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Boca Juniors arrive in Madrid to end Copa saga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Boca Juniors landed in Spain on Wednesday as they prepare to end the long-running Copa Libertadores final saga over two weeks after a fan assault threw the fixture into doubt.Boca players were greeted by an army of fans outside their hotel in Madrid as they prepare to finally dispute the second leg of the final against arch-rivals River Plate on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the scores level at 2-2 after the first match at Boca’s La Bombanera ground almost a month ago.The match has been delayed ever since River fans attacked the Boca team bus hours before the match was supposed to take place at River’s El Monumental stadium on November 24.River jetted off from Buenos Aires on Wednesday afternoon, with Boca already in the Spanish capital in order to contest the decisive leg of the biggest match in Argentine football history at a venue at which they had both initially refused to play.Over the weekend River joined Boca in saying that it was “incomprehensible” that the game had been moved to Spain, insisting that the club bore no responsibility for the “faults in the security operation” for the high profile fixture in Buenos Aires.On Tuesday Boca hero Juan Roman Riquelme slammed the decision to move the match away from Buenos Aires to Spain, saying that it would make one of the world’s fiercest derbies “the most expensive friendly in history”.“The final is losing a bit of its magic,” Cristian Farfalla, a young Boca Juniors supporter who made the transatlantic trip from Argentina, told AFP. “Honestly, I would have preferred the game to be played over there (in Argentina). But on the other side, I have the chance to be able to come and see it, which I wouldn’t normally have been able to do.”On Monday the two clubs each put 5,000 tickets on sale to supporters in Argentina at 3,600 pesos (84 euros), or a quarter of the average monthly Argentine salary.Meanwhile in Spain 20,000 tickets were put on sale for Boca fans outside Argentina on Tuesday, and a source close to the match organisers told AFP that the same number of tickets would go on sale to River supporters who live abroad.last_img read more

RBC Teens Bring American Friendship to Cuba

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – Let the governments of the United States and Cuba quibble and argue over their policies, but two volleyball players from Red Bank Catholic High School took positive action last week and demonstrated to Cuban teenagers just how friendly Americans really are.Junior Catherine Curtin of Atlantic Highlands and senior Ava Zockoll of Bay Head spent a week in Havana, traveling with parents Dan and Tricia Curtin and Nancy Zockoll, under the auspices of Cuba Educational Travel, to bring GUEST – the Girls Universal Empowerment Sports Tour – to this third world country which suffers as much poverty and need as many other nations where assistance programs are already in place.It was Catherine’s idea to bring friendship, knowledge, and the start of an easy camaraderie among young people in the largest city of a country 90 miles off the U.S. Southern border. “I was fortunate enough to travel with my parents to Cambodia several years ago,” Catherine said, “and the sight of the poverty there has remained with me since then. I wanted to do something to help someone less fortunate than us, and with Cuba just opening for American visitors again, I thought that would be the perfect place.”Pavel Garcia of Barrio Habana (center, green shirt) accompanied the group to the nightly cannon firing at Morro Fortress. Volleyball coach Reyneer (far left) and Muriel Smith (blue shirt) also joined the entourage.Catherine also knew that as popular as volleyball is in the United States, it’s even more so in other countries. So, with the help of her parents, Catherine contacted the American Embassy in Cuba who put her in touch with Cuba Educational Travel and GUEST, Catherine’s newly formed group, was launched.Catherine’s teammate senior Ava Zockoll, captain of the RBC girls’ team who also plays for Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, and a seasoned traveler herself, was ready, willing and able to take on the challenge of bringing American friendship to Cuba.Cuba Educational Travel put them in touch with Pavel Garcia Valdes and his wife Sandra Sotolongo Iglesias of Proyecto Comunitario Barrio Habana. The couple work tirelessly on the streets of Havana to give a better life to people of all ages. Pavel is as comfortable and efficient encouraging a group of teens on the street through the educational and social aspects of improving their lives as he is trying to find enough drinking water to keep a day care center open so senior citizens can enjoy the friendship and social benefits of others of all ages.All good things must come to an end – Curtin and Zockoll felt the new friendships they formed made a positive impact on their counterparts’ opinion of the U.S. On the last day, there were tears and promises of return visits.The American teens came to Cuba armed with gifts for their soon-to-be friends – volleyball nets, kneepads, volleyballs, game shirts in two colors for opposing team play, as well as open hearts and huge smiles. They left the comfort of air-conditioned gyms and well-polished courts and quickly adjusted to old, cracked concrete outdoor courts with boundary lines faded by the hot sun. All play was wrapped up by noon on any day when afternoon temps went well into the mid-90s.Volleyball, the warm-ups and exercises are all international, so not knowing the language did not present a disadvantage. What were shy exchanges of broken English and Spanish on the first day turned to laughs and friendly handshakes on the next, and later genuine laughter and friendship. On the last day, there were tears when they said their goodbyes amid promises of return visits.“If you can help people in one way, such as by sharing a sport, then you can connect on another level,” Catherine explained. She was surprised at the English speaking skills – however limited – that many of the girls had, and loved the welcoming attitude they exuded from the very first day.Ava agreed, pointing out that one of the reasons she wanted the experience was to be absorbed in another culture and help people with fewer opportunities than she herself has. She was surprised the Cuban teens did not appear to be as poverty-stricken as she had heard they were, and was impressed not only by the quality of the coaches but also their intensity and excellence in training the girls. Both teens commented on how polite, courteous, and well-mannered their Cuban counterparts were.Afternoons were spent with Pavel and an Educational Travel rep who took the American visitors through a series of cultural and educational experiences including a visit to a senior care center where the oldest client at 102, walks from his home on the third floor of a once well-maintained apartment the few blocks to the center where he can enjoy games, friendship, song and meals with other older Cubans. The group also visited a third floor walk-up apartment of a husband and wife renowned for their hip-hop music in clubs and cabarets across the country. The couple, who are black, were eager to speak about racism and said they both believe strongly it exists in Cuba.There was also a visit with Edel Bordon and his wife, Marina, and their children Pablo and Lucy. One of the finest artists in the country, Edel teaches art in his large and elegant 10th floor apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a home filled with the artwork of both Bardon and his students, as well as the photography of son Pablo.In between, there was a salsa dance lesson and a visit to Morro Castle where they experienced the nightly cannon firing by Cuban soldiers, dressed in colonial garb which dates back to the Spanish rule of the 17th century. Citizens set their watches by this 9 p.m. ritual, which commemorates the centuries when the cannon was fired each evening to tell residents to hurry behind the protective walls of the fortress before the gates were locked against marauders, pirates, and other evils.Although trips to private homes and historic sites were all planned by Cuba Educational Travel, the group could go their own way individually or together in the afternoons and evenings. Even with the limited experience, both Catherine and Ava felt they had made new friendships and had a positive effect on their counterparts’ opinion of the United States.Ava felt the best gift she left behind was showing the Cuban students they too can meet and interact with people they have never met in a positive way. Catherine agreed, and felt she also had given her new friends a better understanding of the American people.last_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt caps amazing Junior career with WHL Player of the Year award

first_imgAnd the awards just keep on coming for Nelson Minor Hockey grad and Moose Jaw Warriors sniper Dryden Hunt.Hunt, who beat out Western Conference and Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts, was crowned with the WHL’s highest honour Wednesday in Calgary when he was handed the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year.Hunt was the Eastern Conference Four Broncos Memorial Trophy winner.The WHL’s top honour completed the storybook season for the 20-year-old forward, who was passed over in the 2010 WHL bantam draft.The 6-foot, 200-pound left-winger finished the regular season with league-high 58 goals while playing all 72 regular-season games in his final junior campaign. Hunt finished second to Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats in the WHL scoring race with 116.Hunt recorded five hat tricks in the month of February and has six on the season. He was named WHL player of the month for January and player of the week in February.Before scoring 58 times this season, Hunt’s best season came in 2014 when he registered 21 goals.Over his WHL career, Hunt scored 117 goals, had 132 assists for 249 points in 269 games.After being passed over in the bantam draft, Hunt found a home with Regina Pats for three plus seasons before begin traded to Medicine Hat Tigers midway through the 29014-15 season.Moose Jaw acquired Hunt before the start of the 2015-16 WHL season.Hunt, who attended off-season development camps in Carolina and Montreal, was also passed over in the NHL entry draft before landing an entry-level deal with Florida Panthers in March of this year.Hunts parents, Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt, were in Calgary for the awards presentation.Check out the YouTube link of the award ceremony.last_img read more

GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 8, 9, 11 and 26.There was no match 3 winner. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €5,150 and Match 3 is €120. The team selling Killotto this week is Ladies A team. You can now do theKillotto online. Visit www.locallotto.ie and go to the Killybegs page.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Anthony Quigley, Dunkineely. Next week’s Jackpot will be €2,250 on 50 calls.  Scor Na NOg – A big thank you to all the young people who travelled to Glenfin last Friday.  To those who took part in competitions in solo singing, ballad group, recitation and question time. All performed to a very high standard with 10 G.A.A. clubs being represented. Erin ‘Ban’ Gallagher has won and is through to the County Final. It’s being held on the 10th of November in Glenswilly in recitation section. Well done and good luck.The club are holding its annual fancy Dress Halloween Disco in the Lighthouse Disco, Cope House on Sunday October 28th, please come along to show your support! There will be spot prizes on the night as well as a special prize for the best overall costumes!  The U-12 Parish League Jamsie Boyle Memorial Tournament has provisionally been scheduled for Sunday October 28th (Sunday Week) in Pairc Eamonn O’Beirne (Fintra) further updates and times to follow as soon as a definite date is confirmed. The next monthly Bord na nOg meeting will take place in the club-house on Wednesday October 24th at 8:30pm (sharp) All are welcome to attend! The Next Monthly Senior Board meeting will take place in the clubrooms at 8:30pm on Friday October 26th, all are welcome to attend!GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Angella an asset from set-pieces – Ferdinand

first_imgLes Ferdinand has told QPR’s website he believes Gabriele Angella can score goals for the club as well as help prevent them.Rangers were keen to shore up their defence ahead of the transfer deadline and were able to bring in Italian centre-back Angella, 26, on loan from Watford for the rest of the season.And director of football Ferdinand is hopeful the new signing will prove to be an asset at both ends of the pitch.“We’ve been keen to add another defender to the group for some time, so we’re really pleased to bring Gabriele in,” he said.“He’s not only a very good defender, but importantly, he’s also a big threat at set-pieces, and the more goalscorers we’ve got around the team, the better.“We’re pleased to have him on board and we’re really looking forward to integrating him into the squad.”Ferdinand has high hopes for QPR’s new signingHead coach Chris Ramsey wanted a ball-playing central defender to play alongside captain Nedum Onuoha.Rangers targeted Angella after missing out on United States international Tim Ream, who opted to join Fulham.“Gabriele’s a quality addition for us,” Ramsey said.‘Wolf of Loftus Road’ Austin delights fans on Twitter“We’ve got decent competition now in the back four and Gabriele’s experience, especially at a level where he was promoted with Watford last season, will be a big positive for us.“I’m delighted we’ve been able to get this over the line before the deadline.”Who is Gabriele Angella?• Born: April 28, 1989 (age 26) in Florence• Height: 6′ 3″ (1.91m)• Position: Centre-back• Previous clubs: 2008-10 Empoli (Ita), 2010-13 Udinese (Ita), 2013-15 Watford. Loans at Siena (2011) and Reggina (2012).• National team: Italy Under-21s, 2 caps• Trivia: As well as Benatia, his Udinese team-mates included Alexis Sanchez, one-time QPR loanee Mauricio Isla and future Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado. At international level, he played alongside Mario Balotelli, former R’s loanee Federico Macheda and Fabio Borini in the Italy Under-21 side.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Parts List for Hearing

first_imgMake Like a BatIf you have good high-frequency hearing, you can use echoes to “see” your way around with sound, like a bat does. Researchers at the University of Southampton found that the high-frequency response gives the best results. This is a way blind people can compensate for loss of sight by leveraging the precision audio response of the ears.Bats, like dolphins, use biosonar for locating food. A paper in PNAS describes how they adjust the gape of their mouth to act as a zoom lens when they emit clicks. The prey have their ways for fighting back. Another paper in PNAS says that hawkmoths emit ultrasound to “jam” the bats’ sonar. The article claims that this jamming ability evolved separately two times in the moths.Update 5/13/15: Science Daily says that eardrums evolved independently in mammals and reptiles/birds; “convergent evolution can often result in structures that resemble each other so much that they appear to be homologous,” the evolutionist says.Ignore the evolutionary stories (good grief, convergent evolution again). Focus on the main thing: Ears are amazingly intricate organs. Talk about irreducible complexity! Imagine Darwinian luck getting even two proteins to work together, let alone 300 to a thousand. Look at the illustration. As elegant and lovely as it is, it would be useless without an even more complex brain able to receive the electrical impulses and interpret them.Things this complex, with such high performance specifications, do NOT just happen. The design is so over-the-top beautiful and functional, why do we even pay attention to mere humans who make up stories, saying it evolved? Get real; get intelligent design science. Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE(Visited 178 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.Talk about splitting hairs. Harvard Medical School begins a press release with some gee-whiz facts about the hair cells involved in hearing:For balance, five separate patches of hair cells sense movement and tell the brain where the head is in space while translating the pull of gravity.For hearing, a five cell-wide ribbon of 16,000 hair cells spirals inside the cochlea, the snail-shaped structure where hair cells vibrate in response to sound waves. Every cycle of sound waves sends microscopic cilia on the tips of these cells back and forth, riding a trampoline of cells suspended between two fluid-filled spaces.The movement opens pores in the cells, allowing electrical current to flow inside.  This conversion of mechanical to electrical signals sends nerve impulses to the brain, which then “hears” the sound.In their efforts to understand the causes of hereditary deafness, researchers at HMS have tried to first identify a “parts list” of players. Working with mice, they have identified about 300 genes involved in hearing so far, but they think only one-third of proteins are known.The cutaway diagram of a cochlea in the article looks like a highly structured, well-organized array of cells. (Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE). The hair cells are colored green. This array, resembling the keyboard of a pipe organ, tapers in the coils of the cochlea, with each rank of hair cells responding to specific frequencies.last_img read more

Agronomic, rugged new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow brings toughness, flexibility to any field

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tough field conditions require tough tillage tools. The new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow — featuring a pull frame with heavy-walled tubing, a spring-cushioned hitch, 24-inch Earth Metal blades and a new mounted TigerPawCrumbler option — delivers a new standard for ruggedness and agronomics.“Saturated soils and heavy, stubborn crop residue this year have reminded producers about the importance of crop residue management and soil tilth,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH Tillage marketing manager. “Our new True-Tandem 375 disk harrow helps improve soil tilth on every front, from crop residue management to reduced surface compaction and thorough soil mixing.”Case IH Agronomic Design helps make the True-Tandem 375 the best-in-class multipurpose tandem disk, Lursen said. Building on the legacy of Case IH True-Tandem design, blades in the rear gangs track between the blades on the front gangs for a true full-width cut, leaving no uncut gaps. That’s important, whether slicing through crop residue in the fall or taking out an early weed flush before spring planting.The True-Tandem 375 gives producers a flexible year-round tillage tool for a wide range of soil types and moisture conditions. Best of all, it offers flexibility without sacrificing durability. Features that ramp up the ruggedness and versatility of the True-Tandem 375 include:24-inch, crimp center Earth Metal blades that are formulated using a special steel alloy as well as a proprietary process, and have proven to be stronger and more durable than other bladesNew rollable blade options for those markets desiring that sharpening techniqueDisk blade concavity options to match the needs of the operation:Shallow concavity blades on the front gang with standard concavity blades on the rear gang allow for higher ground speeds, more productivity and better ground penetrationStandard concavity blades on the front and rear allow for maximum soil and residue mixing for improved soil tilthAn 18-degree gang angle matched to the blade concavity for thorough soil mixing and level seed bed finishing without excessive compactionExtended frame that provides ruggedness, balance and more stability in the fieldHeavy-wall tubing and pull frame engineered for reliability across nearly any terrainA spring-cushioned front tongue “perfect hitch” clevis for added durabilityA high flotation, stubble-resistant tire option for greater productivityA new optional, hydraulically adjustable TigerPaw Crumbler rolling reel or spring pressure applied coil-tine harrow to help produce more-uniform clod sizing and residue distribution“Our emphasis on delivering agronomic advantages really shines in the True-Tandem 375,” Lursen added. “It provides better residue cutting, sizing and distribution into the soil. Yet, it accomplishes that with a smoother finish out the back for a high-quality seed bed.”The True-Tandem is available in working widths from 22 to 37 feet so producers can choose a size to match most tractors. Producers can use it alone or in combination with other types of tillage operations to achieve soil conditions for uniform crop emergence and development.“Since the 1970s, Case IH has led the industry in tandem-disk technology,” Lursen said. “With its flexibility and durability, the new True-Tandem 375 can enhance the tillage program for nearly any size and type of operation.”For more information, visit your local Case IH dealer or caseih.com.last_img read more

Heruela plays key role in SMB’s Game 3 win

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide TNT’s Pogoy scoreless since career performance in Game 1 Heruela finished with five points, two assists, a rebound, and a steal with no turnovers in his 14 minutes on the floor, but more importantly, he also hounded Jayson Castro on defense which added to the struggles of the KaTropa’s main gunner.June Mar Fajardo said he’s no longer surprised with the way Heruela is playing in the finals.After all, he’s the same guy who proved to be the perfect backcourt partner for the now three-time PBA MVP back in their days in University of Cebu.“We know what Brian can do. since his days in Blackwater, he was the starting point guard and we know he can contribute to the team. I’m just happy for him that he came in and was able to help us out,” Fajardo said in Filipino.Heruela shunned the praises and credited the huge second half spurt to San Miguel’s execution as a cohesive unit.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela. PBA IMAGESBrian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today.Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as he orchestrated a pivotal 16-5 run which tilted the momentum to the Beermen’s side en route to a 109-97 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I think it’s a collective effort from the whole team,” he said. “Me personally, I just want to play hard and do the best way I can to help my team in every way. Good thing that we had a good run, we executed well, and we’re able to have good defense which is why things went our way.”Though he’s not expecting anything in the coming games, Heruela shared that as always, he’s ready anytime coach Leo Austria calls his number.“I always prepare myself mentally and physically. Whenever coach puts me in, I’m always ready,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heruela was making all the right plays that Ross almost didn’t want to go back in the game in fears of ruining San Miguel’s flow.“I was telling the coaches in the third quarter, ‘Don’t worry about me. Let them play, let those guys play and get their confidence because we have a really talented team from all the way down to the last man on the bench.’ Everyone’s capable of contributing and coach has a way and its won us a lot of titles, but when those guys get their numbers called, they’re ready and they produced for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss also gave Heruela his stamp of approval.“He was amazing, man. When I got the flagrant one, he came in and we didn’t miss a beat.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours

first_imgAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Judicial custody for Puri till Sep 17

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till September 17 in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud.Special judge Sanjay Garg sent Puri to judicial custody. ED had arrested Puri on August 20 in the money laundering case arising out of the bank loan fraud case. The court had on Friday extended Puri’s custodial remand by four days. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While seeking his further custody, the agency had told the court that “during probe, voluminous record of documents has been collected and due to paucity of time, the could not be confronted with them”. There is another money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam in which the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation”. Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.last_img read more