MANILA, Philippines—Mountain biking only started out as a hobby for Geje Eustaquio but it slowly turned into a craft.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The reigning ONE World flyweight champion first got into the sport when Team Lakay colleague Edward Kelly introduced it to him and Eustaquio used the sport to supplement his martial arts training.Partnered with the health benefits of the sport, Eustaquio also enjoyed trail riding due to the scenery that he sees every time he goes biking.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 Chriss“I think mountain biking is the perfect cross-training, first off all it develops balance and it also enhances your decision-making as well,” said Eustaquio. “We also develop our cardio by doing this. It helps all of us stay in shape while having fun.”“Riding bikes is a great workout.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom And this thrill was what made Eustaquio think of pursuing a career in mountain biking once his MMA career is over.“It is not the same with mixed martial arts. I can’t give my whole time in mountain biking yet,” said the 29-year-old Eustaquio. “Maybe when it’s time for me to retire, I might do professional mountain biking and motocross.”Eustaquio and teammates Joshua Pacio, Honorio Banario, and Kelly would usually go biking in Baguio City once a week during training camp and thrice in seven days when there’s not fight scheduled.It also helps that the bunch are residents of the area and are familiar with the terrain keeping them safe whenever they ride.“When we ride, it’s an adrenaline rush,” said Eustaquio. “We love conquering trails and at the same time it gives us access to the most wonderful creations of God.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
No-confidence resolutionFormer Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud has joined many legal minds, political analysts and others in confirming that Government’s tight grip on power is a major violation of Guyana’s supreme law, the Constitution.In an eight-minute video posted on social media on Sunday, the former MP said that he has taken some time to look at the actions of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and AFC since the December 21 no-confidence vote was passed in the National Assembly.Weighing in on the current debate, Persaud said that while repeated reference is made to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, the interpretation seems far from the truth, particularly as it relates to the comments and arguments being advanced by the Government.“The gist of it is if the no-confidence motion is carried, the President and Cabinet must resign. And the question is when they should resign. What they are missing or not paying attention to, is Article 106 (7) [that] says that the same Government with the same President will continue to run the affairs of the country until an election is held and a new president is sworn in,” he explained.Persaud stated that the reigning Government would not be giving up total power. Rather, they will be restricted to carry out all their normal functions, describing it as an interim Government.In an attempt to simplify the matter by likening it to a court case, Persaud, who is also an attorney, said that the adjudicator in the National Assembly is none other than the Speaker. “He is like the Judge in a High Court. If a judge makes a ruling, it is binding.”For example, he said if a man is charged with rape, the matter goes to court. If the Judge finds him guilty and he is hypothetically sentenced to 15 years, his jail sentence starts from the very day that the judge makes his ruling. Persaud explains that he may appeal the case, which is another option available, but says he is to be imprisoned since that moment he is sentenced.“The appeal will be heard in a day or two down the road, but until the appeal is heard, ventilated, and a determination is made, whether the Court of Appeal finds this man innocent or continues to find him guilty, that man is still, as far as that High Court is concerned, is guilty of rape.”The former MP, therefore, said the coalition was trying to do the same, referring to its efforts to have the matter go to court. However, he believes that in the meantime, the Constitution must be followed. “Article 106 (6) must be abided by. They must resign and they can continue running the affairs of the country, but they must resign. The legality or illegality of the vote of no-confidence motion will be determined in the court,” the Attorney further cemented.Persaud noted by doing the opposite, the Government is breaching the Constitution and embarrassing Guyanese, describing the Administration as “power-hungry people”.“They don’t wanna to give it ((power) up. But still they won’t be giving it up (if they resign), but their powers will be restricted….And why if they are so powerful, why they don’t go back to the people? An election will determine that,” he added.The former AFC member also drew the attention of his followers to the fact that he has taken time to look at the legislation that governs the Parliament and has concluded that it is the Constitution. “And by breaching the Constitution, you are showing blatant disregard for the laws that control our lives in the country,” he noted in his social media post.He said too that the lawyers representing the Government and those particularly from the AFC know this. “This Government headed by David Granger, a very honourable man, PM Nagamootoo a rubber stamp, must resign. The adjudicator is the Speaker and he has ruled that the vote is correct, and if you want to appeal it, fit it in line, then that goes to court as they are trying.”Persaud said he would hope that his former AFC colleagues (all attorneys) Raphael Trotman, Khemraj Ramjattan, and Nagamootoo “would do the honourable thing” and resign. He premised his recommendation on the fact that the “AFC is a dead party”, which may secure fewer seats in the next general and regional elections, but stated that the proper thing to do now was to resign.Addressing others matters, such as one article that sought to tarnish his reputation stating that he was a gambler at a casino, Persaud said that does not in any way or form interfere with his vote in Parliament which saw the collapse of the coalition Government.While the Government has been putting forward legal arguments that the vote taken on the no-confidence motion is null and void given the fact that Persaud holds citizenship for Guyana and Canada, he said he was not bothered by these attacks, admitting that he indeed returned to Guyana and attended the University of Guyana, where he studied for his law degree.“I attended UG, as a Guyanese student, studied law in Trinidad as a Guyanese student. I also practised law, paid NIS and re-established myself as a Guyanese. My position in Parliament was ratified, so too are the position of all the others with dual citizenship. What they are doing? They don’t want to give up. They are trying to get over the shock of Charrandas saying yes, I had to say yes. I wonder how they will feel now that they will be unemployed like the sugar workers.”
A heated argument turned deadly on Sunday afternoon when a woman armed herself with a knife and stabbed her reputed husband to death at their Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.Victor Roberts, 38, of Lot 41 Prince Williams Street, Plaisance, was stabbed once to his chest by the suspect, who was identified only as “Melissa”.Family members who gathered at the sceneThe couple were heard arguing moments before the heinous crime was committed. According to reports, it has become a norm for the two to fight. The man reportedly operated a grocery shop in the village.When Guyana Times visited at the scene on Sunday, the handcuffed suspect was in a distraught state as she was being grilled by investigators.Persons who gathered at the scene stated that this was the second time the now dead man was attacked and stabbed by the woman. “This is the second time that she bore he … if you done bore me one time, you think I would wait around for you to bore me again?” one neighbour questioned.Another neighbour who reportedly witnessed part of the incident stated that the murder could have been avoided.“He get a severe jook, I saw the knife and I pick it up and said this is what she use … it’s a long knife that she use and about over three inches went in he chest … these people don’t think in these times, in they rage they does just act … they could’ve lived to fight another day,” the neighbour stated.Relatives of the dead man were heard arguing while a sister told this publication that “two lives were lost here today instead of one”.The suspect, a mother of four (three from a previous relationship and one with Roberts), was later led into a police vehicle, which left the scene.The man’s body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem.
A security source told Interfax that the four were delivered to a local police station for questioning after being dragged off the pitch by stewards without putting up any resistance.Pussy Riot immediately posted messages on social media claiming responsibility and issuing a list of six political demands.“Let all political prisoners free,” said the first.Others included an end to arrests at peaceful rallies and to “allow political competition in the country”.The apparent protest was staged with President Vladimir Putin watching the match in a VIP box with his French and Croatian counterparts Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.Pussy Riot is most famous for performing a protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral in February 2012.Three of the group’s members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups.Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 21 months of their two-year sentences.Fellow church protest participant Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on probation after two months.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two members of Pussy Riot spent 21 months in prison for performing a protests song in a Moscow cathedral in 2012 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – Russian female protest punk group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion by three women and a man dressed in police uniforms that interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final.France were on their way to a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when match play was briefly halted in the second half.
1 Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho appeared to launch an astonishing attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Chelsea striker Diego Costa was retrospectively banned for violent conduct during last Saturday’s defeat of Arsenal.Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week’s 2-0 win.The FA rescinded a ban for Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off for his exchange with Costa, but Mourinho refused to comment on the decisions.“If I answer I’m going to be suspended,” Mourinho said.“I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench.“I don’t comment and I tell you why: some managers can speak about the referee before the game and after the game and some others cannot. I am in the list of the ones that cannot.“An imaginary list, but clearly.”Mourinho was asked about the pressure on Steve McClaren, the boss of Newcastle, who have one win in 17 league games and none since the former England boss was appointed in the summer.He appeared to take the opportunity to wade into Wenger but, when when asked if he meant the Arsenal manager, declined to name the Frenchman, a long-time adversary.“I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” Mourinho said.“Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan [Rodgers, the Liverpool boss] is under pressure, [Manchester City’s Manuel] Pellegrini is under pressure.“We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations.“There is one that for some reason is outside that list. Good for him.”Mourinho repeatedly declined to name the individual he believes to be the exception.“Just one out of 20,” he added.The Blues boss was asked for a name again and, although he would not name him, he appeared to be referring to Wenger, who pushed him in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014. He has been Arsenal boss since October 1996.“You know,” Mourinho said.“He can speak about the referees before the game, can speak about the referees after the game, can push people in the technical area, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can be not achieved, keep the job, still the king. It’s a privilege.”
Letterkenny has received a huge boost after being been named as one of Ireland’s top 10 towns.The Failte Ireland award has been set up to recognise towns and villages that have gone the extra mile to make Ireland even more attractive for visitors.The short-list also includes Cobh, Drogheda, Ennis, Kenmare, Tralee and Kilkenny town. Three towns in Co Mayo – Mulranny, Murrisk and Westport – have also been nominated.The award will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday.Last year Portmagee, in Co Kerry, was crowned the inaugural winner.“Tourism isn’t just a business, it’s a community industry and that’s why the whole community has a role in supporting tourism,” Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Ring, said. Many of the towns taking part have embraced The Gathering initiative, organising community events locally.Toni Forrester, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber told Donegal Daily “This is great news and we are keeping our fingers cross that we can come out on top.“We have had a greats summer and our numbers were up for visitors and we are hoping that we can now have a great Christmas.“This would certainly be the icing on the cake for what has been a very positive year for the town,” she said. LETTERKENNY HOPING TO BE CROWNED IRELAND’S TOP TOWN AFTER BEING NAMED IN TOP TEN was last modified: November 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Failte Irelandletterkennytop 10 towns
1 Arsene Wenger has agreed a new two-year deal to remain as Arsenal manager, the club have confirmed.Speculation over the Frenchman’s future has been rife in recent months but despite a backdrop of supporter unrest, he has now committed to the club with a fresh deal that will extend his reign to almost 23 years.Wenger, 67, had come in for criticism after a run of seven defeats in 12 games saw the Gunners drop out of the Premier League title race and suffer humiliation in the Champions League as they were thrashed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich.But it was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that he will remain in his role until at least 2019.“Arsenal Football Club and Arsene Wenger have agreed a two-year extension to his contract as manager,” a statement on the Arsenal website read.“Arsene and chief executive Ivan Gazidis have conducted a full review of our on and off the pitch activities to identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge.”Wenger said he was optimistic for the future and said work was under way to plan for a title challenge next season – with Arsenal having not lifted the Premier League trophy in 13 years.“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,” the Frenchman said. “We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere.“This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful. We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.“I am grateful to have the support of the board and (majority owner) Stan (Kroenke) in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.”Despite protests aimed at forcing Wenger to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, a tactical tweak to a three-man defence saw Arsenal win nine of their last 10 games of the campaign, culminating in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.Wenger now holds a record seven FA Cup wins, with Arsenal the most successful team in the competition having lifted the trophy no less than 13 times.But it is in the league and on the European stage where Wenger and his side have struggled – finishing fifth last season and missing out on Champions League football for the first time since 1998.They also ended the campaign behind north London rivals Tottenham, ending a 22-year run of dominance over their neighbours.All of which fuelled protestations against Wenger, with pre-match marches, planes carrying anti-Wenger banners over away grounds, boycotts of games and banners being displayed over the past few months.But the board have not buckled to those pressures and have backed the man who has delivered three Premier League titles since taking over in 1996.Wenger had previously admitted that the continuing uncertainty led to an “absolutely horrendous” environment at the club this season and contributed to their barren run.Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke, who rebuffed a takeover bid from Russian billionaire and minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov last week, hailed Wenger as the best man for the job as he too targeted more silverware.“Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe,” he said.“It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved.“Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing.”The ‘full review’ conducted by Wenger and Gazidis is likely to have involved conversations about restructuring the backroom department at the club.Wenger has always insisted he would never work alongside a director of football and it remains to be seen if any of his coaching staff are replaced.Gazidis himself said the club are in the right place to challenge next season.“There is no complacency anywhere at this club,” he said.“Our goal is to compete for and win trophies here and in Europe. Everything we do is designed to make that happen and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season.“The club has grown beyond recognition in every aspect in recent years and we have the platform to be successful and meet the ambitions we and our fans share.” Arsene Wenger is staying at Arsenal for two more years
DUBAI SANDANCE PARTY: Donegal players are singing in the New Year at 5-star beach partyDONEGAL’S All-Ireland winners are singing in the New Year at a star-studded beach party – Dubai-style.The players and their families flew to the Middle East paradise on Sunday for their end of season break.But they won’t be just having any ordinary New Year’s Eve Party. Most of the players are at the famous Sandance Party. Hosted by BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe, the award-winning music festival line-up includes Ellie Goulding in concert, Rita Ora live on stage, Roger Sanchez, Paul Van Dyk as well as an unforgettable fireworks display at midnight.Donegal stars Kevin Rafferty and Daniel McLaughlin joked that they were going to a Barn Dance!“Off to the Barndance here…happy NY everybody…typical that we come from Donegal and land in Dubai and that’s where we are heading,” said Rafferty.He added: “Party on the beach tonight….just like Kinneger back in the day, no dufflecoat needed tonite though!” St Michael’s player McLaughlin said: “For sandance now what a way to end a year and start a new one.. Dubai is amazing.”GANGHAM STYLE IN DUBAI DONEGAL PLAYERS SING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH RITA ORA AT BEACH PARTY was last modified: January 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL PLAYERS SING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH RITA ORA AT BEACH PARTY
A 42-year-old man is due to appear in court in Belfast charged with raping a child in Co Donegal.The man was arrested in Omagh on Monday on a European Arrest Warrant.The man is wanted for trial in connection with three offences of rape of a child under 17 years in the Republic of Ireland. The offences are alleged to have taken place in County Donegal.He is scheduled to appear before Belfast Recorders Court at Laganside on Tuesday afternoon.MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT CHARGED WITH RAPING CHILD IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 8th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake volleyball senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) has earned Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Team honors for the third-straight year, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 21.A total of 20 student-athletes were honored with 12 on the first team and eight receiving honorable mentions. Inderski’s honor is her second-consecutive first-team selection, while making it her third overall selection to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team in her career.Inderski, a senior who owns a 3.86 grade point average as an advertising and marketing major, is putting the finishing touches on one of the most decorated careers ever by a Bulldog. Her 1,428 career kills rank second in school history and 25th among active NCAA Division 1 athletes. Inderski also ranks fourth in school history with 1,428 career digs. This season, she also ranks in the top-10 for the MVC averaging 3.35 kills.Forty-four student-athletes were nominated for the Valley’s scholar-athlete team. The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75-percent of the regular-season matches. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshman and redshirt freshman were not eligible).Inderski and the rest of the Bulldogs will travel to Normal, Ill., this week for their first MVC Tournament appearance since 2010. The tournament is scheduled to take place Nov. 23-25. Drake opens the tournament Nov. 23 as the No. 4 seed against No. 5 Indiana State at 5 p.m. The opening match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version