Quarterfinal cast ng FIFA World Cup 2014, kumpleto na

admin   •   July 3, 2014   •   2147

Argentina vs Switzerland in FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil
CREDIT : REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

BAHIA, Brazil — Matapos ang mahigpit na labanan sa group of 16 stage elimination ng FIFA World Cup 2014, inaasahang mas lalong magiging kapana-panabik at mahigpit ang labanan ng mga koponang pumasok sa quarterfinals ng torneo.

Buo na ang walong teams na maglalaban sa quarterfinals ng World Cup na sisimulan sa Biyernes ng madaling araw, oras sa Pilipinas.

Ang koponan ng Belgium at Argentina ang dalawang huling umusad sa quarterfinal round. Tinalo ng Belgium ang United States at tiniklop ng Argentina ang Switzerland.

Unang maghaharap na koponan ang France kontra sa Germany na gaganapin sa Maracana Stadium sa Rio de Janeiro sa darating na Biyernes dito sa Brazil at Sabado naman sa Pilipinas.

Sa ganap na alas-singko naman ng hapon, maghaharap ang koponan ng Brazil kontra Columbia sa Castelao Stadium, Fortaleza  kung saan mainit na pinag-uusapan ang paghaharap ng star player ng Brazil na si Neymar at ang star player ng Columbia na si James Rodriguez.

Sa July 5 naman, araw ng Sabado sa Brazil at July 6, linggo naman sa pilipinas ay maghaharap sa Estadio Nacional de Brasilia , Brasilia ang koponan nila Messi na Argentina kontra sa Belgium.

Maglalaban naman ang team ni Flying Dutchman Van Persie ng Netherlands kontra sa Costa Rica sa Arena Fonte Nova Salvador sa ganap na alas-singko ng hapon.

Kanya-kanya namang gimik ang ginagawa ng mga fans upang suportahan ang kanilang mga paboritong koponan.

Unti-unti ng nagpapakita ng lakas at galing ang mga beteranong koponan gaya ng Brazil, Germany, Netherlands at iba pa habang papahigpit na ang labanan upang makamit ang inaasam na tropeo at ang karangalan na matanghal na kampeon ng 2014 FIFA World Cup dito sa Brazil. (Chris Perez, UNTV News)

Germany confirms first case of coronavirus

UNTV News   •   January 28, 2020

Germany has declared its first confirmed case of the coronavirus that broke out in China.

Bavaria’s health department said late on Monday that a man in the town of Starnberg, 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Munich, has been confirmed as suffering from the virus.

The patient is in “good condition” and isolated under medical observation, Bavaria’s state health ministry said in a statement posted on its website. It did not disclose any details of the patient’s age or nationality.

“People who have been in contact (with the patient) have been informed in detail about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission channels,” the minsirty said in the written statement.

The virus, that broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year, has so far killed 100 people, infected over 2,800 others, stranded tens of millions during the big Lunar New Year holiday and rattled global markets.

Cases linked to people who travelled from Wuhan have been confirmed in a dozen countries, from Japan to the United States.

Eiffel Tower closed as France braces for major strikes

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2020

Paris – The Eiffel Tower will remain closed Thursday as France braces for a fourth consecutive day of major cross-sector strikes against pension reforms.

Teachers, health workers, lawyers and railway personnel are participating in a strike called by unions to demand the total withdrawal of a pensions reform bill which was announced in December.

Transport will continue to be affected by strike action with both the national railway network (SNCF) and the transport in the Paris region offering reduced services.

This will be the 36th day of strike action affecting the transport sector, the longest in history.

The SNCF expects traffic to be very disrupted with more than half of train services cut, as well as the Paris subway.

The French Civil Aviation Authority also warned of disruptions and delays and urged companies to cancel a third of their flights to or from Toulouse (southern France).

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower will be closed on Thursday, according to the company that manages the monument, as some of its workers have joined the strike.

From the first day of action on 5 December, when between 800,000 people (according to the Ministry of Interior) and 1.8 million workers (according to the unions) flooded the streets of France to demand the government to reverse a pension reform bill.

According to a survey published on Sunday by Le Journal du Dimanche, more than half of the population (55%) want the government to withdraw the reform.

However, rejection of the strikes has also grown, the effects of which can be seen in the rail and metropolitan transport sector of Paris.

Thursday’s industrial action is the first mobilization of the year and will serve as a test to verify the support behind the protests after strikes on 10 and 17 December failed to raise the same level of support as the first one.

Trade unions have called for “the withdrawal of the reform project and the opening of constructive negotiations to improve the current regime”.

But the clash over pension reforms has seen one of President Emmanuel Macron’s key policies to transform the labour market come under fire.

Macron has led on several labour reforms in an attempt to create a more flexible market reminiscent of Nordic models, but his move to streamline the complex pensions system under one points-based model has triggered the largest unrest of his presidency.

The largest union in the country, the reformist French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), has opposed setting the retirement age of 64 but has backed the move to create a universal system to replace the current one which has 42 different pension plans in place.

The Government is still negotiating with unions until the reform goes to the Council of Ministers on 24 January.

So far, some concessions have been made such as an earlier retirement for professions deemed dangerous, a revaluation of teachers’ salaries, a delay in the implementation of the plan in the railway sector and for the dancers of the Paris Opera, which since 5 December has been forced to cancel more than 60 representations. EFE-EPA

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Embassy cautions Filipinos in Paris against massive strikes, street crimes

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2020

The Philippine Embassy in Paris has issued an advisory to warn Filipinos visiting and living in France particularly in the capital city.

Tensions continue as angry transport workers launch massive protests against the government crippling major transportation across Paris.

Announcements of massive strikes on January 9 and 10 have reached the Embassy thus it advised the Filipino community there to be aware of the situation and prepare for alternative means to go to work as travel disruptions are again expected.

If possible, avoid the areas where the rallies are being held, according to the Embassy.

Also, Filipinos are urged to monitor updates on the transport strikes through the Embassy’s official Facebook page (#PhinFrance).

Meanwhile, Embassy officials also expressed concern over the growing number of Filipinos being victimized by burglars and thieves particularly tourists.

Paris ranked 14th among the countries in the world with moderate to high index of crimes in the past three years, according to the 2019 Crime Rate Index published by research website Numbeo.com.

This has prompted the Embassy to remind Filipinos travelling and living particularly in the capital city to be extra vigilant and alert at all times.

The Philippine Embassy in Paris can be reached through its 24/7 hotline numbers +33620592515 or through its official social media accounts #PHinFrance.

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