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Froome on brink of fourth Tour de France crown

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome reached the first time check after 10.2km in second place, two seconds behind team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, with Bodnar third at 6sec.By then it was already clear there would be no grandstand finish as Uran was 23sec down on Froome having begun with a 29sec deficit, while Bardet had given up 44sec to the British leader.CrisisBy the second time check, Colombian Uran was starting to gain back a bit of time and looked certain to take second overall.But Bardet was in crisis, already 1min 17sec off Kwiatkowski, who still had the best time at the second check, although only fractions of a second ahead of Spanish veteran Alberto Contador, after 15.6km and the climb up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, with Froome fourth at 3sec.Spaniard Landa, who had started the day 1:13 behind Bardet, was now starting to threaten the Frenchman’s podium hopes.At the finish, Uran almost came a cropper, hitting the side boardings on a tight bend in a technical run-in to the Velodrome.It cost him a few seconds but disaster was averted as he stayed upright to finish 31 seconds behind four-time Polish time-trial champion Bodnar, whose strong final section took him a second ahead of Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road race champion.“Coming second in this race is the most important result in my career,” said Uran, 30, who has also twice finished runner-up at the Giro d’Italia.Landa had finished 51sec back and as Bardet came into the stadium, fans were counting down the seconds to see if he would hang on to third place, while the looming yellow-clad figure of Froome lurked in his rear-view mirrors. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer LATEST STORIES “It’s incredible, the atmosphere here in Marseille, it’s massive being here in the stadium,” said Froome, 32, who will nonetheless finish without a stage win this year.“It’s the Tour de France, you can’t always win everything,” said the Sky team leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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After the stage when I went alone I was thinking, ‘I have to do something nice again’.“Today I got more luck than the other stage, I’m really happy about this.”In what has been the closest Tour battle in years, the top three riders started the day separated by less than 30 seconds, building hope for a grandstand finale in the steamy southern port city ahead of Sunday’s procession into Paris.But any such romantic notions of Frenchman Bardet overturning his 23sec deficit to Froome had disappeared long before the end of Saturday’s 22.5km race against the clock, which began and ended in Marseille’s iconic Velodrome football stadium.Bardet started the day second overall but only narrowly escaped the double humiliation of being pushed off the podium by Landa and overtaken by a charging Froome, who started his time-trial two minutes after the Frenchman.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Great Britain’s Christopher Froome wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey competes in a 22,5 km individual time-trial, the twentieth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22, 2017 in and around Marseille, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISChris Froome all but secured a fourth Tour de France title by finishing third in Saturday’s 20th stage time-trial in Marseille as Maciej Bodnar took the stage victory.Rigoberto Uran moved into second overall at 54 seconds, set to be the tightest winning margin of Froome’s four Tour successes, while Romain Bardet held on for third by just one second ahead of Mikel Landa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Bardet finished 2:02 behind Bodnar to hold onto third by a single second while Froome crossed the line moments later, to claim third place on the stage and secure a fourth Tour title.“I’m at my limit, I’m tired, I gave everything,” said the 26-year-old.“I’m delighted to have given it everything and there’s a little bit of success in having saved a podium place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgOne of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Gunmen rob pensioner of $1.5M

first_imgA 65-year-old pensioner who was overseeing construction work at his D’Urban Street, Georgetown home was relieved of $1.5 million and other valuables by two gunmen who entered his premises.According to information received at about 14:00h on Thursday, the businessman, Noor Ally, was standing by his kitchen door overseeing the construction of a shed in his yard. He recalled observing a man entering his yard and walked towards him.As he looked closer, he realised the man was armed with a gun and immediately made his way through the main access door with the intention of hiding but instead was confronted by a second gunman, who placed a gun to his head.Ally and the carpenter were forcefully taken into a shop operated by the pensioner instructed to lie on the ground. The men then opened a drawer in the shop where they took out a sum of cash along with a quantity of phone cards and other items.The two gunmen then made good their escape. The Police were summoned and detectives were up to late Friday evening reviewing CCTV footage collected from nearby buildings. No arrests were made as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

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Free skate today at Pomeroy Sport Centre, pool closed this weekend

first_imgOn the West rink, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., skaters that are seven and eight years old can take to the ice.  From noon until 1 p.m., those nine and ten years old will have the opportunity to skate. Skaters between the ages of 11 and 14 will have their turn from 2 until 3 p.m., and those 15 and over will be able to take to the ice from 4 until 5 p.m.Over on the East ice, children aged seven and eight can skate from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. From 12:30 until 1:30 p.m., nine and ten year olds can take to the ice. Those between 11 and 14 will have the chance to skate from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m., and from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m., skaters 15 and older will have their turn on the ice.Also of note, the North Peace Leisure Pool will be closed this Saturday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., and again on Sunday from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is to accommodate the Stingrays Regional Swim Meet. The pool will re-open to the public after the meet. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Stoke star denies money was the motive for his move

first_imgNew Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri has shrugged off the accusation his key motivation in joining the club was money.Ex-Bayern Munich man Shaqiri completed his switch from Inter Milan to the Potters on Tuesday for a club-record £12million on a five-year contract.The news has prompted criticism from former Bayern and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg, who was quoted as saying: “I do not understand Shaqiri’s move to Stoke at all. You have been badly advised if you go there.“This is a shame and a sad state of affairs. Only because they are throwing around cash? Is it really all about money for footballers these days?”When asked about that on Thursday at his unveiling at the Britannia Stadium, Shaqiri – who was also linked with Schalke and Borussia Dortmund – said of Effenberg: “He has no job at the moment, so he can talk – he’s a free man.“Anybody can talk who is free. But I don’t want to comment on this.“I will concentrate on my job – I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to play. This is my job. It isn’t my job to comment on what people say.”The 23-year-old Switzerland international added: “I want to do my speaking on the pitch.”Shaqiri has already spoken about how the belief shown in him by Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the playing style of the team and the quality of the players at the club were all important factors in his decision to make what he views as a “perfect move” for him.On Thursday he also stressed he was fit and ready to make his debut from the start in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham if required – Hughes would only say “we’ll see” on that front – and backed himself to adapt to English football quickly.Shaqiri said: “This is very different to Italian football.“But I am a player who can integrate very fast and I think English football is perfect for me – it is very attacking, from box-to-box.“For a player like me, I think it is the best league to play in, and for me this is the best league in the world.“It was always a big dream of mine to play in the Premier League.”Shaqiri, who only joined Inter in January, found himself out of their starting XI by the end of the 2014-15 season.And regarding his brief stint with the Italian outfit, where he was managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, he said: “There were many things that were not good there.“I’m happy it was only a short time there and now I’m happy to be here.”He has left Inter for a club who have finished ninth in the Premier League for the last two seasons under Hughes.And asked if he saw Europe as a realistic target for Stoke this term, Shaqiri said: “In the Premier League you never know.“The last team can beat the first team, and only one round of games has gone, so anything can happen.“We must work hard and take it game by game. But all teams want to go forward and Stoke want to be in Europe in the future.” 1 Xherdan Shaqiri last_img read more

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Recycling Sun Valley

first_imgFOR all the tax money that’s been poured into sprucing up downtown, the billions spent on a subway to nowhere and billions more wanted for a subway to the beach, Los Angeles leaders have been cheap when it comes to improving other parts of the city. When it comes to the northeast San Fernando Valley, they’ve been downright neglectful. And nowhere has the neglect been more evident that in Sun Valley. Dumps. Cement companies. Gravel pits. Paint shops. Junk yards. Auto dismantlers. Recycling plants. These activists’ goals might be sky-high, but then, so is their commitment. And their real concern for Sun Valley’s future – as opposed to City Hall’s utter disdain – offers the real promise of a healthier, brighter, prosperous future for the community.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For the last half century, City Hall has actively promoted a policy of putting all the worst blight, environmental hazards and public-health risks into this single, much-abused community. City Hall doesn’t even provide Sun Valley with basic services. There’s a shortage of streetlights, trees and basic infrastructure. Asthma rates in Sun Valley are, not surprisingly, double what they are nationwide. But for all it lacks, there’s one thing Sun Valley has in abundance, and that’s hope. And that’s because a coalition of architects, urban planners and college students is committed to doing what city government has manifestly failed to do – turn the community around. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, working in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects and students at several local colleges, has launched a massive study about how to clean up Sun Valley and make it a community worthy of its loyal residents. The coalition is looking into ways to replace the area’s polluting industries with cleaner businesses that offer quality job opportunities. It hopes to bring in a movie and TV sound studio, a retail village, a high-tech high school, a Metrolink station and a beautiful park complete with lakes to replace the old gravel pits. last_img read more

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DD NOTICE: MARSHALS NEEDED FOR THE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgWith just nine days and counting until the Donegal International Rally, an appeal has been launched to get marshals to help out with the event.The running of this rally is a matter of teamwork allied to the efforts of many hundreds of volunteer officials and marshals, plus the support of all the community. Once again safety will be very much top of the agenda and, one of the keys to that is having sufficient manpower on the stages.If anybody who feel they can help to marshal please contact – Chief Marshal Tony Boyle on 00 353 87 7566863.Marshall Training is on in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny this Sunday 15th June at 7pm.DD NOTICE: MARSHALS NEEDED FOR THE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegal international rallynewsSportlast_img read more

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SCOTTISH COMEDIAN DELIGHTED TO GET HIS ‘SPECIAL’ DONEGAL BREW

first_imgScottish comedian Kevin Bridges couldn’t hide his delight when he finally got his hands on his favourite drink Football Special. The hugely popular comedian immediately took to Twitter to express his joy that the soft drink was now being stocked in his native Glasgow. Bridges posted a picture of the Football Special bottle and wrote the following caption.“Good to see this fine brew has made it over to Clydebank from Donegal! @The_glen_cafe Yaldy! 🙂A few weeks back Donegal Daily revealed how Seamus McDaid, 26, had been charged with giving the unique-flavoured soft drink a new lease of life – across the globe.He was tasked with promoting the brand across the USA in major cities like Boston and Philadelphia. McDaid also revealed how he was stocking the brand in Glasgow because of the large Donegal diaspora in the city.It seems his efforts are already paying off. 🙂  SCOTTISH COMEDIAN DELIGHTED TO GET HIS ‘SPECIAL’ DONEGAL BREW was last modified: May 6th, 2015 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:FeaturesFootball SpecialGlasgowKevin BridgesMcDaid’snewsTwitterlast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Benfica 0

first_imgChelsea were on the back foot for most of a one-sided first half of the Europa League final.Benfica, with their slick passing and movement, have had the upper hand at the Amsterdam ArenA, where Ashley Cole blocked a shot from Oscar Cardozo before Nicolas Gaitan fired over the Chelsea bar.The Portuguese team continued to sweep forward and Rodrigo missed a good chance to put them ahead when he failed to connect from inside the area.But the Blues, without the injured Eden Hazard and John Terry, finished the half strongly, with Oscar beginning to cause the opposing defence some problems.And Frank Lampard’s swerving shot brought a save from Benfica keeper Artur.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Luiz, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Mikel, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Benayoun, Ake.Click here for our Chelsea v Benfica 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The Africa you never see

first_img23 October 2006In the waiting area of a large office complex in Accra, Ghana, it’s standing room only as citizens with bundles of cash line up to buy shares of a mutual fund that has yielded an average 60% annually for the past seven years.Africa: Open for BusinessCarol Pineau, a journalist with more than 10 years’ experience reporting on Africa, is the producer and director of the film Africa: Open for Business, which aired worldwide on the BBC in May 2006 and has been released for purchase on DVD at Africa: Open for Business.They’re entrusting their hard-earned cash to a local company called Databank, which invests in stock markets in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and Kenya that consistently rank among the world’s top growth markets.Chances are you haven’t read or heard anything about Databank in your daily newspaper or on the evening news, where the little coverage of Africa that’s offered focuses almost exclusively on the negative – the virulent spread of HIV/Aids, genocide in Darfur, the chaos of Zimbabwe.Yes, Africa is a land of wars, poverty and corruption. The situation in places like Darfur, Sudan desperately cries out for more media attention and international action.But Africa is also a land of stock markets, high rises, Internet cafes and a growing middle class. This is the part of Africa that functions. And this Africa also needs media attention, if it’s to have any chance of fully joining the global economy.Africa’s media image comes at a high cost – even, at the extreme, the cost of lives. Stories about hardship and tragedy aim to tug at our heartstrings, getting us to dig into our pockets or urge Congress to send more aid.But no country or region ever developed thanks to aid alone. Investment, and the job and wealth creation it generates, is the only road to lasting development. That’s how China, India and the Asian Tigers did it.Highest return on FDI in the worldYet while Africa, according to the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation, offers the highest return in the world on foreign direct investment, it attracts the least.Unless investors see the Africa that’s worthy of investment, they won’t put their money into it. And that lack of investment translates into job stagnation, continued poverty and limited access to education and health care.Consider a few facts. The Ghana Stock Exchange regularly tops the list of the world’s highest-performing stock markets. Botswana, with its A+ credit rating, boasts one of the highest per capita government savings rates in the world, topped only by Singapore and a handful of other fiscally prudent nations.Cellphones are making phenomenal profits on the continent. Brand-name companies like Coca-Cola, GM, Caterpillar and Citibank have invested in Africa for years and are quite bullish on the future.Caricaturing a continentThe failure to show this side of Africa creates a one-dimensional caricature of a complex continent. Imagine if 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and school shootings were all that the rest of the world knew about America.I recently produced a documentary on entrepreneurship and private enterprise in Africa. Throughout the year-long process, I came to realise how all of us in the media – even those with a true love of the continent – portray it in a way that’s truly to its detriment.The first cameraman I called to film the documentary laughed and said, “Business and Africa, aren’t those contradictory terms?” The second got excited imagining heart-warming images of women’s co-ops and market stalls brimming with rustic crafts. Several friends simply assumed I was doing a documentary on Aids. After all, what else does one film in Africa?The little-known fact is that businesses are thriving throughout Africa. With good governance and sound fiscal policies, countries like Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal and many more are bustling, their economies growing at surprisingly robust rates.Somalia: surprise, surprisePrivate enterprise is not just limited to the well-behaved nations. You can’t find a more war-ravaged land than Somalia, which has been without a central government for more than a decade.The big surprise? Private enterprise is flourishing. Mogadishu has the cheapest cellphone rates on the continent, mostly due to no government intervention. In the northern city of Hargeysa, the markets sell the latest satellite phone technology. The electricity works.When the state collapsed in 1991, the national airline went out of business. Today, there are five private carriers and price wars keep the cost of tickets down. This is not the Somalia you see in the media.Obviously life there would be dramatically improved by good governance – or even just some governance – but it’s also true that, through resilience and resourcefulness, Somalis have been able to create a functioning society.African solutionsMost African businesses suffer from an extreme lack of infrastructure, but the people I met were too determined to let this stop them. It just costs them more. Without reliable electricity, most businesses have to use generators. They have to dig bore-holes for a dependable water source. Telephone lines are notoriously out of service, but cellphones are filling the gap.Throughout Africa, what I found was a private sector working hard to find African solutions to African problems.One example that will always stick in my mind is the CEO of Vodacom Congo, the largest cellphone company in that country. Alieu Conteh started his business while the civil war was still raging. With rebel troops closing in on the airport in Kinshasa, no foreign manufacturer would send in a cell phone tower, so Conteh got locals to collect scrap metal, which they welded together to build one. That tower still stands today.As I interviewed successful entrepreneurs, I was continually astounded by their ingenuity, creativity and steadfastness. These people are the future of the continent. They are the ones we should be talking to about how to move Africa forward.Obsession with victims, savioursInstead, the media concentrates on victims or government officials, and as anyone who has worked in Africa knows, government is more often a part of the problem than of the solution.When the foreign media descend on the latest crisis, the person they look to interview is invariably the foreign saviour, an aid worker from the United States or Europe. African saviours are everywhere, delivering aid on the ground. But they don’t seem to be in our cultural belief system.It’s not just the media, either. Look at the literature put out by almost any non-governmental organisation. The better ones show images of smiling African children – smiling because they have been helped by the NGO. The worst promote the extended-belly, flies-on-the-face cliche of Africa, hoping that the pain of seeing those images will fill their coffers. “We hawk poverty”, one NGO worker admitted to me.Last November, ABC’s “Primetime Live” aired a special on Britain’s Prince Harry and his work with Aids children in Lesotho. The segment, titled “The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho”, painted the tiny nation as a desperate, desolate place. The programme’s message was clear: This helpless nation at last had a knight – or prince – in shining armour.By the time the charity addresses came up at the end, you were ready to give, and that’s good. Lesotho needs help with its Aids problem. But would it really have hurt the story to add that this land-locked nation with few natural resources has jump-started its economy by aggressively courting foreign investment?The reality is that it’s anything but a “forgotten kingdom”, as a dramatic increase in exports has made it the top beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a duty-free, quota-free US-Africa trade agreement. More than 50 000 people have gotten jobs through the country’s initiatives.Couldn’t the programme have portrayed an African country that was in need of assistance, but was neither helpless nor a victim?Whose portrait of Africa?
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