Barbie battle hots up

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Bernal all but wraps up maiden Colombian Tour de France title

first_imgClimbing phenomenon Egan Bernal was poised to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France when he retained the overall lead after Saturday’s 20th stage, a 59-km ride from Albertville.The Team Ineos rider, 22, finished fourth in the stage won by 2014 champion Vicenzo Nibali, the only man to interrupt the British outfit’s reign on the Tour since 2012.His team mate and defending champion Geraint Thomas is second overall ahead of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk after France’s Julian Alaphilippe cracked in the final ascent to the ski resort of Val Thorens.Sunday’s final stage from Rambouillet to Paris is a largely processional ride with only the final sprint being contested.Bernal, who claimed the yellow jersey when he was the first at top of the Col de l’Iseran in Saturday’s truncated 19th stage, was never bothered in a stage that had been shortened due to landslides on the initial course.“We still have to make it to Paris. I can’t understand what’s happening, I will need a few days, it’s incredible,” said Bernal.“I felt good in the climbs, I took it kilometre by kilometre.”Three Colombians will feature in the top 10 as former podium finishers Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana lie seventh and eighth overall, respectively.Alaphilippe cracked with 14km to go in the final 33-km climb ending 2,365 metres above sea level and slipped from second to fifth overall.Bernal is 1:11 ahead of Thomas, who was always bested by the Colombian in the mountains and never looked in a position to threaten him on his favourite terrain.Kruijswijk is 1:31 off the pace.FIRST OF MANYThe Dutchman’s Lotto Jumbo-Visma team set a high pace at the foot of the climb to Val Thorens and Laurens De Plus stepped up a gear to trim the peloton as the breakaway riders’ advantage melted.Sensing the main pack breathing down the neck of the breakaway, Nibali, looking to salvage a poor campaign with a stage win, went solo with 12.5km left.He never looked back and held off world champion Alejandro Valverde, who took second place 10 seconds behind with his Movistar team mate and fellow Spaniard Mikel Landa finishing third.“It was a difficult Tour for me but I never gave up and finally I win again on this race,” said Nibali, who had no huge expectations after finishing the Giro d’Italia second overall this year.Bernal, who will also win the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider in the race, crossed the line 17 seconds off the pace to Thomas’s accolade.In the absence of four-time champion and team mate Chris Froome, Bernal rose to the challenge after winning the Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisse week long races.He will become the youngest rider to win the Tour de France since the end of the Second World War.“Congratulations Egan Bernal. What a rider! The first of many,” Thomas wrote on Twitter.Frenchman Romain Bardet, who dropped out of overall contention early in the race, is set to snatch the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification and Peter Sagan is expected to win a record seventh green jersey for the points classificationlast_img read more

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Archers target finals

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ben Mbala, a cinch for the season Most Valuable Player award, has a tough customer in fellow Cameroonian Papi Sarr on the low blocks while the speedy La Salle backcourt of Kib Montalbo, Aljun Melecio, Thomas Torres and Andrei Caracut has met its match with the Falcons’ small ball.“We had beaten them twice but I tell you they’re really competitive,” said Ayo. “We respect them and we will prepare hard for this game to advance to the championship.”The Archers are on a collision course with archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, who also gained a twice-to-beat bonus in their Final Four duel with No. 3 Far Eastern U Tamaraws this Saturday.Jerrick Ahanmisi, the projected Rookie of the Year, and Sean Manganti can neutralize La Salle’s patented mayhem basketball with their athleticism along with spitfire Robbie Manalang and veteran Dawn Ochea.Perhaps the best guy on the floor that could create problems for the Falcons is Jeron Teng, who always answers the call whenever the Archers are in trouble.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is just part of our journey. We were able to embrace and accept what were supposed to do that’s why we’re here,” said Pumaren. “I just hope we will continue with this journey.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle can confuse its opponents with an overkill of offensive schemes on any given day.The Green Archers will throw the full weight of that sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to knock out the Adamson Falcons in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena today.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are youngcenter_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Dalisay thru as three other Pinoys exit “We have 74 different plays and I’m talking about offense only,” said La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo. “We have a play for every situation on the floor and it would require a lot of focus from my players.”They’ll certainly need those against an Adamson five that thrives on a nothing-to-lose mentality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nobody expected us to be here,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, the former La Salle coach who lost twice to his alma mater this season. “With this opportunity, might as well make the most out of it.”But while their first meeting was a complete blowout, the fourth-ranked Falcons nearly had the No. 1 Archers by the neck in the second encounter.And though the Archers are armed with a twice-to-beat edge and can book the first championship spot in a potential showdown with archrival Ateneo in the Finals, the Falcons definitely have the manpower to cancel them out. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Indigenous women, custodians of our

first_imgThe rainforest  advent of policies geared towards the fight against climate change in the 90s did not only birth new markets, but also, forced us to rethink development strategies and ways of life. Climate change has become a problematic embroiled in the socioeconomic development of countries, some of which advance faster than others depending on their capacity and willingness to engage in promoting green economies.In Guyana, the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was the first initiative to have set the tone of the country’s commitment to fighting climate change. It is an exemplary stance in a region where the Amazon rainforest remains under threat, due to the immense reserve of natural resources sheathed under its green blanket. However, policies penned with climate change in mind often exclude the first victims of this global phenomenon who ironically, are the very people to hold a key role in preserving whatever green is left of the continent’s forest: indigenous peoples.While the LCDS limits the destruction and degradation of Guyana’s forest, mining and logging are still permitted, and the impact on the environment is first felt by Amerindians. Last year, the Toshao of Tasserene, Region 7, called out to the Government of Guyana to intervene in resolving the negative consequences of mining in his community, as it relates to the pollution by miners of his people’s main water source, the Tasserene Creek. The Akawaios of Tasserene are forced to use insalubrious water for cooking, drinking, washing and bathing. This scenario is replicated in almost every other indigenous community encumbered by mining. But because they are the ones who carry out most of the household chores, indigenous women are forced first-hand to endure the environmental destruction of their habitations.In addition to having to cope with the pollution which invades their homes, indigenous families must also put strenuous efforts into walling out the decadence which accompanies the establishment of mining camps. The rates of prostitution and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) are as elevated in mining districts as they are in Georgetown, if not higher. In addition to constituting a thriving market for prostitution, mining districts have also become a hub for TIP. The case of Imbaimadai and its “Kaimu” (make-shift brothels generally operated by people from the city) exemplifies the increasing vulnerability of indigenous women, as families living in neighbouring villages cower under worry for the lives of their daughters. Former Toshao Alvin Joseph of Tasserene, in July 2015, had pointed out his concern that the hen shops established 20 minutes away from his community, were luring young girls away from their homes. He had described alcoholism to be rampant in the camps.Alcoholism and substance abuse plague mining camps, and the victims of TIP and prostitution are the first to succumb. A visit to Port Kaituma in Region 1 or Bartica in Region 7, would reveal the same disturbing issues. Yet, the weak policies in place limit the capacity of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to enforce law and order and contain such illegalities in mining districts. Laxity of national institutions in this regard also bars from adequately addressing the issue.Mining does not only affect the environment, it infiltrates the very social fabric of indigenous societies, irreversibly destroying centuries of accumulated heritage, culture and ways of life, vectored and pillared by women.In an age where the fight for natural resources accelerates and opposes efforts to contain global warming, neglecting to factor in the importance of indigenous peoples does not only testify of the myopia of national policies, but also, of indifference regarding the empowerment of indigenous women.Distributing “shoes that grow”, bicycles, buses and other momentary hand-outs for instance, remains a nonsensical concept, if indigenous societies continue to be destroyed by environmental degradation and destruction. What indigenous women need is the preservation of the environment in which their societies are anchored, so that their children may be able to develop and grow in pace with the rest of the country, in this regional race for development.The indigenous daughters of Guyana are the first custodians of our rainforests, and as such, the policies we craft must alleviate the challenges thrown at them by mining. Such policies which accentuate the importance of women in promoting a green economy, will be the materialisation of the Government’s genuine commitment to fighting global warming.last_img read more

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Transfer rumour round-up: Tottenham weigh up Lloris sale, plus Arsenal and Chelsea news

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Breakfast transfer guru Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams guides you through the latest news and views from the transfer market.Tottenham could sell star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for £25million this January, according to Monday’s newspapers.The France shot-stopper has been in superb form this season for the north London club, and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.Manchester United could also join the race, should the Spanish giants move for their No.1 David De Gea.There’s also the latest from rivals Arsenal, who could let Yaya Sanogo move on a loan deal, while there’s the latest on Chelsea goalie Mark Schwarzer’s switch to Leicester City.Listen to the Moose’s transfer round-up above and leave your thoughts on the day’s news below…last_img

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OFFICIAL: Chelsea’s John Terry OUT of Liverpool clash, expected back in ten days

first_img1 Chelsea captain John Terry will be out action for ten days with an ankle injury.The defender rolled his left ankle during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea and left the Liberty Stadium on crutches.There were fears the 35-year-old may have suffered a fracture, but an MRI scan on Tuesday morning showed that Terry suffered only minor ligament damage.He will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Friday and next Tuesday’s League Cup trip to Leicester, but will be hoping to face Arsenal at the Emirates on September 24.In a post on his Instagram account, Terry wrote: “I have strained my ligaments in my ankle which means I will be out for 10 days.“Absolutely gutted, but will be giving everything to get back playing.”Terry’s diagnosis may not be as bad as was first feared but will still provide boss Antonio Conte with a defensive headache ahead of the Liverpool game.Conte was unimpressed by some of his side’s defending at the Liberty Stadium, although Terry escaped culpability for either of the Swansea goals.Returning Brazilian David Luiz, who was on the bench at Swansea, is most likely to replace Terry for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men.The Chelsea statement read: “John Terry’s injury suffered in Sunday’s game at Swansea is strained ligaments in his foot. He will be out for approximately 10 days.“Our captain was injured in the closing minutes of the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. He completed the game in pain and Antonio Conte confirmed afterwards the problem would need medical assessment.” John Terry in action for Chelsea last_img read more

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No end for stubborn blaze

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAuthorities closed both sides of the Golden State Freeway on Tuesday afternoon because flames were advancing and fire crews needed room to maneuver. Authorities had 70 fire vehicles stationed along the freeway on Tuesday afternoon, and they set a backfire along the freeway to eliminate dry vegetation in hopes of slowing the blaze. The fire, which is about 10 miles north of Castaic, has burned for eight days and cost more than $7.4 million to combat. Fire officials on Tuesday were concerned the flames could advance on Oak Flat, a clearing in the Los Padres National Forest that has a Forest Service station, a few homes and a Boy Scout camp. Also threatened were the Paradise Ranch mobile home park and a utility corridor, which are both to the east of the I-5, and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary just beyond the southern containment line of the fire. “If you’re familiar with that area, you’ve got extra-dry vegetation; it’s been drying out all summer,” said George Broyles, an information officer for the California Interagency Incident Management Team. “Virtually any ember that lands in unburned fuel ahead of the fire is going to start another fire,” he said. The wildfire has proven a tough adversary for the 1,430 firefighters assigned to it. In places, the terrain is too steep for a bulldozer to clear away vegetation for a fire suppression line, and firefighters can only get to some areas by rappeling from helicopters. On Monday, firefighters watched as a wall of orange flames crossed over the old Highway 99, a four-lane predecessor to the I-5, where firetrucks were parked, their lights flashing. Firefighter Andrew Klein, 23, was only a couple hundred feet from where the fire crossed over the 99, and reported afterward that it felt like getting a sunburn. Klein began Monday at a Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony, where he read a poem. After spending the morning thinking about the 343 New York firefighters who died at the World Trade Center, he found himself worrying about firefighters who were briefly cut off when the fire jumped the highway. “We had crews that were trapped back there, strike team divisions, and we were concerned for them,” he said. Helicopters carrying giant bags of water and planes loaded with fire retardant flew overhead. Flames more than 100 feet tall burned along the edge of a fire line that fire crews had dug into the vegetation over several days. In places, the fire swirled around in a violent whirl, or it illuminated the dense smoke in an orange glow. The afternoon sun shone blood-red through the smoke. Firefighters stood with their backs to the flames to watch for “spot fires,” points beyond the fire perimeter line that are ignited by flying embers and must be extinguished. Some firefighters had cameras to snap pictures of the whipping flames. At the southern end of the fire, near the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, crews had to rappel into the area from a helicopter because of the steep terrain. About 20 endangered condors spend at least part of the year in the refuge, and one pair of condors is caring for a chick in a cliffside nest seven miles from the fire, said Mark Hall, refuge manager for the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. “It makes us a little bit nervous,” he said. Crews from a number of agencies, including the fire departments of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a civilian firefighting team from Vandenberg Air Force Base and some prison inmates worked together on the fire. The wildfire is the biggest in Southern California. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – The nearly 20,000-acre Day Fire threatened Tuesday to cross the Golden State Freeway, stubbornly resisting containment as it advanced for the eighth day. The Day Fire, so named because it broke out on Labor Day, has not damaged any homes as it has burned into the Los Padres National Forest to the west of Interstate 5. But it remained only 25 percent contained. For the second day, the fire moved southeast toward Interstate 5, which was shut down from state Route 138 near Gorman to Parker Road in Castaic. On its southwestern flank, it advanced toward a condor sanctuary through steep terrain north of Fillmore. “It’s safe to say we’ll be here through the end of the week,” said Stanton Florea, an information officer with the U.S. Forest Service. last_img read more

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Group seeks to halt Wal-Mart expansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The city this week received a lawsuit filed against them by a community group concerned about the conversion of the existing Wal-Mart in the Pico Rivera Towne Center into a Supercenter that sells groceries. The group calling itself Citizens for Political Responsibility in Pico Rivera is suing the city over the Redevelopment Agency’s initial handling of the project’s plans and its opening causing the closure of smaller grocery stores, among other concerns, said John McClendon, the Laguna Hills-based attorney representing the group.last_img read more

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Three Donegal sides get home draws in FAI Junior Cup

first_imgTHE draw has been made for the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup.Three of the Donegal tams left in the hat were handed home ties.The exception is the winners of the outstanding fourth round game between Buncrana Hearts and Cranford United, who will be away to VEC or Rosemount Mulvey. Defending Inishowen League champions Greencastle FC have a home tie against Mervue, while Cockhill Celtic Youths have been given a home draw against Usher Celtic.Donegal League Premier Division side Kildrum Tigers, meanwhile, will entertain Blackrock College at Station Road Park.Three Donegal sides get home draws in FAI Junior Cup was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:FAI Junior Cuplast_img read more

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DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES FALL

first_imgThe number signing on the live register in Donegal fell by 658 in December – a 3% drop on November.There were 21,054 people on the dole in the county last month.The fall in the numbers was spread throughout the county with 176 fewer people signing on last month. Dole figures in Inishowen fell 1.8%, Finn Valley fell by 3.6%, Killybegs fell by 5.6% and Dungloe by 2.8%.There were 74 fewer people on the live register in Ballyshannon and 42 people signed off in Dunfanaghy.DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES FALL was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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