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Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Major networks team up to air Pacquiao-Matthysse July 15 fight Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Brazil’s Neymar, left, runs with the ball during a practice session of the Brazil national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Brazil’s star forward Neymar is returning to training “better than expected,” after more than two months out with a broken foot bone, the Brazilian team physical trainer said Wednesday.The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who was injured in February and underwent surgery in Brazil, is in training with the national team in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the World Cup in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He has evolved well. He trains every day. I could even say that his development is better than expected,” the trainer, Fabio Mahseredjian, told journalists.Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who led the operation on Neymar in March, said “he’s regaining his usual movements bit by bit. The next step is full group training and then play games. Everything is being done for him to feel at ease.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNeymar will have a chance to get back to match fitness with a friendly against Croatia on June 3 and Austria on June 10. The team opens their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.Meanwhile, winger Douglas Costa suffered a “minor muscular injury,” Lasmar said, and could miss the friendlies. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—University of the Philippines jumped to the fourth seed of the standings after taking care of National University, 82-71, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Ynares Center here.The Fighting Maroons, who were tied with Far Eastern University prior to the game, improved to an even 6-6 card while the Bulldogs slipped to 3-8.ADVERTISEMENT Cansino vows bounce-back game from UST Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU will now have to rely on UP, University of Santo Tomas, and FEU to lose their remaining games if it hopes to enter the Final Four.UP started to create distance between the second and third quarters going on a 13-0 run the Bright Akhuetie finished off for the Fighting Maroons’ 44-30 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Bulldogs, though, were able to get within striking distance after Dave Ildefonso buried back-to-back three-pointers to trim UP’s lead to seven, 76-69, with less than two minutes left.UP’s seniors Gelo Vito and Paul Desiderio, however, responded NU’s rally in the final two minutes. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vito was the first to hit, on a second-chance layup in transition, which put UP ahead 78-69 while Desiderio followed that up with a clutch basket with 37.4 seconds left for the Fighting Maroons’ 80-71 buffer.“The emphasis was we agreed that we have to be 11 games wiser now,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “There were a lot of times that we didn’t mature in the games we had in the past especially going up against strong rallies and NU was poised to have a strong rally again.”Bright Akhuetie led UP’s scorers with 24 points while grabbing 10 boards with Desiderio putting up 12, eight in the fourth, and Vito scoring a total of 10 points after tallying seven points in the final frame.Ildefonso had a game-high 24 points with six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES
0Shares0000Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took another step towards the 2018 World Cup with a good performance for Germany juniors against the senior team in a practice match on Wednesday at the Rungghof training center in Girlan, northern Italy. © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINABERLIN, Germany, May 30 – Manuel Neuer took another step towards the World Cup, after eight months sidelined with injury, by impressing in a training match for Germany’s Under-20 against the senior team on Wednesday.Germany’s captain and goalkeeper, who suffered a fractured foot last September, impressed for the junior team in a 2-0 defeat by the senior Germany team. He was only beaten by a Thomas Mueller penalty and a goal from Julian Draxler in the shortened training match, which was 35 minutes per half.“He faced some shots on goal and made a few very good saves. It is another step in the right direction,” said Germany’s assistant coach Thomas Schneider.On Monday, Neuer played his first game back in a 7-1 win over the Under-20 team at Germany’s World Cup training camp in north Italy, but his presence in the junior goal made for a much closer scoreline on Wednesday.On Saturday, Neuer will play his first full match after injury in Germany’s friendly away game against Austria in Klagenfurt.Germany head coach Joachim Loew has said Neuer will travel to the World Cup as his first-choice providing he proves his fitness ahead of their opening game against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.Loew has taken 27 players with him for their training camp, including four ‘keepers, with four to be cut before the list of the official 23-man squad is delivered to FIFA on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer points out during a past English Premier League matchWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United have no further margin for error in their bid to secure a top-four finish after a damaging 2-1 defeat against Wolves on Tuesday.Ashley Young’s needless dismissal and Chris Smalling’s farcical own goal were the low points of a disappointing evening for Solskjaer’s side at Molineux. United had been set a target of 15 points from their remaining seven games by the manager before their visit to Molineux.That total is now 15 points from six matches, with games to come against both Manchester City and Chelsea at Old Trafford, a target which Solskjaer admits leaves no room for mistakes.“I’m as confident as I was three hours ago,” joked Solskjaer after the defeat.“I said we need 15 points from our last seven games and now we need 15 from our last six.“It’s difficult but then again, we’re a very good team and it’s going to be difficult for anybody who plays against us.“This was a tough game but a performance that deserved a win.”Scott McTominay’s first goal for United was equalised by Diogo Jota before the interval, but the game’s turning point proved to be a second yellow card collected by Young with just 57 minutes gone.Young was booked twice in the space of five minutes for fouls on Jota, the second a particularly unpleasant high challenge.“When you’re on a yellow you’re always in danger of it being a yellow card again,” said Solskjaer.“Probably it was a bad decision by Ashley but in the heat of the moment he reached for the ball and was a little bit too high, it made it more difficult.“We didn’t get the pressure built that we expected, so we kept possession well but then they scored with the first chance they put the ball in the box.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This country is justifiably proud of its press freedoms, but on one count – a federal shield law for reporters – an important guarantee is missing. ? Example A is the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case. Two (San Francisco) Chronicle reporters cited secret federal grand jury testimony to detail a world of drug use that taints baseball. Within months, the sport began a crackdown on the problem, a step that likely would never have happened had the steroid story remained secret. But the reporters faced prison time for refusing to name their source when (federal) prosecutors demanded their sources. ? It’s not an isolated case. The Newspaper Association of America found more than 40 reporters and media outlets were challenged in federal court to produce confidential material. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City? (A shield) measure (now before the Senate Judiciary Committee) would oblige reporters to reveal a source in the name of national security or imminent danger, two acceptable exceptions. ? The shield measures would ? recognize (that) confidential sources are essential to reporting the news – and protecting the public’s right to know. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tickets for Strictly Come Dancing on Friday week, March 9th are almost sold out. We will hold only 1 ticket collection for the big event this Sunday (March 4th) in the clubhouse between 11am – 1pm, along with a Registration morning – this is a great opportunity to get your ticket and get your or your children’s Registration for 2012 sorted.Please note the U-6, U-8 & U-10 indoor hurling / camogie finishes this week and will resume after Easter outdoors, see the notes for details. Please contact Fergus McGee if you are interested in taking part in the Rith charity run on Thursday (tomorrow) week (March 8th). We are looking for members in club colours to carry the baton as it makes its way into Letterkenny from Illistrin. It will arrive there around 4pm.Well done to all our winners from Friday night’s Presentation night in the Old Orchard Inn. Pride of place goes to our latest Hall of Fame winner, the great Conn Halpin. Conn was a member of the 1st ever St. Eunan’s team to win the Co. title in 1948 when he lined out at corner back. He was also a goalkeeper of great distinction, lining out between the sticks in Donegal’s first ever game in Croke Park, the National League semi-final against Cork in 1952. Conn won 2 League medals in 1952 and 1954 before adding another Senior Championship medal in 1956. Alas, Conn emigrated to London in 1957 at just 26 years of age and the Black & Amber was deprived of a true legend. The full list of winners was: Appreciation Award – Adrian Shiels; Hurling Appreciation Award – Joanne Organ; Minor Hurling Player of the Year – Conor McVeigh; Minor Footballer of the Year – Mark Forde; Ladies Young Player of the Year – Lauren O’Connell & Kaneshia McKinney; Young Hurler of the Year – Kevin Meehan; Young Footballer of the Year – Lee McMonagle; Cultural Award – Emer McGeehin; Junior Player of the Year – Dwyer Rafferty; Senior Reserve Player of the Year – Brian “Barney” McDermott; Senior Ladies Player of the Year – Bernie Cunningham; Senior Footballer of the Year – Mick Martin; Club Person of the Year Charlie Harvey & Anne Forde; Hall of Fame – Conn Halpin. Thank you to the Management and Staff of the Orchard Inn that served up a first class meal. Comhghairdeas le Seán Óg Ó Feannaidh a bhain craobh na contae i gcomórtas amhránaíocht aonair de scór sinsir i nGleann t-Súilí ag an deireadh seachtaine. Seán Feeney gave a tremendous performance to win the county final of Scór Sinisir in the solo singing category and we wish him success when he represents club and county in the Ulster semi final in Glenswilly on the 9thMarch where he will be up against the county champions in solo singing from Tyrone and Fermanagh. The St. Eunans ballad group and the instrumental group also took part in the county final in Glenswilly at the weekend and they both gave top class performances but unfortunately did not qualify for the Ulster semi final. Míle buíochas to all who represented the club this year in Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsir and it is encouraging that CLG Naomh Adhamhnáin are continuing to be highly proactive in the promotion of cultural activities. Seo páirt tabhachta do’n Chumann Lúthchleas Gaeil.Tickets are now on sale for Strictly Come Dancing that takes place in less than two weeks on Friday, March 9th and are almost sold out already. To ensure you get your ticket contact Paul McGovern (086-8114151), Elaina Gallagher (087-2901541) or Dermot Higgins (087-6672118) asap. There aren’t many tickets left but we will be holding a ticket collection along with the Registration morning this Sunday in the Clubhouse between 11am – 1pmThe club is taking part in the RITH event this year. It arrives in Letterkenny on Thursday, March 8th at approx. 4pm. We will have the honour of carrying the baton from Illistrin into the Town over a 1km stretch. All volunteers please contact Fergus McGee (086-8544445) if you want to participate.The U-16 boys footballers begin their League campaigns this Sunday (March 4th). The Div. 1 team are at home to Gaoth Dobhair while the Div. 2 team travel to St. Michael’s. Both games throw-in at 12noon.This week is the last week of U-16. U-8 and U-10 indoor hurling / camogie training. Training will resume outdoors after Easter, please check the notes for details. The U12 Camogie training is also in the Aura 7-8pm. The Hurling/Camogie Academies run each Friday. The U-12 Hurlers played 9 indoor games in 3 weeks and only lost one game. Well done to all the hurlers.All underage managers are reminded to contact their players and Anne Forde for Registration. All players must be registered with the Northern Board by the end of February. There will be a Registration day this Sunday, March 4th in the Clubhouse between 11am – 1pm.There were 6 winners in this week’s Lotto draw. They matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. Kevion Rafferty, Thornberry; Brigid Lyons, Kiltoy; Ciaran Maguire, Sallaghagrane (all card); aidy McLaughlin c/o Glencar Inn; Jack McLaughlin, c/o Blake’s Bar and Dinger, c/o Adrian (all Adrian). Winnings can be collected from Blake’s.We extend our sympathies this week to the Curran family, the Duffy family Ballymacool and to Michael Keane and family on their recent bereavements. 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KANATA, Ontario — The Sharks over the last few games — even though they didn’t always get the result they wanted — could usually say afterward that there were at least a positives they could build on going forward.Then they arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday and it appeared they had learned almost nothing at all.The Sharks fell behind by two goals late in the first period and never fully recovered in a dismal 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the team that was thought to be the most …
African romance writers are creating waves from Lagos to Cape Town with a range of books that empower women. Ankara Press books offer readers alternative models of behaviour compared to those of traditional romances, which rely on ideas of male dominance. Cape Town author Amina Thula writes romance novels; she is one of a series of romance writers published by Ankara Press. The imprint aims to give a fresh spin on the genre, with books written by Africans, for Africans. (Image supplied) Priya Pitamber Forget Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey; Sindi Mali and Edward Boateng are steaming up the pages in Africa. Sindi and Edward are the main characters in The Elevator Kiss, written by Cape Town author Amina Thula. As the title suggests, the protagonists meet in a lift during Christmas, and kiss under the mistletoe. It is a kiss that changes both their lives.The Elevator Kiss is part of a group of novels published by the romance imprint Ankara Press; every one of its books is by an African author. Publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf first started Cassava Republic Press; a few years later, she started Ankara because “so many people read romance and it is also quite commercially viable”.Bakare-Yusuf said she felt the romance genre was an important vehicle for reconfiguring gender relations. “Not only just configuring gender relations but to show Africans in pursuit of love and erotic desire in a healthy and wholesome way,” she explained. “Romance is a genre that appeals to masses of women – and men – and it is therefore a good place to infuse transformative ideas about romance and desire.”According to the Ankara Press website, the imprint’s mission “is to publish a new kind of romance, in which the thrill of fantasy is alive but realised in a healthier and more grounded way”.No damsel in distress hereThula said most romantic sagas had a female character who, by the end of the story, had undergone a deep inner change. Her story of Sindi and Edward was different, however; it was “a personal journey for both of them and they both grow and change parallel to one another as their tale unfolds”.Edward did not have knight-in-shining-armour syndrome, and Sindi did not need rescuing. “When Edward does something for Sindi, it is normally the result of the situation and is not because he is trying to be her hero,” explained Thula. “Both main characters are well-rounded individuals who can deal with their own personal issues. They would never need a crutch because they are both very capable, have self-awareness and a healthy esteem.”Empower and enlightenThe books brought a fresh perspective compared to the more traditional romance novels. “We want to offer readers alternative models of behaviour from those provided by romances such as Mills and Boon,” explained Bakare-Yusuf. “In the past, romance novels have relied on dangerous notions of male dominance, control and manipulation that can be harmful to women. Many women tolerate abusive situations because they wrongly believe that this is what romance should look like.”She said Ankara’s titles aimed to empower women by showing what a healthy, balanced and passionate relationship could be. “It’s about giving women the permission to create the contours of their own sexual universe by providing them with representations of other women who have done it. And we felt it was equally important to give examples of men who are in touch with their own emotions and who are expressive.”Ankara stories feature young, self-assured and independent women who work, play and, of course, fall madly in love in vibrant African cities from Lagos to Cape Town. Ankara men are confident, emotionally expressive and not afraid of independent and sexually assertive women. “Our sensuous books will challenge romance stereotypes and empower women to love themselves in their search for love, romance and wholesome sex,” reads the website.Thula would also like to transform the romance genre and the portrayal of Africans in literature. “It’s about time we Africans dictated who we are and showed the world there is so much more to us than war, crime, famine and poverty,” she said. “I also think the romance genre has garnered an unfair reputation over the years. If there’s one thing we need more of in this world, it is love. We need to relearn how to love and relate to each other in a healthy and respectful manner.”A worthwhile readAinehi Edoro, writing on the lifestyle and entertainment website Bella Naija, described The Elevator Kiss as an effortless page turner. Sindi was not a typical romance heroine, she wrote. “She is not confused about her worth. She knows she is beautiful and smart. And most of all, she knows her body. She understands her desires and is not afraid or too shy to make a man satisfy them.“For those of us tired of romance stories where the woman has to wait for the man to make every move, Amina Thula has indeed given us a gift.”While reading the book, she also tweeted:Cant sleep. In bed reading Elevator Kiss. What do I think of it? Marvelous! *in bridget jones’ voice.* @jeremyweate pic.twitter.com/XKz2ReQAqT— BRITTLE PAPER (@brittlepaper) December 20, 2014I bought all @ankarapress new offerings because of the splendid covers, brilliant writers and yes I love romantic stories.— Agbonsbobo (@agbonsbobo) January 18, 2015Users who downloaded The Elevator Kiss also left their thoughts on the Ankara website. Lila described the story as “wistful, captivating and totally enthralling”. Another reader who went by the alias DL at first was hesitant to read it because of a disconnect in cultural experiences but “was pleasantly surprised to discover that was not the case”, and applauded the author: “Well done Amina, this was beautiful!”Bakare-Yusuf loved all six titles in the imprint, all for different reasons. “Each book provides a perspective and opportunity to enter into the interior world of the characters and go on a journey with them as they search for love and in the process come to terms with who they are as individuals.” Each book provided an alternative view of femininity and masculinity.Adventure and imaginationWhen Thula was a child, she wanted to become an historian or an archaeologist. “That dream was built on a lust for epic adventures, adrenaline-inducing action and high-level conspiracy and espionage – blame it on Wilbur Smith and Indiana Jones,” she joked. Now she is a student and author, even though she wrote the book with no expectation of it being published. In fact, she was certain Ankara would reject her manuscript.The book began with Thula testing her creativity. “After I finished the first three chapters, I emailed them to a friend who loved them so I decided to finish the story for her – it was going to be a gift for her,” she explained. “It took me almost a year before I sat down and wrote The Elevator Kiss because at first I couldn’t decide what genre to write. One day an innocent chance encounter with a neighbour in an elevator helped me decide on the genre and inspired the main characters’ meeting. The rest of the story flowed out from there on.”The other titles in the romance book series are:• A Tailor-Made Romance, Oyindamola Affinnih• Black Sparkle Romance, Amara Nicole Okolo• A Taste of Love, Sifa Asani Gowon• Love’s Persuasion, Ola Awonubi• Finding Love Again, Chioma Iwunze IbiamLooking to the future“We already have readers asking for more Ankara books, so the challenge is to keep up with them,” said Bakare-Yusuf. The publisher is working on the release of the next six titles, and while Ankara is concentrating on digital sales now, it also hopes to release audio and print books soon.“We are always looking for new authors, so if any readers think they have a romance novel inside them, I would encourage them to read the submission guidelines on our website and get in touch!” You never know, you could create the next Sindi Mali and Edward Boateng.”The e-books are available on the Ankara website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Security forces have cordoned off Tral in Pulwama district are after militants opened fired there. Preliminary reports suggest that gunshots were heard in Tral’s Seer area when Army was surveying a residential area. It’s not immediately confirmed whether the militants opened fire at the Army or it was an attempt to escape the area. A police official told The Hindu that the area, around 40 km away from Srinagar, has been cordoned off to trace the militants.