Naomi Watts joins U.N.’s AIDS fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe program estimates that 40 million people now live with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and that 25 million people have died from AIDS. “I have seen that every one of us can make a difference – and I am anxious to join UNAIDS in this effort,” Watts, 37, said. Watts, whose screen credits also include roles in “Mulholland Dr.,” “The Ring” and “21 Grams,” joins a host of celebrities who have signed up to promote U.N. causes. Nicole Kidman is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and Angelina Jolie has traveled frequently to Africa for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. – Associated Press Naomi Watts has been named a special representative to the U.N. program for HIV/AIDS. The “King Kong” actress just returned from a trip to Zambia, where she saw hospitals, homes and schools where lives have been destroyed by AIDS. “Given these stark realities, I can no longer stand on the sidelines,” Watts told a news conference Monday. “I want to use this position as a way to spread the word, to tell people what I saw.” Her appointment came as UNAIDS unveiled a new campaign called, “4 for Everyone,” which seeks to give everyone the right to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. 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


first_imgKickboxing LK has been kicking up a storm on the European and Irish circuit in the last few weeks.It all started on August 16th with coach Tommy “The Ghost” Mc Cafferty exploding onto the European mixed martial arts scene with a highlight reel knockout of Scotland’s Dean Reilly on his Cage Warriors debut.The fight was touted as a battle of the two best strikers in the European featherweight division, and fans got their money’s worth with a see-saw battle in the first round. Mc Cafferty came out in the second and took control, landing some brutal leg kicks to take away Reilly’s mobility, that was present in the first round.At 56 seconds into the 2nd round Mc Cafferty landed a switch step right hand which dropped Reilly hard to the canvas before mc cafferty moved in for the finish in what was described by the commentator as an “absolutely unbelievable knockout”.Check it out here LK isn’t just about the competitive side of the sport, and this was shown when Newtowncunningham’s own John Hannigan became the first black belt under the guidance of Tommy Mc Cafferty to fight. John had trained firstly in the junior class before making his way to the senior classes and with a lot of hard work and extreme dedication after six and half years of training he got the honour of becoming kickboxing LK’s first black belt on September 4th.On Saturday night, Letterkenny’s own Brian “The running man” Crossan took to the ring on the undercard of a WKU professional world title fight to challenge for the WKU Irish title.Brian who is currently the WKA Irish champion was looking to unify the two Irish titles to cement himself as Ireland’s no.1 super middleweight full contact kick-boxer.He entered the ring on Saturday night to take on the hometown boy and crowd favourite Michael Mc Crossan in what was set to be a battle of two big hitters.In the first couple of exchanges both men looked determined to put an early stamp of authority on the bout with both having some success in the early exchanges in what was an even first round. The Letterkenny man started to come strong in the second round landing some big combinations ending with some thundering kicks to his opponents body.It was becoming evident as the round went on that these were starting to add up as Brian Crossan started to up the ante narrowly missing with a spinning hook kick.In the third round, Brian started to go on an all out attack landing some big punches and kicks but Michael Mc Crossan was in no way out of the fighting firing back with some heavy hands of his own.As the round went on Brian Crossan started to take control using push kicks and side kicks to stop Michael’s attacks and to set up his own combinations. As the third round came to a close it was looking like the Letterkenny man was still fresh and when the fourth round started this became very clear as Brian Crossan went on all out attack landing kick after kick to the mid-rift of his opponent and following up with some heavy handed combinations.Halfway through the fourth, Brian landed a sharp sidekick which seem to hurt his opponent and once Brian seen the change on his opponents face he followed up with and cracking right leg his forced his opponent to the canvas.Referee Stephen McFarlane started the count but as the count came to the end it was obvious that Brian’s opponent wasn’t going to make it up for the count as he was counted out.As the MC announced the result Brian’s strong following could be heard loudly echoing through the venue in celebration of what was a huge victory for the Lurgybrack man.Brian who is known for his high levels of fitness on the running circuits as well isn’t one to sit about and rest on his glory and is now preparing for his K-1 debut in Belfast in two weeks time.Kickboxing LK is known as the premier striking gym in the North-West but this didn’t stop head-coach Tommy Mc Cafferty from picking up a bronze medal in the Irish BJJ leagues the following morning in the middleweight blue belt category narrowly missing out on the final.Tommy says the clubs key to success is that they keep the training fun and enjoyable.There is no room for ego in the club and everyone is there to help make each other better and support each other in their goals.Whether that be to lose weight, learn self defence, work their way to black belt or to actually enter the ring at some stage in any of the disciplines taught at the club from kickboxing to k-1 to Muay Thai.If you’re interested in learning some kickboxing or Muay Thai or even just to lose some weight, why not try out our new beginners course starting this Thursday at 7:00 at the Aura leisure centre, which will take place twice a week for five weeks, the price for the course is €40.KICKBOXING LETTERKENNY IS ‘KICKING’ UP A STORM was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featureskick-boxingnewsPromoted PostSportTommy Mc Caffertylast_img read more


first_imgARMAGH 0-11, DONEGAL 1-10 BY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE in Armagh: A first McKenna Cup win against inter county opposition for Jim McGuinness today at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh and with it Donegal have given themselves a chance of semi-final spot. That’s largely irrelevant as regards the actual competition but an extra game or two would do his charges no harm at all.There are still plenty of cobwebs to blow off before the National League commences and for large parts of this game Armagh had control and looked to be well on their way to victory. The introduction of Neil Gallagher in the second half proved decisive; prior to that the home side were dominating the exchanges around the middle but the Glenswilly man’s presence swung the pendulum the way of the green and gold.Donegal had the better of the first quarter and were two points to the good despite playing into a swirling wind that made shooting very difficult. It seemed to take Armagh a while to realise how best to use the wind to their advantage but once they did they had their best spell of the game, registering four unanswered points; many of them efforts from distance carried over by the breeze. The Orchard men were intent on not letting Donegal dictate the pace of the game. Paul Grimley encouraged his team to take all restarts as quickly as they good – in one case net-minder Philip McEvoy had taken a short kick out taken before the umpire had barely got his hands on his flag to signal a point for Michael Murphy.Murphy was marked today by Charlie Vernon, a vastly experienced player but more noted for his midfield endeavours. Michael was brought out to centre forward early in the game and it would have been interesting to see how Vernon would have coped on the edge of the square as a relative rookie in the full-back spot. Instead he saw more of the ball in following Murphy out the field and this probably suited him and his teammates.While Vernon and Armagh saw plenty possession in the first half they were rather ponderous with the ball and didn’t appear to have a definitive way to break down the Donegal defensive screen – only when they began to use the wind to good effect did the scoreboard begin to tick in their direction.Buncrana youngster Darach O’Connor again made the starting fifteen and opened his Donegal account as well with the game’s first score. Even in the wet and heavy conditions his pace and power was evident but it will be on a drier sod and with a quicker tempo that he’ll really come into his own. Just as he did against Tyrone last week, he began to cramp up towards the end of today’s proceedings and its just goes to show the massive step up there is from minor to senior – O’Connor was replaced by fellow newcomer Stephen McLaughlin for the last few minutes. Pace is the key differentiator in the modern game and because O’Connor possesses that he has every chance of making it at the top level. Other speed merchants such as today’s centurion Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey and Leon Thompson (who was introduced at the break) can find it hard to discover their best form at this time of year but when Summer comes they eat up the yards.The kick-out strategy on display last week wasn’t used as much today; the movement around the middle third was still taking place but things were much more crowded in that sector than they were in O’Donnell Park. Michael Boyle was between the sticks and he incurred the wrath of the home support on numerous occasions when taking his restarts. On placing the ball he’d pause to wait for a signal or a run from one of his midfielders or half forwards as to where the kick should go; this took up to a few seconds each time and the crowd were getting restless but again its all part of the work that is going on with the kick outs at training.Armagh were much smarter with the ball after the short whistle; knowing that scoring from distance wasn’t an option against the wind they instead executed short kick passes to their inside forwards who took on their men at every opportunity and were rewarded with a couple of easy scores early in the second half; Robbie Tasker and Niall McConville were both particularly impressive with ball in hand.It was here that Donegal really missed Paddy McGrath. While Eamon McGee, Frank McGlynn and today Declan Walsh all have experience of playing corner-back, McGrath is the only specialist in this position in the panel. The Ardara man has resumed training following his groin surgery and the sooner we see him back the better.Of course Karl Lacey has two All-Stars as a corner back but those days seem to behind him; today he was stationed at wing back and it was encouraging to see him in action after so many different injury problems over the past year. Armagh held their lead for most of the second half but when Colm McFadden netted after a goal mouth scramble the visitors sensed an opportunity. It was Murphy and Odhran MacNiallais who stood up to be counted in the closing stretch; the Gaoth Dobhair man produced a massive last ten minutes to get his side over the line. First he cleanly fetched a McEvoy kick-out and immediately off-loaded to his captain who split the posts from 40 yards.Murphy then scored a wonderful free soon after to put his team one point to the good – the effort was from the ground on the far touchline on the 21-yard line and it sailed over the black spot. MacNiallais would have the final word as he registered Donegal’s final two points to cap an excellent individual performance and put the seal on a two point win for McGuinness’men.While it was good to get the win, the positives were in the chances given to players such as Thompson, Gallagher and David Walsh, the Naomh Brid clubman making a real difference when introduced; they all need game time as they work their way back from injuries or in Thompson’s case, get used to the rigours of inter county football again. MacNiallais and O’Connor got another game under their belts while we will likely see more from Malin’s McLaughlin in the coming weeks.The final Section A fixtures take place this coming Wednesday and Donegal are well positioned for a crack at the last four. It might well be a night for the calculators with score difference likely to be the deciding factor; as it stands now Donegal could conceivably finish anywhere from 1st to 4th in the group. GREAT SIGNS FROM DONEGAL AFTER VICTORY OVER ARMAGH was last modified: January 12th, 2014 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:armaghdonegalDr McKenna Cuplast_img read more

Winds of 125km/h to batter Donegal as Storm Dylan hits Ireland tonight

first_imgStorm Dylan is expected to make landfall tonight at 9pm, bringing gusts of up to 125km/h.Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning ahead of Storm Dylan’s arrival for Donegal, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Westmeath, Meath and Clare.Tonight and Sunday morning, the storm will track northeastwards close to Connacht to Ulster coasts. “The biggest impact from the storm will be in western and northern counties with west to southwest winds reaching mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 125 km/h,” Met Éireann warns.High seas are also expected along the west coast with the risk of coastal flooding.The warning will be lifted tomorrow at 12 noon.The forecast track of Storm Dylan.Get the latest warning updates here:— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 30, 2017 A Status Orange marine weather warning is also currently in effect on coasts from Malin Head to Carlingford Lough to Wicklow Head and on the Irish Sea north of Anglesey.“West to southwest gales or strong gales for a time this afternoon on coasts… Later this evening, tonight and early Sunday – south to southwest gales or strong gales developing on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea and reaching storm force on western and northwestern coasts,” Met Éireann says.In light of the weather warning, the Road Safety Authority is advising motorists to be extra cautious tonight and into tomorrow morning.They are appealing to motorists to leave extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists. Motorists should also beware of objects that may blow onto the road and cause an obstruction. The RSA is also asking that driver keep their dipped headlights on at all times.Winds of 125km/h to batter Donegal as Storm Dylan hits Ireland tonight was last modified: January 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalforecastIrelandstorm dylanweatherlast_img read more

SA sparkles at World Half Marathon Champs

first_img1 April 2014 The South African men’s team shone at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships on the weekend in Copenhagen, producing the country’s best result in more than a decade. Stephen Mokoka finished in a strong 12th place, lopping 11 seconds off his previous best time to finish in 1:00:46, which was the fastest time by a South African since Hendrick Ramaala in 2003 and 39 seconds off Ramaala’s national record, which he set in the World Half Marathon Championships of 1997, when he finished fourth.‘I knew we were running well’ “Around 16km, I was on my own, but the guys were not far away. I knew we were all running well,” Mokoka said afterwards. “I believe this is the best any team of my generation have done. All three of the guys did PBs (personal bests).” Elroy Galant placed 13th in 1:01:09 and Lusapho April 15th in 1:01:15, which meant South Africa narrowly missed out on a team medal, finishing in fourth place, which was their best result since 2002 when they also finished fourth. They were just 25 seconds behind third placed Ethiopia.‘I’m very happy’ “I’m very happy,” Gelant smiled after smashing his previous best time by a huge minute and 50 seconds. “I have to thank Stephen and Lusapho. They kept me in control. “When the surging started, Stephen told us to stay controlled [and] let the guys come back later.” Consistent Overall, the 2014 team’s performance was more consistent than that of the 2002 team, which achieved the same team placing. On that occasion Shadrack Hoff finished sixth, Ramaala 15th and Josia Thugwane 30th. Victory went to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor in a world leading time of 59 minutes and seven seconds. However, the Kenyans did not win the team title, having to settle for second behind Eritrea, who placed athletes in second, fourth and fifth places.Women’s race It was a story of Kenyan domination in the women’s race, with the first five finishers all being from Kenya. Gladys Cherono took the win in 1:07:29. “Our coach told us to run as we talk and that’s what we did, but when I looked around at 18km no one had the energy, so I decided to risk going for the win,” she said after the race. First South African Rene Kalmer was the first of the South African women to cross the finishing line in 27th place in 1:11:53, which was her fastest time for two years. “It wasn’t disastrous, but I was hoping for better,” she admitted. “I wanted to stick to my 3:20 pace, and I lost some time in the last five kilometres, running on my own.”‘Over the moon’ Jenna Challenor finished in 47th place in a personal best of 1:14:20. “I’m over the moon. It was the most amazing experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better (debut international) race,” she said happily. Cornelia Joubert finished in 66th place in 1:17:10, which was a season’s best for her. Kenya won the team title, with Ethiopia in second and Japan in third. South Africa placed tenth.last_img read more

Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police conduct raids in several cities

first_imgThe Pune police on Tuesday carried out searches at the residences of prominent human rights lawyers and activists across Nagpur, Pune and Delhi to probe their alleged links with Naxals and their role in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ to commemorate the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in December last year.The searches, which commenced early morning, include the residences of activist Rona Wilson in New Delhi, lawyer Surendra Gadling in Nagpur, who has fought on behalf of former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba, and those of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) activists – Sudhir Dhavale, Harshali Potdar, Jyoti Jagtap, Ramesh Ghaichor and Deepak Dhengle in Pune.While Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Mumbai that the searches were not conducted in view of the Bhima-Koregaon clashes but were a nationwide operation against those believed to be associated with Naxalism, KKM activists decried the State’s ‘pressure tactics’, stating they were being “unjustly targeted” for demanding the arrest of octogenarian Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’, who is prime accused in the January 1 riots.“Why are we being searched now months after the FIR was lodged against us? Each time, we are ‘soft targets’ for the government and the police machinery, who insinuate us of promoting Maoist-Naxalite ideology,” said Jyoti Jagtap of the KKM.She said that the police began conducting searches since 6 a.m. and that they went till noon.“The search team especially marked out literature which included pamphlets on Ambedkar’s thoughts and those of progressive activists like Annabhau Sathe. There is nothing sinister about these tracts, nor have we attempted to hide, print or distribute anything inflammatory at the time of the ‘Elgaar Parishad’,” said Ms. Jagtap.She further said that the KKM was not the only outfit that had participated in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which saw a massive congregation of more than 200 liberal and Ambedkarite outfits.While authorities who conducted the searches refused to comment, police sources said that they were to probe whether those who participated in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ in Pune held just before the Koregaon-Bhima riots of January 1 had or retained Naxal/ Maoist links.On January 8, the Vishrambaug Wada police station in Pune had lodged an FIR against six KKM members, including five of those whose residences were searched, for making allegedly ‘provocative’ speeches and presentations calculated to promote enmity between two groups at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held at Pune’s Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 last year as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ which lasted nearly eight hours (form 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.) on December 31.On January 3 this year, the Vishrambaug police had similarly lodged a case against Gujarat Assembly MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Umar Khaled for allegedly promoting enmity between two groups with their supposedly provocative speeches at the Parishad.Mr. Mevani, Mr. Khalid, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula were among the speakers at the event held at Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31, 2017 to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which 500 soldiers of the untouchable Mahar community fought alongside the English to defeat the vastly superior forces of Peshwa Bajirao II.A day later, on January 1, violent clashes between two groups marred the bicentenary celebrations of the battle at the Koregaon Bhima village, resulting in the death of one person, Rahul Phatangale of Sanaswadi village.The KKM- a radical Dalit and working-class cultural troupe – has alleged the outfit was being made “a scapegoat” in order to divert attention from the real perpetrators of the January 1 clashes at Koregaon Bhima village which resulted in the death of one person.last_img read more

With LeBron James back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Ex-Arsenal player takes Chinese citizenship in landmark move SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys,” he said, “but being out five weeks, I’m feeling it right now. I wish I could click my shoes together right now and be home in my bed.”James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws, had four turnovers and no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Dec. 25 at Golden State, when he strained his left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “That’s going to be the telltale sign of all the rehabbing and the working and everything I’ve been putting in these last five weeks.”The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career. “I don’t know how you can come to that call,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You make contact with the head, it’s a flagrant. It was too obvious. It was an elbow to the face. Why put in those rules if you’re not going to call it?”Marjanovic’s teammate Lou Williams added, “Boban gets penalized so much for being big. If you elbow a guy away from the basket, it should be an offensive foul.”Avery Bradley and Williams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a free throw when Stephenson got called for a technical in a tussle with Bradley. The Clippers were 14 of 26 from the foul line.Williams couldn’t get a potential tying 3-pointer off in the right corner before the final buzzer.Stephenson added 20 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 13 rebounds. They enjoyed strong support from the Staples Center crowd as the visiting team.Williams led the Clippers with 24 points. Patrick Beverley added 17.Harris hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 112-all after the Clippers fought back after trailing by 14 early in the fourth.“The good thing is we kept fighting all night,” Harris said.The Lakers led by seven with just under two minutes to play, but the Clippers erased the deficit on baskets by Williams and Marjanovic before Harris scored from near the right baseline.James scored five of the Lakers’ first seven points in the fourth for a 94-85 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The Clippers made 5 of 7 free throws to close to 103-101.The Lakers gained a 14-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Stephenson’s 3-pointer. They outscored the Clippers 33-22 in the period.TIP-INSLakers: They improved to 11-13 on the road. … James is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, where he will captain the Western Conference team. … Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned.Clippers: Bradley played with a sore right knee and then strained his right quad during the game. … Longtime fan Billy Crystal joined retiring play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler to call the game. … F Danilo Gallinari (low back spasms) missed his seventh straight game. He will join the team on its upcoming road trip and likely return either Sunday at Toronto or Tuesday at Charlotte.NO ALL-STARHarris’ bid to make the All-Star team for the first time in his eight-year career failed. Rivers said he texted and emailed his fellow coaches to no avail. He believed Harris had made a solid case by being the leading scorer on a winning team in the rugged Western Conference.UP NEXTLakers: At Golden State on Saturday in the second game of their six-stop Grammy road trip.Clippers: At Detroit on Saturday to start a six-game Grammy trip. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He looked good,” said Tobias Harris, who guarded James much of the game.Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. After a review by the officials, no additional penalty was called.The review was for “a possible or potential hostile act,” crew chief John Goble told a pool reporter after the game.Goble said the on-court ruling was a defensive foul and there was no additional contact.Stephenson completed the three-point play that kept the Lakers ahead 123-118.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James looked like his old self, even if he wasn’t feeling like it after his first game since Christmas.James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

Twitter celebrates Mary Kom’s historic Asian Games gold

first_imgIndia’s MC Mary Kom holds the Indian national flag and celebrates her gold medal in the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) final boxing match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South KoreaM C Mary Kom on Wednesday became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games after she came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova in the flyweight (51KG) summit clash.The twitter was abuzz with greetings. So proud of u @mangtec u r a true champ!! My Shero! Be #Unbeatable Be #Unbreakable Be #MaryKom (@priyankachopra) October 1, 2014Yaaaaaay!!!Now that’s called Woman Power! #MaryKom gets gold..makes India Proud & shows us that we can achieve anything! #Momof3 #champion PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) October 1, 2014Congrats India!! Mary Kom wins gold in boxing! Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) October 1, 2014(Thrilled! Congratulations Mary! Her movie A must see for all) @ANI_news: Mary Kom wins India’s 7th Gold medal at Asian Games 2014.” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) October 1, 2014Mary Kom! What a champion fighter! True winners let their work do the talking. Inspirational! For those who missed the film, await the DVD Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) October 1, 2014YES! The legendary #MaryKom wins gold for India at the Asian Games. Easily, one of the most inspirational Indians. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 1, 2014Congratulations Mary Kom. We are all proud of u.Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 1, 2014Congratulations #MaryKom !! Gul Panag (@GulPanag) October 1, 2014 Huge congratulations to the relentlessly inspiring Mary Kom for yet again making india proud sHAhID kapooR (@shahidkapoor) October 1, 2014Hail Mary Kom..!U’ve done Ind proud again..Pl keep up the tempo till Rio-May God give U strength 2 compete w/gr8r gusto!Magnificent MaryKom!advertisement Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 1, 2014last_img read more

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang and VAR Earn Arsenal Draw Against United as Both Struggle to Shine

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester: Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on Monday in a Premier League game which was a poor imitation of some of the past classic clashes between the rival clubs.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 58th minute goal for the visitors, given after a VAR review, cancelled out Scott McTominay’s well-struck opener on the stroke of halftime but it was a game which highlighted the weaknesses of the teams. The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in 10th with nine points, their worst start after seven games for 30 years, and they have won just one of their last six league games.Arsenal are in fourth spot on 12 points but the nine-point gap to leaders Liverpool illustrates how far away the London side are from being real title contenders.”I thought how many times have we been 1-0 up and not got the second goal?” said Solskjaer, who was disappointed his side were not given a penalty when Sead Kolasinac appeared to handle just before Arsenal’s goal.”This is a steep learning curve for us and we’ll keep working hard and with more experience, we’ll make the right decisions,” he said.Emery was left with a similar feeling.”I want more — more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box,” said the Spaniard.LEAGUE FOLKLOREThis fixture is part of the folklore of the Premier League era, producing some epic battles between Alex Ferguson’s and Arsene Wenger’s title-winning sides, physical clashes between midfielders Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira with the highlights reel of past encounters also full of skill and flair.While there is certainly a retro feel to Old Trafford under the lights and in the rain, the only throwback on the field were some of the heavy and late challenges.There are multiple weaknesses in both teams but what stood out when they met was the lack of class and quality in midfield.Arsenal look lightweight and lacking any real spine while United, despite having France international Paul Pogba back from injury, were short of attacking options and creativity.None of that was really a surprise. Both managers view their teams as being in transition and while United still lack obvious elements needed to compete at the top end, Arsenal’s investments had raised hopes of something better.There had been little excitement in the first half but United keeper David De Gea did have to pull off a fine double-save in the 44th minute, pushing out a low shot from Bukayo Saka and then doing well to keep out Matteo Guendouzi’s follow-up.Moments later, United had the lead when Marcus Rashford found McTominay on the edge of the box and his slightly deflected shot towards the top corner beat motionless Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal got back on level terms in controversial circumstances before the hour with a goal from Aubameyang.United left-back Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away to Saka who threaded it through to Aubameyang but the linesman raised his flag well before the striker put the ball past De Gea.The VAR review correctly showed United defender Harry Maguire had played Aubameyang onside and the goal was given.However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared furious that the linesman had flagged when recent practice has been for the flag not to be shown until the end of a move.McTominay then missed a glorious chance to secure the points and add to his growing reputation when, from an Ashley Young corner, he headed over from close range, having lost his marker.Leno then made two good saves to keep Unai Emery’s Arsenal side on level terms, diving to deny Maguire’s effort from the edge of the box and then reacting well to keep out Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time free kick. arsenalAubameyangepl points tableManchester United First Published: October 1, 2019, 8:08 AM ISTlast_img read more

Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy Sail Through to 2nd Round With Easy Wins

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmitonGa Eun Kimhong kong openHS Prannoy First Published: November 13, 2019, 12:42 PM IST PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy both progressed to the second round of the Honk Kong Open with straight-game victories on Wednesday.Sindhu defeated South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-15 21-16 in a 36-minute clash, whereas Prannoy beat Huang Yu Xiang of China 21-17 21-17 in 44 minutes. World No 6 Sindhu moved to a 8-4 lead early on but Kim managed to turn the tables, holding a 11-10 advantage at the breather. The Indian then reeled off six points at 13-13 to march ahead and seal the opening game.The second game was no different as Sindhu again broke off at 5-5, grabbing seven points on the trot to move to a massive 12-5 lead. The Indian kept moving ahead and eventually shut the door comfortably on her opponent.Sindhu will next play Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, as Prannoy faces Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the second round.Meanwhile, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost their first-round match against Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen 12-21 13-21.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma crashed out after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round.Eighth seed Saina, who claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. She had lost to Cai at China Open last week.World no.16 Sameer fought for 54 minutes before going to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21 21-13 8-21 in the opening match. It was his third successive loss in the opening round.(With inputs from Agencies) last_img read more