Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

first_imgLOS ANGELES | No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer “The Boy Next Door,” a gender-reversing B-movie spin on “Fatal Attraction” that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman as, respectively, the world’s most glamorous high school teacher and its oldest 19-year-old. This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Ryan Guzman, left, as Noah and Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film, “The Boy Next Door.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover) This photo released by Universal Pictures shows John Corbett as Garrett Peterson in a scene from the film, “The Boy Next Door.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover) This photo released by Universal Pictures shows Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film, “The Boy Next Door.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover)center_img As counterprogramming to awards-focused prestige titles, it offers January moviegoers some guilty-pleasure thrills and laughs, while falling way short of its potential on both the dramatic and the camp fronts. Still, given the star power and the lurid material, the wide release is sure to score at the box office.Set in an unidentified section of Southern California, the movie finds literature teacher Claire Peterson (Lopez) separated from her husband for almost a year but not quite ready to move on, however much her best friend/sassy vice principal (Kristin Chenoweth) urges her to do so. Played with typical nice-guy earnestness by John Corbett, repentant cheating husband Garrett is eager for a second chance with Claire. Soon enough, somebody else wants a second chance with her too — but he’s not asking.Before he reveals his predatory stripes, Noah (Guzman, of the series “Pretty Little Liars” and the “Step Up” franchise) arrives on the scene as a fix-it hero of a new neighbor, offering such incontestable wisdom as “It’s the clutch.” Nobody (other than the audience) pays much attention to the unlikely high-school senior’s murmured references to dead parents and an accident.Transferring his know-how from the driveway to the bedroom, Noah gives Claire a night to remember. Her quickness, the morning after, to label their steamy get-together as a mistake proves a major mistake in itself when dealing with Noah, who invests a whole lotta menace in the supposed compliment, “A woman like you should be cherished.” Have more threatening words ever been spoken?Her instant guilt coupled with his instant wacko routine deprives the film of any real sense of naughty indulgence, not to mention nuance. But director Rob Cohen avoids sex-scene clichés and gives the encounter, and much of what follows, energy. Once Claire distances herself, it’s “game on” for studly and strategic Noah, whose first step is to take Claire’s good-natured but timid teenage son, Kevin (well played by Ian Nelson), under his wing and poison him against his father.Noah quickly turns into a one-note character — the note being “pathological.” In Lopez’s rootable portrayal, Claire is far more complex: conflicted about her marriage, capable of walking out on a disastrous blind date and alive to the possibilities that her handsome young neighbor initially represents, especially when viewed late at night across their rain-streaked bedroom windows.The screenplay by prosecutor-turned-screenwriter Barbara Curry lays out some heavy-handed background to explain Noah’s derangements and fixations, but everything gives way to full-tilt lunacy, leading to an inevitable showdown complete with don’t-go-into-the-basement suspense, flat-out torture and implausible heroics.Though the script settles into ordinary thriller territory way too soon, Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious,” ”Alex Cross”) doesn’t belabor things, delivering a concise and good-looking genre piece and making the most of a microbudget ($4 million). In the earthy interiors of Claire’s home, Charles Varga’s production design accentuates her maternal warmth. The excellent score by Rand Edelman and Nathan Barr ratchets up the dread.If only that high-tension music played against less obvious action and dialogue. Everything is signaled clearly in “Boy”: A gun appears early in the story, as does a kitchen knife, pointing to dire circumstances ahead. But at least as disappointing as the film’s predictability is the way the cheesy, giddy double entendres of its early scenes give way, all too readily, to the business of protecting professional reputations and the sanctity of the nuclear family — not half as much fun.“The Boy Next Door,” a Universal release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “violence, sexual content/nudity and language.” Running time: 90 minutes.MPAA definition for R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.Online:www.hollywoodreporter.com This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Kristin Chenoweth, left, as Vicky, and Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film, “The Boy Next Door.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover)last_img read more

10 fresh ideas for using slow cooker pulled chicken and pork

first_img This Jan. 19, 2015 photo shows slow cooker pulled chicken Greek pitas in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don’t. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don’t appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we’ve even taken off our coats. Our objections come down to taste and texture. Too many slow cooker recipes taste just like every other slow cooker recipe, no matter what the ingredients. And after bubbling away for so many hours, most recipes end up with that just-shy-of-mush texture. No thanks.So we decided to see whether we could come up with a stack of slow cooker recipes that didn’t sacrifice ease, but satisfied our need for variety. Our inspiration? Barbecue pulled pork and chicken.The process is simple. You start with either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or country-style pork ribs or rib chops. Throw them in the slow cooker with a handful of aromatics and a flavorful liquid. Put your cooker on low and head off to work. When you get home from work, you’ll have a tender meat ready to shred and turn into an easy dinner.10 THINGS WITH SIMPLE CROCK POT SHREDDED MEATNo time for a slow cooker? Combine all the ingredients plus an extra 1/2 cup of liquid in a large saucepan. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour, then proceed with the recipe.Start to finish: 4 to 5 hours on high, 8 to 10 hours on lowServings: 41 large yellow onion, thinly sliced1 cup white wine, low-sodium chicken broth or apple cider1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or country-style pork ribs or rib chops1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns2 bay leaves1 tablespoon Italian herb mix1 teaspoon kosher saltIn a 4-quart slow cooker, combine the onion, liquid of choice, meat of choice, peppercorns, bay leaves, Italian herbs and salt. Cover and set to cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. The meat is ready when it is fork tender and falls apart easily. Remove and discard the peppercorns and bay leaves. Shred the meat using 2 forks, discarding any fat or bones. Use the meat in one of the following dinner ideas:— Quesadillas: Drain any extra liquid from the meat. Spread over large tortillas, sprinkle with shredded cheese, black olives, scallions and diced jalapenos. Top each with another tortilla. Toast on both sides in a dry skillet. Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.— Sloppy Joes: Mix in 1 cup barbecue sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Serve on bulky rolls.— Coconut curry: Stir in 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cups chopped cooked vegetables (such as broccoli and roasted red peppers) and 2 tablespoons red curry paste. Serve over rice.— Upside down cottage pie: Whisk together 1/2 cup half-and-half with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Drain the liquid from the meat into a saucepan. Stir the half-and-half mixture into the meat liquid and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until it simmers and thickens. Stir in 1 1/2 cups thawed corn kernels and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme. Stir together with the shredded meat and serve over mashed potatoes.— Pesto pizza: Stir 1 cup purchased pesto into the shredded meat. Spread over 2 prepared pizza crusts. Sprinkle each with grated Parmesan cheese, then top with slices of fresh mozzarella and sliced roasted red peppers. Bake at 450 F until golden and melted, about 20 minutes.— Marmalade nachos: Drain the meat and stir in 1/2 cup orange marmalade, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon cider vinegar. Spread over tortilla chips. Top with sliced scallions, sliced Peppadew peppers or pickled jalapeno peppers, and shredded cheese. Heat in a 350 F oven just until the cheese is melted.— Picatta pasta: Add the meat to a pound of pasta, cooked according to package instructions. Stir in 1/4 cup capers and the zest and juice of 1 lemon. Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese.— Greek pitas: Drain the meat and mix with the zest of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Combine 1 peeled, diced and seeded cucumber with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese. Serve in pita pockets with chopped fresh tomato.— Sesame noodles: Cook an 8-ounce package of udon or soba noodles according to package directions. Whisk together 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil and a splash of hot sauce. Toss with the meat, 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper, 1 thinly sliced bunch scallions and the noodles. Top with 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds.— Lemon-ginger barley soup: Add 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth, 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, and 3/4 cup quick-cooking barley to a large saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes, then add the meat and its cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper. This Jan. 19, 2015 photo shows slow cooker pulled chicken pesto pizza in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)center_img This Jan. 19, 2015 photo shows slow cooker pulled chicken coconut curry in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) This Jan. 19, 2015 photo shows slow cooker pulled chicken pesto pizza in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)last_img read more

Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgSaturday 16 Apr Division 1 LeagueAt Cregg, Annaghdown V Cortoon Shamrocks, 6pm, Ref: S HehirAt Indreabhán, Mícheál Breathnach V Tuam Stars, 6pm, Ref: K QuinnAt Killannin, Killanin V St Michael’s, 7pm, Ref: M Ó GríofaDivision 2 LeagueAt Caherlistrane, Caherlistrane V Dunmore MacHales, 6pm, Ref: G CahillAt The Priarie, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Menlough, 6pm, Ref: M Mac GearailtAt Clonberne, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V Moycullen, 6pm, Ref: R Mc NicholasAt Kilconly, Kilconly V An Cheathrú Rua, 6pm, Ref: P.j. RabbitteDivision 3 League Play OffAt An Spideal, An Spidéal V Claregalway, 6pm, Ref: F KinneenDivision 4 LeagueAt Clonbur, An Fhairche – Clonbur V St Brendan’s, 6pm, Ref: A O ConnellAt Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V St Gabriel’s, 6pm, Ref: N DempseyDivision 5 (West) LeagueAt Clifden, Clifden V Oughterard, 6pm, Ref: M O MaininDivision 7 (North) LeagueAt Monivea, Monivea-Abbey V Tuam Stars, 6pm, Ref: P KellyAt Eyrecourt, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Sarsfields, 7pm, Ref: L Kelly Saturday 16 Apr U21 A Hurling Championship At Clarinbridge, Ardrahan V St Thomas, 6pm, Ref: A Kelly Football FixturesFriday 15 Apr Division 1 LeagueAt Milltown, Milltown V St. James, 7pm, Ref: G GuinanDivision 2 LeagueAt Caltra Pitch, Caltra V Killererin, 7.30pm, Ref: G O ConamhaDivision 3 LeagueAt Corofin , Corofin V Oileáin Árainn, 7.45pm,  Ref: G MooreDivision 7 (North) LeagueAt Athenry, Athenry V Menlough, 7pm, Ref: G DalyAt Caherlistrane, Caherlistrane V St Brendan’s, 7pm, Ref: P HansberryU21 A North Football Championship Semi finalAt Headford, Headford V Mountbellew/Moylough, 7pm, Ref: R Mc NicholasMinor A Football League – NorthAt Clonberne, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V Oranmore-Maree, 7pm, Ref: TBCMinor B Football League – West At Oughterard, Oughterard V Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh, 6:45pm, Ref: K Nally Friday 15 Apr U21 A Hurling Championship At Castlegar, Kilconieron V Oranmore-Maree,7pm, Ref: M ConwayAt Kenny Park, Turloughmore V Kilnadeema-Leitrim, 7pm, Ref: S HynesAt Duggan Park, Athenry V Liam Mellows, 7pm, Ref: D KellyAt Craughwell, Loughrea V Clarinbridge, 7pm, Ref: L GordonU21 B Hurling Championship At Ballinasloe (Club Grounds), Ballinasloe V Mullagh, 7pm, Ref: Sm MoranAt Abbeyknockmoy, Abbeyknockmoy V Kinvara, 7.15pm Ref: E ShaughnessyAt Woodford, Tommy Larkins V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, 7pm, Ref: P CampbellAt Kilbeacanty, Michael Cusacks V Moycullen, 7pm, Ref: G O ConnorU21 C Hurling Championship At Ballygar, Ballygar V Annaghdown, 7pm, Ref: D CunninghamAt Sylane, Sylane V Mícheál Breathnach, 7.15pm, Ref: R Mc Nicholas Sunday 17 Apr Division 1 LeagueAt Corofin , Corofin V Mountbellew/Moylough, 5pm, Ref: J MolloyDivision 3 LeagueAt Carna, Cárna-Caiseal V Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir, 3pm, Ref: T FahertyAt Glenamaddy, Glenamaddy V Oughterard, 3pm, Ref: N DempseyDivision 4 LeagueAt Athenry, Athenry V An Cheathrú Rua, 2.30pm, Ref: G MooreDivision 5 (North) LeagueAt Claregalway, Claregalway V Oranmore-Maree, 12i.n, Ref: T KerinDivision 6 (North) LeagueAt Clonberne, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V Williamstown, 12i.n, Ref: T KeatingDivision 6 (West) LeagueAt An Spideal, An Spidéal V Fr Griffins/Éire Óg, 12i.n, Ref: M O CurraoinAt The Priarie, Salthill-Knocknacarra V St Michael’s, 12i.n, Ref: G CahillU21 B North Football Championship Semi FinalAt Caltra Pitch, Caltra V Dunmore MacHales, 2pm, Ref: G GuinanMinor A Football League – NorthAt Oranmore, Oranmore-Maree V Monivea-Abbey, 2.30pm, Ref: M CollinsMinor B1 Football League – NorthAt Ballygar, St Brendan’s V Caherlistrane, 12i.n, Ref: P.j. RabbitteMinor B2 Football League – NorthAt Kilconnell, St Gabriel’s V An Fhairche – Clonbur, 12i.n, Ref: M GavinAt Athenry, Athenry V Loughrea, 12i.n, Ref: G Moore Monday 18 Apr U21 B Hurling Championship At Ballymacward, Pádraig Pearses V Abbeyknockmoy, 7pm, Ref: M DolanAt Eyrecourt, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Tommy Larkins, 7pm, Ref: D DillonAt Moycullen, Moycullen V Cois Fharraige, 7pm, Ref: P Fahy U21 B Hurling Championship At Tonabrocky, Rahoon-Newcastle V Gort, 2.30pm, Ref: F BerminghamAt Kinvara, Kinvara V Ballinderreen, 6.30pm, Ref: J LarkinAt Killimordaly, Killimordaly V Killimor, 6.30pm, Ref: J LundonAt Portumna, Portumna V Carnmore, 6.30pm, Ref: Sm Morancenter_img Thursday 14 Apr Sunday 17 Apr U21 A Hurling Championship At Craughwell, Kilnadeema-Leitrim V Kilconieron, 6.30pm, Ref: M ConwayAt Carnmore, Turloughmore V Oranmore-Maree, 6.30pm, Ref: P GreeneAt Gort, Athenry V Cappataggle, 6.30pm, Ref: J Mc DonaghAt Kenny Park, Sarsfields V Liam Mellows, 6.30pm, Ref: G DonoghueAt Duggan Park, Craughwell V Loughrea, 6.30pm, Ref: D Kelly Junior 1 Hurling Championship At Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V Menlo Emmetts, 7pm, Ref: J RosneyU21 A Hurling Championship At Duggan Park, Sarsfields V Cappataggle, 7pm, Ref: M HavertyU21 B Hurling Championship At Ballinderreen, Ballinderreen V Kiltormer,7pm, Ref: K Egan Wednesday 20 Apr Minor A Football League – NorthAt Mountbellew, Mountbellew/Moylough V Monivea-Abbey, 7pm, Ref: P KellyAt Cregg, Annaghdown V Kilkerrin-Clonberne, 7pm, Ref: Mn CollinsAt Oranmore, Oranmore-Maree V Claregalway, 7pm, Ref: R Mc NicholasMinor B1 Football League – NorthAt Dunmore, Dunmore MacHales V Tuam Stars, 7pm, Ref: A O ConnellAt Glenamaddy, Glenamaddy/Glinsk V Caherlistrane, 7pm, Ref: N DempseyAt Menlough, Menlough V St Brendan’s, 7pm, Ref: M GavinMinor B2 Football League – NorthAt Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V An Fhairche – Clonbur, 7pm, Ref: P QuinnAt Loughrea, Loughrea V Headford, 7pm, Ref: L KellyAt Athenry, Athenry V St Gabriel’s, 7pm, Ref: M RuaneMinor C Football League – NorthAt Barnaderg , Killererin V Kilconly, 7pm, Ref: G MooreAt Caltra Pitch, Caltra V Milltown, 7pm, Ref: S LyonsAt Cortoon Shamrocks, Cortoon Shamrocks V Williamstown, 7pm, Ref: G DalyMinor A Football League – WestAt The Priarie, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Barna, 7pm, Ref: K QuinnAt An Spideal, An Spidéal V Moycullen, 7pm, Ref: J MolloyMinor B Football League – West At Killannin, Killanin V An Cheathrú Rua, 7pm, Ref: G CahillAt Leitir Móir, Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir V Oughterard, 7pm, Ref: M Mac GearailtAt Mervue, St. James V Mícheál Breathnach,7pm, Ref: T NallyAt Carna, Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh V Clifden / Renvyle, 7pm, Ref: M Ó Gríofaprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Hurling Fixtureslast_img read more

Agriculture for youths

first_imgWell, if this is October, it has to be ‘Agriculture Month’. I wonder when those titbits from Primary School – along with wondering what’s the “theme” – will fade away! But my thoughts still also inevitably wander to the five years of Agricultural Science I’d persevered through high school. People might look at me or any of my peers and think, ‘What could a bunch of kids possibly know about agriculture?’If the truth be told, we know more than a thing or two. You’d be surprised at the excruciatingly detailed agricultural minutiae we had to absorb. We know the exact spacing for planting bora; we know the signs when a cow may be ailing – and a great deal about keeping the books to ensure the farm is sustainable. We even have hands-on experience – literally! We’ve planted the aforementioned bora, we’ve planted ochro and we’ve even raised and plucked chickens (Not for the queasy stomach!).But the problem is that all that slogging away and hours of tedious work in our Agri plot is really for naught. None of us are really planning to pursue careers in Agriculture. And I don’t think the home garden I plan for my backyard in the future is what the Ministry had in mind when they placed Agri on our curriculum. Or was it?But I do think that’s so because no one from the agricultural sector ever really come in to Queens to talk to us, to get us all hyped up about a career in agriculture. We’ve had doctors, lawyers, medical transcriptionists, but no horticulturalists, no biological engineers.And in everyday life, we go to the doctors to get a check-up, we go to the bank to deposit money, we pass policepeople on the road on our way to work or school. We have a good idea of what exactly these jobs entail; we get inspired to choose one of these careers. I’ve never met a genetic engineer, but I’m sure that the things they do have to be pretty exciting – I mean, experimenting with plants at the genetic level, creating totally new varieties of plants!But I’ve never really entertained any thoughts about being a genetic engineer in botany. I’ve never entertained any thoughts outside of medicine, actually. I’ve met loads of doctors; I like their job, so I’m going into medicine.So I’d suggest there needs to be some system in place to get kids more aware about the possible careers Agriculture has to offer. After all, agriculture is our “comparative advantage” and unless we succeed here, we really have failed. For instance, now that it looks like we’re getting out of sugar…bright young people with solid grounding in modern agriculture could finally make Guyana the “breadbasket of the Caribbean”.Yes, there’s a little section in the syllabus that deals with that, but those careers are basically just words in a textbook. We need to have people in these Agricultural careers come in and talk to us about what they do, about what their jobs entail, so that we can see that they’re real people and these are real careers that we can think about pursuing.Because we can have all the doctors, lawyers and economists in the world, but they won’t be of any use if we’re not producing food: we’ll just all starve to death.My analogy is a bit drastic, I know, but we do have a bit of a problem. For a country whose comparative advantage is agriculture, not enough kids are thinking about agriculture as careers. Suddenly we’re hearing about mega farms (funded by T&T) but those operations need more skills and knowledge than wielding a cutlass. And those skills are being allowed to wither on the vine (pun intended) in youths.So maybe, we’ll now see some agronomists on ‘career day’?last_img read more

Testing times for Regional Heads

first_imgHeads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will meet in Guyana for their 37th Regular Meeting on 4-6 July, 2016, and as expected some of the most pressing issues currently affecting the Region will take centre stage.As stated by Caricom, in the search for opportunities and regional solutions to challenges, the Meeting will advance matters pertaining to regional security – economic and otherwise; and the social wellbeing of the approximately 16 million people who make up the Caribbean Community.Certainly, issues relating to the number of threats the Region continues to face in relation to its financial and economic stability will dominate the discussions; chief among these are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet to be determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.As it relates to Brexit, some experts have already warned of the potential negative effects this latest development could have on the Region’s economies; and stakeholders will be anxiously waiting to see how the regional grouping will tackle the issue. For example, what policy decisions leaders will make that will seek to ensure that the impact on the region’s economies are minimised as far as possible.Already we are seeing concerns being raised, ranging from a potential drop in arrivals in tourist dependent Member States such as Saint Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, to a decrease in development assistance and possible effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.Only a few days ago, at a University of the West Indies (UWI) forum organised to discuss the impact of Brexit, Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles offered some useful recommendations that Carciom leaders could explore during their two-day meeting here. Beckles underscored the need for Caricom to move as a matter of urgency to reinvent the scenario post emancipation, which saw Caribbean indigenous people networking freely across the region. He suggested that a Task Force be set up immediately, with the involvement of UWI, to research, monitor and report on the weekly developments that will take place over the next two years. For him, it is necessary that leaders in government and the private sector have access to factual, detailed information on an ongoing basis in order to guide their thinking and decisions.Additionally, he recommended that Caricom set up a Regional Research and Development Fund in order to facilitate innovation within the private sector that is required to strengthen entrepreneurship. He noted that the regional economy is at a stage where it can only compete at the level of innovation, and it is failing to do so because of inadequate research and development within production.He argued that the region: “Must also strengthen the conversation around and renegotiate the various agreements that can strengthen and expand the CARIFORUM (EU Economic Partnership Agreement), including pacts negotiated by the African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) which the Caribbean has not taken full advantage of over several years and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).”Another pressing issue that will no doubt engage the leaders relates to the challenges confronting the Region as a result of de-risking. According to Caricom, the de-risking scenario is that it is unfair, and the predictions about its impact on the Region are dire.Experts have concluded that transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients are among the areas that have been affected by de-risking. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.While we are fully aware that these are all complex issues and there are certainly no easy fixes, it would be reasonable to expect regional heads to consider seriously the views and recommendations of the various partners and stakeholders and take the bold decisions which are crucial to resolve them.This is certainly a time when the Region’s leadership will be tested.last_img read more

Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat

first_imgMOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu If the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cupcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

‘Frustrated’ Wozniacki says opponent got ‘lucky’ in Roland Garros win

first_imgPBA D-League: San Sebastian books semis seat, outlasts Che’lu in OT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu For Wozniacki now, her focus will turn to the grass-court season, in which she has struggled in the past — never having reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals.“I haven’t had the best lead-up to this tournament,” she said.“I had a calf injury so haven’t really been able to play or practise for a couple of weeks.“My calf now feels good so that’s a positive so I’m definitely going to go back and work hard and get ready for the grass season.”It was the first time Wozniacki had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon three years ago.“I just have to try and stay positive, and obviously it’s not as easy to stay positive when things aren’t going your way,” she added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s definitely frustrating. You want to win, you work hard and you want to see results.“It hasn’t been a great year for me so far, so I’m going to work hard and try and turn it around.”The 22-year-old Kudermetova cruised to victory in the decider on a sparsely-populated Court Philippe Chatrier to claim the biggest win of her career.She will face either Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas or French wildcard Audrey Albie in the second round, having only made her main-draw debut at a Grand Slam event with a first-round Australian Open loss in January.“I was a little bit nervous at the start of the match, but I took it game by game and tried to be more aggressive,” said the Russian.ADVERTISEMENT Last year’s Australian Open champion lost her way in the second set, though, making 10 unforced errors, but said her opponent was fortunate to turn the match around.“I think she got very lucky at the start of the second set and took advantage of the opportunities she got,” said Wozniacki.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I ran out of steam in the end and made some unforced errors that I don’t usually do, so that was very frustrating.“She had a few net chords and good shots on some of the important points at the start of the second set. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki reacts as she plays against Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova during their women’s singles first round match on day two of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 27, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was left “frustrated” after collapsing to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Russian world number 68 Veronika Kudermetova in the French Open first round on Monday and told her opponent she “got lucky”.The Danish 13th seed had retired injured from her two previous matches in the lead-up to Roland Garros, but looked to have found form in a one-sided opening set.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

FIFA bans Qatari official from Asian vote

first_imgFIFA has not revealed the subject of the inquiry, but it is not connected with the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar will host.Mohannadi denies any wrongdoing and had been cleared to stand in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections in Goa, India, on Tuesday before the AFC announced that he’d been ruled out.“FIFA has advised the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that, based on the report of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, it has decided Mr Saoud A. Aziz Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) is not eligible to stand in the elections for the FIFA Council,” the AFC said in a statement late Sunday.Six candidates from Asia, including China and North Korea, will vie at the AFC extraordinary congress in Goa for three seats on FIFA’s council, which was set up under anti-corruption reforms earlier this year.FIFA’s all-powerful executive committee, which had become the epicentre of corruption at the organisation, was rebranded as a FIFA council at the body’s congress in Mexico earlier this year.It was created to operate in a similar way to a company’s board of directors as part of plans to make the organisation more transparent, including in the awarding of host countries for World Cups, following a string of corruption scandals.Three male candidates — Zhang Jian of China, Iran’s Ali Kafashian Naeni and Zainudin Nordin of Singapore — will compete for two of the seats in Tuesday’s vote, which will be attended by FIFA President Gianni InfantinoThree women are contesting the third slot under FIFA’s reforms which state that each confederation must have a minimum of one female representative on the council.Former Australian footballer Moya Dodd is favourite to pip Mahfuza Ahkter of Bangladesh and North Korea’s Han Un-Gyong to be the AFC female representative.Infantino is undertaking a clean-up of FIFA after a series of corruption scandals and bribery allegations plunged the body into crisis.Former president Sepp Blatter is serving a six-year ban from football over ethics violations while former secretary-general Jerome Valcke was banned for 10 years over misconduct regarding television deals and 2014 World Cup ticket sales.Allegations of vote-buying have also dogged the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Allegations of vote-buying have dogged the awarding of the FIFA 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar © AFP/File / Michael BuholzerPANAJI, India, Sep 26 – World football body FIFA has banned a senior Qatari official from running in elections for a seat on its new-look council over an investigation.Scandal-plagued FIFA’s ethics committee last month recommended a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game for Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry.last_img read more

Simeone rabble-rouses beaten down Atletico Madrid to believe

first_imgSimeone has been in charge for what he described this weekend as “nearly six marvellous years.”In that time he has led Atletico to their first league title in 18 years, ended a 14-year winless streak against Real and put the club back on the map in Europe.But the defeats in the past three seasons have been all the more heartbreaking as they have come by the slimmest of margins.Real equalised in the 93rd minute of the 2014 final en route to winning their long-awaited 10th European Cup. Another late goal edged a quarter-final tie 1-0 in 2015 and last year it took a penalty shootout to separate the two when they met in the final again.For the first time last week’s first leg truly showed the gulf that still exists between the sides in terms of resources.Real’s financial muscle even threatens to break up this Atletico side.Theo Hernandez looks set to become the first player to cross the Madrid divide since 2000 this summer.A move for the 19-year-old is seen as Real’s first step to breaking a gentleman’s agreement not to poach Atletico’s best players ahead of a bid to snatch their top scorer Antoine Griezmann in 2018.“Tell me how does it feel,” said a huge banner released from the Real fans before kick-off at the Bernabeu last Tuesday alongside signs for Lisbon and Milan, the two cities where Atletico lost to Real in the final in the past three years.– “Proud of our players” –And yet as the stadium emptied nearly two hours later, it was the Atletico fans, beaten but unbowed, who sang the club’s anthem into the night.That scene was repeated as the Atletico fans stayed behind after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Eibar, demanding the team return to the pitch from the dressing room to serenade them with chants of “proud of our players.”That loyalty in the face of adversity is in contrast to the demands put upon Real’s players.A Real Madrid fan (L) and an Atletico fan pose in the grandstand before the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on May 2, 2017 © AFP/File / CURTO DE LA TORREEven after scoring hat-tricks against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and Atletico last week, Real’s all-time top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo said “all he wanted” from the home fans was not to be jeered.“Know how to win, know how to lose, #theycannotunderstand” Atletico posted pointedly on the club’s Twitter feed on Sunday.“Don’t stop believing,” has also been a consistent emblem of Simeone’s time in charge of Atletico.And the Argentine has been relentlessly positive over the past week in the midst of Atletico’s despair.“We have to do something impossible and being Atletico Madrid we might be capable of it,” he said immediately after the first leg.“I am convinced of it,” he repeated on Saturday. “If I wasn’t I wouldn’t say it. If we are united and understand that it is a semi-final at home we have a chance.”Atletico’s home record in the Champions League under Simeone does give some small cause for optimism.Los Rojiblancos have won 17 and drawn four of their 21 Champions League home games in the past four years, keeping 17 clean sheets.Of those results, though, only those gained against modest opponents like Austria Vienna, Olympiakos, Malmo and Astana would be enough for Atletico to go through.Most Atletico fans would settle just for finally beating Real on a famous last European night at the Calderon, even if it doesn’t stop their bitterest rivals from making the final once more.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s coach Diego Simeone has been in charge for what he described as “nearly six marvellous years” © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, May 9 – For all coach Diego Simeone has changed at Atletico Madrid, one thing remains the same — an inferiority complex when faced with their richer, more successful cross-city rivals Real Madrid.Atletico have a huge task to overturn a 3-0 semi-final first-leg deficit if they are to avoid elimination at the hands of Real in the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season in the last ever European game at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium on Wednesday.last_img read more

‘Insatiable’ Real Madrid hailed masters of Europe

first_img“The twelfth for the insatiable,” ran the front cover of Madrid sports daily AS.Ronaldo’s double saw him become the first man to score in three Champions League finals. He finishes the season for the fifth straight year as the competition’s top scorer with 12 goals and the Portuguese moves closer to matching Lionel Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or five times.“Cristiano MVP of the final and a step away from his fifth Ballon d’Or,” added AS.Madrid’s other sports daily Marca declared Real “masters of the universe.”“A thrashing by Real Madrid of Juve to win the twelfth,” continued it’s front page.Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League, beating Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff on June 3, 2017 © AFP / Paul DEFOSSEUXPictures of captain Sergio Ramos lifting the famous big-eared trophy and a smiling Ronaldo dominated across the front pages and online editions.“Real Madrid without limits,” declared Spain’s oldest newspaper ABC, whilst La Razon described Zinedine Zidane’s men as “12 times kings.”“The 12th of a Madrid for the ages,” said El Mundo to hail Madrid’s dominance of Europe’s premier club competition in recent seasons.Real extend their lead as the most successful side in the history of the competition with AC Milan’s seven titles a long way back as second best.A huge part of that success is due to winning the first five editions of the competition between 1955 and 1960 and El Pais invoked memories of that side as they led with “Real Madrid enter into a new golden age.”Madrid’s victory at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was so resounding that is was even applauded over in Catalonia — home of Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona.Barcelona-based newspapers Sport and Mundo Deportivo had published front pages on Saturday morning openly supporting Juventus.Meanwhile, public Catalan TV station TV3 broadcast an advert backing the Italian champions — who beat Barca 3-0 in the quarter-finals — before the game as the “only 11 men capable of avoiding the unavoidable.”“Real Madrid, deserving champions,” said Sport on its front cover, although the main splash was left for Barca’s latest moves in the transfer market.Mundo Deportivo was more generous as it lauded the work done by Real’s coach Zidane to win a second Champions League after just 18 months in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.“Historic Zidane”, said their front cover.“The whites wiped the floor with Juventus after half-time and Ronaldo wins the top-scorer award with his double.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League, beating Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff on June 3, 2017 © UEFA/AFP/File / HandoutMADRID, Spain, Jun 4 – Real Madrid were labelled “insatiable” and “masters of the universe” by an adoring Spanish press on Sunday after writing more Champions League history by thrashing Juventus 4-1 to win the trophy for the 12th time.Led by two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid became the first side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy and claimed a third Champions League in just four years.last_img read more