There was never any shortage of courage, but not even the bravest of blossoms could punch through Springbok brawn on Sunday as South Africa reached the rugby World Cup semi-finals by beating Japan 26-3 and ending their dream run at their home tournament.In what was a first World Cup quarter-final for the Japanese, neither an entire nation seemingly now besotted by rugby, nor a raucous 50,000 crowd packed into Tokyo Stadium, could carry the hosts to victory.It was always going to be an enormous ask for Japan to replicate what has been their greatest moment on a rugby field — beating South Africa 34-32 in a World Cup group stage match in Brighton, England, four years ago.South Africa had been stunned by that ‘Miracle in Brighton’ but with victories over both Ireland and Scotland this World Cup, Japan no longer held any element of surprise.Lines were clearly drawn, with both Japan and South Africa knowing precisely what they had to do to reach next weekend’s semi-final against Wales – this was always going to be a battle between the Boks’ forwards and the Brave Blossoms’ lightning backs.The first half was close — mostly due to South Africa’s profligacy with the line at their mercy — and the teams had gone in with only two points separating them after an unconverted fourth-minute try by winger Makazole Mapimpi was countered by a Yu Tamura penalty for Japan.But in the event, after an exhilarating first 40 minutes, the Japanese team ran out of energy, ideas and, finally, hope.They had not been tackled as fiercely this World Cup as they were on Sunday night. Nor had they faced such a disciplined, well-organised defence.And where the South Africans had been careless early on – they could have gone in at halftime three or four tries to the good – they tightened everything up in the second period to devastating effect.Man of the match Faf de Klerk, who had helmed the South Africans artfully throughout, added a second try on 66 minutes and Mapimpi added his second four minutes later.Pollard converted one try and slotted three penalties in the second period, all unanswered.Japan could never hope to maintain the frenetic pace with which they had harried South Africa early on and departed the tournament beaten but with a whole new army of fans for their exciting, free-flowing rugby.South Africa must now regroup for their Yokohama semi-final against Wales who earlier recorded a 20-19 victory over 14-man France, who had lock Sebastian Vahaamahina sent off at Oita Stadium.
Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks “This is the time that I give back to the fans,” Pacquiao said, adding that he’d suggested “let’s do free TV for the fans,” to Top Rank promotor Bob Arum.“I have to give a good show for them,” he added. “This is it. I’m excited.”Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is defending the WBO title he won on points against Jessie Vargas last November. That was one of the two fights he’s had — the other was a points win over Tim Brady in April of last year — since he lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather.Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has predicted a knockout against Horn, saying Pacquiao is perfectly prepared and the fight should be “short and sweet.”READ: Pacquiao out to give former school teacher Horn a boxing lessonADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao hasn’t won by knockout since 2009, but Roach said the 38-year-old eight-division champ has knocked down sparring partners and is in vintage form.“Freddie is very happy because that snap is back, the power is there,” Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN after the weigh-in. “I feel good. Weight is not a problem. Let’s get it on.”Roach believes Pacquiao’s boxing future depends on how the fight goes against Horn. If he were to lose, Roach said he’d likely recommend retirement. A comfortable win would add ammunition for a rematch with Mayweather.Pacquiao has more than a decade of experience in this environment, and said he likes to take on a boxer who has hometown advantage because he enjoys the extra buzz. Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) is unbeaten in his 17 fights since turning pro in 2013, but has never confronted anyone of Pacquiao’s caliber.Experience, “is my advantage,” Pacquiao said. “But I want to make sure that I … use it properly and maximize it.”Pacquiao tipped the scales at 66.1 kilograms (146 pounds) on Saturday, and Horn weighed in at 63.35 kilograms (147 pounds) after shedding 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in recent days.Horn, a former school teacher and Olympic quarterfinalist before turning pro, said he had the reach and weight advantages over Pacquiao, and had the range of punches that could cause the Filipino great some trouble.During the week, he has talked about being disrespected amid talk of another Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, and said he had the weapons to knock out Pacquiao.“Game face is on. School is out,” Horn said. “I just keep that in my mind, what I’m going to have to do in the ring, which will upset Manny.”RELATED VIDEO Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Read Next Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTOBRISBANE, Australia— Manny Pacquiao has ducked and weaved, has been accused of being late and rude, and of thinking more about a Floyd Mayweather rematch than his WBO welterweight world title defense against Jeff Horn.After week of fine-tuning in Australia, Pacquiao and Horn easily made weight at the Saturday morning weigh-in. The Filipino senator did a quick TV interview before making a swift exit to eat.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ READ: Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fightLocals have grumbled that Pacquiao only attended a formal pre-fight function for a few minutes on Friday, and Horn’s camp accused Pacquiao earlier in the week of being late for the official news conference and then constantly texting on his cell phone through the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’What nobody can complain about is the pulling power of the 11-time world champion. More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the outdoor bout on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium, and the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” is expected to set records for pay-per-view in Australia.For the first time since 2005, a Pacquiao fight hasn’t been restricted to pay-per-view in America. ESPN will broadcast the fight to an estimated 95 million U.S. homes in prime time Saturday night. View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LSU title parade draws massive crowds
Fundamentally, the word “health” comes from the root word “whole.” What we call, “feeling healthy,” is that we have a sense of wholeness within us. If we are free of diseases medically, that is not health. If we feel like a complete human being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are really healthy. There are any number of people who are medically healthy, but not healthy in the real sense because they do not experience a sense of wellness within themselves.If one has to experience this sense of wholeness and oneness, it is important that one’s body, mind and above all, one’s energy, functions at a certain level of intensity within themselves. Physically, as per medical terms, a person may be healthy, but energies may be lethargic, and they may wonder why things don’t happen in life the way they should, both inside and outside. This is simply because he is not taking care of the wellbeing of his energy.When it comes to health, no human being gets to live in perfect conditions. The pressures of life, the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, the water that we drink, all these can affect us in many ways. The more our activities are in the world, the more we are exposed to many things that can throw our chemistry off balance and create health problems. But if the energy in our system is properly cultivated and kept active, these things will not have much of an effect.Medical science is always busy studying disease. I think they should take time to study health rather than disease because human nature has always been like this: wherever the problem is, that is where you put your attention. Right now, there is a disease, that is a problem so you put your attention there. This is a very rudimentary way of thinking and functioning in the world. But unfortunately, that is how the world is functioning right now – if there is a problem you attend to it, if there is no problem you don’t attend to it.In yoga, when we say health, we don’t look at the body or the mind, we only look at the energy – the way it is. If your energy body is in proper balance and full flow, your physical body and mental body will be in perfect health. There is no question about it. Keeping the energy body in full flow is not about doing any kind of healing or things like that. This is about going to the foundations of your energy system and activating it in a proper way, building a foundational yogic practice that establishes your energy in such a way that your body and mind are naturally fine.Energy – The Fundamental BasisFor every physical or psychological situation that you go through in life, there is fundamentally an energy basis, which also manifests as a chemical basis. In a way, modern allopathic medicines have become just chemistry. For every problem that arises in your body, you are just trying to take in some medicine – a chemical – and come to some kind of balance. If you use a chemical to bring down one aspect or enhance another, there is also a side-effect to this. For this side-effect, there is an antidote. For the antidote, there is another antidote. It is an endless chain. Whatever is happening on the chemistry level in your body is controlled by the way your energies function. Because a man has got excess acids within him, you put some alkaline medicine into him. But why does he have excessive acids? Because of the way his mind, his body, and above all, his energy functions.The body does not need medicine; it is only the disease which demands medicine. So, depending upon the type of ailment you have, accordingly the treatment should be given. If you have an infection, there is nothing better than allopathy. With the advance of medical science, we have been able to contain so many infections. Almost every infection that can arise today, you have some solution for it. But look at the simple ailments which man is creating for himself, like diabetes, blood pressure, migraine headaches or whatever else that he causes from within. Today, there are so many kinds of specialists, and a lot of money and time is being spent on just managing these chronic diseases for people within certain limitations. Please see, medical science is not offering any solution. It is only offering to manage the diseases and is never really talking about freeing people from those diseases.So, if you have chronic ailments, allopathy is not a good thing to start with. For an emergency, allopathy is the best. If you are in an emergency state, do not go to an ayurvedic doctor. You go to an ayurvedic doctor only when you have time to recover. When your problems are ongoing and evolving, then ayurveda and other systems are very effective means of treatment.Ayurveda – The Science of LifeAyurveda means – ayur means life span, veda means the scripture about how to keep your full stretch of life span. Ayurveda comes from a completely different dimension of life and a completely different understanding of what life is. In the ayurvedic system, the fundamental understanding is that this body, the way it is today, is an accumulation that we gathered from the planet. Whatever the nature of the planet, whatever the nature of the five elements which make the planet, are very much manifest in this physical body.Fundamentally, this whole body is just a play of five elements. Whether it is the individual human body or the larger cosmic body, essentially, they are made of the pancha bhutas or the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. What you call as “myself” is just a mischief of these five elements. If you want to handle this physical body in such a way that the most productive result has to be produced by your life – which is a combination of time and energy – it is very important that everything that you do about this body has a relationship with the planet on which you are walking.Ayurveda says that every root, every leaf, every tree bark found on this planet has medicinal value. We have learnt how to use only a few. The rest of them, we are yet to learn how to use. What this statement is trying to say is, health is not something that falls upon you from the sky. Health is something that has to grow from within you, because the body is something that grows from within you. The input comes from the earth but it grows from within you. The essence of ayurveda is such, we understand that if we go deep enough into this body, this body is not an integrated thing, it is a continuous process which involves the earth upon which you walk. If this relationship does not come through, these subtle systems of medicine which work from within, will fail to work. Without taking care of the whole system, just trying to do one aspect of it may not be very fruitful.A holistic system does not mean just treating the body as a whole. A holistic system means treating life as a whole, which includes the planet, what we eat, what we breathe, what we drink – all of that. Without attending to all those things, the true benefit of ayurveda will not be seen. If ayurveda becomes a living reality in our lives and our societies, people can live like gods.Sadhguru is a yogi , visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally-renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and widen our perception of life. Learn more about Sadhguru at isha.sadhguru.org. For more info: Kenya@ishafoundation.org
…with teaching reformsYour Eyewitness has repeated the caution of the strong possibility of “a slip between the cup and the lip” on the matter of teachers’ salaries, now that they’ve accepted going to binding arbitration. But he feels it’s as good a time as any to talk a bit about other matters that have to be cleaned up in the education sector, whether or not teachers get their fair shake.We’ve got to accept we’ve been caught with our pants (and skirts) down on being educated in the oil and gas sector. Now, we can’t blame anyone on this matter specifically. But because of our lack of stress on technical education on the whole, it looks like we’ll be screwed royally for a long time. In our education curricula, we retained the colonial emphasis on academic qualifications, even the rest of the world has shown that working with our hands to create and maintain is just as important for development.Technical subjects were presented as being suitable only for those who were “failures”, by the criteria of the academic curriculum. So even if a bright student wanted to get into the technical, applied areas, they were turned off by the associated stigma. At our stage of development, the Government should’ve long established secondary schools that emphasised technical subjects and ensured that some of our brightest students were streamed into them through available inducements. For instance, guaranteed employment in manufacturing operations.Take the matter of scholarships from primary schools. Presently, the best and brightest are sent to Queens College where hands-on learning is looked down upon. They teach, for instance, Agricultural Science as a “double major”…but it would be shocking to know the figure on how many of the “Agri” passers went on to careers in agriculture in the past two decades. You can literally count them on the fingers of one hand. Ditto agri mechanics.Even the specific technical schools have become dumping ground for our secondary school “failures”. Compare them to the record of the GuySuCo Training School, going back all the way to the late 1950s when it was established by Bookers. The school had qualified instructors – initially from England – who established the curriculum in electrical, mechanical and other relevant areas relevant to the sugar industry.It’s student body – ‘apprentices” – were culled by a competitive examination that drew applications from the very brightest children of sugar workers, who knew they were guaranteed employment at their graduation. These apprentices returned to the sugar estates to work under “journeymen” to complete their applied training.After the first PNC regime’s depredations, most of those former apprentices migrated to North America where they’ve achieved spectacular successes.Let’s get technical in education!…to local contentOK…so we’ve established we don’t have the manpower to fill a whole lotta technical jobs in the oil industry at this state. But apart from establishing our own technical schools, how about legislation to compel foreign companies that have the required competencies to hire say, at least 60 per cent locals within a reasonable time frame – depending on the competency – by giving them hands on training?? They have a fancy name for this – local content – but this isn’t new.Even before Guyana’s independence, the same Bookers mentioned above, started a programme they called “Guyanisation” that was intended to replace the senior staff with locals. Local content!! Those selected individuals were trained abroad – like two present prolific letter writers EB John and Nowrang Persaud – and then given positions in management. The Apprenticeship Training School was intended to train the junior technical staff.And we can continue in this vein in every other area for the oil and gas industry.But evidently, the Government can’t!!…not fired?Ramjattan says Ramnarine hasn’t resigned as Top Cop (ag). Why should he? According to the law – which Ramjattan should know – hasn’t he been “constructively dismissed”?He should sue them for damages…unless Granger’s “specific reason” is related to his job performance.
The advent of the new year has always been a time when people reflect on the past year, perhaps what they have achieved in terms of their personal and professional goals and what they intend to accomplish in the coming year. In Guyana, we have always treated it as a time that we cleansed our houses and got our affairs – financial, business and even familial in order — so that for the rest of the year, we would be able to accomplish what we did not manage to accomplish in the previous year.The New Year is also a time when we make resolutions. Many have quipped that the New Year’s resolutions do not last for more than a week or so; but we have known examples of New Year’s resolutions being very creative and helpful, and we think that everyone could benefit from this experience. It is important that we set realistic targets/goals and work hard towards achieving them.In our New Year’s resolutions we can do no better than to follow what the famous Roman Philosopher-Emperor Marcus Aurelius taught us. In his work, Marcus Aurelius tackled issues such as how we should live our lives, what does justice mean, and how can we live with the knowledge that someday we will no longer exist. He taught us that we must treat every day as if it is the last day of our lives. This means that we must work to the optimum to make a positive difference in our communities and country, and maximise our time on earth. We believe that his reflections are still relevant, especially at this time of the year.Having said that much which is traditional wisdom and approach to the advent of a new year, we would like to point out that Guyana as a nation begins the year facing new elections, which will have to be held within the next three months following the toppling of the coalition Government on December 21 via a no-confidence motion brought by the Opposition. However, based on the events unfolding, it is clear that our political leaders’ maturity and commitment to upholding the Constitution and, in general, doing what is right to ensure peace and order prevails will be tested.As per the constitutional requirements, following the no-confidence vote, Guyana must have elections within the next three months unless otherwise decided by no less than a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly. All efforts and resources must, therefore, be concentrated on preparing for these elections to ensure that these elections are held in a free, fair and transparent manner and in keeping with international best practices.It is hoped that once a date for new elections is set, the political parties will begin work immediately to mobilise their constituents. More importantly, we hope that, unlike the most recent Local Government Elections, the public will participate fully in the process by directing the right questions to their leaders and by coming out to cast their votes on Election Day.Having overcome the hurdle of holding the elections, it is hoped that the country – meaning all stakeholders, including the new government and other parliamentary parties, the business community and ordinary citizens, will begin to focus on moving the country forward with immediate attention being given to economic development and constitutional reform. Our past experiences are enough to convince us that we cannot risk going through any period of instability.That said, in spite of the present political uncertainties, 2019 should be seen as a year of renewed hope in our country and all that it has to offer. With first oil due in a matter of months all eyes will be on Guyana. Our leaders must use this new-found resource to help to create the right environment to allow citizens to be able to live in a free, happy and prosperous country, where everyone could be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.In 2019, citizens want to see more strenuous efforts being made by our leaders to work towards achieving common ground on issues that have caused much discord and rancour over the past three years. Our politicians should recommit themselves to working with each other for the benefit of the entire nation.We hope that 2019 will bring happiness, peace, and prosperity to every Guyanese, both at home and abroad.
– Advertisement –
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The provincial death toll from fatal drug overdoses this year surpassed 1,100 in September, though the rate of fatal overdoses slowed in Northern B.C.The B.C. Coroners Service released its latest statistics on the province’s ongoing overdose epidemic today, which shows that as of September 30th, 1,103 people have fatally overdosed on illicit drugs this year. 80 people died across B.C. in September, an increase of 31 percent over the same month a year ago, when 61 people died.The rate of fatal overdoses where fentanyl was detected also continues to climb. So far this year, 914 fatal overdose victims had fentanyl detected in their bodies, compared to 370 in the same period last year.- Advertisement -Northern Health continues to have the least fatal overdoses of any health authority, with 45 deaths so far this year. In the North, 42 of the 45 people that have died this year had fentanyl detected in their systems, which is just under 83 percent. Northern Health recorded four fatal overdoses in September, three of which had fentanyl detected in their systems.Northeast B.C. has had a total of 13 fatal overdoses this year, one of which occurred in September. Fentanyl was detected in last month’s fatality in the Northeast, and the yearly total of fatal drug overdoses with fentanyl detected in Northeast B.C. sits at 11.
1 The 2018 World Cup draw will be held in the Kremlin FIFA has confirmed the draw for the 2018 World Cup is set to take place in the Kremlin on Friday, December 1.The date was already known but the choice of venue underlines the significance of the World Cup to the Russian government.A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kremlin is a fortified complex in the heart of Moscow that contains several cathedrals and palaces, one of which is the official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.The draw itself will be staged in the State Kremlin Palace, a building intended to house meetings of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party but now used as a concert hall.In a statement, a FIFA spokesperson said: “FIFA and the local organising committee can confirm that the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place on December 1 in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.“This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas.”FIFA’s confirmation followed an earlier report from Russia’s main news agency TASS that said Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko announced the news after a meeting with prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.The 58-year-old Mutko stepped down as sports minister in October but he was the chairman of Russia’s successful World Cup bid and is still the president of the Russian Football Union. He is also a former president of Russia’s richest football team, Zenit Saint Petersburg.“The final draw for the World Cup has been scheduled for December 1, and we have offered the Kremlin as the venue for this event,” said Mutko.“This proposal suited FIFA and we are already in preparations for the draw.”These comments came a day after the Mail on Sunday reported that FIFA president Gianni Infantino last year asked Mutko, a member of the FIFA Council, to quit football because of his alleged involvement in Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme.Mutko, however, has always denied any wrongdoing, blaming others further down the chain of command, and told TASS the British newspaper report was “silly” and remains on good terms with Infantino.Next Monday, January 30, is the 500-days-to-go milestone for eastern Europe’s first World Cup and a FIFA inspection team is visiting Russia at the end of February to check on preparations for this summer’s dress rehearsal, the Confederations Cup.That event, which takes place between June 17 and July 2, will feature Russia, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and the six reigning champions of world football’s confederations: Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and the winners of the on-going Africa Cup of Nations.Russia beat bids from Belgium/Netherlands, England and Portugal/Spain to host the 2018 World Cup at a vote in December 2010.
?Alexandre Lacazette 1 Alexandre Lacazette is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines.The France international underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning.The minor surgery was a success but the former Lyon star must now undergo a period of rehabilitation.Lacazette is expected to be out for between four to six weeks, meaning he will miss Arsenal’s Europa League round of 32 clash with Ostersunds.The Gunners travel to Sweden for the first leg this week before the return fixture on Thursday February 22.New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is inegiblibe for the competition, meaning Danny Welbeck may lead the line.A statement on the club’s website read: “The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation.“It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”
Paul Pogba has shown off his battle scars after Manchester United began 2019 with a win against relegation battling Newcastle.Pogba failed to continue his recent brilliant form in front of goal against the Magpies, only playing a supporting role in the 2-0 win at St James’ Park.And the France midfielder was lucky to see out the whole match, with a horror tackle from Jonjo Shelvey leaving him crumpled on the ground with just under 20 minutes remaining. Twitter Shelvey went in high on Pogba, from behind and with his studs up Pobga was lucky to remain largely unhurt, and he took little time after the end of the match to react to Shelvey’s tackle on social media.‘Caption this’ is a reference to a post sent out on Pogba’s social media channels less than an hour after Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester Untied last month, which appeared to mock the Portuguese.The post was quickly deleted and is believed to have been a poorly timed advert. Shelvey was extremely fortunate to escape without even a booking Shelvey went in studs up on Pogba, high and from behind, making contact about halfway up his leg and really not close to the ball at all.Despite the wide acceptance that Shelvey should have been sent off for his wild challenge, the England man was not even shown a yellow card; many fans are now calling for the FA to take retrospective action. 4 And he made contact about halfway up Pogba’s leg, behind the knee 4 The tweet was quickly deleted from Pogba’s social media profile 4 4 It has become something of a running joke since then, with Pogba sending a second ‘caption this’ post to tease the launch of his own Emoji app, Pogmoji.Despite his failure to score or assist a goal in the defeat of Newcastle, Pogba has been in superb form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named United manager on a caretaker basis, succeeding Mourinho on a deal until the end of the season.