, who has been involved with such films as “Speed,” “Mobsters” and “Rising Sun,” and television shows such as “The A-Team” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He listed Sixth Street, the Warner Grand Theatre, City Hall, Terminal Island, the harbor, the marina, Ports O’ Call and the Fort MacArthur military museum as popular San Pedro spots he has used. “I think there’s a certain charm to San Pedro,” McCabe said. “Even though it’s part of L.A. … it just has a wonderful look to it, and it’s a look you really can’t duplicate.” Kyle Ehrlich, a San Pedro-based location scout for commercials and photos, agreed that San Pedro has a multitude of great vistas and can be a stand-in for other cities around the world. The area around Point Fermin, Angel’s Gate Park and Paseo del Mar is especially appealing, he noted. “It’s clean and has views, and almost a romantic look with houses in the distance,” he said. The downside of filming in San Pedro, McCabe said, is that it’s far away from most San Fernando Valley-based studios. “Particularly with a TV show, you don’t have a lot of time in the course of a day to set up a location and do things if it takes somebody an hour to get to the location,” he said. A location manager, McCabe said, is responsible for finding filming locations and negotiating their use, from getting permits to dealing with neighbors. He said that in his experience, San Pedrans have always been accepting. “The people down here understand how important filming is, and they’re very tolerant,” he said. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

first_img Paulo Dybala Chelsea have made a £29million offer for Palermo ace Paulo Dybala, according to his agent, but Gustavo Mascardi says his client will not be sold for less than £36m.The Argentine striker has shot to the top of many clubs’ wanted lists after hitting 13 goals in 30 Serie A outings so far this term.Arsenal have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old but now Mascardi says Chelsea are the only English club who have lodged a formal bid.Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have also made a higher offer of their own – although the agent says neither is enough to tempt Palermo to sell.He told Calciomercato: “PSG has stepped forward with a bid of around €45m and Chelsea was already at €40m (£29m). But now the price can not be less than 50 million [Euros].“Paulo is in no hurry, will make his choice calmly.” 1last_img read more

first_imgGetty – Getty Images Marco Verratti has stuck up for Romelu Lukaku 1center_img Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Marco Verratti a new contract – amid reported interest from Chelsea.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday how the Blues were planning an audacious swoop for the Italian, in the hope he could kickstart their season.Chelsea currently sit 16th in the Premier League after 16 games and there has been talk they will add to the squad in January.Verratti is reportedly high on Mourinho’s wish list but now PSG have reacted by offering the midfielder a bumper deal.“We are in the process of discussing a contract extension with PSG,” Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, told TMW.“The interest of other clubs is greatly satisfying, the peak of his entire path that he has followed since Marco Verratti has arrive in Paris.“But his future, we see it at PSG, where he is engaged until 2019.”last_img read more

first_img1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hopeful of adding to his squad before the end of the January transfer window.The Toffees have already signed youngsters Shani Tarashaj and Matthew Foulds for the long term but Martinez is now looking for recruits to make an impact during the second half of the season.Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Yarmolenko is a player Everton have been consistently linked with over several windows.Martinez claimed he did not know the Ukrainian’s agent was at Goodison Park for the FA Cup win over Dagenham on Saturday but confirmed he has irons in the fire.The Everton manager said: “We’ve been working really, really hard to get some business (done) really early. Shani Tarashaj was our target number one in terms of doing it quickly. “We’ve got a couple of situations that could happen. The shape of the squad is going to be determined in the last week of the window and we want the squad to be stronger than it is now.”Martinez is also hoping to offload a couple of players on the fringes of the squad.Winger Aiden McGeady was left out against Dagenham because three clubs, two domestic and one from abroad, have shown an interest in taking him on loan.Midfielder Darron Gibson could leave on similar terms while forward Steven Naismith has been the subject of enquiries from Norwich and another Premier League club.Martinez said: “We’re going to work together with Aiden and his representative and we’re going to make the right call. There’s been three enquiries and it’s going to be over the next couple of weeks that we’re going to make the final decision.“It would be a loan until the end of the season and (he and Gibson) would be returning and competing strongly in pre-season in view of the next campaign.” Roberto Martinez last_img read more