China envoy urges EU to develop its ‘strategic autonomy’

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — China’s European Union envoy is urging the 27-nation bloc to deepen its ties with his country even further and says he hopes the EU’s desire for “strategic autonomy” will guide its foreign policy in the future. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner and they are also economic competitors. But Chinese Ambassador Zhang Ming said Wednesday that China-EU ties have “stood the test of time.” The term “strategic autonomy” has sown confusion over Europe’s intentions. Some see it as a by-word for acting independently from the United States, others for greater trade protectionism or even for breaking away from the NATO military alliance. EU foreign ministers are still trying to establish exactly what it means.last_img read more

Herath to captain SL for Zimbabwe Tests

first_imgVETERAN spinner Rangana Herath will break a 30-year record when he captains Sri Lanka on their Test series against Zimbabwe after regular skipper Angelo Mathews pulled out of the tour due to injury.Herath will take the reins for the two-Test tour after Mathews joined his deputy Dinesh Chandimal in withdrawing from the trip.The 38-year-old left-arm spinner, who took 28 wickets in Sri Lanka’s 3-0 series whitewash of Australia, will become the oldest player to make his Test captaincy debut since 1983.A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket did not say why Mathews pulled out after being named in the original 15-man squad on Friday, but official sources said it was related to a recurring calf muscle injury.Mathews tore his calf during the fourth one-day international against Australia in August and will rest ahead of Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of South Africa starting late December.The allrounder is expected to miss three weeks and is also in doubt for the ODI tri-series, also featuring the West Indies, that follows the Zimbabwe Tests.Vice-captain Chandimal also won’t make the trip to Zimbabwe, allowing him more time to recover from a thumb injury he sustained during a domestic match last month.There are three new faces in Sri Lanka’s Test squad – fast bowlers Kasun Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara and allrounder Asela Gunaratne.The first Test begins on October 29 in Harare while the second is scheduled from November 6 at the same venue.Sri Lanka Test squad: Rangana Herath (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Madhushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal, Asela Gunaratne.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to blow out Holy Cross

first_imgSyracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) finally showed flashes of the team it was last season against Western Michigan last week, breaking out for 52 points and 545 yards of offense. Tommy DeVito had the best performance of his Syracuse career thus far, beating WMU both through the air and on the ground. The Orange are home again at noon on Saturday versus FCS opponent Holy Cross (1-2). SU is currently a 38.5-point favorite over the Crusaders, who are coming off of a 23-10 loss to Yale last week. Here’s what our beat writers predict will happen when Holy Cross visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 12 p.m.Eric Black (3-1)CrushedadersSyracuse 55, Holy Cross 7There’s a legitimate chance that Holy Cross, which has scored 30 points through three games against Navy, New Hampshire and Yale, fails to score at all on Saturday. But I’ll give the Crusaders the benefit of the doubt and expect a touchdown from them, only because at some point the Orange will take their starters out and play their backups. Even then, though, SU will dominate. After a game in which Syracuse’s offense finally played up to its potential, who knows what it could do versus a team that’s allowing nearly 300 rushing yards per game. I’ll be looking for DeVito to continue his success and more importantly play mistake-free football. Even though he didn’t turn the ball over last week there were still a couple of poor decisions he made that should’ve been picked off. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndrew Graham (3-1)‘A very good Holy Cross team’Syracuse 66, Holy Cross 13Holy Cross is, statistically, one of the worst teams in Division I college football — FBS or FCS — giving up 289 rushing yards per game and getting blown out by Navy, the only FBS opponent on its schedule to date. Their other two games? A 13-10 squeaker win against New Hampshire and a 13-point loss at Yale. I’ll put it this way: Syracuse scheduled a win this week. Dino Babers of course lauded his opponent at his weekly press conference. He said the fumbles that bounced SU’s way against Western Michigan could go the other way and, as is always true, an injury changes everything. But, we saw the Orange decimate Wagner last season and Holy Cross might be worse. SU should wipe the floor with Holy Cross, but Babers does make a good point. A banged up SU team should hope to leave this game with the same amount of healthy players it started with. Josh Schafer (3-1)Holy point spread Syracuse 61 Holy Cross 10 The betting line for Syracuse has peaked with the Orange favored by 38.5 points as of Wednesday and it’s not a reach at all. The Orange just scored 52 points against Western Michigan while Holy Cross just scored 10 points against Yale. The Crusaders 289.3 yards allowed on the ground per game ranks 118th out of 124 teams in the FCS, a division lower than the FBS which Syracuse plays in. And don’t forget Holy Cross’ offense is ranked 111th in the FCS.  The Crusaders aren’t even good in the FCS and it hasn’t changed in recent years in FBS matchups. Last year, they lost 62-14 against Boston College and Saturday’s result should be similar in favor of the Orange. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2019 at 11:46 pmlast_img read more

Former Bosnia international Footballer positive for COVID-19

first_imgFormer Bosnia international footballer Avdija Vrsajevic announced on social media on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.“I am currently in isolation as I have tested positive for COVID-19. Everything is under control, I’m feeling good, I haven’t had any serious symptoms and I hope to recover quickly,” said the defender, who plays for Turkish side Akhisarspor, writes.“Dear media, friends, sympathizers… I want to write here the correct information with the aim of stopping misinformation about the current situation regarding Covid-19. The situation is such that I am currently in isolation, due to a positive test for Covid-19. Everything is under control, I feel good, without any more intense symptoms, and I hope for a quick recovery, so that I can be with my family and my team. I want to express my full support for my team, and to say that I am sorry that I am not with them, but I have no doubt that they will achieve the desired success through the upcoming matches,” Vrsajevic wrote.last_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations expands to 24 teams for 2019

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Rabat, Morocco | AFP |  The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday.The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season.The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil.The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at Euro 2016 in France.The advantage would be more teams exposed to top-level competition and the disadvantage a dilution of the qualifying competition with virtually one in every two teams qualifying.The expansion of the African competition could also reduce the number of countries capable of staging the event, with 2019 hosts Cameroon already behind schedule and facing the prospect of having to pull out.Algeria and Morocco, who were disqualified from the 2015 edition after refusing to host it due to fears about the Ebola virus, would reportedly be interested in taking over.With at least six stadiums needed instead of four, another option would be to permit multiple countries to co-host the tournament.Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad scored a shock CAF presidential triumph over long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou in March and vowed to thoroughly review African football.Hayatou consistently rejected suggestions of a move to June, saying the weather then was too hot in northern Africa, too wet in the west and centre and too cold in the south.But his view was as much about not bowing to pressure from Europe as climatic conditions because African national teams and clubs play regularly during June without adverse effects.The decision taken by several players to turn down call-ups for their national team has swayed Ahmad’s mind toward change.Liverpool defender Joel Matip was one of seven Cameroon players who refused to be considered for selection, saying their club careers were more important than national duty.Cameroon remarkably still went on to win the tournament as they beat Egypt 2-1 in the final, lifting the trophy for a fifth time.Qualifying for the 2019 edition is already underway, with 48 teams competing across 12 groups for a place at the finals.Decisions of Caf Executive Committee – 20 July 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribdlast_img read more

Body and Mind: How Massage Connects Both

first_imgRelax and escape to paradise during a massage at In Touch Therapy.Does it ever feel like your mind and body are in a state of disconnect? Founder and Clinic Director of Olympia’s In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says this is a common problem that many people experience. “The body speaks to the mind using two languages: pain and pleasure,” says Stuth.If you’ve just been in a bad accident, your mind and body may not be as trusting of one another as they were previously. Enter In Touch Therapy. Stuth and his experienced team of massage therapists work hard to bring the mind and body back together so that the body can start trusting the mind, and you can start feeling like yourself again.So how exactly does massage therapy repair this state of disconnect? “During massage we work on a muscle group or a specific muscle and put it in a slightly painful, yet controlled, position,” says Stuth. “Because the position is controlled, the body knows it’s safe. This then forces the brain to pause what it’s doing so that it can correspond with that muscle,” he explains.“The brain is busy with other stuff. It’s not thinking about a specific muscle or organ,” says Stuth. But, by applying controlled pain to a muscle or muscle group, the brain is forced to acknowledge the activated muscle. Stuth says that this is where the mind and body start to come back together again. “We force the brain to connect to a muscle. Once the mind acknowledges that muscle, it starts thinking of ways to make it better,” he explains.Stuth calls this the mind taking the body on a date. “The disconnect between the mind and body is like a bad relationship. The body wants to have a good relationship with the mind, so the mind has to start taking the body out on dates. After a while, the body starts to trust the mind again,” Stuth says.In Touch Therapy can help connect the mind and body through facilitating recovery, providing clients with simple exercises to try at home, and working with the client’s health care provider. “Once we get the body back into a nice balanced structure, the body will intuitively start to heal and repair itself,” says Stuth. Sometimes the mind and body just need a little nudge in the right direction.For more information about the restorative powers of massage therapy, visit In Touch Therapy’s website here, or contact In Touch Therapy’s Office Coordinator, Shannon Monahan, at 360-866-8940, to schedule an appointment. Facebook126Tweet0Pin0last_img read more