By Peter StevensonFOOTBALLERS could receive fines of at least €40,000 or up to a lifetime ban from the sport if they are caught match-fixing the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and the footballer’s union (PASP) said yesterday.Speaking at a press conference the CFA’s deputy chief Nicos Nicolaou said that match-fixing was one of the biggest problem that football was faced with on a global scale.“It troubles us and we feel shame whenever we receive files from European football’s governing body UEFA (regarding possible matches that might be fixed). The CFA hails PASP’s campaign to inform footballers on the subject as their testimonies are crucial in solving these cases,” he said.He called on footballers to report any possible incidents through PASP’s hotline.“The CFA is in touch with UEFA and a meeting well take place with European football’s governing body to see what tactics can be used to combat the phenomenon and also talk to other countries’ associations to see what methods they use,” Nicolaou said.Head of PASP Spyros Neophytides said that the footballer’s union has come to an agreement with the CFA to proceed with a common campaign in their attempts to prevent and inform footballers about match-fixing ahead of the new season.“We have already begun contacting footballers and what we have established is their surprise when it comes to fines that might be given out and how responsible they are even if they don’t actually bet on a match but give out information about their team,” he said.Fines start at €40,000 and can be as severe as a lifetime ban from the sport, Neophytides said.He explained that all footballers will receive an informative leaflet with the rules.“We owe it to the sport, to protect it,” he said.Players who wish to inform the association or the footballer’s union on possible match fixing should call 22466508 or 22466509.
Italy, fielding another experimental lineup, produced a lively first-half performance but were still held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine in a friendly on Wednesday.Coach Roberto Mancini made eight changes to the starting line-up from the team which lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Nations League in their last outing where he in turn had made nine changes from the previous game.The attacking trio of Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa combined well and carved out half a dozen clear-cut chances but were unable to find a way past Andriy Pyatov before halftime.Bernardeschi finally opened the scoring in the 55th minute with a low shot which Pyatov got a hand to, only for the ball to bounce over his arm and into the net.But Ruslan Malinovskyi levelled seven minutes later with a low shot which Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to see late. Shortly afterwards, Malinovskyi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick.The match was stopped in the 43rd minute for one minute’s applause in memory of the 43 people who died when a motorway bridge collapsed in the city on Aug. 14.“We deserved to score a couple of goals tonight, we have to improve on this aspect and continue on this path,” said Mancini. We need to be more incisive.”
With dad Dell watching live Wednesday night, Curry hit 11 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coming back with vengeance from a one-game absence while ill and leading the Warriors to a 126-111 blowout of his hometown Charlotte Hornets.“It’s always cool to see my dad on the sidelines commentating the game on their end,” Curry said. “You get a little juice from that, too. … I don’t take those opportunities for granted because this an unbelievable opportunity to play the game that he played for 16 years in the NBA and carry on that name in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFor everybody who questioned Steph’s productivity and shooting touch months ago as Durant came aboard, he has quieted them all.“Early on, he got it cookin’,” Durant said. “We kind of rode the wave from there.” Klay Thompson added 29 points and matched his career high with eight assists, and Durant had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the NBA-leading Warriors (42-7).Curry recorded his fifth career game with at least 11 3s, shot 14 for 20, 11 of 15 from long range and dished out eight assists facing Charlotte for the second time in exactly a week.The two-time reigning NBA MVP was sick – his shooting, that is. He sat out Sunday night at Portland with the stomach flu. Nothing slowed him down this night, and he even hit one third-quarter 3 while falling into the front row of fans.“It’s amazing. You’ve got to appreciate greatness,” Thompson said.Already having set the regular-season single-game record with 13 on Nov. 7 against New Orleans, Curry rested in the fourth. Golden State wound up with 21 3s in all Wednesday on a franchise-record 48 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a score from teammate Kevin Durant during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry made a sweet crossover, then stepped back and knocked down another 3-pointer as Kevin Durant covered his mouth with his hand in pure admiration and awe.In his last six quarters, Curry has 20 3-pointers and 82 points – and the Golden State Warriors have been so far ahead coach Steve Kerr could rest his MVP for the fourth period both times.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points off the bench for the Hornets, who lost their sixth in a row overall and ninth straight on the road.Curry hit six first-quarter 3s and Golden State matched a franchise record with nine 3s in a quarter, doing so for the sixth time. The Warriors led 41-21 after the first, their NBA-leading 14th 40-point quarter.The Warriors reached 70 points by halftime for the seventh time, up 77-56 at the break.Late in the first half, Curry hit his 1,788th career regular-season 3, which moved him past Rashard Lewis into 12th on the NBA career list.In the waning seconds before halftime, two defenders swarmed Curry near half-court in an effort to keep the ball out of his hands.“When he’s shooting the basketball like that, he’s pretty unguardable,” Charlotte’s Kemba Walker said.JaVale McGee scored nine points and had a season-best four blocks starting in place of injured center Zaza Pachulia, who will miss at least a week with a strained right rotator cuff.Back and forth to the D-League all season, rookie Damian Jones made his Oracle Arena debut and scored his first career NBA points.“We gave him the game ball, then we asked him if he wanted to give a speech to the guys,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t exactly historic, but it was a great moment for him.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Cignal edges Wangs in PBA D-League Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte
Naresh Baldeo, also known as ‘Black Boy,’ of the community of Yarrowkabra on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway — prime suspect in the recent alleged beating death of Mohabir Gangadeen of Timehri, East Bank Demerara, a miner in the Potaro Backdam (Region-Eight) — was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on the capital offence of murder, and was remanded until October 17, 2017.Deceased: Mohabir GangadeenThe indictable charge, to which Baldeo was not required to plead, alleges that he murdered Gangadeen on August 13, 2017. According to Police reports, on the day in question, Gangadeen and Baldeo were involved in a drunken argument which quickly escalated into a physical confrontation, during which Gangadeen was badly beaten and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Baldeo, a 35-year-old father of one, was represented by Attorney Tiffany Jeffery, who related that her client is a first-offender with no previous or pending matters before the courts.She also indicated that her client was injured during the altercation with the deceased, and requested that he receive medical attention for his injuries.‘Baldeo’s case has been transferred before the Mahdia Magistrate in Region Eight.
New West Brom manager Tony Pulis praised wanted star Saido Berahino after his four-goal masterclass inspired the Baggies to an FA Cup romp.The England Under-21 ace netted an 11 minute hat-trick either side of half-time, plus another strike late on, as Albion thrashed non-league Gateshead 7-0.It was Pulis’ first game in charge following his appointment at the Hawthorns on Thursday.Technical director Terry Burton has recently admitted the club could sell Berahino in January but the club have so far had no offers for their star, despite reported interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham.The 21-year-old’s strikes against Gateshead took his tally to 13 for the season and Pulis is eager to get to know the hotshot after the third round victory.“The kid is a very talented lad, with great ability and obviously he scores and I am looking forward to working with him,” said the new boss.“I haven’t trained with him so I’ve got that to come but he looks a very talented boy.“I hope he keeps reading the headlines if he scores four every week.“Someone said he didn’t celebrate but it was lovely to see all the lads go over when we scored a goal as that showed the unity we’ll need.”Albion were outplayed by their Conference Premier visitors for the first 40 minutes until Berahino and Victor Anichebe struck just before the break.Pulis started the game from the stands but was forced onto the touchline after just 15 minutes as the Baggies struggled, and the Welshman knows he needs to reignite his struggling side, who are currently just one point above the bottom-three.“I had no intention of going down but we started very apprehensively,” he said. “They shouldn’t be like that and that’s got to be eradicated. We must play with confidence and belief.“Confidence is always a big thing in any sport and winning things is vital for confidence.“I won’t be wearing the suit next week. I had no intention of going down, I was going to stay upstairs and watch and analyse it that way but I get too involved. I just can’t do it.” 1 West Brom striker Saido Berahino scores against Gateshead in the FA Cup
24 24 24 24 24 2= Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) – 24 fouls conceded so far this season 24 18= Antonio Barragán (Middlesbrough) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season 18= Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season 15= Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) – 18 fouls conceded so far this season 24 24 18= Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season 24 24 18= Leroy Fer (Swansea City) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season 24 15= Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) – 18 fouls conceded so far this season 15= Scott Arfield (Burnley) – 18 fouls conceded so far this season 24 24 24 24 24 2= Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 24 fouls conceded so far this season 18= Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season – Click the right arrow above to find out who has committed the most… 12= Etienne Capoue (Watford) – 19 fouls conceded so far this season 24 6= Troy Deeney (Watford) – 21 fouls conceded so far this season 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 26 fouls conceded so far this season 6= Joshua King (Bournemouth) – 21 fouls conceded so far this season 24 18= Yannick Bolasie (Everton) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season 24 6= Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – 21 fouls conceded so far this season 24 2= Gareth Barry (Everton) – 24 fouls conceded so far this season 6= Nordin Amrabat (Watford) – 21 fouls conceded so far this season A win at all costs attitude is a must-have when it comes to being a Premier League superstar.If you’re going to succeed you need to push yourself and your team-mates to the limit.Unfortunately, this exuberance can lead to players committing fouls across the pitch as they attempt to win the ball ahead of their opponents.But which Premier League star has conceded the most fouls? Click the right arrow above to find out… 24 6= Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 21 fouls conceded so far this season 24 11. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – 20 fouls conceded so far this season 12= Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough) – 19 fouls conceded so far this season 24 24 12= James McClean (West Brom) – 19 fouls conceded so far this season 5. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – 23 fouls conceded so far this season 18= Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – 17 fouls conceded so far this season
• Photo Gallery: 9/08: Swing dance class • Video: Dance Club WHITTIER – With its acrobatic twirls and jazzy kicks, swing is one of Wanda Rodriguez’s favorite dances. “I love the physical-ness of it,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a great workout, especially if we’re doing fast dances. It’s helped me stay in shape.” For many people looking to get fit, the dance floor offers an exhilarating alternative to the drudgery of the gym, and experts say sticking to an exercise regime is easier when it’s not a chore. “You don’t get that from walking in place on a treadmill,” said Dr. Ferdinand Venditti, spokesman for the American Heart Association. For baby boomers and older people, Venditti said, the duration and frequency of physical activity are more important than the intensity. “And if you enjoy it, you’re more likely to do it a lot,” he said. Time flies when dancing, too, meaning people may dance for long periods. “I’ve seen a lot of people go from being heavier to being really slim,” said Rodriguez, 48, a pediatric nurse, who has been dancing at Memories Dinner and Dancing in Uptown for the past four years or so. Although most people who take up ballroom dancing tend to be older, more young people also are walking into the studio these days, said John Crist, owner and founder of Memories, which offers classes during the week and live swing music and open dancing on weekends. “There’s grandparents that bring their grandkids, parents that bring their kids,” Crist said. “There’s an 85-year-old guy who was doing it back in the heyday. There’s a good percentage of high school and college kids. It’s a big cross-generational thing. Everybody just kind of hangs out together. And everyone dances with everyone.” Richards of USA Dance agreed that the age of dancers seems to be “coming down more and more.” Some universities have ballroom dance clubs. “There are more younger people,” agreed Sindi Dear, a six-year regular at Memories. She likes the club’s friendly atmosphere and says it keeps her coming back week after week. “Memories is a staple among all dancers as being friendly and welcoming,” she said. “You can go in there not knowing anyone and come out with a group of friends.” Crist, a former food critic for the Los Angeles Times, was a recreational swing dancer when he got the idea to open his own club after being invited to one too many dingy, smoky junk joints. Fortunately for him, his club opened during a swing revival in the late 1990s, when bands like Squirrel Nut Zipper and Indigo Swing were hitting the zenith of their popularity. Crist first opened the restaurant/dance club in Anaheim in 1997, but decided to move to Whittier in August 2001. After a shaky start in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Crist’s place has become well-known as a swing club with a family atmosphere. “It’s a place where everyone just feels really comfortable dancing together,” said Lee Kersten, a swing teacher and a member of Memories’ “Swing Team.” “That’s pretty typical of swing clubs, but we’re known as probably the friendliest club out there. That’s one of our claims to fame.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“That’s why we lead such sedentary lives. Many of us haven’t had fun being physically active since we were children,” said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise. Ballroom dancing is helping change the way people see exercise, especially for older Americans attracted by the sense of nostalgia it evokes. Adding to the attraction in recent years are pop culture hits like “Dancing With the Stars” and “Shall We Dance?” Membership in USA Dance, a ballroom dancing organization, has doubled to 20,000 over the past decade. And that only represents a small fraction of the people in the country who dance recreationally, said Ken Richards, the organization’s spokesman. Depending on the step, ballroom dancing can burn anywhere from 250 calories to 400 calories an hour – about the same as a brisk half-hour walk on a treadmill. And the more demanding dances like the salsa, samba and cha-cha can be comparable to an intense session at the gym, Richards said. Dancing works muscles in different parts of the body and sharpens balance and coordination. Memorizing steps, kicks and twirls also flexes the mind – a critical benefit for older Americans.
Share This!Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a hard ticket event at Walt Disney World where Hollywood Studios transforms into a celebration for all things Star Wars! In recent years, a Galactic Nights event has followed the release of a new Star Wars film. This year was no different as the latest Galactic Nights event took place May 27 for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. As a huge Star Wars fan, I’ve considered attending in the past but hesitated when it came to the force-choking ticket price of $124 per child and $129 (plus tax) per adult. But in the name or research, I took one for the team to see if Star Wars: Galactic Nights is worth the price!Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Show TimesThe event kicked off at 7:00 PM. Upon arrival, guests received a massive lanyard for a scavenger hunt and a passport booklet containing an event map, entertainment schedules, character locations, and even the menus. I saw the first of three showings for Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was about to begin at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Theater and decided to make it my first stop.Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been offered at past Galactic Nights events and consists of a panel of Imagineers explaining, and revealing, a little about what’s coming to the park’s Star Wars-themed land opening next fall.Reveals included the name of the village on Galaxy’s Edge, Black Spire Outpost, as well as photos of full-size AT-ATs and a Resistance ship. My favorite announcement of the night was that we’re getting a creature shop, featuring characters from print and animation. Yes, even Loth-cats! I was particularly intrigued by the hint that guests may be able to take creatures home with them. Is Galaxy’s Edge getting its own version of Pandora Banshees?While these panels never reveal as much as we fans would like, and the same info is released online later on, getting to see and hear about if firsthand from actual Imagineers and before anyone else is a huge highlight.Galactic Nights Swag!After the panel, I headed to Animation Courtyard in front of Star Wars Launch Bay for DroidBuilders. These are fans who build replica droids that looked as if they just rolled off screen. Event attendees were welcome to take photos of them and with them too!Next, I headed into Launch Bay Cargo to peruse the special event merchandise. The long lines and wall-to-wall crowds quickly changed my mind for the time, but I did get a look later on. Certain items were available in select stores; but honestly, there wasn’t much to choose from beyond a Galactic Nights pin, t-shirt, and water bottle.Star Tours was under new management during Galactic Nights…All of the Hollywood Studios rides were operating throughout the night and with low waits! With few operating attractions and crazy long waits at the park these days, I couldn’t resist a few rides. I walked on Star Tours, where Stormtroopers were interacting with guests, and then Rock n’ Roller Coaster: Star Wars Edition!Instead of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” and “Dream On,” a Star Wars soundtrack was blasting through the ride vehicle speakers. I also noticed still projections on the walls inside the ride building. Honestly, Rock n’ Roller Coaster: Star Wars Edition is rather weak compared to Disneyland’s Hyperspace Mountain. A different Star Wars soundtrack would’ve made a huge difference, and the projections needed to be moving as they only illuminated the track instead of adding to the ride.After Rock n’ Roller Coaster, I moved next door to Sunset Showcase for themed photo backdrops and a character meet. These were scattered throughout the park. Inside Sunset Showcase, guests could pose with a Luggabeast, Rancor, and on the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine.Rock n’ Roller Coaster: Star Wars EditionAt this point, I was getting hungry. Most hard ticket events offer special treats; but sadly, nothing was free at Galactic Nights. Still, Galactic Nights managed to take event noshing to a whole new level with a vast selection of themed, and surprisingly exotic, dishes. It felt like a Star Wars food festival! There was vegan blue milk curry, ribeye steak puffs, and even soba noodle salad with a chili glazed deviled egg, just to name a few. My favorite item of the night? The mini eclair trio. These need to be at Hollywood Studios all the time.There was so much to try that Disney (of course) offered a Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package for $30 per person including tax. With the package, guests could enjoy up to 5 food items plus special seating for Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The package was a surprisingly good deal I would take advantage of next time.Yes, I bought two boxes. I regret nothing.Some of the longest lines of the night were at the restaurants and snack stands offering these specialty food items, except at PizzaRizzo. There was no line at all to order; and the upstairs, as usual, was completely empty. After dinner, I checked out Stars of the Saga where Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story, was being interviewed on the stage in front of the Chinese Theater. There was plenty of room, and the huge screens guaranteed all could see. Suatamo clearly enjoys playing Chewbacca and was very entertaining. Fans were also allowed to ask questions.Other entertainment offered included Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, DJ Dance Parties, and Galactic Destinations. The DJ Dance Parties played a lot of current tunes with a few Star Wars character voices added in, which was a little odd. Hearing Backstreet Boys music at a Star Wars event was sort of like a bizarre dream…Galactic Destinations on Tower of TerrorFor Galactic Destinations on Sunset Boulevard, screens and projection mapping was used on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to depict different locations in the Star Wars universe. The detail was incredible, yet difficult to see from a distance; apart from a few moments, it was sort of anti-climatic.Now it wouldn’t be a hard ticket party without costumes! Much like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, costumes are encouraged as long as they comply with Disney’s guidelines. Costumes and Disney Bounding is a huge part of the experience. I found that half the fun was people-watching!Of course, characters were on hand for meet and greets; but honestly, I was expecting more. Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Jawas, Rey, and BB-8 have either met or are meeting in Launch Bay during normal park hours, so I didn’t get why this was special? A few rare characters would’ve been nice.The night ended with a literal bang from Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the park’s nightly fireworks display. This showing, however, included a very short sequence from Solo: A Star Wars Story. I suspect this addition will be a permanent addition to the nightly show, if it isn’t already. Finally, when exiting the park for the night, Cast Members distributed free posters and trading cards to guests.So is Star Wars: Galactic Nights worth it? As a regular attendee of the former Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, where I used to enjoy much of the same (if not more) of the experience for free, it’s tough forking over the cash for a ticket. It’s also more expensive than some Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Part and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket dates, and without the free Halloween candy, Christmas treats, and rare characters. Not to mention that some of the entertainment and shows can be experienced on a normal park day. On the other hand, Galactic Nights is a rare, fan-focused event with celebrities and Imagineers. It was also kind of a food festival due to the number of specialty food items, and the ability to walk on the park’s headlining attractions was a huge perk. So if you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan and/or want to experience Hollywood Studios attractions without insane lines, I’d say it’s worth experiencing once. While I had a blast, I believe Disney could’ve offered more entertainment and offerings exclusive to the event for the ticket price.Did you attend the latest Star Wars: Galactic Nights event at Hollywood Studios? Would you attend a Galactic Nights event in the future? Do you think it’s worth the price? Let us know in the comments.
More than 60 percent of organizations with more than 20,000 employees have on-going projects that are investigating possible uses of blockchain technology, according to Juniper Research. While the potential of blockchain reality does seem real, it’s taking much longer to determine how to best to apply it. The current hype exaggerate the maturity of the technology.The University of Cambridge summed up the current fluid state of blockchain, saying that “in reality, ‘blockchain’ is still an often misconstrued and misunderstood concept. DLT as a whole is still lacking maturity and, in many cases, remains undeployed and unadopted. Issues related to scalability, privacy and confidentiality are slowing down technical advancement, whilst regulatory uncertainties and legal risks are looming large. The DLT landscape is fluid, highly fragmented, contested, and complex.”David Furlonger, research fellow at Gartner, said that it is “still not appropriate for the vast majority of enterprises to consider blockchain technology at its current level of maturity. I don’t think it has sufficient levels of mission criticality associated with really fundamentally changing the system of record… I often feel I’m in the middle of this maelstrom of hyperbole and general commentary in the market. Virtually every day there’s someone saying something positive or negative about blockchain.”McKinsey echoes that analysis, saying that “despite the hype, blockchain is still an immature technology, with a market that is still nascent and a clear recipe for success that has not yet emerged. Unstructured experimentation of blockchain solutions without strategic evaluation of the value at stake or the feasibility of capturing it means that many companies will not see a return on their investments.”
The Missouri House has approved a bill giving the state some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country.The measure that passed the Senate yesterday bans abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.It has exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.The bill must now be signed by Governor Parson, who has given public support to the bill. The state legislative session ends at 6:00 Friday.