Brazilian reporter released after eight days

first_img Help by sharing this information News February 23, 2021 Find out more RSF_en December 17, 2019 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest ———————10.03.2011 – Two foreign journalists arrested four days ago at Zawiya, still heldReporters Without Borders calls on the Libyan authorities to immediately release two journalists, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad of the London-based Guardian newspaper and Andrei Netto of the Brazilian daily O Estado de São Paulo, who were arrested near Zawiya, 30 km west of the capital, on 6 March.The press freedom organization firmly condemns their arrest. Journalists should not under any circumstances be made to pay for the fighting between government forces and rebels. They were detained by pro-Gaddafi forces while covering the clashes in the Zawiya area and are still being held.Luciana Constantino, the editor of Estadao (the online version of O Estado de São Paulo), confirmed Netto’s arrest to Reporters Without Borders but said he did not know where he is now being held. “We just know that he is physically all right and that the Brazilian ambassador to Libya is there to negotiate his release.”The Guardian said in a statement that it is in touch with the authorities in Tripoli and London in an attempt to obtain more information about its reporter. It confirmed that Abdul-Ahad and Netto were travelling together.An Iraqi citizen, Abdul-Ahad has worked for The Guardian since 2004, covering fighting in Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. He entered Libya from Tunisia. Netto is the Paris correspondent of O Estado de São Paulo.Reporters Without Borders also voices its strong condemnation of the appalling physical violence and intimidation to which three BBC journalists – Firas Killani, Goktay Koraltan and Chris Cobb-Smith – were subjected while held by government forces for 21 hours on 7 and 8 March (lire: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12695138). LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brazilian reporter released after eight days Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Brazilian reporter Andrei Netto of the O Estado de São Paulo newspaper has been released after being held for eight days.“We share the joy and relief of Netto’s family and friends, but the situation of journalists in Libya continues to be very worrying,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Foreign journalists who enter the country without permits are treated by the Gaddafi regime as Al-Qaeda accomplices.”Netto, who is normally based in Paris, was arrested by pro-Gaddafi forces at the Tunisian-Libyan border as he was trying to resolve problems regarding the way he had entered the country. His newspaper said he was beaten and kept blindfolded during the eight days he was held in Sabratha, a town 60 km west of Tripoli. Follow the news on Libya On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Organisation News News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul June 24, 2020 Find out more to go further LibyaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

The Bottom Line: Trojan baseball isn’t living up to its name

first_imgDespite not having a winning program since 2015, USC undoubtedly had the best recruiting class out of any school in California in 2018. The Trojans landed three Top 100 recruits in 2018, whereas UCLA and Stanford University each had one. If the program can continue to recruit talented players, there should be no reason why the Trojans have disappointing seasons. USC might be considered a football school, but as that program sees its own struggles, the Trojan baseball tradition should not be overlooked. The school has won 12 national championships — twice as many as any other school. USC has produced 113 MLB players in its history, more than any other NCAA program in the country. Success should be expected when it comes to USC baseball. This season will be critical for head coach Dan Hubbs. In his six years at USC, Hubbs has had a losing record of 163-171. He has had talented rosters over that timespan, with a number of players getting drafted to the MLB. He is also a successful recruiter, having convinced players drafted out of high school to play for the Trojans instead. USC primarily recruits players from within its home state, and, in many cases, it’s an ideal destination for talented players in Southern California. Because of its history as a dominant team, the program ultimately has the first choice when it comes to selecting talent out of California, and the talent pool to pick from is large — there should be no excuses for a lack of talent from in the state. California is a hub for baseball. In many states, baseball players are limited to playing ball only in the spring and summer due to seasonal weather patterns. In sunny California, young athletes are able to practice and play baseball year-round. Thus, players get twice as much practice as their East Coast peers, which ultimately should enhance overall play. Robby Aronson is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Bottom Line,” runs every other Wednesday.center_img Hubbs is an intelligent coach. He speaks eloquently about the game, and the players in the dugout seem to like and respect his coaching methods. However, he doesn’t always get the most out of his star players. Take Lars Nootbaar, for example. Nootbaar was expected to be a key player for the Trojans last season, yet he didn’t reach the levels of expectation that surrounded him. Nootbaar, who was drafted in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, had a .249 batting average last season. California also has a great baseball history and tradition, with five current MLB teams —  one out of every six baseball teams is based in California. And those teams are largely successful — the Dodgers’ and Giants’ track records over the past decade are enough proof. After a number of disappointing seasons, the NCAA quite rightly did not include the Trojans in its preseason top 25 teams, despite the talent of the university’s recruits. The players are talented enough to change the team’s overall perception, but it’s ultimately up to them and the coaching staff to unleash USC baseball’s full potential. When the NCAA baseball preseason rankings were released, USC — unsurprisingly — did not make top 25 best teams in the country. For one of the country’s winningest baseball programs in college baseball history, not making the preseason top 25 is a clear sign that the team needs significant improvement. Despite their great baseball tradition, the Trojans haven’t finished a season above .500 since 2015. The bottom line? USC baseball must work to regain its former glory.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Kennedy assassination question

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Induced Stem Cells Get Faster, Better, Cheaper

first_imgScientists have not only made the production of induced pluripotent stem cells much more efficient, but also have made them just as capable as embryonic stem cells of being able to produce any cell type.They keep getting better and better: induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs.  How’s this sound: “made with near perfect efficiency” (Nature News).  Science Daily adds that the process has sped up from 1% to 100%.  It’s gone from a “frustratingly slow” process in the past to a technique now promising rapid production of the pluripotent cells for ethically-safe regenerative medicine.  Researchers at the Weizmann Institute found a protein acting like a “molecular brake” that was holding them back.  Instead of getting 1 iPSC cell out of a hundred in four weeks, every cell can be made pluripotent within one week thanks to the new discovery.  Science Magazine cautioned that removal of that protein will have to be tested for other effects, but the news is hopeful.  There’s even more hope, Science Daily said:As an added bonus, since the cells all underwent the reprograming at the same rate, the scientists will now be able, for the first time, to actually follow it step by step and reveal its mechanisms of operation. Hanna points out that his team’s achievement was based on research into the natural pathways of embryonic development: “Scientists investigating reprograming can benefit from a deeper understanding of how embryonic stem cells are produced in nature. After all, nature still makes them best, in the most efficient manner.“Skip the side dish:  What if iPSCs could be induced while still inside the body?  That would skip the petri dish altogether.  Scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center have done it, Science Daily says: induced “embryonic” stem cells right inside living mice, meaning that they are not just “pluripotent” (able to turn into many cell types) but “totipotent” (able to turn into any cell type), just like the embryonic kind.Researchers have also discovered that these embryonic stem cells, obtained directly from the inside of the organism, have a broader capacity for differentiation than those obtained via in vitro culture. Specifically, they have the characteristics of totipotent cells: a primitive state never before obtained in a laboratory.What this suggests is that cells in living tissue could be induced into their embryonic state and coaxed into organs to rebuild them.  “We can now start to think about methods for inducing regeneration locally and in a transitory manner for a particular damaged tissue,” a team member said.  Additionally, the induced cells can be removed for study in the petri dish if needed.Though treatments inside the body are a ways off, this achievement offers hope for amazing cures down the road, coaxing the body’s own cells to rebuild and restore damaged organs.  PhysOrg described how the body uses 3-D signals to guide stem cells into position.  Mastering that code will allow doctors to put the cells right where they are needed.Untold numbers of human embryos have been spared thanks to the groundbreaking achievement of Shinya Yamanaka in 2006, who figured out how to make iPSCs (8/25/06).  The progress since then has been accelerating, as these new reports show.  Just as good as embryonic stem cells without the ethical infractions, iPSCs are the cells to watch in the coming years.  Imagine restoring hearts, bones, livers, and much more with your own cells!  You can help by urging your representatives to support research with adult stem cells, and to deny funding for research with human embryos.  iPSCs sound almost too good to be true; but so far, they are true, and are getting better with each new discovery.  And what are we discovering?  Not evolution, but the sophisticated design in living cells. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s BPO ‘window of opportunity’

first_img15 July 2008The business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry represents a window of opportunity for South Africa to create jobs and boost economic growth, says Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.Speaking to BuaNews at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week, Mpahlwa said the industry “provides an opportunity to create many, many jobs for young unemployed South Africans with little effort, because one needs only a basic matric.“You are able to provide short-term training that will equip them with the basic skills required in, for example, a call centre. In that way you are able to soak up a lot of young people.“When these young people get these skills and get to work in that environment, they soon develop ideas about other things they can do”, Mpahlwa added. “So very often people, upon developing these ideas, migrate into other fields of employment, and so there is quite a turnover, allowing us to bring people into the industry on a constant basis.”South Africa’s value propositionMpahlwa told delegates at the conference that the BPO industry, which has only been active in South Africa for about a decade, already employs in the region of 100 000 people – yet could employ far more.“We find that in the Philippines the BPO&O industry has grown from under 40 000 employees in 2004 to over 350 000 today. Yet in many respects we could and should represent a more competitive value proposition.“This is because we have many attractive features for investors, including existing levels of sophistication in the three BPO focus industry sectors of financial services, insurance and telecommunications, with additional advantages in our quality of talent pool, regulations and infrastructure.”One of the biggest booms in South Africa’s economy had been felt in the services sector, Mpahlwa said, and the BPO&O industry would work with this sector to contribute to the growth of the economy.“And, as the cost of telecoms come down, we are becoming more and more competitive.”Industry poised to grow globallyGlobally, he said, the sector is expected to have a value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Advantages in rural areasSouth Africa’s BPO&O strategy also aims to encourage companies to locate facilities in some of the country’s more far-flung rural areas.“These areas have abundant labour, a low cost of doing business, as well as existing physical and telecommunications infrastructure,” Mpahlwa told BuaNews, adding: “You will find many of these areas have buildings that are appropriate for the industry but are unused.”The department had identified 22 municipalities in which BPO&O centres could be located, leaving it up to individual municipalities to “make a case for themselves”.“We don’t force companies to do this, but we do make available the information, and we have begun to see some successes,” the minister said, with a number of call centres having started up within targeted municipalities in North West province, the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Mayweather outpunches McGregor in latter rounds

first_imgREAD: Mayweather stops McGregor in 10th roundMayweather, who upped his record to 50-0, was also the more accurate puncher landing 170 of his 320 throws for a 53 percent clip and even his power punches, 152-of-261, were so accurate at 58 percent.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 shutoutMcGregor managed to land 111 of his total 430 punches but connected just 84 of his 332 power strikes.Interestingly, McGregor, who was stopped midway through the 10th, landed more punches in this fight than Manny Pacquiao did against Mayweather in their 2015 showdown which went the distance. View comments Pacquiao, as per Compubox, landed just 81 punches in 12 rounds.RELATED VIDEO SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have been on the receiving end of Conor McGregor’s punches in the early rounds, but “Money” scored when it mattered the most.After McGregor outpunched Mayweather, 51-40, in the first five rounds, boxing’s former pound-for-pound king turned the tables on the Irishman, landing 130 punches as compared to the Notorious’ 60 from the sixth to the 10th round, as per Compubox.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next I’m finished says Mayweather after McGregor rout4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweatherlast_img read more

On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

first_imgBefore the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system.last_img read more

Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves

first_imgRead Next Bledsoe took a pass from Antetokounmpo and made an open 3-pointer from the corner to give the Bucks their first lead of the game at 95-93 with 2:25 to go. Bledsoe followed with a three-point play and then found Antetokounmpo under the basket for an easy two points, pushing the lead to 100-93 with 1:04 left.Minnesota perhaps wore down a night after a 128-125 overtime victory over Denver and had a four-game road winning streak snapped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderKarl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points for Minnesota and Andrew Wiggins added 21.Towns’ driving layup gave the Timberwolves a 74-54 lead in the third, but the Bucks found their missing chemistry and used a 21-10 run to end the quarter trailing by five points. The Bucks opened the fourth with a 13-4 run and tied it at 88 on a 3 by Khris Middleton with 7:06 to play. Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 102-96. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally from a 20-point deficit and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-96 on Thursday night.Bledsoe had six points and made two key assists down the stretch and the Bucks found their missing defense, holding the Timberwolves to a season-low 12 points in the fourth quarter. Minnesota went cold over the last 4:21 and had its five-game winning streak snapped.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Timberwolves’ Teague sidelined by sprained knee Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jimmy Butler, who had a season-high 39 points against the Nuggets, finished with 20 points and seven assists. Tyus Jones made his fourth start of the season at point guard, filling in for the injured Jeff Teague.Teague missed the game with a sprained left knee. He got caught in a scramble of players in the final seconds against the Nuggets and limped off the court.TIP-INSTimberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica played his third straight game after missing the previous 15 with a sprained foot. He was scoreless. … Minnesota, one of only four Western Conference teams with a winning road record, slipped to 3-8 against the Eastern Conference and 0-4 against the Central Division.Bucks: The Bucks had six turnovers in the first quarter and four more in the second. . Milwaukee extended its season-best streak of scoring 100-plus points to 17 games.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Indiana on Sunday.Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Friday. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is seen on a screen after the announcement of his reception of the “Best player” award during the Globe Soccer Awards Ceremony at the end of the 12th Edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference on December 28, 2017 in Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALEDReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn’t present in person to receive his trophy.The Portuguese international also won the prize, organized by the EFAA (European Association of Football Agents) and ECA (European Clubs Association) in 2011, 2014 and 2016.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It was an amazing year, we won a lot of trophies collective and myself individual, so I’m so glad. Thank you for the people who voted for me — next year, do the same!”Real were also named best club of the year and Zinedine Zidane was best coach.“It’s an honour for me and for the club to receive this award,” Zidane told the audience.“It means things have gone well and worked well.”In other awards, Francesco Totti and Carles Puyol received player career awards, Marcello Lippi was handed a coaching career award, Spain’s La Liga was best league of the year, and Jorge Mendes named best agent.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venuescenter_img MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Djokovic to face Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi comeback Ronaldo appeared by video link as he received the award from Italy’s Alessandro delPiero.Despite his numerous awards, Ronaldo joked that he still has plenty of room to expand his personal trophy cabinet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Don’t worry my friend, I have a lot of space,” Ronaldo, who inspired Real to the Champions League last season, told the show’s host.“For me it’s a special moment and I feel very happy to receive this award. I have to say thank you to my teammates, to my coach, to Real Madrid. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

New year brings new hope for Alaska after disastrous 2017

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next After contending for practically every season since its inclusion in 1986, the Aces faced incredible uncertainty in 2017 when they experienced their worst losing streak in history at 14 straight games between the two import conferences.After a fairly decent All-Filipino Conference finishing with a 7-4 card, Alaska went into free fall in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups tallying a combined record of just 7-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Aces also ended the year with 106-98 loss to TNT on Friday, but head coach Alex Compton wants his players to just let of everything that had happened in 2017.“For us as a team, the year 2017 wasn’t that pretty,” said Compton in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “There will always come a time that you will face challenges in your life.” Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ LATEST STORIES Still, Compton remains positive that they can turn things around and start on a winning note after starting the new season 0-2 in the Philippine Cup.“Then again I’ve told them to enjoy the New Year, celebrate the New Year with their families and flush everything bad down the toilet because 2018 will be the new hope.”center_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed If there’s one year that Alaska would like to forget in its storied history in the PBA, it has to be 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more