Chilean Skiing Has A Promising Future

first_imgBy Dialogo February 17, 2010 Chile, which has competed in fourteen Winter Olympic Games and never won a medal, aspires to ascend the Olympic podium in a few years in skiing, a sport with a “promising future” in the country, according to Luis Alberto Santa Cruz, president of the Chilean skiing federation. “At these Olympic Games (Vancouver-2010) we have three representatives, but in the near future we hope to have more, given the work that is going on with children and young people throughout the country,” Santa Cruz explained to AFP. “We’ve been working, and today we have around a thousand boys and girls between nine and fourteen years old training in various places. I believe that the future of skiing in Chile will be promising,” he emphasized. At the Whistler satellite location, where the Alpine skiing competitions are being held, Chile is represented by Jorge Mandru, Maiu Gayme, and the young Noelle Barahona, all of whom have experience at the previous Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006. According to the official, the three are competing in the downhill, Super-G, giant slalom, and combined events. Mandru and Gayme have already tried their luck in the downhill race and finished in 49th and 56th place, respectively. In both cases, they finished behind their results in Turin, although Santa Cruz explains that the conditions in the Italian city were very different from those at the Canadian site. “The two Games can’t be compared, since 55 competitors participated in Turin, and here there were 64, on a much more difficult course,” the federation president concluded. The best finish by a Chilean skier at the Winter Olympics was in the Japanese city of Nagano in 1998, where Thomas Grob finished eleventh in the combined event. Santa Cruz specified that there are high hopes in Vancouver for Barahona, a nineteen-year-old from Santiago, who has been training in Whistler for over a month and who was the youngest athlete at the Turin Games. He emphasized that in Chile “there’s a tradition of winter sports, above all Alpine skiing, since we have 5,000 km of snow-covered mountain ranges and good places to practice these sports.” Nevertheless, he indicated that in order to achieve a real leap forward, the material conditions in these centers need to be improved, as well as the transportation facilities that could make them accessible to the majority of those interested in the sport. He indicated that with the support of the Chilean Olympic Committee, the sports ministry, and private sponsorship, “it was possible to obtain resources for the preparation of these kids who are here in Vancouver, but we need a regular source for this assistance.” Chile’s efforts to develop this pursuit earned the country the right to host the Junior World Ski Championships, which will be held at Termas de Chillán, 1,600 meters above sea level and 490 km south of Santiago. Nevertheless, the Chilean official dismissed reports that have appeared on the Internet about the possibility that Chile could be a candidate to host the Winter Olympics. “That’s absolutely false. We have not been able to determine who put that page up on the Internet, but as president of the Chilean skiing federation, I categorically deny that Chile aspires to organize the Winter Olympic Games, or even to be a candidate for them,” he stressed.last_img read more

Colombia Discovers Shipyard Manufacturing Submarines

first_img The Colombian police, with the support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, discovered an improvised submarine factory and confiscated a submersible under construction, which is an indication that drug traffickers continue to use this method to export cocaine to North America. The director of the Anti-narcotics Police, General Luis Alberto Pérez, announced that the site for building the submersibles, with wooden buildings capable of housing around 40 people, was discovered in a jungle area near the municipality of Puerto Escondido, in the department of Córdoba, near the Caribbean Sea. The police commander said that both the fiberglass submarine, with the capacity to transport six tons of cocaine, and the improvised shipyard, belonged to the criminal gang known as “Los Urabeños”. Criminal gangs made up of former extreme-right-wing paramilitaries have become the new U.S. objective due to their active ties to the production and trafficking of cocaine, which they export to the Mexican cartels that control the business, according to security sources. Submarines have been one of the methods most used by drug traffickers in recent years to export cocaine, taking advantage of the South American country’s geographical situation, surrounded by two oceans that make it a strategic location for illegal activity. Colombia, the world’s leading producer of cocaine, yielding around 300 tons a year, has faced an internal conflict for the past five decades against leftist guerrilla groups and criminal gangs that obtain billions of dollars from drug trafficking. From 1993 to the present, the Colombian Navy and police have confiscated 71 submarines used to send shipments of cocaine to North America. The United States, Colombia’s chief ally in the fight against drug trafficking, has given Bogotá more than $6 billion in military equipment, training, and social-assistance programs since 2000. Colombia confiscated 156 tons of cocaine in 2010, and more than 80 tons have been seized so far this year, according to official statistics. The enormous profits of drug trafficking and Colombia’s geographical position are the chief obstacles to eradicating this crime in the South American country, according to police sources. By Dialogo October 20, 2011last_img read more

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

first_imgFacebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on Thursday.The amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive adopted in 2018 came in part from lobbying by broadcasters who wanted online platforms to have the same obligations as traditional media companies.”Online players will have to ensure, in a similar way to traditional media players, that users are protected against hate speech and that minors are protected from harmful content,” the Commission said. “Online platforms must take action against flagged content, which incites violence, hatred and terrorism, and ensure appropriate advertising and product placement in children’s programmes,” it said.The non-binding guidelines apply to social platforms where audiovisual content is seen as an essential but not principal part of their business. EU countries, which have until Sept. 19 to implement the rules, will have the final say on the list of companies.The Commission also said video on-demand services would be required to devote at least 30% of their catalogues to European content, a move targeting Netflix and Amazon Prime.Media service providers located in one EU country but with customers in other EU countries will also have to help fund the production of European works in line with its goal of promoting European films and TV shows.”The guidelines apply, limited yet welcome, new responsibilities to online platforms,” the Association of Commercial Television in Europe said.It said however some changes also burdened traditional media players with administrative work, more quotas and a levy system that leave less financial room for investment and the emergence of new services.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil explains why he invented his trademark finish

first_imgMesut Ozil produced his trademark bounce shot to score against Liverpool in December 2017 (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has revealed he uses his trademark bounce shot because he believes it is a far more effective technique to employ in a one-on-one situation than a conventional chip shot.The Arsenal playmaker is a far from frequent goalscorer these days and has found the back of the net only once this season. The 31-year-old has, however, perfected the art of deceiving goalkeepers in an almost unique fashion.By kicking down on the top of the ball, Ozil creates elevation and has left a string of Premier League No.1s utterly bemused. The former Germany international used that particular method to score against both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth last season and famously did so against Liverpool in a pulsating 3-3 draw at the Emirates back in December 2017.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT / Read More Skip Ad PLAY About Connatix V67539 1/1 Advertisement Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Arsenal star Mesut Ozil explains why he invented his trademark finish Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 7:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Read More Read More Advertisement Full Screen Comment Skip Coming Next ‘If you chip the ball it will go slowly to the goal, if you do it like this it’s still a chip but quicker. If you do it like that with power so the ball is going over the goalkeeper, don’t forget they are always jumping to the left or right.‘If you show them you will shoot and they are jumping they will never expect that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOzil has reestablished his position as a key member of the Arsenal side following Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Unai Emery’s successor. The former Real Madrid star has started all 10 games since his former Arsenal teammate joined from Manchester City. MORE: Robin van Persie reveals Arsene Wenger’s ‘crucial’ words of advice at ArsenalMORE: Manchester United should have signed Arsenal legend Tony Adams, says Phil NevilleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. SPONSORED by Metro 1 min. story Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Asked to explain how and why he invented the technique, Ozil said: ‘If I’m running in front of the goal and the goalkeeper is jumping like that, sometimes if you make a chip the defender can run and clear it. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Read Morelast_img read more

Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup final TV channel, live stream, time, team news, odds and head-to-head

first_imgArsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup final TV channel, live stream, time, team news, odds and head-to-head Head-to-head in last five meetings 21 Jan 2020: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League29 Dec 2019: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea – Premier League29 May 2019: Chelsea 4-1 Arsneal – Europa League19 Jan 2019: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea – Premier League18 Aug 2018: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal – Premier League Comment This is a huge match for Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley and both managers will see it as a golden opportunity to lift their first piece of silverware in management.Frank Lampard took over the Blues last summer while Mikel Arteta took charge of Arsenal in December and both can complete their first seasons in style by lifting the trophy in north London.Chelsea have already had a solid campaign, retaining their Champions League place and this would be a glistening cherry on top of Lampard’s impressive start to top flight management.Arteta has a bigger job on his hands and has had half the time to do it, so cannot be judged too harshly, but Arsenal’s eighth-place finish is not where the club expects to be and FA Cup glory would provide a beacon of things to come for the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat time is the FA Cup final?The match kicks-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 1 August at Wembley.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Chelsea on and is there a live stream?BBC One will be showing the game live, with coverage from 4.30pm. You will be able to stream the action on BBC iPlayer.Alternatively, BT Sport 1 will be showing the match, with subscribers able to stream on the BT Sport Player or BT Sport app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal vs Chelsea team newsArsenal are without Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers through injury, while Cedric Soares is cup-tied.Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi remain out of contention under Arteta and will not feature.Chelsea are missing Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour, but Willian and N’Golo Kante are available.FA Cup final odds13/5 Arsenal5/2 Draw11/10 ChelseaOdds courtesy of Betfair Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img MORE: Roman Abramovich has not made contact with Frank Lampard ahead of FA Cup final vs ArsenalMORE: Dimitar Berbatov makes prediction for Arsenal vs Chelsea in FA Cup finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Bel Wardle becomes Women’s Champion of Champions with convincing performance

first_img Tags: Bel Wardle, Champion of Champions, Women’s county, Woodhall Spa 9 Sep 2019 Bel Wardle becomes Women’s Champion of Champions with convincing performance Bel Wardle consolidated her reputation as one of England’s finest emerging talents as she dominates the field at the English Women’s County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa.The 2017 English Women’s Open Stroke Play champion from Cheshire carded rounds of 72 and 71 which was enough to give her an eight-shot victory on three under par 143.But, it was no easy trip for the youngster on a challenging course. She explained: “I felt confident coming into the event. I knew that if I played well I would have a great chance of winning. I tried to stay positive during the two rounds. Woodhall Spa Golf Club is a course where you are going to make mistakes but it’s how you bounce back. I stayed patient and knew that there are birdie chances out there. My iron play was also very good, I set up makeable birdie chances that I took advantage of. If I got in trouble, I limited the damage and took my medicine. This kept double bogeys off the card.”Wardle’s nearest challengers were Surrey champion Lottie Woad and Bethany Garton from Lancashire. Woad represented England while finishing sixth at this year’s European Young Masters in the Czech Republic and she maintained her fine recent run of form by recovering from an opening 78 to post a 73 and finish on five-over par 151. Garton from Royal Lytham and St Annes carded rounds of 76 and 75 to complete the tournament on the same total.Although Wardle felt pressure from the field, she was always able to stay in control and ahead to secure the tournament victory. She said: “Obviously there is always going to be pressure when you have the lead. But I just tried to concentrate on my game and try to get under par. I knew that if I shot under par again I would have a great chance of winning.“I was really happy to get the win! This year I’ve had many top 10 finishes in events but not a win. So very pleased to finally come through to win. I’m very proud to have represented Cheshire at the event and even happier to bring the trophy back!”After emerging victorious, Wardle is now looking forward to a winter of development ahead of the Curtis Cup: “My next target is to make it into the Curtis Cup team next year – the season is coming to an end now so the winter work begins.”View the full table of results here.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Go west young man, go pro

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEBoys’ and girls’ let’s explore a few other reasons why college football players should be paid.Now “folkses” I am going to give you a list of the states that do not currently have  NFL pro football franchises. No that’s not quite right. They do have professional football teams. The college teams are the “pro” teams and the high schools are the “farm teams,” otherwise known as the “minor leagues.”These states get free labor from the high school and college ranks because the markets that they represent just do not have the population saturation necessary or the investment dollars to support the acquisition and the maintenance of an NFL franchise.Why get Barack Obama type gray hair, worrying and fretting about salary caps, outrageous salaries, the free agent market, trade deadlines as well as all of the other frivolous and mundane stuff such as paying for labor costs, when you have a limitless reservoir of free labor at your disposal.Well for the sake of political correctness, let’s just say talent without compensation.These rural bastions of fierce and loyal college fanaticism only exist because of  those who religiously feel superior to college players because the athletes are not allowed to receive any money.I would like list the states that do not have NFL franchises but still make cheese from college football, far too much chee….se.The New England states are represented by the Patriots but come on….The stadium that the Patriots play in is located in Foxborough,  MA.  So technically, the team should be called the Massachusetts Patriots.The Carolina Panthers represent North and South Carolina although the stadium is physically located in Charlotte, NC.Twenty five American states do not have NFL franchises located within their borders. College football is, has been and will remain king of the gridiron at least for the foreseeable future.These small markets do not have the economic demographics to support a professional NFL franchise so they promote college football programs with unimaginable zeal and vigor because that’s where have at their disposal an almost endless reservoir of free talent.A high percentage of the population of these “barren” professional football markets, follow pro football or profess and undiluted loyalty to local high schools, colleges and universities that have created and continue to maintain successful football programs.The states without professional teams use these athletes and schools to grab and wield an enormous amount of economic, social and political capital from a product that they obtain for mere pennies on the dollar.In March of 2014 professor Glenn Wong,  a lawyer and professor at the Mark H. McCormack Department at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst wrote an article titled: ‘College Athletes Should Be Careful What They Wish For’.In my opinion Mr. Wong is just plain wrong on this one.He writes; ” Significant improvements must be made for college athletes, especially those highly acclaimed student-athletes who make an athletic department’s bottom line soar. But college athletes want a union to win those benefits, they should be careful what they wish for. If student-athletes are ultimately allowed to be considered employees, the value of their scholarships will be taxable. If they decide to be represented by a union, they might face strikes and other worker actions and the employer universities will be able to use work actions such as lockouts.”First of all these universities don’t even have a bottom line if you compare their expenditures to professional football owners.  Most colleges are non profits so they pay almost no taxes and they certainly do not pay taxes on the scholarships that they award to students.As a matter-of-fact a high percentage of the schools claim  that the educations that they “give” the athletes as an expenditures, while simultaneously getting free labor from the athletes that risk life and limb filling up stadium after stadium playing the violent sport of football.If the scholarships are not taxable when the schools pay for them, why should they be taxable if the athletes have to theoretically be taxed for the same education?Mr. Wong also asks the question: “will the current tax-exempt status of college athletic programs and the N.C.A.A. be jeopardized?”Again Mr. Wong seems to voice far more concern for the economic well being of the universities; I can understand his concern because being a paid educator he might suffer a hit to his wallet and tenure if the money train is impacted by something as insignificant as paying the athletes that bring home the bacon.As far as making money is concerned if the NCAA does not want to pay college football athletes’ then the athletes should be allowed to declare for the draft after the completion of their sophomore year, it is as simple as that.  Go pro, young man, go pro.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at:  [email protected] or 412.583.6741last_img read more

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day, 2018

first_imgPhotos by Jay Cook and Patrick Olivero |On Memorial Day, May 28, patriotism was on display in the towns of Rumson, Fair Haven and Middletown. Americans paid their respects to those who died in service to their country and held festive  parades.Some of these photos were published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

LVR Jr. Bombers suffer back-to-back losses in overtime

first_imgQuin Hall, Keegan Jade and Curtis Young each had four points.In the mini-tourney opener, the Wildcats outscored the Bombers 11-0 in the extra period to win the contest.It was the third straight win for Mount Sentinel over LVR this season.The Wildcats opened the game on fire, building a 16-2 lead after one quarter.Mount Sentinel maintained the margin into the second half before the Bombers caught fire, outscoring the Cats 26-13 to send the game into overtime.Hall and Young led the Bombers in scoring, netting nine and eight points, respectively.Dyllen Dixon added six points while Brock Dixon had four.LVR now prepares for the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball The Bombers enter the tournament as the four seed and meets J. Lloyd Crowe Junior Hawks in the first game of the tournament.Mount Sentinel, the top seed, gains a bye into the second round.Other games have second seed Stanley Humphries meeting Salmo Falcons and third seed Grand Forks playing Boundary Central of Midway.The tournament concludes Saturday. The L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers suffered a couple of heartbreaking defeats during a West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball Mini-tournament Saturday at the Hangar.The Junior Bombers saw the Grand Forks Wolves score five points in the final minute to escape with a 41-39 overtime victory in game three of the mini-tournament.Earlier, LVR lost 50-37 to Mount Sentinel Wildcats — the game also went into overtime.In other game of the mini-affair, Grand Forks Wolves outlasted a tired Mount Sentinel Wildcats squad 53-42.Against the Wolves, who the Bombers had defeated earlier this year, LVR led 39-36 in the final minute of the game after sending the game into extra time with a basket at the buzzer.However, poor execution on offence coupled with two turnovers cost the Bombers the win.The Dixon brothers — Brock and Dyllen — led LVR with 13 and 10 points, respectively.last_img read more