Kurash, bridge and sambo: 10 unusual Asian Games sports

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES An explosive sport in which players acrobatically contort their bodies to launch a rattan ball over a net using their feet, head or chest with the sort of skill that would make Lionel Messi proud.Bridge Yes, the card game. For many, impenetrably complicated and lacking the sex appeal of poker. Bridge, which conjures images of cucumber sandwiches and rainy afternoons in village halls, is making its Games debut.Billionaire tobacco tycoon Michael Bambang Hartono, 78, will be Indonesia’s richest competitor — but still not the oldest. That honor goes to Malaysia’s 81-year-old player Lee Hung Fong.Kabaddi A tag-meets-rugby contact sport rooted in Indian mythology and said to date back 5,000 years, kabaddi has proven a fan favorite — although India has won every gold medal since it became an Asian Games sport 28 years ago.The game requires yoga-like breathing skills as two seven-player teams send a raider into enemy territory to tag an opponent before returning to safety -– all while chanting “kabaddi, kabaddi” to prove they’re not using more than one puff.ADVERTISEMENT The term pencak silat describes hundreds of indigenous combat styles in Southeast Asia, with fighters wielding a terrifying array of weapons such as knives, sickles and machetes. Not for the faint-hearted. Sambo A Russian-Soviet form of fighting developed by the Red Army a few years after the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 to sharpen hand-to-hand combat skills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The sport’s name is an acronym of the Russian for “unarmed self defense” and points are awarded for throws and submissions.Sepak takraw Wildly popular in southeast Asia, this gravity-defying form of “foot volleyball” has become an Asian Games smash-hit since it was first introduced in 1990 and is largely dominated by Thailand. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Kurash An ancient form of wrestling from Uzbekistan which historians claim dates back thousands of years, kurash was a training technique for soldiers of 14th-century conqueror Amir Timur, whose empire stretched from Persia to central Asia.Like sumo, though less roly-poly in nature, kurash focuses on strength and stamina. Wrestlers use towels to hold their opponents, and bouts are won by throwing or tripping an opponent onto their back.Tenpin bowling Viewed by many as cartoon character Homer Simpson’s idea of a workout, bowling has been an Asian Games event since 1978.South Korea in particular takes it super-seriously and has won almost twice as many gold medals as closest challengers, Japan — perhaps proving that bowling is more than just a beery after-work hobby spent wearing someone else’s shoes.Jet-ski Better known as the flash pursuit of the glitterati in sun-splashed sea resorts, jet-ski is another of the 10 sports that are appearing at the Asian Games for the first time.Indonesia expects local star Aero Aswar, the world champion in the runabout stock category in 2014 and runner-up in 2017, to lead the hosts to gold.Paragliding Another one for the adrenaline junkies, paragliders will take the skies for the first time at an Asian Games.The sport has come under scrutiny following the death of 44-year-old Hong Kong flier Patrick Chung. Hong Kong paraglider Cheung Yuk-wah also pulled out of the Games after crashing into a lake in Austria, according to local media.Dragon boatingBelieved to date back to more than 2,000 years, when it started in south-central China, the ancient sport of dragon boat racing retains many ceremonial and religious overtones.China and Indonesia have won three gold medals apiece since the colorful sport made its Asian Games debut in 2010 and they will be the teams to beat again, although the gap to their challengers has closed in recent years. Almohaidib Abad and Alfau Jan Abad (L) of Philippines perform during men’s double final of Asian Games 2018 test event in Jakarta on February 14, 2018. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOJAKARTA—Anyone for sepak takraw? Or perhaps a spot of bridge? We take a look at 10 of the more unusual sports being contested at the Asian Games in Jakarta:Pencak silatLegend has it that the ancient Indonesia martial art originated after a woman watched a tiger do battle with a giant hawk, and copied their techniques to fight off a pestering group of drunken men.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tomorrow is Good Friday

first_imgGood Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe in Him. Good Friday is the culmination of Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and takes place two days before Easter.There is no official proclamation made by the Liberian government. Celebrants gather in their places of worship with their families on Good Friday to remember Christ for paying the ultimate sacrifice to save believers. On that day some churches commemorate the Passion of Christ in lectures expounding on His last seven statements before His death on the Cross. The following Sunday is Easter, the day Christians believe Christ arose from the dead according to scripture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over 500 Police, 700 GDF ranks promoted

first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie James in his New Year’s message announced over 500 officers who were promoted to higher rank within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Police Commissioner Leslie JamesJames expressed in his message that the GPF was at a pivotal juncture whereby reformation was imminent and fruitful results were expected by the first quarter of this year.He added that following consultation with their United Kingdom counterparts, the Force has embarked on work in three domains: training, infrastructural development, and human resource management of officers.While zeroing in on the promotions, James acknowledged, “Promotions cause the recipients to exude feelings of joy, satisfaction and of course, a sense of achievement. Equally, it can be a catalyst to motivate ranks who may be despondent because of not being promoted on this occasion. All is not lost; I urge that you remain resolute and steadfast in your good performance.”To fill the post of Assistant Commissioner, three senior superintendents: Edgar Thomas, Royston Andries-Junor and Paul Langevine were promoted.Meanwhile, Superintendents Phillip Azore, Brian Eastman, Adrian Simon, Linden Lord, Khalili Pareshram, Michael Sutton, Linden Isles, Michael Kingston and Charmaine Jones-Stuart were positioned as Senior Superintendent.Other ranks of the Force were awarded with the position of superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, cadet officer, chief inspector, inspector, sergeant, corporal and lance corporal.Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick WestThe Top Cop sought to mention that the Force has managed to maintain public security which was evident from a decrease in serious crimes, including gun-related robberies and fatal accidents. According to statistics, serious crimes decreased by 11 per cent, robbery under arms by 13.2 per cent, and there was a six per cent reduction in fatal accidents.In 2018, 31 officers were promoted from the rank of corporal to sergeant while 43 ranks who were once lance corporals were promoted to corporals, and 22 from constables to corporals.Additionally, 66 ranks who held the position of constable were advanced to serve as lance corporals.GDF promotionsMeanwhile, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) also raised the stakes for 706 of its ranks for 2019, which was announced by the Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West.Leading the list is Substantive Warrant Officer Class Two Marvin Pilgrim, who was promoted to the position of Acting Warrant Officer Class One. Christopher Harmon, Dyanor Wilson, Hesley Craig and Brian Ferdinant also followed in the same category.Acting Warrant Officers Class Two Lawrence Assanah, Eon Winter and Cleveland O’Brien were promoted to Substantive Warrant Officer Class Two.Back in 2017, the life of the Police Service Commission had expired, and President David Granger had ordered that it put the promotion of senior ranks on hold. However, in November, a High Court ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George established that the President breached the Constitution when he issued a directive to halt promotions.This move had been reported to have had a demoralising and demotivating effect on Police Officers. Acting Top Cop at that time, David Ramnarine signalled that the situation had also caused some uneasiness among the junior ranks.After that, Government’s spokesperson, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told media operatives at a post-Cabinet press briefing that both the Police and Public Service Commissions were before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.After nearly one year in August of 2018, a five-member Commission was installed to serve for three years.last_img read more

Championship: Leeds 0-2 Blackburn – Two goals in opening six minutes ruins Steve Evans’ Elland Road bow

first_img1 Blackburn scored twice in the opening six minutes Leeds were booed by their own fans after a terrible start as they lost to Blackburn in Steve Evans’ first home game as manager.Rovers were in front after only 17 seconds through Craig Conway’s opener before Jordan Rhodes doubled the lead five minutes later.The six minute double salvo was enough for the visitors who ended their run of three games without a win, during which they failed to score a goal.Evans meanwhile continues his poor start to life as Leeds manager with the Whites still yet to record a win at home this season.It took less than a minute for Leeds to fall behind as Conway found time and space in the box to lash the ball into the bottom corner after a poor header from Sol Bamba.If that hadn’t completely flattened the atmosphere at Elland Road then Rhodes’ sixth minute goal certainly did.Former Manchester United player Tom Lawrence waltzed his way through the shaky Leeds defence before Rhodes slotted away his eighth goal of the season as boos rang around the stadium.Blackburn, who hadn’t won away this season, were dominating the possession and chances, much to the visible displeasure of suspended chairman Massimo Cellino watching on from the stands.As the game began to turn flat Leeds finally gave their fans a moment to get them out of their seats as Tom Adeyemi got on the end of Luke Murphy’s cross, but his glancing header rebounded off the post.Leeds went off at half time to yet another crescendo of boos and came out after the break equally as poor as Lawrence and Rhodes combined to release Conway but the Scot couldn’t manage to get a shot away.Blackburn were down to ten men briefly during the second half, when Grant Hanley saw blood gushing from his forehead after a clash of heads with Murphy.There was barely a whiff of a comeback from Leeds, with a weak stab at the ball from Mirco Antenucci all the hosts could muster with the majority of the second half a non-event.last_img read more


first_imgDogs Trust, Ireland’s leading dog welfare charity, in conjunction with AA Ireland, has launched one of its most important messages this summer; leaving dogs in parked cars can prove fatal.With what appears to be the arrival of the Irish summer and temperatures set to rise this week, Dogs Trust are asking dog owners across Donegal to be vigilant when it comes to travelling with your dog.Speaking about the safety risks of travelling with dogs, Kathrina Bentley from Dogs Trust Ireland said “More and more hotels in Ireland are dog friendly these days so increasingly we’re seeing owners take their dogs away with them on domestic holidays which often means long drives up and down the country particularly during the summer season.” The Dogs Trust summer ‘Hot Dogs’ campaign shows that despite being a nation of dog lovers, many owners are in the habit of leaving their dogs unattended in cars.AA Ireland also reveals that it attends to hundreds of dogs which have been accidentally locked in the main cabins and boots of vehicles each year leaving their owners distraught.“What tends to happen is that owners step out of the car and leave the keys in the ignition then the dog jumps up on the central locking button.” Says AA Ireland Patrol Lar Byrne. “We’ve had emergency call outs where multiple dogs have been locked in to vehicles, I remember one where six dogs were trapped.”By following seven essential safety tips for keeping your dog happy and healthy in the heat, you can ensure that your dog is safe on and off the road this Summer:Never leave him in the car in warm weather, even if it feels cool outside.Always take the keys with you even if just running back into the house to get something.Consider using a car sunblind to provide shade and carry a ready supply of water at all timesAvoid long car journeys in hot weather, if you need to travel, avoid the heat of the day.Clip fur and apply pet sun cream to easily burned areas: nose, ears, eyelids and belly. DON’T use human sun cream – it can be toxic so visit your local pet shop and get one that is made specifically for dogs.Be extra vigilant with older and overweight dogs as they are more prone to overheating. In a real emergency wet your dog thoroughly and use a household fan to blow cool air over their head and body. Seek urgent veterinary attention.If your dog takes a dip in a lake or pool make sure you rinse him as soon afterwards as possible. Never allow your dog to drink from ponds unless the water is clear as algae in the water can produce toxins that are rapidly fatal.Renagh Kelly, Veterinary Surgeon at Dogs Trust, explains that “Dogs can suffer from sunburn just like us. Facing a higher risk are dogs with white or light-coloured hair, those with short or no hair at all and dogs that have lost hair through allergies or medical treatment. Remember, it is also crucially important not to leave dogs in hot cars. Many dog owners believe it is ok to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as parking under a tree or leaving a window open. Unfortunately, this is a myth – in reality partially lowering the window has no significant effect on the temperature inside a parked car. Just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for a dog” If your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapse in the heat contact your vet. If you are present at the rescue of a dog from a hot car that is clearly in distress, seek immediate veterinary advice. Dampening the dog down with cool (but not freezing) water or cool wet towels will help to start bring down their body temperature.DONEGAL DOG-OWNERS WARNED ABOUT LEAVING PETS IN CARS IN HOT WEATHER was last modified: June 10th, 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:cardogsdonegalhot weatherlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal judge has told the local courts service to write to jurors who did not show up for jury service this week.Judge Keenan Johnson:Judge Keenan Johnson said he wants people who did not appear at Letterkenny Circuit Court to explain why they did not turn up. A number of people called to be chosen to be on jury panels did not appear when their names were called.Judge Johnson told the court service to write to those who did not show asking them to explain their non-appearances.He said that if their reasons were not satisfactory, they would be sent summonses.JUDGE WARNS NO-SHOW JURORS THEY FACE SUMMONSES was last modified: April 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:CIRCUIT COURTdonegaljudge keenan johnsonjurorsletterkennylast_img read more

Liverpool defender heaps praise on Real Madrid ace Ramos

first_imgKarius was at fault for two of Real’s goals, but after the match claimed the blow to the head had left him concussed.However, Alexander-Arnold said: “Everyone has their way of winning and I think he’s showed over the years that he’s a winner,” he told the Guardian.“So has his team. To win the Champions League three times in a row takes some doing. Ramos has probably been the best centre-back in the world for some time. Even if he was the enemy in May you still have to respect him as a player.” 3 Salah and Ramos tangle in Kiev during the Champions League Final Ramos is both Real Madrid and Spain captain Since joining Real Madrid in 2005, Ramos has won four league titles and four Champions Leagues, the World Cup and European Championship. His focus will now shift to Croatia, Spain’s next Nations League opponents. 3center_img Ramos admitted he is still the victim of abuse over the Salah incident claiming his family had received death threats.The Spaniard was booed by England fans during Spain’s 2-1 win at Wembley, but hit back, saying: “I try to escape them but it does not influence my game. Of course I would have liked another reception, because everyone remembers a single moment action in the final, but not the death threats that my family has received.” Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Serigo Ramos is ‘probably the best centre-back in the world’.Real Madrid’s captain is not the most popular man on Merseyside right now, with many fans pinning the blame for the Reds’ Champions League final defeat at his feet.A collision between Ramos and Mohamed Salah forced the Reds star off with injury in the first half and one supporter even created a petition demanding retrospective action against the Spaniard by football’s authorities.In addition, Ramos was also accused of elbowing Loris Karius on the head, preventing the goalkeeper from performing as well as he should have. 3 Ramos Captained Real Madrid to their third successive Champions League victory last_img read more


first_imgA week in the life of Finn Valley AC and its members is hectic by any standard.It began Friday last with the second annual training period in Ballyliffin attended by 30 members and led by Mark Connolly and Kieran Carlin – beautiful weather and the thumbs up were given by all the tired participants!Wednesday and the promise of good weather sees the hosting of the primary schools cross country which has an 11-15 start  followed by secondary schools in action on Thursday with an 11-30start time and of course if that weren’t enough the official opening of the new impressive track, pitch and floodlights Friday evening 7 pm. All former and current members are invited as are interested members of the local community.The opening will be performed by club stalwarts Patsy McGinley and Peader Mc Granaghan.A large turnout is anticipated to mark the occassion, in this, the club’s 40th year.The week finishes with the Donegal even age cross country clubs champ. and masters cross. Attached are the cross country  distances as were agreed by the county board for Donegal and by the UAC/ANI for Ulster for the season aheadCross Country Distances for 2011County: Region: National:Girls Actual;Under 10   800m. 1000m. Under 11; 1000m. 1200m. 1500m.Under 12; 1200m. 1500m. 2000m.Under 13; 1500m. 2000m. 2500m.Under 14; 2000m. 2500m. 3000m. Under 15; 2500m. 3000m. 3500m.Under 16; 3000m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 17; 3500m. 4000m. 4500m.Under 18; 3500m. 4000m. 5000m.Under 19;                     3500m. 4000m. 5000m.BoysUnder 10   800m. 1000m.Under 11; 1000m. 1200m. 1500m.Under 12; 1200m. 1500m. 2000m.Under 13; 1500m. 2000m. 2500m.Under 14; 2000m. 2500m. 3000m.Under 15; 2500m. 3000m. 3500m.Under 16; 3000m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 17; 3500m. 4500m. 5000m.Under 18; 4000m. 5000m. 6000m.Under 19; 5000m. 6000m. 7000m.PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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:Finn Valley AClast_img read more


first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle has said the publication of the Raphoe Audit is “a stark reminder of the abuse for the many victims that are still suffering in our communities.”The Donegal South West deputy went on: “The view that the systems are now in place to ensure that the diocese reacts appropriately to future allegations will only prove true through the test of time.“This is another reminder of how the corporate body of the church put the needs of the church ahead of the victims of horrific abuse. Apologies will be hollow for the victims that have had their lives ruined and we all need to be confident that this type of cover up will never happen again’ continued Pringle. “The church has to make sure that the current code of practice is always followed and has to welcome scrutiny to ensure that it is. It is only then that confidence can be rebuilt.“Unfortunately it is too late for the victims and I would ask anyone that has been affected by this publication to contact the HSE helpline and talk to trained counsellors to help them through this difficult time.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPRINGLE: ‘APOLOGIES FROM CHURCH RING HOLLOW FOR VICTIMS’ was last modified: November 30th, 2011 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:RAPHOE AUDITThomas Pringlelast_img read more


first_imgWhat another fantastic weekend we had at Voodoo Venue, the venue was packed Friday, Saturday and Sunday and with top class entertainment being provided throughout the weekend which catered for all ages.Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past. The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize.Check out the Voodoo Venue Facebook page (below) for our line-up throughout the week and for The Bank Holiday Weekend.Don’t forget it’s HIJACKED TUESDAYS tonight for all you students! https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS was last modified: October 21st, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVOODOOlast_img read more