Peru chief closes Congress; legislators refuse to leave

first_imgPeru’s worst political crisis in twodecades threatens unrest in the world’s No. 2 copper producer and one of theregion’s most robust economies. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra speaks during the 4th Pacific Alliance Summit in Lima, Peru on July 6. REUTERS/GUADALUPE PARDO/FILE PHOTO Vizcarra vowed to call new legislativeelections to let voters weigh a dispute he said stymied his bid to stamp outgraft in the ruling class. LIMA – Peruvian President MartinVizcarra dissolved Congress on Monday to end a yearlong battle with rightwinglawmakers over his anti-graft campaign, but rebel legislators refused to leavethe chamber as protests against them started across the country. Opposition representatives cried“Dictator” after Vizcarra invoked a constitutional article allowing presidentsto dissolve the Congress, and immediately voted to declare him temporarilysuspended, naming Vice President Mercedes Araoz to replace him.(Reuters)last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez’s unconventional childhood helped her thrive immediately at Syracuse

first_img Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:02 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Editor’s note: Prepare yourselves for the spring seasons of Syracuse Athletics with our 2018 season preview series, which will spotlight senior runner Danielle Delgado, next-in-line hurdler David Gilstrap, former freshman tennis standout Miranda Ramirez and Syracuse softball’s sophomore ace, Alexa Romero.Miranda Ramirez did not have a typical childhood. She was homeschooled, played tennis for four to five hours each day, and lived in six different states and France. Rather than scheduling her training sessions around schooling priorities, she scheduled school work around tennis.Because Ramirez sacrificed a normal childhood to further her tennis career, she immediately thrived at Syracuse.“It was a hard decision,” Miranda’s father Santiago Ramirez said about Ramirez’s commitment to tennis. “But we knew it was the right decision for her future.”The freshman ended last season with a team-high 15 singles victories, including a 12-match win streak that spanned over two months. Ramirez dominated in the second singles position, defeating seven of eight opponents, which led to Syracuse head coach Younes Limam installing her as SU’s first singles player. In ten matches at the top of the Orange’s lineup, she tallied five wins, including two against nationally-ranked players.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite being forced to play the top players in the ACC, Ramirez took on the challenge and established herself as one of the top young players in the conference. She was able to adapt to the college game much quicker than the average freshman since she routinely competed in international tournaments prior to her arrival at Syracuse. Throughout her childhood, Ramirez and her family were constantly moving in search of the best environment to progress her tennis career.“It was mostly to find really good places to train, good coaches, people I can trust,” Ramirez said about her family’s frequent moves. “It took me all over the world, and I’m very grateful for that.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsRamirez was born in Portland, Oregon and lived there for one year before her family moved to San Antonio. After living in San Antonio for two years, they moved to Kansas for three years and then to Jackson, Mississippi.When Ramirez was five years old, her parents tried to get her involved in all kinds of sports including soccer, karate, dance, gymnastics and basketball. But tennis quickly emerged as Ramirez’s favorite and by the time she was 10 years old, she knew it was the only sport she wanted to invest her time in. Santiago was her first coach and noticed her exceptional talent soon after she started playing.“At age seven, (Miranda) competed in her first tournament which was a Super Series event for (under-10s). She completely dominated the field,” Santiago said. “After the tournament, the director pulled me aside and said ‘Do you know what kind of talent your daughter has?’”After moving to Mississippi when she was six, Ramirez quickly gained success in her tennis career, and by the fifth grade, Ramirez began to take the sport seriously, she said. Whether it was working on her fitness, hitting balls back and forth with a trainer or seeing how long she could keep the ball in the air without letting it hit the ground, she found time each day after school to train.When she was eight, Ramirez moved to North Carolina for more formal coaching. After two years in North Carolina, she moved to Bradenton, Florida with her mother, and started playing competitively within the International Tennis Federation Juniors Circuit.By the time Ramirez was 12 years old, she knew she wanted to make a life out of the sport.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBetween Ramirez’s move to North Carolina and her arrival at Syracuse, she was homeschooled. Every day, she woke up around 7 a.m. to study for an hour before training. After a lunch break around noon, she spent an hour on school work before returning to the court for afternoon practice. To test the effectiveness of her homeschool curriculum, Ramirez had to take a state-mandated education exam each year.Ramirez’s dedication to her training soon paid off. By age 15, she started competing in and winning international tournaments. She won eight ITF junior tournaments and peaked at No. 190 in the ITF junior rankings. Domestically, she reached the No. 3 ranking in the Florida Section of the United States Tennis Federation.A year before her eventual enrollment at Syracuse, Ramirez made one last move, to Nice, France.In the years before heading to Europe, she had competed in her first ITF tournament in South America, and continued to participate in tournaments in places like Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Uruguay and Cuba. In these tournaments, she faced European players on a regular basis and was pushed to her limits each time, her father said.Because of the high quality of play among European players, her family decided to send her to France to gain exposure to that higher level of competition.“Miranda had the opportunity to experience different game styles,” Santiago said. “American tennis is about hitting the ball hard and fast. South American tennis is about patience and feel. European tennis is about strategy. She learned how to compete against all types of players.”During an ITF junior tournament in Switzerland in late 2015, Ramirez was discovered by Syracuse associate head coach Shelley George. She was impressed by Ramirez’s play, and the Orange coaching staff decided to scout her further. During the summer of 2016, Limam, SU’s head coach, traveled to Portugal to see Ramirez play in another ITF junior tournament. He immediately knew he wanted her at Syracuse.Limam’s main concern with recruiting Ramirez was that she had become accustomed to training for tennis as her top priority, and if she were to come to Syracuse, she would have to learn how to balance school and tennis again.“We got to spend some time with her and explain how the college system works and if that’s what she wanted to do,” Limam said. “We loved her personality, her work ethic, how committed she was.”When Ramirez arrived at Syracuse at the beginning of the 2017 spring semester, she felt outside her comfort zone. She had to re-assimilate herself with being around other students, enduring longer classes and not having complete control over her schedule.While she had experience against the top junior players in the world, Ramirez did not assume it would lead to success in the college game, she said. When she proceeded to win 12 straight singles matches, she was surprised.“I did not expect it at all,” Ramirez said about her win streak. “I took it one match at a time, and I somehow managed to keep winning.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorGoing into her sophomore season, Ramirez and junior teammate Gabriela Knutson will be Syracuse’s top two singles players and make up the No. 1 doubles pairing for the Orange. In the offseason, Ramirez’s main focus was her fitness, as she wanted to make sure she could last through the entire season. She continued to play competitively, too, reaching the singles semifinals at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championship in October 2017.Between living in six different states and France, being homeschooled, and competing in international tennis tournaments as a 15-year-old, Ramirez became the player she is today through sacrifice. Now, she looks to lead Syracuse tennis to its second NCAA Tournament appearance ever.“I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Ramirez said. “It was definitely a sacrifice being away from home, but at the same time, I gained a lot from it.” Commentslast_img read more

Breaking news: Road sealed as Gardaí probe ‘serious incident’

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ sealed off a road in the centre of Letterkenny and are investigating a ‘serious incident’.Oliver Plunkett Road, which connects Main Street to Pearse Road, was closed off to traffic for a time following the incident, which happened at around 5pm, but the road has since been re-opened.The incident happened in an apartment block just off Oliver Plunkett Road. The adjoining carpark to the apartment block remains sealed off as officers continue to investigate. A man is believed to have sustained serious injuries.Emergency services rushed to the scene.More on this story as we get it.  Breaking news: Road sealed as Gardaí probe ‘serious incident’ was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Burnley v Brentford line-ups: Bees defender fit, new signing on bench, Burnley switch strikers

first_imgBrentford defender James Tarkowski will play at Burnley despite breaking his nose in the win at Bristol City last weekend.The Bees make one change, with summer signing Lasse Vibe making his first start. He replaces Andre Gray, who was signed by Burnley on the eve of the game but is not eligible to play.New signing Maxime Colin is among the substitutes.Burnley’s two alterations come up front, with Sam Vokes and Jelle Vossen dropped to the bench. Rouwen Hennings makes his first start since signing in the summer, and plays alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz replacing them.Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly; Hennings, Jutkiewicz.Subs: Gilks, Ward, Anderson, Taylor, Vokes, Vossen, Sordell.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Judge, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer, Gogia; Hofmann, Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, Colin, O’Connell, Udumaga, Clarke, Senior.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

VIDEO: Homan Inc. has it all at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale Everman with Homan Inc. talked to Joel Penhorwood for a video.In this video, Dale Everman of Homan Inc. talks with Ohio Ag Net about the company’s equipment on display at the 2017 Farm Science Review. Special focus this year is being paid to the Titan Toolbar, a piece of manure spreading machinery ideal for the needs of modern livestock operations.A thorough walkaround and explanation of the ins and outs of the piece is available in this piece.last_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

SRH seal play-offs spot with eight-wicket win

first_imgbl13_David warner × Captain and opener David Warner carried his bat through the innings with an unbeaten 69 as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Gujarat Lions by eight wickets to seal a play—offs berth in the Indian Premier League here today.Warner shared 133 runs with Vijay Shankar (63 not out) for the unbroken third wicket stand as the Sunrisers chased down the target of 155 with 11 balls to spare by reaching to 158 for 2 in 18.1 overs at the Green Park here.With the win in their last league match, the Sunrisers collected 17 points from 14 matches to seal a knock—out stage berth. This was their eighth win in the tournament.Gujarat Lions have already been eliminated from the race of a play—offs berth.Earlier, rookie pacer Mohammed Siraz and Afghan wonder kid Rashid Khan effected a batting collapse to skittle out Gujarat Lions for 154 in 19.2 overs after being put into bat.Siraz (4/32 in 4 overs) and Rashid (3/34 in 4 overs) were brilliant in the back—10 as Lions were down in the dumps after a 111—run opening stand between Ishan Kishan (61 off 40 balls) and Dwayne Smith (54 off 33 balls).Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/25) and Siddharth Kaul (1/30) polished off the tail.But in a baffling collapse, Lions lost all 10 wickets for an addition 49 runs in the last 10 overs after a whopping 105 in the front 10. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on cricket COMMENTcenter_img May 13, 2017 bl13_David warner IPL 2017 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Truth and Reconciliation Commission becomes muse for Royal Winnipeg Ballet

first_imgAPTN National NewsTaking inspiration from the stories and emotions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg ballet has developed a story around the commission’s work. Aboriginal creative talent and artistry combined with a traditional ballet to create a work that honours the national and historical significance of the commission.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has more.last_img