Washington was yesterday the venue of a meeting of Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko and the State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual.During the meeting the parties discussed urgent issues of energy safety, diversification of energy supplies and opportunities of supplying liquefied natural gas to Ukraine through an LNG-terminal, according to a statement.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 29, 2013
“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nagpray sa laro ko. Silver medalist po ako,” Diaz wrote on her Facebook account. “Medyo malayo pa ako sa target ko madami pang kailangan i-improve.”Diaz must compete in a minimum of six events and must rank in the top 56 in the world at the end of the qualification period to gain a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.Diaz has first competed in the 2018 International Weightlifting Federation World Championship in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on November, 2018 where she finished at 11th place.Diaz’s cousin Mary Flor Diaz also had a decent campaign in the women’s 45 kg category as she bagged two bronze medals in the clear and jerk event and in the overall lift./PN Hidilyn Diaz got three silver medals in the women’s event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier Asian Weightlifting Championships. ASIAN GAMES MANILA – Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz captured three silver medals in the women’s event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier Asian Weightlifting Championships on Monday evening in Ningbo, China.The Zamboanga City native, a silver medalist during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, bagged her medals in the women’s 55-kilogram (kg) snatch, clear and jerk and total lift event.Diaz placed second in the snatch with 94 kg behind China’s Liao Qiuyun’s 96 kg. The Filipina also placed second to the Chinese in clear and jerk with 115 kg to the latter’s 128 kg.Overall, the 28-year-old Diaz is at second place with 209 kilogram lift behind Liao’s 224 kg. Taking the bronze medal was Muattar Nabieva of Uzbekistan with 204 kg.
PARIS (AP):The French football and rugby leagues will not complete their matches this season after the government called them off amid the coronavirus pandemic.France are set to come out of lockdown on May 11, but the government banned all major sporting events until September.“The 2019-20 season of professional sport, notably football, won’t be able to resume,” French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday.France’s top two football divisions have 10 games remaining in their seasons. Rugby’s top 14 league had reached the semi-final stage. It had initially been forecast that football matches could potentially resume in late June, in empty stadiums and with a strict medical protocol in place.But the president of French football club Toulouse, who are last in the first division, applauded the government’s decision.“Football emerges as the winner,” Olivier Sadran told sports daily L’Equipe’s website. “The country is suffering in terms of health and will start to suffer economically. It would be very badly thought of to break away from that. The politicians took the right decision.” DECISION ON LEAGUE STANDING The French football league, or LFP, is expected to meet in mid-May to decide on the league standings. Leader Paris Saint-Germain are 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille, who hold the last position for automatic entry into next season’s Champions League.Third place goes into the qualifying rounds, with Rennes one point ahead of fourth-place Lille.Toulouse and 19th-place Amiens are in the automatic relegation slots, with Nimes in 18th place – which normally leads to a relegation-promotion play-off with the team third in division two (Ajaccio).PSG have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while Lyon beat Italian champion Juventus 1-0 at home in the first leg of their last-16 game, but have not played the return in Turin.It was not immediately clear how the cancellation will affect PSG and Lyon playing in Europe’s elite club soccer competition. DETAILS TO BE PROVIDED UEFA has given leagues until May 25 to provide details on how and if they can complete their season. Germany’s Bundesliga wants to restart within weeks and England is trying to complete the Premier League by getting under way again in June.Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish league, questioned the decision to scrap the French league’s remaining games.“I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line,” he said. “If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled manner, they could end up disappearing. That could happen to professional football. In other countries teams are already training, that’s the example to follow.”If the end of lockdown in France is confirmed, people will be able to exercise freely but individually and with certain restrictions, like social distancing, kept in place. People will not be able to exercise in locations with closed roofs “or take part in collective (team) or contact sports”, Philippe said.He also said events with more 5,000 people, like “big sporting and cultural events”, will not take place before September.
His side were in scintillating form, particularly in the second half, with goals from Chris Martin, Antoine Semenyo and a brace from Kasey Palmer setting up a Carabao Cup Round Three tie with Aston Villa.Holden named nine changes for the Wednesday night encounter with Keith Curle’s Cobblers and he was full of praise for how everyone stepped up their game as he plans his move for Sunday’s trip to Stoke City.Competition for placesHolden said: “It’s a trip to the chemist for some paracetamol I think but that’s what you want. You want players in form, confident, and ready to grab their opportunity when they get it. There’s definitely competition for places, that’s exactly what we want.”Holden explained how he told the players to “go out and be the best you can be” ahead of kick-off and hailed the new faces for “a really good performance tonight.”Kalas suffers injury but team rallyHe also reflected on how the team responded to losing captain Tomas Kalas early into the game, who has suffered a shoulder injury.Holden said: “We lost Tomas early in the game which was not what we wanted but you have to find the solutions to these problems. Tayls (Taylor Moore) came on, he’s mentally ready and physically he handled himself well. All these things help us in the long term.“I’ve asked what the lads who have gained promotion about what it takes and it’s momentum, particularly early in the season, gaining confidence. A lot of players and staff have come through the door in five weeks, so we’re building slowly, it’s been a steady start and it’s a big game on Sunday.”Goals galore top off exciting displayHolden was also full of praise for the clinical nature shown by his players, though City could had had even more goals on Wednesday night.“The second half was a joy to watch but these are a tricky opponent. They put Cardiff City to bed [in Round One] and if we’d have allowed them to play as they wanted to play, they could have physically dominated us and they tried to.“The first 35 minutes or so was about getting foundation for the performance. We were a little nit sloppy in the final ball but when we took care of that, we started to move the ball. We aimed so longer passes which went astray, they allowed them to go for a second so 30-40 seconds later the momentum gets away from you.“We moved the ball better after that. The goal from Antoine was disallowed, then we got the goal after fantastic play from Niclas, we hit the woodwork then you can understand the rallying call from Keith Curle and his staff at half-time.“We went through a mini game plan for the start of the second half, how we were going to take the game away from Northampton but I didn’t realise we were going to score as early as we did which helped.“Then it was about being clinical, getting minutes in the legs and making sure we nullified their attacks. We did switch off a couple of time so we have to keep working on that, we’re nowhere near where we want to be. It’s three wins from three which is pleasing of course, all attention is on Stoke now which is huge for us.”Watch: Dean Holden post-Northampton Town interview