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Rejuvenated Dutch strike late, into Nations League s Final 4

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The Netherlands' recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday. Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a 90th-minute equalizer to seal a dramatic Dutch comeback in a 2-2 draw in Germany, allowing Ronald Koeman's rejuvenated side to top its qualifying group on goal difference ahead of France, and join fellow group winners Portugal, England and Switzerland in a five-day finals competition in June. So instead of seeing Kylian Mbappe, France's new wonderkid and star of the team's World Cup triumph in Russia in July, vying for another piece of international silverware, soccer fans will get to see if the Netherlands truly has turned the corner. The slump of the Dutch has been profound since they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They failed to qualify for an enlarged European Championship in 2016 and also didn't make it to the World Cup this year. Three coaches — Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat — came and went. And with Dutch soccer at club level also in strife, debate swirled as to how one of the long-time heavyweights of the world game could recover. Under Koeman, though, the future of the Oranje looks bright. Youngsters like center midfielder Frenkie de Jong and center back Matthijs de Ligt are regarded as two of the most promising players in the world; Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to their best form over the last 18 months; and, in Van Dijk, the Netherlands has one of the best defenders around. A rock for Liverpool this season and last, Van Dijk — soccer's most expensive defender following his $99 million move from Southampton in January — sidefooted in a cross from the left to follow up an 84th-minute goal from Quincy Promes that gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope in Gelsenkirchen. The Germans had gone 2-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Timo Werner's dipping shot from 25 meters and Leroy Sane's deflected effort from just inside the area. They couldn't hold on, though, and finished group play with no wins, just two points, and in something of a crisis. They didn't get out of their group in Russia in a dismal defense of their World Cup title, while relegation to League B of the Nations League — featuring Europe's second-tier teams — had already been confirmed after failing to win any of their first three group games. Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to stay in the job after the World Cup, but is now under mounting pressure. The Nations League, a new competition devised by UEFA to replace unpopular international friendlies with competitive matches between teams of a similar level, appears to have won over the skeptics, and the lineup for the Final Four is intriguing if hardly a marketer's dream. Portugal, which will be playing on home soil, has a superstar in Cristiano Ronaldo who should be back in the team after an extended absence from international soccer since the World Cup. England has Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and a talented, dynamic group of young players under forward-thinking coach Gareth Southgate. Switzerland, which hasn't reached a quarterfinal of an international tournament since 1954, will be the outsider. The Netherlands, at No. 15, will be the lowest-ranked team in the competition but should not be discounted. This victory came three days after the team produced one of its best performances in years to beat France 2-0, while it beat Portugal 3-0 in March and Germany by the same score at home in the Nations League. The draw for the Final Four, which comprises of two semifinals and then a third-place playoff and final, will take place in Dublin on Dec. 3. Some other loose ends were tied up in the Nations League, which offers teams a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020. The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the Nations League playoffs and compete for the last four qualifying places for Euro 2020. NORWAY, MACEDONIA PROMOTED Norway was promoted to the second-tier League B after finishing top of Group C3 with a 2-0 win at Cyprus. The Norwegians started the final round of group play tied for points with Bulgaria, which could only draw at home to Slovenia 1-1. Macedonia went up to League C after beating Gibraltar 4-0 to top Group D4. Armenia, the only team that could have finished above Macedonia, ended up second after drawing at Liechtenstein 2-2. SLOVAKIA RELEGATED Slovakia was relegated to League C after losing at neighbor Czech Republic 1-0, with Patrik Schick scoring the winner in the first half with a deft lob over the goalkeeper on a counterattack. Denmark was already guaranteed promotion to the top tier and Ireland was sure of being relegated before they drew 0-0 in Aarhus......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports18 hr. 49 min. ago Related News

Why China chose Arroyo over Aquino

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on July 24, 2012. Rappler is republishing this piece in time for Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to the Philippines this month. MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – If China became increasingly aggressive in defending its territorial claims in 2012, it was partly because of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2018Related News

Björk to present new show ‘Cornucopia’

The Shed, a major new arts center opening in New York City this spring, is hosting the world premiere of Bjrk's new concert production "Cornucopia". While full details of the production have yet to be revealed, "Cornucopia" will be presented in The Shed's largest space, the McCourt, and will feature Bjrk as well as the seven-piece female Icelandic flute ensemble Viibra. Conceived by Bjrk and directed by John Tiffany ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"), it will be, in Bjrk's words, "my most elaborate stage concert yet, where the acoustic and digital will shake hands, encouraged by a bespoke team of collaborators." The artist James Merry, who designed the futuristic headpiec...Keep on reading: Björk to present new show ‘Cornucopia’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 13th, 2018Related News

Net Garbo

The biggest piece still missing in the narco politics puzzle during the term of President Noynoy Aquino is former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr. who was reputed as a shoo-in for the PNP chief post had Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and now senatorial bet Mar Roxas won the presidency. […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Key cog Orizu returns in FEU win over NU

Far Eastern University center Prince Orizu was ready to push his body to its utmost limit despite just a few days removed from his injury recovery. Orizu played his first game back since suffering a high ankle sprain at the start of the second round in late October and he promised to give his all to help the Tamaraws break into the Final Four. "I have to push myself because it's really important for the team and me," said Orizu after FEU's 79-74 win over National University in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Orizu was the missing piece in FEU's rotation during its four-game skid that brought the Tamaraws to as low as sixth in ...Keep on reading: Key cog Orizu returns in FEU win over NU.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 11th, 2018Related News

Cave paintings from 40,000 years ago are world s earliest figurative art

TOKYO, Japan – A painting of an animal in an Indonesian cave dates from at least 40,000 years ago, making it the world's oldest piece of figurative art, new research has shown. The painting in Borneo, possibly depicting a native type of wild cattle, is among thousands of artworks discovered ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Hanson, the kings of ‘MMMBop,’ turn to orchestras — a review

Hanson, "String Theory" (3CG Records) The Hanson boys have done everything in their power to get you to listen beyond "MMMBop." They've put out solid new music, live CDs, Christmas albums --- OK, lots of Christmas albums --- greatest hits collections, and even covers of songs by U2 and Radiohead. Now they've gone uptown --- they've gone orchestral. The 23-track double album, "String Theory," finds Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson reworking past songs and unreleased ones for swaths of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. One new song, "Siren Call," uses a full 46-piece orchestra. Snark if you must, but anything that gets Hanson's music a fresh listen is welcomed. Why this ta...Keep on reading: Hanson, the kings of ‘MMMBop,’ turn to orchestras — a review.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 6th, 2018Related News

Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs

We think it timely to call attention today to a startling opinion piece by Dan Steinbock, published yesterday on page A5 of our Op-Ed section — titled “The economic costs of corruption in the Philippines.” If some of us are still wondering why President Rodrigo Duterte has placed such high importance on eradicating corruption under… link: Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 6th, 2018Related News

Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs

We think it timely to call attention today to a startling opinion piece by Dan Steinbock, published yesterday on page A5 of our Op-Ed section — titled “The economic costs...READ MORE The post Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Nov 5th, 2018Related News

Reward for fertile families: state land

ROME, Italy — Italy’s populist government plans to reward parents who have a third child by awarding them a piece of land, in a bid to reverse the country’s plummeting birth rate, media reported Wednesday. The plan, cooked up by the far-right League and included in the draft budget for next year, would see the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 31st, 2018Related News

Caitlyn Jenner nag-bathing suit sa Mexico

Walang takot ang transwoman na si Caitlyn Jenner na magsuot ng ­bathing suit sa kanyang 69th birthday na ginanap sa isang beach sa Los Cabos, Mexico. The former reality star and retired Olympian wore a white asymmetrical one-piece bathing suit with a green leaf-print cover-up layered on top. May suot din siyang wide-brimmed hat and… link: Caitlyn Jenner nag-bathing suit sa Mexico.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 31st, 2018Related News

Kaspersky Lab Challenges Whitehats to Find Flaws of IoT Devices in Global Competition

Kaspersky Lab is inviting ethical hackers, known as whitehats, from across the world to test the security of smart devices and industrial systems as it launches its fourth international industrial Capture the Flag (CTF) security competition. Any release of a new piece of technology is usually followed by waves of hacking attempts as cybercriminals search […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsOct 29th, 2018Related News

PEACETALK: The NCMF and its role in addressing the cultural concerns of the Muslim Filipinos

[Commissioner Yusuf Roque Morales of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) wrote his piece to highlight the mandates of his office in the field of culture and its different aspects. “Considering that one of the crucial defenses and elements to counter violent extremism is cultural preservation and propagation, this article aims to highlight the […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 29th, 2018Related News

PBA: Momentum on side, SMB welcomes back June Mar with open arms

CITY OF BIÑAN -- Safe to say, the San Miguel Beermen were able to do well without June Mar Fajardo. With the reigning four-time MVP out of action in the first nine games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the Beermen rose to the occasion and hurdled its obstacles. Losing import AZ Reid to injury, San Miguel called on replacement Kevin Murphy who turned up the heat and became one of the league's best scorers with 31.7 points per game.  This year's top draft pick Christian Standhardinger found his niche and played out of his mind, posting import-like averages of 25 points and 13.3 rebounds in the ten games thus far. Still recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, Fajardo just played 10 minutes and scored once in his conference debut, a clear indication that there is much more needed before being considered fully recovered. "Nakakakapanibago. Nahahabol na ako ng kondisyon. I mean, syempre ngayon lang ako nakatakbo ulit. Masaya ako nanalo kami. Credit sa mga teammates ko," Fajardo said after the game. In their final game against playoff hopefuls Meralco next Saturday, Nov. 3, Fajardo clarified he does not care how many minutes coach Leo Austria will give him but let out an assurance that he will give 100 percent every time. Coach Austria says Fajardo, who admitted that he was avoiding rough play to avoid re-injury, has a long time to get himself going once more. "Well, it's a good adjustment for us, especially June Mar. He could get back to his usual game. But it's very obvious na wala pa siya doon sa usual game," the three-time PBA Coach of the Year said. The team seemed to have been lost, mired in a 2-4 record, but definitely bounced back due to the stellar play of Murphy, Standhardinger, and snipers Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot. Standhardinger, who has manned the paint in the Cebu native's absence was ecstatic due to Fajardo's return and ensuing positive effect to the time, returning to their "best basketball." "I mean he's a very important part of the puzzle piece but you still see he's just 10 minutes and he's still a little hesitant I think. So he's not completely back yet. But for the morale of the people, it means a lot for us to see June Mar out there again." If they do not clinch a top-four seed or twice-to-beat advantage, Fajardo expects his team to follow their gameplan to have a chance in advancing to the next round. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 27th, 2018Related News

Blackwater toys with Columbian for piece of 3rd place

BIÑAN CITY, Philippines – The hot-starting Blackwater preyed on Columbian in a convincing 120-99 win to snap a two-game skid in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena here on Saturday, October 27.  Henry Walker fired 26 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip on top of 11 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 27th, 2018Related News

A Chinese farmer couldn’t fly a plane, so he built one

PEKIN, China--When a Chinese garlic farmer's dream of flying an airplane didn't pan out, he decided to build one instead. The full-scale replica of the Airbus A320 built by farmer Zhu Yue is now nearly finished, permanently taxied on a short piece of tarmac surrounded by wheat fields in northeast China. Zhu didn't finish middle school, and started out farming onions and garlic before moving on to welding work in a factory in the small city of Kaiyuan. Last year he realized he may never be able to fly a plane. "I hit midlife and realized I couldn't buy one, but I could build one," he told AFP. He has invested his savings of more than 2.6 million yuan ($374,000) into the...Keep on reading: A Chinese farmer couldn’t fly a plane, so he built one.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 27th, 2018Related News

Hot-shooting Banchero claims PBA Player of the Week award

Chris Banchero’s scintillating performance in Alaska’s last two games earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Oct. 15-21 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. The stocky Alaska guard stood at the forefront of the Aces’ surge to register back-to-back wins, grabbing a piece of the lead in the team standings with Ginebra and Magnolia, while closing in for twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The 29-year-old Banchero averaged 19 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past week, leading Alaska to victories over Columbian, 104-94 and Blackwater, 116-109 as the Aces forged a three-way tie at the top spot with similar 7-2 records. Alaska’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft registered a near triple-double effort of 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to serve as a catalyst in their 10-point win over the Dyip. Then last Sunday, Banchero, the third conference’s assist leader, went beast mode on offense, firing a new PBA career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to help Alaska outlast Blackwater. The Fil-Italian guard edged Meralco Fil-American players Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome, as well as San Miguel stalwart Chris Ross and rookie Christian Standhardinger for the weekky citation. Alaska looks to make a strong finish in the elims and formalize its top 4 finish when it faces NLEX this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, before taking on NorthPort next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 22nd, 2018Related News

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Streams October 26, Only on Netflix

Take a peek inside the world of Sabrina Spellman. It’ll be a scary good time. In this behind-the-scenes piece, the cast of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina discuss the upcoming series, and Sabrina’s journey as half-witch, half mortal. “Everything about the show is just so massive and grounded and real,” says Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsOct 21st, 2018Related News

Viva San Romero

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, wrote a pained op-ed piece focused on the idealism and crusades of the missing Khashoggi. “Tyrants eventually pay for their...READ MORE The post Viva San Romero appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsOct 21st, 2018Related News

PEACETALK: Understanding the diversity of religious’ education in the Philippines: A look at the different Muslim religious educational systems

(The author is a commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, an agency under the Office of the President. This piece was prepared to serve as an introduction to understand and see the nature of religious educational institutions and their role in enhancing multiculturalism and cultural dialogue/understanding.) Southeast Asia is a mosaic of cultures. […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 20th, 2018Related News