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first_imgHovhannisyan, who is trained by the legendary cornerman Freddie Roach, dropped to a record of 14-3.He was fighting for his first world title and the loss ended his eight-fight win streak.In the other title fight Saturday, rising star Jaime Munguia crushed America’s Sadam Ali to take the WBO junior middleweight title with a fourth-round stoppage.Munguia, who had a substantial size and punching power advantage, easily won the lopsided bout. The 21-year-old Mexican floored Ali twice in the opening round, once in the second and again in the fourth before the referee put a halt to the slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas, who is now a perfect 32-0 in his career, won on all three judges’ scorecards including one who had it 118-110. The other two scored it 117-11 and 116-112.He fought the final four rounds with blood flowing freely but the cuts above his eyes did not seem to affect his vision that much.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 crownAfter piling up points in the early rounds, he hurt Armenia’s Hovhannisyan with a right hook in the ninth round at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.Vargas was coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over undefeated Oscar Negrete in December. LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Basketball Without Borders returns to India Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations CARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Rey Vargas poses for a photo with the belt after beating Ronny Rios in a unanimous during the WBC Junior Bantamweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMexico’s Rey Vargas retained his World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan in a bloody showdown between a pair of super bantamweight fighters on Saturday night.Vargas made his third straight successful defense of the title despite finishing the 12-round fight with blood streaming down both sides of his face, the result of headbutts in the eighth and 12th rounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgIt could be in place by the second council meeting in March, according to Amy Turner, chief deputy city clerk. But she added the city hasn’t established a procedure yet on how residents can borrow and use the receivers and earbuds. The request to have hearing devices came last month from Charles Ozenghar of West Covina. Ozenghar, who owns a business in Covina, just finished jury duty where he saw the devices. “I asked why \ couldn’t have hearing aids available at council meetings,” he said. The council announced buying the system at the Feb. 6 meeting, and Ozenghar thanked them. COVINA – Residents may soon be able to borrow a receiver and an earpiece at city meetings if they need it. After a businessman’s request, Covina paid $1,300 to Agape Sight n’ Sound in Chino for a Williams Sound Assistive Listening System, which includes a rack-mounted amplification transmission unit, four battery-powered receivers, four individual earbuds and the cost of installation. “It’s a system that plugs into the sound system itself. As the voice comes into the system, it transmits it wireless through the receiver,” said Public Works Director Steve Henley. He expects the system to be delivered and installed by the end of the month. But Ozenghar might not even get to use it since he just ordered a new hearing aid. His current hearing aid has been working off and on. Ozenghar had asked council members several times before to speak into the microphones because he couldn’t hear what they were saying. “When I asked the question in the past, they’d say don’t sit in the middle but in the front row. That’s not the answer,” he said. City officials said Ozenghar’s request is the first the city received asking for special accommodation for the hearing impaired. To comply with the American with Disabilities Act, cities must accommodate the needs of people with hearing or vision impairments who want to participate in meetings, programs or other activities. Pasadena and Whittier have offered devices to the hearing impaired for years. “We have a box of them at the front desk,” said Nancy Mendez, Whittier assistant city manager. The battery-operated headsets only work in the council chambers. “And we’ve never had loss problems because they don’t work anywhere else,” she said. Mendez said the system was first installed 15 years ago. Pasadena has had the system for 15 years, according to city spokeswoman Ann Erdman. “It’s kind of like an old-fashioned Walkman. They have little earpieces. People can request it in advance or they can ask for it that evening,” Erdman said, adding that they would prefer people ask for it in advance. Not all cities have the listening systems. “Our council chambers are pretty small. There is amplification in that room which seems adequate,” said Culver Heaton, assistant city manager in Glendora. “We’ve never had a complaint.” ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgA major system outage is every business’s worst nightmare, especially if you rely on applications to generate revenue. Depending on the scale of the outage this can be a very expensive problem—eCommerce stands to lose millions in sales for every hour of downtime. Furthermore, frequent public outages can damage credibility, causing customers to search for other, more reliable alternatives.Unfortunately, outages are inevitable. But an outage doesn’t have to be the end of the world. With a little planning and communication you can significantly mitigate the effects of a major outage on your brand and your business.Before The OutageIt’s impossible to foresee every scenario that may lead to a disaster for your application, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. Companies that plan for failure respond faster when a problem arises and can often reduce their chances of facing a major outage by preventing smaller problems from snowballing.Invest in IT. If IT is underfunded, chances are they’ll be forced to cut corners and delay important software or hardware upgrades. In other words, they’re incurring technical debt—leaving important stuff to be done later when the time or resources are available. This may make it easier for performance problems to arise and go unnoticed, especially if the tooling for monitoring the application is inadequate or missing altogether.Break down the silos. When developers and operations work together and are involved in every stage of the application lifecycle, it’s much easier for them to troubleshoot problems. ExactTarget, for example, set up monitoring screens displaying dashboards from every department across the organization to help give everyone visibility into the entire application, making it easier to identify and troubleshoot problems.Plan for failure. Netflix knows that the best way to prepare for failure is to experience it. That’s why they constantly simulate failure with what they call their Simian Army, a set of tools that randomly induces certain failure conditions by killing off nodes/availability zones, creating artificial latency and more.During The OutageAn outage can be a very stressful situation for everyone involved, but it’s important that everyone keeps their wits about them—now is your opportunity to prove to your customers and the world that you can handle disaster calmly and gracefully.Communicate early and often. You may be tempted to pretend nothing’s wrong so as to not draw more attention to yourself, but with websites like downforeveryoneorjustme.com it’s easy for anyone to call your bluff. Be the one to tell your users what’s happening–don’t make them resort to twitter to get news and vent their frustrations (or crack jokes).Argue about data, not feelings. Edmunds.com has a “data-driven” DevOps culture that allows them to respond quickly to problems, often without even calling a war room session—a couple people get together, look at their monitoring tool, and find the problem.Two pairs of eyes are better than one. There should be no single source of truth when it comes to application data—the more people that have access and visibility, the better. Care.com unites their tooling between Dev, Ops and QA so that everyone’s looking at the same information. This way it’s much easier to find problems before they bring down the application.After The OutageOnce you’ve resolved the problem and your app is back up and running, your instinct will be to return to business as usual and pretend nothing had happened. However, this is the best time to talk about what happened and re-establish credibility with your customer base. All you have to do is be completely honest.Have a blameless postmortem. If people feel like they’ll be punished for speaking up about their own mistakes, they probably won’t–leaving you in the dark and often causing the same problems to happen again and again. Etsy is well known for its blameless postmortems, where it encourages employees explain their actions and rationales without fear of retribution.Be transparent. When you’re done with the postmortem, publish the results on your blog. This makes you appear more trustworthy as a brand—your end users know that even if it happens again, you were always honest about what went wrong. A great example of this is Skype’s postmortem blog for a 2010 outage.Apologize. Issuing an apology and taking the blame can help you get back your credibility and show your customers that you care. Be careful with your tone, however–if you come across as flippant or accusatory you might end up angering your customers even more, like Dreamhost did after a billing issue. MailChimp also did a great job with this.Outages are a fact of life for any business that depends on web applications. But they don’t have to be a disaster—if you plan well and are transparent about what’s going on you can mitigate the effects of failure and maintain credibility in your users’ eyes.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#business#Disaster Recovery#servers 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts center_img jyoti bansal IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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first_imgRecreate the iconic look of the popular Apple product videos with these 10 tips!Shooting on a seamless white background is an incredibly popular way to draw attention to your subject while minimizing distractions. There are a number of different steps you can take to get this look, so we’ve compiled our 10 favorite tips for creating the popular Apple style look.This spoof on the Apple iWatch product video shows off this style.1. Use paper not a canvas.A common mistake among new photographers and videographers is to use a cloth canvas when trying to get the “seamless” look. Unfortunately cloth tends to crease up and it can be very difficult to get all the wrinkles out. Instead, try using a paper backdrop instead. Paper is much easier to keep wrinkle-free and it can be easily rolled back up and stored. You can pick up a 107 inch white paper roll for $45 at B&H.Photo from Ray Dobbins2. Light your subject and background separately.If you want to get a 100% seamless white background you need to think of your lighting in two different stages: the background and the subject. By separating the lights used on your subject and your background you can minimize shadows and hotspots in your image. This does of course require you to use (at least) two separate lights to light your scene, but the added control is well worth it.3. Distance your subject from the backdrop.By separating the distance between your subject and your background you make it easier to minimize falloff from different light sources. If you think about it, the background works like a giant white reflector so the more space you put between your subject and the backdrop the less light is going to bounce off that reflector and hit your subject. Having a great distance between your subject and the background also minimizes your risk of having shadows hit your backdrop.4. Use a light meter for the background.When working with with a seamless backdrop a light meter can really come in handy. One trick is to properly expose the background then move your aperture 1.5 stops higher to make it blown out. Overexpose it and you run the risk of creating white feather edges around your subject.6. Use the histogram AND your eyes.Histograms may be a quick useful tool but there is no alternative to simply using your eyes to judge the scene. A histogram can’t tell you if your scene is evenly lit.7. Flag your lights.Spill suppression is incredibly important when working with a seamless background. You don’t want the light hitting your subject to hit your background and vice-versa, this is where flags come into play. By flagging light you can control the direction of a light giving you much more control over the scene. If you’re short on professional flagging equipment, a few clamps, light stand, and some white poster board will do the trick. Flagging light away from your lens is also a great way to prevent any unwanted lens flares.8. Use a production monitor with exposure peaking.A production monitor is a worthwhile investment, as they can accurately tell you if your background is consistently lit. Recording tools such as the Ninja Atmos also have exposure peaking and focus peaking built-in.The Ninja Atomos shows exposure peaking in the form of zebra stripes on the right.9. Use diffused light on your subject.To get the ‘Apple’ look you will want your subject softly lit. This will mean using at least 3 lights, 1 for your background and 2 for your subject.10. Find a look you want to emulate.Whether it’s the ‘Apple’ look (or another type of lighting setup) you can figure out light placement by looking at the eyes of the subject and study the set up. By examining the eyes of the subject below we can tell that this photographer likely used an Octobox above and to the right of the subject and a large reflector below and slightly to the left of the subject.Over at DVXUser, contributor Bruce Southerland makes a guess as to exactly how the Apple videos are lit:In the Apple spots, the actors are lit with a soft source from high & a little right-just enough to give a little shadow to the opposite side of the face & under the chin. They probably use some fill, based on the density of the shadows on the neck (maybe just the white floor), but they do not use a reflector down low. In the close ups, it looks as though they are using light modifiers to reduce/diffuse the amount of reflections on the left & right edges of the face(the reflections are very minimal). It also looks as though they controlled the fill light & reflections to have a nice medium shadow side to the face.  It’s best to approach this type of light setup with patience and willingness to experiment! Any tips you can share on getting the Apple look? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas will be parading a 17-man roster for the Jones Cup in Taipei with Ray Parks as a late addition to the team.Initially, the 24-year-old Parks wasn’t part of the lineup bound for Taipei announced by national team coach Chot Reyes last week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup View comments Parks, who is also included in the team’s Southeast Asian Games lineup, saw a lot of minutes during Gilas’ tune-up games against PBA teams the past week and on Wednesday, team manager Butch Antonio confirmed the versatile guard was indeed added to the roster.The 6-foot-4 Parks, however, said he has yet to informed whether or not he’s part of the “exact lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He (Reyes) talked to me about it. He just wants to bring me along and see how everything goes. We’ve been showing up in practice, so he just wants to keep this core group together,” Parks said. “I have to wait for comment if I’ll be in the exact lineup playing in the Jones Cup, but for sure I’m going on the trip.”“I can’t say much about it. It’s really up to him. I’ll wait for his final word.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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first_imgOrlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) blocks a shot attempt by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Nik Stauskas (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida— For one night, the Orlando Magic did almost everything right. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t do much of anything at all.“We knew that we had to respond tonight and play a better game, which we did,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. “We played really well from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “We’re aware of the situation. We know our schedule, so we know we have to take advantage of that stretch of games,” Orlando swingman Evan Fournier said.Collin Sexton scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, his fourth straight game over 22 points.Eight Magic players contributed to 45.3 percent 3-point shooting, making 14 of 31 attempts. Cleveland also shot 31 threes but made only seven.“I just liked the way we approached the whole game. This is one of the better games we’ve played,” said Magic coach Steve Clifford. “Since the All-Star break, we’ve had three or four good ones, but none any better than that.”Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 15 points for Cleveland. The Cavs beat the Magic by 14 points at Cleveland on March 3.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Gordon, Fournier and Terrence Ross made 3-pointers in a 15-0 run that left the Magic with a 44-20 lead early in the second quarter. Cleveland went more than five minutes without scoring during that stretch and never recovered.A 3-pointer by Kevin Love cut the margin to 17 a few minutes later, but that is as close as the Cavaliers would get.“It seemed like it was one of those days where you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them,” Love said. “They played extremely hard. Obviously they’ve got something to play for, and a lot of things just didn’t go our way.”TIP-INSCavaliers: The Cavs have lost only four of their last 24 games against Orlando, including two this season. … After missing the preceding game with a foot injury, Love had 10 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.Magic: The Magic are 12-11 while using the same starting lineup in 23 straight games. … C Khem Birch had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. . . . F Jonathan Isaac has made 44.4 percent of his 3-point shots over the last 16 games after shooting 26.5 percent in his first 48.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Magic: Host Atlanta on Sunday night. Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and the Magic routed the Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday night. Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds.The Magic won for only the second time in six games while chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The won left them a game and a half behind eighth-place Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Every game moving forward for us, the margin of error is getting slimmer and slimmer – almost to none,” Vucevic said. “We have to get on a run now if we want to get back in the eighth spot.”It was the first of five straight home games for the Magic, the first four against losing teams. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgEngland’s women will hope to build on the success of their World Cup triumph and wrest back the Ashes from an Australian side shorn of talismanic captain Meg Lanning.The all-formats tournament kicks off with a one-day international in Brisbane on Sunday and promises to be more than a curtain-raiser for the five-test men’s series that begins in November.England, captained by Heather Knight, are seeking revenge after being humbled on home soil in the previous series in 2015, while Australia are desperate to make amends for their surprise World Cup semi-final exit in July.”We’ve got over (the World Cup) now,” Australia pace bowler Megan Schutt told reporters this week.#ThrowbackThursday Australia won the last #WomensAshes series in 2015 – who are you backing this time? @SouthernStars or @englandcricket? pic.twitter.com/zvo8EbiPHP- ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2017″We’ve learnt from the mistakes that were made over there and dealt with the personal issues that came with that.”We’ve really worked hard at getting over that speed bump.”Rachael Haynes has been named skipper of Australia in place of Lanning and will be under pressure to get the better of Knight, who replaced Charlotte Edwards last year and was a cool head during the World Cup on home soil.Reuters Photo Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry again looms as a huge threat to England’s hopes of victory after being player of the series in the past two Ashes campaigns.She enters the tournament off the back of an outstanding World Cup where she amassed 404 runs and took nine wickets.advertisementEngland will lean on their formidable attack of seamers Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt and young spinner Sophie Ecclestone to thwart Perry and the Australian batswomen.After opening with three ODIs, the teams play a day-night test in Sydney before finishing off with three Twenty20 matches.The limited overs matches are worth two points for a win, with victory in the test worth four.Women’s cricket has gone from strength to strength since the last Ashes two years ago, as witnessed by the sell-out crowd that saw England defeat India by nine runs in the World Cup final at Lord’s.Organisers decided to limit capacity at Brisbane’s Allan Border field to only 2,000 for Sunday’s opener, but the tickets were sold out three weeks in advance.”The interest in women’s sport is at an all-time high,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said.last_img read more

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first_imgForty-four years of painful waiting will come to an end on Sunday when Peru take to the Maracana turf. In that period every single South American nation with the exception of Venezuela has qualified for at least one Copa America final, while the Inca have been left out in the cold.It was not always thus. In the 1970s and early 1980s the nation boasted an enviable pool of talent that established them firmly among the continent’s giants. The likes of attacking greats Teofilo Cubillas and Hugo Sotil, the elegant midfielder Julio Cesar Uribe and other stars led a golden generation for the nation which included World Cup appearances in 1970, 1978 and 1982.Their finest moment, however, came in 1975. In that year’s Copa America, the first to carry that name – previous tournaments carried the rather clunkier tag of Campeonato Sudamericano – and the first Copa to be played across the continent rather than in one host nation, Peru waltzed to a 3-1 semi-final victory in Belo Horizonte against Brazil in one of the nation’s most celebrated performances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The Selecao fought back to win the second leg 2-0 in Lima, and in the absence of away goals and penalties the two sides drew lots, leaving Peru as the winner. A similar scenario played out in the final, with both the Inca and Colombia winning their home leg before Sotil’s solitary goal led his side to the trophy in front of a capacity crowd in Caracas, Venezuela, chosen for the tie-breaker.Like all great generations, that team eventually saw its time pass. Peru narrowly missed out on qualification to the 1986 World Cup as Cubillas, Sotil (both pictured below) and other former mainstays of the team began to hang up their boots. A ray of hope loomed on the horizon, though, in the shape of Los Potrillos of Alianza Lima.Teofilo Cubillas, Peru, 1978 World CupHugo SotilThe symbol of that great team, coached by the man who had delivered Copa glory to Peru in 1975, Marcos Calderon, was Luis Escobar. Having made his debut at the tender age of 14 at Alianza, Escobar was tipped to become the next Peruvian great – winning comparisons with none other than Cubillas as he began to shine. At 18 he was a fixture in the Alianza line-up, accompanied by fellow young stars such as Jose Casanova, Juan Reynoso, Carlos Bustamante, Alfredo Tomassini and Johnny Watson. Behind them in goal stood Jose “Caico” Gonzales, club legend and a part of Peru’s Copa America-winning team in 1975 as well as the uncle of current idol Paolo Guerrero. “He loved him as if he were his own son,” Guerrero’s mother recalled to Alianza’s official website. “He was always looking after him, from a young age. He played with him, took him out on the field as the mascot. “He was the first to put the Alianza shirt on [Paolo], from there he loved Alianza. Ever since uncle Caico put the Alianza shirt on him he would not take it off. We had to buy him another. One was in the wash while he wore the other, because he always wanted to be well-dressed.” That team won back-to-back regional titles in 1985 and 1986 and the following year entered the Copa Libertadores, missing out on qualification to the semi-finals after finishing behind eventual winners Penarol at the group stage. At international level too, the team was having an impact, supplying three members of the Peru squad for the 1987 Copa America squad as they set their sights on that year’s Torneo Descentralizado (Peruvian league) title. Escobar and Co. were tipped to form the backbone of the national team going into qualifying for the next World Cup in Italy, before one of the worst tragedies in football history decimated Alianza and Peru as a whole. Returning from a Descentralizado game against Deportivo Pucalipa on December 8, the Fokker navy plane transporting the Alianza squad crashed on its descent into Callao’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. Of the 44 people on board only pilot Edilberto Villar survived, with 17 players, Calderon and his entire coaching staff and two referees travelling with the team. Juan Reynoso had received a red card in Alianza’s previous clash and did not travel with his team-mates to Pucalipa, an act which saved the 17-year-old Peru international’s life. Now an established coach, Reynoso caused a scandal some years later in leaving his boyhood club for hated Lima rivals Universitario. He has not returned to Alianza since – and remains reluctant to talk about the accident. Juan Reynoso PS“I don’t like being asked about the Fokker because it is like sticking a finger in an open wound for those bereaved,” he told Peru 21 in 2009, one of the few times he has addressed the tragedy publicly. “They are still suffering.“It was more likely back then for me to be on the plane than not to be. I have thought it many times and I start thinking about what it would have been like for my family more than for me. But I do not like the subject.”Incredibly, and thanks to the selflessness of stars like Cubillas, who returned to the club from the United States at the age of 38 to play the rest of the season for free, Alianza went on to take the 1987 Descentralizado title, which was postponed until well into 1988 due to the crash. But the ultimate effect was devastating for the club, who had to rebuild from scratch and with the pall of grief hanging over the tough working class neighbourhood of La Victoria synonymous with Alianza, in the same way that La Boca is inseparable from the Buenos Aires giants.The tragedy also set back Peruvian football as a whole. The Inca lost all four games in qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and picked up just one point of 18 for the following edition, while winning a paltry two Copa America games in the four tournaments played between 1989 and 1995.Results began to improve towards the end of the 20th century, with several appearances in Copa semis. That coveted World Cup spot, however, remained elusive, until the arrival in March 2015 of Ricardo Gareca, the livewire Argentine with more than a passing resemblance to Iggy Pop that has revolutionised Peru’s fortunes.Ricardo Gareca | PeruLike Calderon before him, Gareca gambled on youth. The likes of Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Miguel Trauco and Andy Polo were drafted in during his first days in the job in 2016, and came through together as Peru gained a play-off spot for Russia 2018 by the skin of their teeth over Chile before dispatching New Zealand to make their first finals in 34 years.And just as that tragic Alianza side had Caico as the experienced old warrior leading and cajoling, Gareca can count on his nephew. Guerrero (pictured, below) returned to competitive action with Internacional for the first time since the World Cup as recently as April this year after serving a doping ban, but at 35 remains a key member of the Peru side. He sealed their 3-0 semi-final win against Chile on Wednesday by rounding Gabriel Arias and netting with ease.While he was just short of his fourth birthday that awful day, the scars of his uncle’s passing are yet to fully heal. “I am scared of flying,” he admitted to Bandeirantes during his spell at Brazil’s Corinthians. “When my uncle died I was three or four. I remember my mother’s screams. She was listening to music, I think she was ironing, and that was when she screamed when she heard talk of a tragedy.Paolo Guerrero Australia Peru 26062016“’The Alianza Lima players are all dead, the plane fell in the sea’. I only remember that. That is why I am scared of planes. Everyone here at Corinthians knows it. When the plane goes through turbulence…”When Guerrero scores he often holds both arms aloft and raises his eyes to the heavens. With that gesture he celebrated for Inter his first goal since returning from suspension, explaining after the game that he was paying tribute to nephew Julio Rivera, who passed away after falling under the wheels of a car during a botched robbery attempt in Lima.Paolo “EL GUERRERO” pic.twitter.com/loLJTv5OA9— GIO (@gioarte26) 10 de abril de 2019Cartoonist Gio, an avid Alianza fan, immortalised the moment, picturing Gonzales and Rivera embracing each other from above as they watch Guerrero return from the toughest challenge of his professional career.“[Paolo] has a lot of things [from Caico],” his mother adds. “One of those is humility. My mother taught us, you have to stay focused. Don’t let fame go to your head. Stay centred. Caico complained very little.”That focus and humility has allowed Guerrero to overcome personal tragedy and strife to become the figurehead of this Peru team, whose passage to the Copa final to meet Brazil sparked wild celebrations in Lima and across the nation.A 5-0 defeat in the group stages and Brazil’s status as hosts make the Inca overwhelming underdogs when they walk out to a baying Maracana crowd on Sunday. But the journey itself is reward for this exciting, dynamic side, who under the watchful eye of Gareca have evoked in equal measure memories of great teams past and great teams that might have been.last_img read more

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Rabat – President of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noel le Garet campaigned for the Morocco 2026 World Cup bid with the UEFA  members in Moscow.Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid committee had its last chance to present their bid in front of the UEFA (European) football federations on Tuesday morning in Moscow. The committee received help from Le Garet.“I raised my hand to speak and I was the only one to do it,” said Le Garet in front of the federations. He continued to say: “I once again presented the position of France and the friendly relations we have with Morocco, as with most African countries, saying that this may be the time to give back to Africa what it has given to European football.”According to the Frenchman, Morocco can count on “about half” of the 55 associations affiliated with the European group.“People do not reveal themselves totally but that is the trend,” he added.“I cannot imagine not supporting a country so near to us. Africa has only ever hosted one World Cup in all of FIFA’s history (in South Africa in 2010)—that is not a lot. Morocco is ready, even if it does not have some of the resources that it’s adversaries do. France is only one voice, but maybe it can inspire others to also support the Moroccan bid,” said the chief of FFF.France became the first European country to announce its support for Morocco 2026 in April.Former French President Francois Hollande  said during his visit to Morocco in April: “I have every confidence in this bid and France will be on your side.”Morocco asserted that the meeting with the UEFA associations was successful. Voting will take place tomorrow at the 68th FIFA Congress.“Excellent meeting this morning with the UEFA,” wrote member of the Moroccan bid committee Moncef Belkhayat on Twitter.Excellente réunion ce matin avec l’UEFA pic.twitter.com/lvergSKywv— Moncef Belkhayat (@moncefbelkhayat) June 12, 2018 read more

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Although the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) continues patrolling on both sides of the ceasefire line between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-west, it is in a “precarious” position which could quickly become untenable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report to the Security Council.Referring to a 1994 pact between the warring sides, Mr. Ban says that “the status of the Moscow Agreement, which provided the basis for its mandate and the ceasefire regime, is, at best, no longer clear.”UNOMIG’s area of responsibility in Abkhazia consists of a security zone, where no military presence is permitted, a restricted weapons zone, where no heavy weapons can be introduced, and the Kodori Valley. It has no jurisdiction in nearby South Ossetia, the scene of fighting last August which pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies.Since the Mission’s mandate was extended last October, the overall security situation in the area it is responsible for has remained tense, the report, made public today, notes.“There have been a considerable number of security incidents involving casualties on both sides and what little communication there was between the sides has largely broken down,” the Secretary-General says.He also cautions that “a further deterioration of the situation cannot be excluded.”On the Abkhaz-controlled side of the ceasefire line, Russian troops have taken over positions previously held by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping forces, on which UNOMIG relied for security. Abkhaz heavy weapons and military personnel have entered the zone of conflict.Meanwhile, Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs personnel have set up new positions and deployed armoured vehicles in the security zone.Both the security and operation of UNOMIG depend on the “goodwill of the sides,” Mr. Ban states. “While I continue to believe that the Mission contributes to the stabilization of the situation, as a result of these developments, its position has become precarious and could rapidly become unsustainable.”Talks in Geneva – co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN – have yet to yield tangible results, he said, calling on the parties to step up their efforts to agree on security and other issues.The parties have both said they support a continued UN presence, but take different positions on the scope of UNOMIG’s mandate. “Despite these divergences, I believe that it is still possible for the parties to agree on key elements of a security regime and on a United Nations role in support of its implementation,” the Secretary-General says. 5 February 2009Although the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) continues patrolling on both sides of the ceasefire line between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-west, it is in a “precarious” position which could quickly become untenable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report to the Security Council. read more

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