‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting

first_imgRio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES RELATED VIDEO The Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Israel drawn into Palestinian factional fight

first_imgThere was no sign of any Israeli military buildup that would indicate plans for a serious intervention into chaotic Gaza, though a few tanks and soldiers moved just across the Gaza border. Israel’s government said its attacks were intended solely to discourage rocket attacks on southern Israel. “Israel will take every defensive measure to stop these rocket attacks. We will defend our citizens against the rockets, against the weapons, against the Iranian-backed Hamas who are attacking Israel,” government spokeswoman Miri Eisen said. Analysts said Israeli officials were likely trying to walk a narrow line to avoid uniting Palestinian factions into a common front against Israel. Hamas mounted accusations on its Web sites, radio and TV that Abbas-linked forces were working with Israel – a charge dismissed as absurd by a Fatah spokesman. Although Israel said it wasn’t taking sides, the airstrikes made it harder for Hamas gunmen to move around, and that could help Fatah’s fighters, who appeared to have been outfought in the latest round of battles. Hamas fighters have clearly been more motivated in the current fighting and earlier battles in December. In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Israel had shown “great restraint” in exercising its right to self-defense and warned Hamas it would never achieve a Palestinian state unless it chose peace and worked with Fatah. “They’re not going to see it by launching Qassam rockets into Israel. They’re not going to see it by attacking the legitimate security forces of the Palestinian Authority. They’re not going to see it by sending young people armed with suicide vests to blow up other Israeli youngsters,” McCormack said. A day after bombing two Hamas targets, Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas command center, a trailer housing bodyguards and two vehicles Thursday, citing the firing by militants of more than 50 rockets at the Israeli border town of Sderot over three days. Busloads of Sderot residents sought shelter away from the frontier. Israeli media said more than 2,000 of the town’s 24,000 people had left.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel pounded more Hamas targets with airstrikes Thursday and early today, killing 10 people and wounding dozens as it stepped deeper into fighting between the Islamic militants and the rival Fatah fighters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas and Palestinian doctors said the latest attack came this morning as Israeli aircraft fired missiles east of Gaza City, killing four Palestinians – at least three of them Hamas militants – and wounding six people. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Two other strikes followed, but there was no word of any casualties, the doctors said. A series of Israeli air attacks Thursday, the airstrikes today and the reported movement of a handful of tanks a few hundred yards into the northern Gaza Strip came after days of Hamas rocket barrages into Israel. Street fighting between the Palestinian factions, which has gripped Gaza since the weekend, calmed under a truce agreement, but clashes still killed at least four people a day after 22 died in the worst battles during a year of factional bloodshed. last_img read more

Man City’s summer spending spree not over, says Guardiola

first_imgBut it remains likely that they will continue their haul after being strongly linked with moves for Arsenal frontman Alexis Sanchez and Monaco teenage striker Mbappe.Mbappe has been on City’s radar throughout the summer, although there have been strong suggestions in Spain that Real have agreed a fee of £160 million ($210 million, 180 million euros) for the 18-year-old.Ahead of Wednesday’s International Champions Cup encounter against Real Madrid, in Los Angeles, Guardiola wasn’t being drawn on either.“They are Monaco and Arsenal players, so nothing to say,” he said.Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are ‘still looking’ to add to their £200 million summer spending spree © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinBut he did confirm that City were still looking at options in the market, albeit he was coy on whether another striker was on the agenda.“We have the two exceptional forwards in Gabriel (Jesus) and Sergio (Aguero),” he said. “We will see.“The market finishes on August 31, which is not good for the managers.“The competition (Premier League) starts on the 12th (of August) and the market is still open. That is not good for all the clubs.“We will see until the end of the transfer window.”Mendy became City’s latest signing earlier this week when the left-back arrived from Monaco in a £52 million ($67 million, 58 million euros) deal.The 23-year-old is still around a fortnight from featuring in a City shirt due to injury, but Guardiola is delighted to have brought in a defender who made such an impression during Monaco’s Champions League campaign last season.“He can attack inside and outside,” Guardiola said. “He’s a young player so sometimes you have to pay a bit more for them.“But we have one guy for the next five or six years.”Bringing in younger players at the back was clearly on Guardiola’s mind this summer after jettisoning the 30-something quartet of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov to bring in fellow full-backs Mendy, Danilo and Kyle Walker.City spent £130 million ($169 million, 145 million euros)on that trio alone, yet Guardiola believes they will offer long-term value for money.“Manchester City didn’t invest in their full-backs for six or seven years and all four were 30-31 years old,” he said.“We decided to make the squad younger and we tried to get the best full-backs possible.“Dani Alves was free but decided to go to Paris. Kyle, Mendy and Danilo were the best options we had.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva is one of Manchester United’s 2017 sumer acquisitions © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 26 – Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are “still looking” to add to their £200 million summer spending spree, although he refused to comment on the possibility of hijacking Real Madrid’s move for Kylian Mbappe.City have been the major shoppers in the transfer market after splashing out a Premier League record total of £200m (223 million euros, $260 million) to bring Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo and Douglas Luiz to the Etihad.last_img read more

Southampton facing stiff competition from AC Milan and Fiorentina for forward

first_imgFiorentina and AC Milan are both battling to lure Southampton target Cristian Tello back to Italy.The 24-year-old forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, where he scored twice in 15 Serie A outings.Now La Viola want to land him on a permanent deal from Barcelona, as do their domestic rivals AC Milan.But, according to reports, Southampton remain in pole position to sign the Spaniard this summer despite the interest from Italy.However Spanish newspaper El Desmarque has revealed that both Italian clubs have now lodged formal bids for Tello and are currently awaiting a response from Barcelona.It has also been suggested that Southampton are yet to firm up their interest with an offer for the £10m-rated ace – which could open the door for either Fiorentina or AC Milan to win the race. 1 Cristian Tello spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina last_img read more


first_imgLast year’s marathon.This Sunday sees Donegal Marathon return to the streets of Letterkenny. The committee behind the Donegal Marathon are delighted with the response of the public to this sporting initiative.Gardaí and race marshals will be working together to ensure the safe passage of participants and the public along the route as it winds its way through the streets of Letterkenny and its hinterland. Traffic delays will be kept to a minimum where possible but diversions will be put in place to accommodate the runners from 9.20am as participants navigate the course which can be accessed online at www.donegalmarathon.ieCompetitors can also register online. Alternatively, registration will be available on Saturday afternoon between 12pm and 6pm in Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny. Registration will close on Saturday at 6pm.There has also been a great response to the committee’s call for volunteers for the day and it is hoped that the people of Donegal will turn out in great numbers to support all the participants.Road disruptions will be kept to a minimum, the committee wishes to acknowledge the support of the public and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the measures. The committee would also like to stress that this is a community event that wishes to engage as many of the people of Donegal as possible. In addition to the marathon, the Aura Leisure Centre will play host to a free Family Fun day, which will take place between 10.30am and 1.30pm on the day of the event.So whether you plan to run or walk the half, or run the full marathon, cheer on your favorite runners, or just attend the post-race family fun day, Donegal Marathon has something for everyone and is not to be missed. Come along and lend your support to a great Donegal sporting event!For further information and to register go to www.donegalmarathon.ieLARGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR DONEGAL MARATHON THIS SUNDAY was last modified: August 17th, 2015 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 MARATHONletterkennylast_img read more

Top Trends of 2010: App Stores

first_imgThose are some of the highlights from the world of app stores in 2010. The overall trend in this market segment is going steeply upwards, especially for mobile app stores, and we don’t see that abating any time soon. Let us know in the comments what app store you frequent the most and your opinion of it! What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces richard macmanus Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#mobile#NYT#web#Year in Review center_img Web App StoresWhile app stores have been mostly a mobile phenomenon, Apple and Google are going to launch app stores for web applications very soon – and Mozilla has already released a prototype.All three companies have very different strategies. Apple’s Mac Web App Store will probably look and feel a lot like iTunes and it will offer apps curated the same way the iTunes App Store is today, with many of the same restrictions. Google Chrome App Store will operate inside of Google’s Chrome browser. It will be open to all apps that operate on the open web. Mozilla’s Open Web App Store is a technology prototype that will let any website host its own web app store. The Mobile Web has been a huge trend in 2010 and one output of that has been the emergence of app stores. It started of course with Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and then iPad. Then we saw other app stores come onto the scene: Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace and others. In addition to these OS-based app stores, there are independent outlets catering to multiple types of OS (like GetJar), carrier app stores, device app stores, tablet app stores and retailer app stores like Amazon’s forthcoming Android one. So it’s been a very busy field! Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of 2010.ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyGrowth of Apple & AndroidThe two leading OS app stores are Apple’s App Store and the Android Market. Both have grown significantly throughout 2010.At the start of the year, Apple’s App Store had about 120,000 apps and the Android Market 20,000. Now, iTunes is carrying over 300,000 apps and has had over 7 billion downloads – according to statistics on Wikipedia. By comparison, Android has around 175,000 apps and has had 2.2 billion downloads, according to AndroLib. So while Apple’s App Store is nearly twice as large, Android Market has had the most growth over 2010.Source: WikipediaIndie App Stores: GetJar The biggest app store success story this year outside of Apple and Android has been GetJar, which is one of the top 3 app stores in the world with over a billion downloads across 200 countries. The store now hosts over 70,000 mobile applications for all major platforms, including Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and others. In October, it launched a promotion to give away millions of free mobile games to customers who visit the company homepage at GetJar.com.Unlike other app stores, GetJar doesn’t rely on the sale of apps to generate revenue. Instead it charges publishers for sponsored app placements on its site.Lots of Apps, But Usability an IssueWhile app stores have prospered and proliferated in 2010, the usability and design of many of these stores leaves much to be desired. A common complaint is that it’s difficult to find the best apps, due to the overwhelming quantity of apps to choose from. The iTunes App Store, for example, has fairly broad categories and little personalization options. We ran a poll at the end of October asking which was your least favorite app store. The results should be taken with a grain of salt, because the lesser used app stores didn’t attract as many votes. Nevertheless, according to our readers the Android Market needs the most improvement.Android Market 29.25%Blackberry AppWorld 16.71%Ovi Store 15.88%iTunes 11.7%Windows Phone Marketplace 11.7%GetJar 8.08% Palm App Catalog 5.85%Other: 0.84% App Recommendation SitesGiven that the app stores themselves are having problems filtering apps, other services have arisen to help with this. As ReadWriteMobile editor Sarah Perez reported from the Open Mobile Summit in November, app recommendation sites are doing a great job at driving downloads. Some app recommendation sites and services to check out include ?Appoke (a combo Android app, store and social network), AppStoreHQ and its recommendation engine at appESP, Applolicious, Chomp, AppsFire, AppBrain, Appboy, AppAware, Smokin Apps, iApps.in (a semantic search engine for apps), 16apps, Apptism, Freshapps, ScatterTree, Frenzapp (a cross-platform app and recommendation engine that looks at what your Facebook friends like), Sidebar (a recommendations platform for developers), Chorus, Appsaurus and Appitalism. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more

PIA likely to suspend Karachi-Mumbai flight

first_imgKarachi/Mumbai, May 5 (PTI) Pakistan International Airlines said today that its weekly flight between Karachi and Mumbai was likely to be suspended from this month due to “commercial” considerations.Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Spokesperson Danyal Gillani made it clear that the proposal to suspend the Karachi-Mumbai flight was under consideration because of commercial reasons and not due to heightened bilateral tensions.Gillani told PTI that the airlines was “likely” to suspend flight operations on the Karachi-Mumbai route but a final decision on it was yet to be made.Though the PIA spokesperson said the decision had not been taken on the suspension of Karachi-Mumbai flight, a company associated with the flight operation told PTI in Mumbai that, “Pakistan International Airlines, in a communication to authorities concerned, has said that its Karachi-Mumbai flight will not be open for sale (bookings) from May 11.””Apart from the current situation (prevailing tension between India-Pakistan), the suspension of the service might be due to commercial reasons as well,” the official said.The national flag carrier of Pakistan operates the Karachi-Mumbai flight on Thursday.The airline did not operate its service yesterday as well, the official said.However, the Pakistan airline had informed the relevant authorities about the non-operation of the service on May 4 in a communication last month, the official said.Gillani said media reports claiming that the flights could be suspended to Mumbai because of tensions were not correct.”If any decision is made it will be purely for commercial reasons as there has been a decline in traffic on this route,” he said.advertisementGillani also asserted that PIA flights along the Lahore- New Delhi route will continue operations.The proposal to suspend the Karachi-Mumbai flight may have been made for commercial purposes, but deteriorating ties indirectly have affected traffic on the route.Sources in the PIA said that the airlines was not getting enough traffic for the flights to Mumbai due to the toughening of the visa rules by the Indian High Commission.The sources claimed that recently visas had been denied to official Pakistani sports contingents wanting to travel to India for international events.”Recent flights have had low passenger count and it is becoming an additional burden on the airlines which is already facing a financial crisis,” he said.The proposal to suspend the flight comes amid a strain in Indo-Pak ties following the beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan military in Jammu and Kashmir.PIA was a profit making entity and earned more than Rs 2 billion in 2004 but after that it went into deficit and could not recover.Since 2013, when the current Nawaz Sharif government took over, the carrier has suffered more than Rs 100 billion in losses, according to officials. PTI IAS/CORR SH ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Not just mind and body, yoga is good for economy too

first_imgFor many of us yoga is equivalent to mental and physical well being. But for a growing tribe this ancient Indian discipline has turned into a source of income.The craze for yoga is growing on the back of a boom in wellness and fitness sector. And since the inception of International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015 yoga has received a leg up.From yoga studios to yoga accessories or demand for yoga teachers, yoga becomes the flavour of the season, especially during June-July.”Thanks to yoga day our business increases by 30-40 per cent in June and July every year. We have more than 300 yoga students enrolled with us, of whom 112 came for permanent membership in these two months last year,” says MS Srinath, director of Pranava Yoga, a Noida-based yoga studio.Srinath goes on to say that over the past couple of years there has been a spike in the number of people signing up for yoga.”There is a lot of chatter on yoga around June 21. We dont have to incur extra promotional costs since the government and various organisations across the world promote yoga extensively,” Srinath says.MONEY-MAKING ASANASFor the Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, the purchase of yoga articles and sports items went up in the first year of yoga day celebration to over Rs 3 lakh in 2015-16 from under Rs 2 lakh in 2014-15.In a June 2017 report trade body Assocham highlighted a shortage of yoga instructors by around three lakh as against the demand of over five lakh yoga practitioners.According to media reports, the estimated value of yoga industry globally is at around $80 billion. In India, the value of wellness industry has crossed Rs 85,000 crore.Yoga industry in the US is expected to become a $11.5 billion industry by 2020.According to statistics and studies portal Statista, the US had 37 million people practicing yoga by the end of 2015 as against 17 million in 2008. This number is expected to increase to 55 million by 2020.”Classes are the main source of revenue for the industry. Just over 50 per cent of the revenue of yoga and pilates products and services market in the US was generated from yoga classes in 2015,” Statista says in a report.advertisementAlso Read: PM Modi leads 50,000 people to kick-start 4th International Yoga Day celebrationsAlso Read:Top netas bend in asanas on International Yoga Day | See picsAlso Read: Shilpa, Kareena, Malaika: Yoga rules Bollywood toolast_img read more

Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts make progress at Asian Games 2018

first_imgDipa Karmakar on her return since capturing the imagination of the nation at the 2016 Rio Olympics, failed to qualify for the vault final but made the cut in the balance beam at the 2018 Asian Games.India also booked a berth in the title round of the team competition.Dipa finished eighth in the vault, her pet event, qualification round with a score of 13.225. She could not qualify in the vault final as her two compatriots Pranati Nayak (13.425) and Aruna Budda Reddy (13.350) finished above her at sixth and seventh respectively.But only two competitors from a country can qualify for the final round. Fang Ko-Ching (13.050) of Chinese Taipei, who finished below Dipa at ninth, benefited from ‘two from one country rule’ as she made it to the finals.Yeo Seojeong of South Korea topped the vault chart with a score of 14.450.The women’s vault final is scheduled for August 23.@DipaKarmakar first vault from @asiangames2018 Women’s Gymnastics Qualifications. .#IndianGymnastics #Gymnastics pic.twitter.com/MGdev8sGPCIndian Gymnastics (@IndianGymnastic) August 21, 2018Dipa, however, made it to the balance beam final after finishing seventh with a score of 12.750. Chen Yile of China finished on top in the qualification round with a score of 14.800. Top eight competitors from the qualification round qualify for the final.The balance beam final will be held on August 24.In the team competition, India finished seventh in the qualification to make it to the final round to be held on WednesdayChina qualified as top team with a score of 166.100, followed by North Korea (158.500) and South Korea (155.300).advertisementFour gymnasts performed in each of the four apparatus — vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor — and three best scores are counted in the team tally.Dipa, Pranati Nayak, Aruna and Pranati Das competed for India.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

10 months agoLazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exitby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazar Markovic’s agents are on the lookout for a new club for the Liverpool midfielder.The Serbian midfielder has spent the first-half of the season with the club’s U23 squad after being informed by manager Jurgen Klopp he was not a required player.There had been talk of a move to Fiorentina, but that trail has run cold after their swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.However, Markovic remains determined to find himself a new club and a return to Portugal has been mooted.The midfielder joined the Reds from Benfica four years ago. last_img read more