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          The Odyssey by Homer – the first step      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The sea that separates Odysseus from home was the lifeblood of ancient Greece. Homer’s story of return takes us on a journey that goes beyond geography


This is the first one, the big one, the ur-road movie: the Odyssey. Homer’s poem tells of Odysseus’s decade-long attempt to return to his home island of Ithaca – a “man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy”. (Robert Fagles’ translation for Penguin, which I recommend.)

Here’s some context. Banish the thoughts of modern nation-state Greece and think instead of the Hellenes as they were, a widely scattered, littoral people, linked by language and custom, spread thinly from Massilia (now Marseille, founded by the Greeks in about 600BC) to the Black Sea. Edith Hall’s book Introducing the Ancient Greeks reminds me that Plato said his people liked to live “like frogs or ants around the pond”. They were traders and colonists and explorers. One Marseillais, Pytheas, circumnavigated Britain and perhaps got as far as Denmark and Iceland, and wrote about it in his lost book On the Ocean. The trackless wastes of the sea were the Greeks’ element. Aside from the Odyssey, in antiquity there existed an epic account, called Returns, of other Greek heroes’ homecomings from Troy, thought to have included the stories of Agamemnon’s catastrophic return to Argos, only to be slaughtered by his wife Clytemnestra, and Menelaos’s journey back to Sparta, via a long detour to Egypt. A fragment of Sappho, discovered on papyrus last year, has the narrator-poet anxiously awaiting her brother Charaxos’s return from a voyage. The perilous maritime journey was not only a Greek poetic theme, but part of Greek lived experience.

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          Philippines Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Wazzup Pilipinas!
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes the commemoration of its 50thanniversary, the Philippines marks the historic occasion by hosting a contemporary art exhibition featuring ten artists who will represent each ASEAN member state.

The exhibit titled Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is curated by noted art historian, scholar, and curator Patrick D. Flores.

It will be held simultaneously in three major art institutions in the Philippines: the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET Manila), the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, and the Yuchengco Museum.

The exhibition’s artists from the region will gather in Manila to open the exhibition on August 8 (MET Manila), 9 (Yuchengco Museum), and 10 (Vargas Museum) with a series of programs for each venue. The opening reception of each venue starts at 5pm. The exhibition will be on view from August 10 to October 6, 2018.

The project is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Dalubhasaan Para sa Edukasyon sa Sining at Kultura (DESK) with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

“Ties of history” is a phrase taken from a document signed by ASEAN’s founding members on August 8, 1967. The document describes “a region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” A region that is “conscious that in an increasingly interdependent world, the cherished ideals of peace, freedom, social justice, and economic well-being are best attained by fostering good understanding, good neighbourliness and meaningful cooperation among the countries of the region.” The document gave birth to the regional organization, which taken as a collective is the world’s 5th largest economy. 

Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is a survey of contemporary art, on the one hand. On the other, it is a diligent study of a particular practice. The project selects three works of each artist from the ASEAN countries to be exhibited in three institutions. This enables the exhibition to present a more in-depth look into the interests of the artist and allows the audience from different parts of the city to view the exhibition.

As Flores, who was recently appointed as Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2019, explains, “this undertaking…draws attention to the thoughtful and sensitive process of artistic transformation and maturity and tries to avoid the tendency of survey exhibitions to merely select the most popular or the most accessible.”

“It also reminds us that artistic practice is not fully formed but rather gleaned in the condition of constant forming. It is this constant forming that the project endeavors to curate,” he adds.

NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario agrees that “[t]here is much to gain in gathering the talents of the region in order to view not only their works but to also reflect on the realities each of them respond to.” He further emphasizes that “it is a proud moment that the Philippines initiates this celebration of ASEAN artists.”

Almario also remarks on the importance of the ASEAN in the current climate. For him, “[the] ASEAN is a unique regional organization because it aims to be known to the world as one community despite its diversity in religion, race and culture. In a world troubled by differences in belief, finding peace may be meditated through art that lets us see the threads that string us together.”

Senator Loren Legarda, one of the Philippines leading cultural advocates, expresses her pride with the recent developments in Philippine contemporary art: “Support for Philippine contemporary art is at its peak with our participation at the Venice Biennale for four consecutive years after a 51-year absence, with Dr. Flores as the first curator since our re-entry. This collaborative endeavor further puts the country at the center of contemporary art globally, not just in Asia. I invite our ASEAN neighbors to continue this art project annually or in the form of a biennial in the same manner by which we host political and economic affairs in ASEAN.”

Featured Artists

Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia aims to identify artists from across generations who have demonstrated both responsiveness and range in relation to the concerns of aesthetic material and socio-historical contexts.

A contemporary artist based in Singapore known for her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to art, Amanda Heng (b. 1951) explores social issues in the context of Singapore’s inter-cultural social milieu.

Roberto Feleo (b. 1954) is a seminal Philippine artist whose works are sharp sociohistorical commentaries on Philippine myth and history and creative investigations into local materials and techniques.

Known for his practice that includes the use of natural materials and traditional tools used in Indonesian craft, Anusapati (b. 1957) has inspired a younger generation of artists disposed to respond to craft, modernism, and the environment.

Do Hoang Tuong (b. 1960) of Vietnam belongs to an influential generation of abstract painters in the South of Vietnam in the 1990s. From an academic perspective and within the narrative space of his paintings, he expresses the desire of a founding condition of a new subjectivity.

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (b. 1971) was born in Laos and came to Australia in 1979. Her practice implicates Lao cultural references interwoven with Australian and other cultural mediations in a productive space of resettlement.

Working with photography and the moving image, Chris Chong Chan Fui (b. 1972) from Malaysia questions and redirects how humans work within such intersecting fields as economics and ecology.

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (b. 1972) lives and works in Thailand. His practice is informed by Thai cultural sign systems and reflects on the delicacy of daily existence.

Min Thein Sung (b. 1978), born and based in Myanmar, works with and on motifs, media, and processes inspired by the everyday and his childhood.

Artist and curator Vuth Lyno (b. 1982) from Cambodia is the Co-founding Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist-run space initiated by the Stiev Selapak collective in Phnom Penh. His artistic and curatorial practice is primarily participatory in nature, exploring collective learning and experimentation.

Working with organic materials, Yasmin Jaidin (b. 1987), a contemporary artist from Brunei, interrogates how these elements are often overlooked in the context of contemporary life.



Selection Process

A network of practitioners in contemporary art in the region was consulted in the selection of artists for the exhibition. These advisors include Ahmad Mashadi, Head of the National University of Singapore Museum; Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes at Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore); Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, independent curator, writer, and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art; and independent curator and scholar Grace Samboh.

Public Program

The public is invited to join an artist talk and roundtable discussion with the advisors from the region as they discuss contemporary art in Southeast Asia on August 11 at the MET Museum of Manila. There will also be a public and education program to feature talks and lectures by scholars of and practitioners in the region in the duration of the exhibition’s run.

For details relating to the exhibition’s education programs, please check our social media pages @tiesofhistory or email us at info@tiesofhistory.org to be added to our mailing list.


L-R, clockwise- Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia featured artists— Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (Thailand), Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos)


Philippines Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia


Exhibition:                            Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia

Venue:                                    Metropolitan Museum of Manila
University of the Philippines Vargas Museum
Yuchengco Museum

Dates:                                     August 8 to October 6, 2018

Social Media:                        @tiesofhistory

Opening Reception:             5pm – 9pm
August 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
                                                August 9 at the Yuchengco Museum
            August 10 at the Vargas Museum


          A Tribute to the Thai Cave Rescuers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The good news is spreading that all twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Bangkok sisters Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul have been working on an illustration of the many people and entities involved in the rescue operation. They've updated their work several times, and above is the latest version. See the image full-size at Facebook. The 12 soccer players and their coach are represented by boars. Notice the last one out of the cave is larger than the others -that's the coach. The other animals are representative of:

White Elephant - Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn

White Horse - The royal family and various Thai government agencies

Red Cross Horse - Medical team and nurses

Seals - Navy SEALs

Frogs - Other divers

Duck - The geography team

Blue Lion - British rescue team

Black Yellow and Red Lion - Belgian rescue team

Red White and Blue Lion - Netherlands rescue team

Kangaroo - Australian rescue team

Panda - Chinese team

Crane - Japanese rescue team

Moose - Swedish rescue team

Tiger - Myanmar rescue team

Brown Elephant - Laos rescue team

Eagle - American rescue team

Bear - Finnish rescue team

Rooster - French rescue team

Hawk - Rescue teams from the Philippines, Germany, and the Czech Republic

Beaver - Canadian rescue team

Swan - Danish rescue team

Cobra - Israeli rescue team

Iron Man - Elon Musk

Dog - K9 teams

Swallows - A team of climbers from Libong, Thailand

Dragon - Water pumping and drilling teams

Pig - Local farmers

Birds - Reporters

One Crow - Problems and those who would sow discord

Notice one of the seals has a halo and wings. That represents former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died in the rescue effort. Read more about this illustration at Buzzfeed.


          Washington durcit l'octroi de visas à la Birmanie et au Laos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington a annoncé mardi un durcissement des conditions d'attribution de visas aux personnes originaires de Birmanie et du Laos, après que ces deux pays ont refusé d'accueillir leurs ressortissants expulsés des Etats-Unis.
          Calzonazos si, pero follando.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cada día usamos más la palabra "calzonazos" como algo despectivo. Vamos a ver que leches significa exactamente:


Calzonazos: 
   adjetivo/nombre masculino
Hombre de carácter débil, que es muy condescendiente y se deja dominar con facilidad por otra persona, especialmente su mujer.
Sinónimos: bragazas, calzorras, huevazos.

Mas o menos lo que yo ya sabía.

Calzonazos hay de muchas clases y por muy diversas razones. Vale, pero nos vamos a centrar en esos que son así de calzonazos porque así al menos follan, mojan el churro, cogen, trinkan, o como queráis llamarlo.

¿Vale la pena ser un calzonazos si con ello consigues que te la toquen? Oye... a ver si vas a ser tú uno de esos y no lo sabes.
¿No? ¿Estás seguro? Vamos a hacer unas preguntar para salir de dudas:

- ¿Le tienes miedo a tu chica? ¿Eres de esos que lo pasa mal cuando tiene que decirle algo que sabes que no le va a gustar?

- ¿Tu chica te controla el dinero? ¿Es de las que gestiona el dinero por los dos... "porque tú te lo gastas todo"?



- ¿Has tenido la sensación alguna vez que te usa a modo de taxi? ¿Tu chica tiene la costumbre de llamarte por teléfono para que la acerques o la lleves a tal o cual sitio?

- ¿Le consientes todo para evitar que se enfade o se cabree contigo?


- ¿Tus amigos van siempre detrás de tu novia en el orden de prioridades?

- ¿Tu novia habla de tu vida con tu madre como si tú no estuvieras delante?

- ¿Alguna vez te ha amenazado con dejarte sin sexo para conseguir algo que ella quisiera?

- ¿Le has suplicado para tener sexo?

Si al menos 4 o 5 de estas respuestas son afirmativas... ¡¡Enhorabuena!! Tú eres un calzonazos de primera, amigo mio!


¿Que? ¿Te sientes orgulloso o algo así?... ¿Como has llegado a esto, tío? Siento decirte que si tu único argumento para sostener esto es que al menos yo follo y otros no... me has defraudado como hombre y como compañero.

Una relación basada en el chantaje sexual es lo peor que puede haber. Salvo que te excite ser un sumiso/esclavo... entonces me callo.

¿Y si crees que esta situación es provisional?... siendo decirte que no. Estas cosas no sólo continuarán, sino que con el tiempo siempre irán a peor. Además una chica que hace esto jamás te valorará. Uno no suele valorar a las personas que chantajean.

Para mí, son mas nobles los hombres que van a puticlubs a mojar el churro antes que estos que se lo permiten todo con tal de follar... o que no los dejen. Estos son de la peor calaña.

Lo peor es que la mayoría de estos, en su momento fueron pagafantas que han digi-evolucionado en calzonazos. Ya les viene de antes.

¡Para que luego digan que las mujeres son el sexo débil!...tiene cojones!!


Espero que recapaciteis sobre el tema... pensad y sublevaos! Revelaos! Sacad el hombre que lleváis dentro! Mandad a tomar por culo a esas chicas coñazo que os tienen cogidos por los huevos!... y ya no volveréis a ser "Calzonazos si, pero follando". A partir de ahora seréis... "Hombres si, pero sin mojar!"

La forma de contactar conmigo, por si os apetece:
Por email: malagasensual@hotmail.es
Por twitter: @malaga_sensual
Por instagram: malagasensual

¡¡Gracias por leerme!!
          Paradise Falls in Laos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

iphone SE, no filter

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          A Tribute to the Thai Cave Rescuers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The good news is spreading that all twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Bangkok sisters Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul have been working on an illustration of the many people and entities involved in the rescue operation. They've updated their work several times, and above is the latest version. See the image full-size at Facebook. The 12 soccer players and their coach are represented by boars. Notice the last one out of the cave is larger than the others -that's the coach. The other animals are representative of:

White Elephant - Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn

White Horse - The royal family and various Thai government agencies

Red Cross Horse - Medical team and nurses

Seals - Navy SEALs

Frogs - Other divers

Duck - The geography team

Blue Lion - British rescue team

Black Yellow and Red Lion - Belgian rescue team

Red White and Blue Lion - Netherlands rescue team

Kangaroo - Australian rescue team

Panda - Chinese team

Crane - Japanese rescue team

Moose - Swedish rescue team

Tiger - Myanmar rescue team

Brown Elephant - Laos rescue team

Eagle - American rescue team

Bear - Finnish rescue team

Rooster - French rescue team

Hawk - Rescue teams from the Philippines, Germany, and the Czech Republic

Beaver - Canadian rescue team

Swan - Danish rescue team

Cobra - Israeli rescue team

Iron Man - Elon Musk

Dog - K9 teams

Swallows - A team of climbers from Libong, Thailand

Dragon - Water pumping and drilling teams

Pig - Local farmers

Birds - Reporters

One Crow - Problems and those who would sow discord

Notice one of the seals has a halo and wings. That represents former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died in the rescue effort. Read more about this illustration at Buzzfeed.


          Penampilan Kiper Muda Persib di Piala AFF Tuai Pujian      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Kiper muda Persib Bandung, Aqil Savik, tampil cukup menawan saat membela Timnas Indonesia U-19. Meski, kalah 1-2 dari Thailand, pada laga pamungkas Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Senin 9 Juli 2018 lalu, Aqil Savik tetap tampil maksimal

Pelatih kiper Persib, Anwar Sanusi, mengaku bangga dengan penampilan anak asuhnya itu. Ia memuji penampilan gemilang Aqil, meski kiper Persib tersebut gagal menghalau dua gol dari Matee Sarakum. Namun, ia tetap tampil baik dengan beberapa penyelamatan selama laga.

Seperti pada awal-awal babak pertama, Aqil mampu menepis laju si kulit bundar hasil sepakan keras Matee. Tak hanya itu, saat Nakin Wisetchat yang mengerahkan bola ke tiang jauh, beruntung sang kiper kembali berhasil membloknya.

"Aqil dan pemain Timnas kemarin saya rasa tampil baik. Walau hasil 1-2, saya tetap bangga. Selamat juga buat Aqil debutnya, saya melihat kemampuan dia mulai meningkat," kata pria yang karib disapa Awai tersebut, seperti dilansir situs resmi klub.

Mental Bertanding

Kiper Persib Bandung yang juga penggawa Timnas Indonesia U-19, M. Aqil Savik. (Bola.com/Ronald Seger Prabowo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Menurut Anwar Sanusi, bukan hanya dari sisi kemampuan, mental bertandingnya sudah semakin membaik. Saat kemasukan dua gol pun, Aqil mampu tetap fokus dan menyelesaikan pertandingan dengan baik. Dia tidak terganggu oleh gol yang diciptakan oleh Thailand.

"Saat kemasukan dia performanya tidak turun, masih fokus dan tetap tampil maksimal. Jadi saya tidak mengomentari golnya, namun semangat dan mental bertanding dia tetap bagus. Itu penting," ucapnya.

Dia pun berharap, Aqil tetap menjaga semangat dan kerja kerasnya bersama timnas. Awai percaya, sang pemain masih bisa jauh lebih baik ke depannya.

Kaget

Aqil Savik sebelumnya sempat kaget kembali dipanggil untuk mengikuti pemusatan latihan bersama Timnas Indonesia U-19. Ia mengaku cukup terkejut dengan pemanggilan ini.

Penjaga gawang muda Persib ini mengaku bakal menunjukkan kualitas terbaik demi memukau pelatih Indra Sjafri.


          Penampilan Kiper Muda Persib di Piala AFF Tuai Pujian      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Kiper muda Persib Bandung, Aqil Savik, tampil cukup menawan saat membela Timnas Indonesia U-19. Meski, kalah 1-2 dari Thailand, pada laga pamungkas Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Senin 9 Juli 2018 lalu, Aqil Savik tetap tampil maksimal

Pelatih kiper Persib, Anwar Sanusi, mengaku bangga dengan penampilan anak asuhnya itu. Ia memuji penampilan gemilang Aqil, meski kiper Persib tersebut gagal menghalau dua gol dari Matee Sarakum. Namun, ia tetap tampil baik dengan beberapa penyelamatan selama laga.

Seperti pada awal-awal babak pertama, Aqil mampu menepis laju si kulit bundar hasil sepakan keras Matee. Tak hanya itu, saat Nakin Wisetchat yang mengerahkan bola ke tiang jauh, beruntung sang kiper kembali berhasil membloknya.

"Aqil dan pemain Timnas kemarin saya rasa tampil baik. Walau hasil 1-2, saya tetap bangga. Selamat juga buat Aqil debutnya, saya melihat kemampuan dia mulai meningkat," kata pria yang karib disapa Awai tersebut, seperti dilansir situs resmi klub.

Mental Bertanding

Kiper Persib Bandung yang juga penggawa Timnas Indonesia U-19, M. Aqil Savik. (Bola.com/Ronald Seger Prabowo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Menurut Anwar Sanusi, bukan hanya dari sisi kemampuan, mental bertandingnya sudah semakin membaik. Saat kemasukan dua gol pun, Aqil mampu tetap fokus dan menyelesaikan pertandingan dengan baik. Dia tidak terganggu oleh gol yang diciptakan oleh Thailand.

"Saat kemasukan dia performanya tidak turun, masih fokus dan tetap tampil maksimal. Jadi saya tidak mengomentari golnya, namun semangat dan mental bertanding dia tetap bagus. Itu penting," ucapnya.

Dia pun berharap, Aqil tetap menjaga semangat dan kerja kerasnya bersama timnas. Awai percaya, sang pemain masih bisa jauh lebih baik ke depannya.

Kaget

Aqil Savik sebelumnya sempat kaget kembali dipanggil untuk mengikuti pemusatan latihan bersama Timnas Indonesia U-19. Ia mengaku cukup terkejut dengan pemanggilan ini.

Penjaga gawang muda Persib ini mengaku bakal menunjukkan kualitas terbaik demi memukau pelatih Indra Sjafri.


          "Ο λαός δεν συμφωνεί με την κυβέρνηση, να αλλάξει ο λαός"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Η κυβέρνηση αδυνατεί να συλλάβει και να εκφράσει τον παλμό της ελληνικής κοινωνίας, ή αδιαφορεί πλήρως, επειδή αναμένει ανταλλάγματα από την Μέρκελ;

Αυτή η φράση του Μπρεχτ, είναι απολύτως ταιριαστή τόσο με την μη κρυπτομένη χαρά του πρωθυπουργού, όσο και με το ειρωνικό "υφάκι" του Υπουργού Εξωτερικών, που αδιαφορούν για τον όχλο, όπως μας απεκάλεσε ο πρωθυπουργός, και για το ότι στο Σύνταγμα δεν ήταν η πλειοψηφία των Ελλήνων, δηλαδή περί τα έξι εκατομμύρια, όπως επιχειρηματολόγησε ο υπουργός.

Αφού δεν συμφωνούν οι Έλληνες πατριώτες με τα διαδραματισθέντα στις Πρέσπες, δεν θα αλλάξουμε φυσικά κυβέρνηση, ούτε θα αλλάξει πολιτική η ίδια η κυβέρνηση. Θα αλλάξει τον λαό. Σε κάποιο διάστημα, ούτως ή άλλως οι γηγενείς Έλληνες θα είναι μειοψηφία -συμφώνως προς Έκθεση του ΟΗΕ- οπότε οι πλειοψηφούντες νέο-Έλληνες δεν θα τίθενται εμπόδιο σε οποιαδήποτε άλλη παραχώρηση.

Καμιά σημασία δεν δίνει η Αριστερά στο σοβαρό πρόβλημα για τη λειτουργία της δημοκρατίας, που προκύπτει από την δυσαρμονία άποψης και στάσης μεταξύ της κυβέρνησης και του ελληνικού λαού σε ένα μείζον εθνικό ζήτημα. Η κυβέρνηση αδυνατεί να συλλάβει και να εκφράσει τον παλμό της ελληνικής κοινωνίας, ή αδιαφορεί πλήρως, επειδή αναμένει ανταλλάγματα από την κα. Μέρκελ; [Και είναι άγνωστο αν θα πρόκειται για ανταλλάγματα εθνικά, κομματικά, ή προσωπικά. Αυτό θα φανεί σύντομα].

Οι Έλληνες πατριώτες συλλαμβάνουν καλύτερα από την ηγεσία τους τον πυρήνα του ελληνικού προβλήματος, που είναι οι διαρκείς γεωπολιτικές πιέσεις και απειλές για την εθνική μας κυριαρχία. Για τους διεθνιστές, άλλες είναι οι προτεραιότητες.

Δεν ξέρω με ποιο σκεπτικό επελέγησαν οι Πρέσπες για την ικανοποίηση όλων των αιτημάτων των Σκοπιανών, άνευ ουδενός ουσιαστικού ανταλλάγματος. Υπενθυμίζω πάντως, πως εκεί ήταν το στρατηγείο του Ζαχαριάδη, του ηγέτη των κομμουνιστών που πήραν τα όπλα κατά της Ελλάδας, και εκεί πριν μερικές δεκαετίες ο Ζαχαριάδης μιλούσε για "την ελευθερία του Μακεδονικού λαού". Στις Πρέσπες ελήφθησαν οι αποφάσεις εφαρμογής από το ΚΚΕ και τον ΔΣΕ της Συμφωνίας του Μπλέντ, που προέβλεπε τη δημιουργία "Ομόσπονδης Λαϊκής Δημοκρατίας της Μακεδονίας" στην οποία θα περιλαμβανόταν και η Ελληνική Μακεδονία.

Εκεί, στις 25-26 Μαρτίου του 1949, στο χωριό Ψαράδες των Πρεσπών, συνήλθε το 2ο συνέδριο του ΝΟΦ (Λαϊκό Απελευθερωτικό Μέτωπο Σλαβομακεδόνων) με παρόντα τον Ζαχαριάδη, ο οποίος στην ομιλία του διακήρυξε και την "Ένωση της Μακεδονίας σε ένα ενιαίο, ανεξάρτητο, ισότιμο Μακεδονικό κράτος μέσα στη Λαϊκοδημοκρατική Ομοσπονδία των Βαλκανικών λαών, που είναι η δικαίωση των πολύχρονων αιματηρών αγώνων του μακεδονικού λαού…"!

Εκεί, λοιπόν, οι σύγχρονοι κομμουνιστές, θέλησαν να βάλουν τις βάσεις για ένα νέο αλυτρωτισμό των Σκοπιανών, πιο επικίνδυνο από αυτόν του Γκρούεφσκι, επειδή έχει την ελληνική επίνευση τώρα, όπως από την πρώτη στιγμή δεν το έκρυψε ο Ζάεφ, ο οποίος αναφέρθηκε πέντε φορές στην ομιλία του στον λαό του ως "Μακεδόνες", μπροστά σε εκπροσώπους διεθνών θεσμών, και μπροστά στον πρωθυπουργό της Ελλάδας, που δεν έδειξε να ενοχλείται καθόλου. Άλλωστε, πριν από λίγα χρόνια, ήταν υπέρμαχος της απόδοσης του όρου μόνον Μακεδονία, στους Σκοπιανούς. [Ο Ν. Κοτζιάς πρόσεξε ότι ο Ζάεφ μιλώντας για Μακεδόνες, δεν αναφέρθηκε στον αστερίσκο;]

Με τον συνήθη παλαιοκομματικό και παραπλανητικό τρόπο, επιχειρείται να μεταφερθεί η συζήτηση όχι στα δεινά που θα επέλθουν, αλλά στο τι έκαναν οι προηγούμενες κυβερνήσεις. Είναι χρήσιμο και απαραίτητο να πληροφορηθούμε τι έπραξαν για το Σκοπιανό, όμως αυτήν την ώρα το προέχον είναι ποιος υπογράφει συμφωνία με εκχώρηση μέρους της εθνικής μας κυριαρχίας. Αυτόν θα καταγράψει η ιστορία, και σ’ αυτόν θα προσδώσει τον ανάλογο χαρακτηρισμό, όταν φανούν καθαρά τα αποτελέσματα της συμφωνίας.

Υ.Γ.: Υπάρχει μια ανησυχητική πληροφορία, στηριζόμενη στο άρθρο 6 της συμφωνίας, όπου τα δύο μέρη καλούνται να αποθαρρύνουν ιδιωτικούς φορείς οι οποίοι "υποδαυλίζουν τον σωβινισμό, το μίσος, την εχθρότητα, τον αλυτρωτισμό και τον αναθεωρητισμό έναντι του άλλου μέρους".

Η αναφορά αυτή θεωρείται φωτογραφική για τους πολιτιστικούς φορείς και τα Μουσεία που προβάλλουν την Ιστορία του απελευθερωτικού Μακεδονικού Αγώνα, ειδικότερα δε για το Μουσείο που εδρεύει στην Θεσσαλονίκη και ταυτίζει τον Μακεδονικό Αγώνα με την Ελληνική Πολιτιστική κληρονομία.

Άλλωστε πολλές φορές στο παρελθόν, οι Σκοπιανοί είχαν θέσει θέμα για το συγκεκριμένο Μουσείο καθώς και για τα βιβλία της Ελληνικής Ιστορίας, θεωρώντας ότι "υποδαυλίζουν το μίσος και τον αναθεωρητισμό", έναντι των Σκοπίων.

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Những trận đánh giằng co, khốc liệt, đẫm máu… tại mặt trận Vị Xuyên Hà không chỉ liên quan tới quan hệ Việt-Trung mà còn liên quan tới một “cuộc chiến khác” tại Hà Nội: cuộc chiến giữa phe các tướng lĩnh ủng hộ Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp và phía muốn hạ bệ, đẩy lùi vị tướng huyền thoại này vào bóng tối…để họ dành lấy binh quyền…
Mối quan hệ “lục đục” giữa Lê Duẩn với Võ Nguyên Giáp thực ra đã nổ ra sau khi Lê Duẩn được điều từ miền nam ra gánh vác nhiệm vụ Bí thư thứ nhất Ban chấp hành TW Đảng Lao động Việt Nam…
Nhiều tài liệu đã công bố về trận Mậu Thân 1968: Tướng Giáp và ông Hồ Chí Minh được bố trí xuất ngoại để cho Lê Duẩn toàn quyền thực thi việc điều binh khiển tướng…Đây được coi là trận quyết chiến chiến lược này để tạo vốn liếng về khả năng chiến trận cho Lê Duẩn và Nguyễn Chí Thanh...
Các trận đấu “cố đá thua” trong bóng đá bao giờ cũng liên quan tới một đường dây cá độ nào đó. Vậy mục đích của vụ “cá độ” 12/7/1984 có phải nhằm hướng tới mục đích hạ uy danh, hạ bệ Tướng Giáp và nhóm tướng lĩnh thân Tướng Giáp ?

Lê Duẩn chăng? Điều này chắc chắn không! Không một ai nghi ngờ về phẩm chất quyết liệt chống chủ nghĩa bá quyền Đại Hán của ông Lê Duẩn…Do vậy cần phải lần tìm lần theo sợi chỉ mỏng manh này những nhóm dưới quyền Lê Duẩn bán độ trận này cho Trung Quốc ?
Vậy trận 12/7/1984 liên quan tới những ai? Ai sẽ hưởng lợi nếu trận 12/7/1984 quân ta thắng; Ai sẽ đắc lợi nếu trận này thua? Chỉ khi phân tích theo cách này mới có khả năng tìm ra mớ chỉ rối bòng bong này…
Trên mạng xuất hiện bài Tướng Hoàn Đan của quân đội Cụ Hồ | (hochiminhbao.com hochiminhbao.com/tuong-hoan-dan/), viết về cuộc đời binh nghiệp của Tướng Hoàng Đan; Trong bài có 1 đoạn đề cập tới cuộc kiểm điểm tại Hà Nội về trận 12/7/1984. Tác giả bài cho biết: Thủ tướng Phạm Văn Đồng đã nổi nóng trước tổn thất này và Đại tướng Lê Trọng Tấn thời điểm đó Tổng tham mưu trưởng đứng ra nhận lãnh trách nhiệm về những tổn thất của trận 12/7/1984…
Tướng Lê Duy Mật, nguyên chỉ huy trưởng Mặt trận Vị Xuyên Hà Giang giai đoạn 1984-1986 xác nhận thông tin với chủ blog: Kế hoạch mang Mật danh MB 84 của trận 12/7/1984 do Bộ Tổng tham mưu đưa xuống; người trực tiếp truyền đạt là Tướng Lê Ngọc Hiền-Phó Tổng tham mưu trưởng và là em vợ của Tướng Lê Trọng Tấn…
Bộ Tổng tham mưu dưới quyền Lê Trọng Tấn là tác giả của trận phản công 12/7/1984; Nếu thắng thì công trạng thuộc về nhóm tướng lĩnh thân tướng Giáp ?
Lê Trọng Tấn vẫn được đánh giá là viên tướng thân cận với Võ Nguyên Giáp. Do vậy, khi trận 12/7/1984 này thua nên “ ngư ông” đắc lợi tất yếu là nhóm đang tìm cách hạ uy danh Tướng Giáp, cản đường nắm cái ghế Bộ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng của các tướng lĩnh phe tướng Giáp…
Đường dây “ cá độ” nào đó tìm cách tác động để cốt đá thua trận này bằng cách họ bán bí mật trận đánh 12/7/1984 cho tình báo Hoa Nam ? Đây không phải là một sự phán đoán theo lối trông gà hóa cuốc, định kiến, gán ghép chủ quan mà thông tin này do chính phía Trung Quốc đưa ra từ 2009.

Phạm Viết Đào là blog đầu tiên đưa thông tin này lên mạng dựa theo thông tin do Hà Minh Thành, một Việt kiều tại Nhật gửi cho tháng 7/ 2010: Sở dĩ trận 12/7/1984 phía Việt Nam tổn thất là do kế hoách tác chiến bị bại lộ; Tình báo Hoa Nam đã mua được nguồn tin từ 1 sĩ quan quân báo cao cấp…
Sau khi blog Phạm Viết Đào đưa thông tin này lên mạng, mấy ngày sau, Đài BBC đã đưa thêm chi tiết:
Tin từ Nhật Bản nói sau một trận đánh cách đây 26 năm, 3.700 lính Việt Nam tử nạn được chôn chung tại vùng núi biên giới Hà Giang nay thuộc về Trung Quốc.
Tài liệu được nói là của Đại học Phòng vệ thuộc Cục Phòng vệ Nhật Bản tức Bộ Quốc phòng đề cập tới trận đánh hôm 12/07/1984 giữa lính Việt Nam và Trung Quốc.
Tài liệu này được một người Việt ở Nhật Bản, ông Hà Minh Thành, dịch sang tiếng Việt và đăng tải trên một số trang mạng.
Trong cuốn sách 'Bí mật về cuộc chiến Trung-Việt' của ba tác giả Trung Quốc Kim Huy (Jin Hui), Trương Tuệ Sinh (Zhang Hui Sheng) và Trương Vệ Minh (Zhang Wei Ming) cũng có chương nhắc đến trận Lão Sơn, đăng trên mạng quốc phòng china-defense.com đã viết:”Ngày 12/07/1984, Việt Nam đã điều sáu trung đoàn tham gia trận tập kích trên triền núi.

Thế nhưng kế hoạch của họ đã thất bại do bội phản "từ một sỹ quan quân báo cao cấp".(http://www.bbc.com/vietnamese/mobile/vietnam/2010/07/100728_laoshan_battle.shtml)
Ngày 14/ 7/2016, tướng Nguyễn Đức Huy nguyên Phó tư lệnh Quân khu 2 đã lên tiếng trong một cuộc hội ngộ thành lập Hội các CCB Vị Xuyên, Hà Giang"Trong 5 năm chiến đấu bảo vệ biên giới (1984 - 1989), Hà Giang là nơi đương đầu với cuộc chiến ngay từ đầu và là địa phương thoát khỏi cuộc chiến muộn nhất, chịu nhiều tổn thất. Hơn 4.000 chiến sĩ hy sinh, hơn 9.000 cán bộ chiến sĩ bị thương"

(Hơn 4.000 chiến sĩ hy sinh bảo vệ biên giới Vị Xuyên - VnExpress

https://vnexpress.net/.../hon-4-000-chien-si-hy-sinh-bao-ve-bien-gioi-vi-xuyen-3436...)
1.  Như vậy, mãi cho tới 2016, phía Bộ Quốc phòng mới chính thức lên tiếng xác nhận số thương vong là 4000 liệt sĩ; Con số này cao hơn con số mà blog Phạm Viết Đào và BBC đưa năm 2010 lấy từ nguồn Trung Quốc: 3700 ?
Từ nguồn nào mà từ năm 2009 Trung Quốc đã đưa ra thông tin tổn thất của Việt Nam là 3700 bộ độ Việt hy sinh ở các trận đánh ở khu vực Thanh Thủy, Vị Xuyên ( Lão Sơn) lên mạng gần với số liệu do Tướng Nguyễn Đức Huy đưa ra năm 2016?
Chắc chắn con số này phía Trung Quốc không tính bằng cách đếm các tử sĩ trên chiến trường mà chắc chắn họ có người cái cắm ở Bộ Quốc phòng VN; Không nhẽ họ công bố số nằm trong sổ sách của Bộ Quốc phòng VN thì khác gì “ tôi ở bụi này”…
Có các cuộc chiến phe nhóm diễn ra tại Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam và ai đó đã lợi dụng bàn tay Trung Quốc để triệt hạ những tướng thuộc phe tướng Giáp đang nắm binh quyền trong tay không ?
Để khẳng định điều này chúng ta cần phải lật giở lại những sự thật lịch sử diễn ra thời kỳ đó liên quan tới cái chết của một loạt tướng lĩnh được coi là thân cận của Võ Nguyên Giáp…
Cái chết của Đại tướng Hoàng Văn Thái ( 2 tháng 7 năm 1986):
Nửa năm trước kỳ Đại hội Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam VI, một kỳ đại hội được dự đoán sẽ có những thay đổi lớn, một số lời đồn cho rằng Hoàng Văn Thái có nhiều khả năng được chuẩn bị cho chức vụ Bộ trưởng thay cho tướng Văn Tiến Dũng, và có thể trở thành Chủ tịch Hội đồng An ninh Quốc gia đầu tiên của Việt Nam (chức vụ nắm 3 bộ: Bộ Quốc phòng, Bộ Nội vụ (Bộ Công an hiện nay) và Bộ Ngoại giao)[Tuy nhiên, vào 5 giờ 7 phút sáng ngày 2 tháng 7 năm 1986, ông đột ngột qua đời sau một cơn đau tim tại Quân y viện 108, thọ 71 tuổi (chức vụ Chủ tịch Hội đồng An ninh Quốc gia trong thực tế cũng không hề được Đại hội VI lập ra như lời đồn)
Cái chết của Đại tướng Lê Trọng Tấn (5 tháng 12 năm 1986):
“Đại tướng Lê Trọng Tấn sinh năm 1914, mất ngày 5 tháng 12 năm 1986 tại Hà Nội. Ngay trước Đại hội lần thứ sáu của Đảng. Nhiều người đồn rằng rất có thể ông sẽ nhậm chức Bộ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng.

“Lê Trọng Tấn được coi là một trong những tướng đánh trận giỏi nhất Việt Nam. Ông luôn được tin cậy giao các nhiệm vụ hệ trọng trên chiến trường, là Tư lệnh của các chiến dịch lớn nhất, quan trọng nhất như Bình GiãĐồng XoàiBàu Bàng-Dầu TiếngĐường 9 Nam LàoTrị Thiên 1972... Ông nổi tiếng là con người tài năng, cương trực, quyết đoán, "trí-dũng-nhân-chính-liêm-trung".[4]

Ông được Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp coi là "người chỉ huy kiên cường, lỗi lạc, người bạn chiến đấu chí thiết".[5]
Trong một nhận xét khác có tính khẳng định hơn, Võ Nguyên Giáp nhận định:
"...(Lê Trọng Tấn) là một trong những vị tướng giỏi nhất Việt Nam qua các thời đại.[4]
Trong cuộc phỏng vấn về xếp hạng tướng lĩnh Việt Nam hiện đại, Thượng tướng Hoàng Minh Thảo đã đánh giá: "Tất nhiên đầu tiên là Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp. Thứ hai là tướng Lê Trọng Tấn. Thứ ba là tướng Hoàng Văn Thái và thứ tư là tướng Nguyễn Hữu An..."[6]
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Cái chết của Thượng tướng Đinh Đức Thiện
Tướng Đinh Đức Thiện là em trai Lê Đức Thọ và anh trai Đại tướng Mai Chí Thọ, ông được coi là người ủng hộ Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp và bất đồng chính kiến với Lê Đức Thọ trong nhiều vấn đề…
Đinh Đức Thiện, tên thật là: Phan Đình Dinh (sinh ngày 15 - 11 - 1914 – mất ngày 21 - 12 - 1986) là một trong những người lãnh đạo chủ chốt trong việc xây dựng đường mòn Hồ Chí Minh huyền thoại trong Chiến tranh Việt Nam; nguyên Ủy viên Ban Chấp hành Trung ương Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam, Bộ trưởng Bộ Cơ khí Luyện kim, Bộ trưởng Bộ Giao thông Vận tải (Việt Nam)Thượng tướng Quân đội Nhân dân Việt Nam.
Ông được phong quân hàm Thiếu tướng tháng 4 năm 1974, Trung tướng năm 1984 và Thượng tướng tháng 12 năm 1986.
Ông qua đời ngày 20 tháng 1 năm 1987 do tai nạn giao thông…”
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Về cái chế của viên tướng Đinh Đức Thiện, WikiPedia ghi 2 ngày mất của ông: Ngày 20/1/1987 và ngày 21/12/1986 ?)
Khi Tướng Đinh Đức Thiện qua đời, lúc đó người viết bài này đang công tác tại Fafilm Việt Nam; cùng cơ quan với con trai của ông là Phan Đình Đức, lúc đó Đức đảm nhận Trưởng Phòng Kế hoạch của Fafilm…
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Cái chết của Thượng tướng Vũ Lập ( 1924-1987):
Vũ Lập (1924-1987) là một Thượng tướng Quân đội Nhân dân Việt Nam, nguyên là Bộ trưởng, Chủ nhiệm Ủy ban Dân tộc (Việt Nam).
Ông tên thật là Nông Văn Phách; dân tộc Tày; quê xã Vĩnh Quang, huyện Hòa An, tỉnh Cao Bằng.
Từ năm 1978 đến năm 1987, ông là Tư lệnh Quân khu 2.
Ông là Ủy viên Ban Chấp hành Trung ương Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam từ khóa IV đến khóa VI, đại biểu Quốc hội Việt Nam từ khóa VI đến khóa VIII.
Ông thụ phong quân hàm Thiếu tướng năm 1974; Trung tướng năm 1980, Thượng tướng năm 1984.”
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          Illustration Of Thai Cave Rescue Mission With Hidden Meanings Goes Viral      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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A stirring cartoon responding to the efforts taken to rescue the soccer team trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand is gaining traction from internet users around the world.

Artistic duo SISIDEA—comprising sisters Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul from Bangkok—first conceptualized the image when news broke that the soccer team and their coach were missing, but it only materialized after the first successful rescue.

The drawing comprises 12 little wild boars and a larger one, as well as several other animals and ‘Iron Man’ swimming out of a cave. After its posting, the drawing was shared by the Royal Thai Navy on Facebook where it’s garnered 198,000 likes and 58,000 shares in less than 24 hours.

While adorable, there’s more than meets the eye because each character in the cartoon holds a special meaning. The boars refer to the boys and their soccer coach, while the white elephant in front of them represents Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue operations.

The white horse symbolizes every contributor of the rescue mission. “Everyone is a white knight,” the sisters explain.

The frogs refer to cave divers, the swallows represent Thai climbers, and the white seals are an apt wordplay on the Thai navy SEALs.

Additionally, the dog honors the K9 unit present at the scene, the dragon refers to the rescuers drilling into the cave to extract its waters, and the birds facing the animals symbolize the media.

There are also multiple homages to the countries assisting the mission. There’s a blue lion (Britain and Belgium), a kangaroo (Australia), a panda (China), a crane (Japan), a moose (Sweden), a tiger (Myanmar), a brown elephant (Laos), and an eagle (United States).

For good measure, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appears in the image of an ‘Iron Man’ mask, since he’s built and sent a kid-sized submarine to aid the operations, with help from his engineering team.

The image isn’t all cheery, though. The single crow overlooking the situation refers to naysayers of the rescue mission.

Have a look at the meaningful illustration below.


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          A Tribute to the Thai Cave Rescuers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The good news is spreading that all twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Bangkok sisters Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul have been working on an illustration of the many people and entities involved in the rescue operation. They've updated their work several times, and above is the latest version. See the image full-size at Facebook. The 12 soccer players and their coach are represented by boars. Notice the last one out of the cave is larger than the others -that's the coach. The other animals are representative of:

White Elephant - Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn

White Horse - The royal family and various Thai government agencies

Red Cross Horse - Medical team and nurses

Seals - Navy SEALs

Frogs - Other divers

Duck - The geography team

Blue Lion - British rescue team

Black Yellow and Red Lion - Belgian rescue team

Red White and Blue Lion - Netherlands rescue team

Kangaroo - Australian rescue team

Panda - Chinese team

Crane - Japanese rescue team

Moose - Swedish rescue team

Tiger - Myanmar rescue team

Brown Elephant - Laos rescue team

Eagle - American rescue team

Bear - Finnish rescue team

Rooster - French rescue team

Hawk - Rescue teams from the Philippines, Germany, and the Czech Republic

Beaver - Canadian rescue team

Swan - Danish rescue team

Cobra - Israeli rescue team

Iron Man - Elon Musk

Dog - K9 teams

Swallows - A team of climbers from Libong, Thailand

Dragon - Water pumping and drilling teams

Pig - Local farmers

Birds - Reporters

One Crow - Problems and those who would sow discord

Notice one of the seals has a halo and wings. That represents former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died in the rescue effort. Read more about this illustration at Buzzfeed. 

          U.S. Imposes Visa Sanctions on Myanmar and Laos Over Their Refusal to Accept Deportees      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The two Southeast Asian nations are the latest countries the Trump administration has retaliated against with visa restrictions
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Police in Uttaradit, north of Bangkok near the Laos border, are still searching for a man after his estranged wife was found dead in a boarding house yesterday morning (Tuesday) with her throat slit. Police say 29 year old Kamolrat Ruangrit had been killed inside the bathroom of her unit in the province’s Mueang district. […]

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          Myanmar, Laos officials given US visa restrictions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The fountain on the North Lawn of the White House is seen dyed green in Washington, DC, USA. Photo: EPA

The U.S. is placing visa restrictions on Myanmar and Laos for failing to accept their nationals when the U.S. seeks to deport them, RFA reported on 10 July.

The State Department Tuesday ordered consular offices in the two countries to begin visa restrictions on certain categories of visas. They are as follows:

BURMA: Discontinuing "issuance of all B1 (work) and B2 (travel) non-immigrant visas for current officials at the Director General level and above from the Myanmar Ministries of Labour, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP) and Home Affairs (MOHA), and their immediate family members, with limited exceptions."

LAOS: Discontinuing "issuance of all B1, B2, and B1/B2 non-immigrant visas for current officials at the Director General level and above from the Lao Ministry of Public Security (MPS) as well as their immediate families; and all A3 and G5 (diplomatic and employees of international organizations) non-immigrant visas to individuals employed by Lao government officials, with limited exceptions.

Both Myanmar and Laos are on the U.S. recalcitrant country list. The list includes nine countries that refuse to accept citizens deported from the U.S, the report said.


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          How Southeast Asian football fans watch the World Cup      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For Southeast Asians, football is KING. According to a National Geographic study, the sport is the most popular in eight out of 11 of the region’s countries (the three exceptions being Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines). Indeed, almost as many Southeast Asians (about 245 million) watched the 2014 World Cup as in Central and North America combined. Of course – and sadly – there aren’t any regional teams competing in the 2018 World Cup, which means that more than 630...
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          Physical and cognitive functions affecting road traffic injuries among senior drivers - Laosee O, Rattanapan C, Somrongthong R.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BACKGROUND: The size of elderly populations is growing in most areas of the world. The Thai Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan revealed an increase in the elderly, while numbers of younger, working-age adults decreased. Thailand has bec...
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BACKGROUND: The size of elderly populations is growing in most areas of the world. The Thai Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan revealed an increase in the elderly, while numbers of younger, working-age adults decreased. Thailand has bec...
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Specialist WWII battlefield tour operator in Imphal, North East India, now offers tours into Myanmar to give tourists a fuller picture of the decisive Burma Campaign which started the downfall of Japanese imperial ambitions in Asia.

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          La Thaïlande exulte après le sauvetage des enfants de la grotte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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<p>Chiang Rai (Thaïlande) (AFP) - Une Thaïlande en liesse exultait mercredi après le succès d'une périlleuse mission dans les tréfonds d'une grotte inondée pour secourir 12 jeunes footballeurs et leur entraîneur, qui récupèrent désormais à l'hôpital.</p><p>Les secouristes, plongeurs étrangers aguerris flanqués de commandos de la marine thaïlandaise, était salués comme des héros pour avoir extirpé les garçons de la grotte de Tham Luang, dans le nord de la Thaïlande, où ils avaient été piégés le 23 juin par la montée des eaux.</p><p>Les enfants âgés de 11 à 16 ans et leur coach de 25 ans ont été extraits sur trois jours, le dernier groupe ayant retrouvé l'air libre mardi soir.</p><p>L'exclamation "Hooyah", héritée de la marine américaine et destinée à renforcer le moral, faisait florès sur les réseaux sociaux thaïlandais.Les médias se réjouissaient: "Mission accomplie", proclamait ainsi le journal The Nation. </p><p>Dix-huit jours durant, la Thaïlande et le reste de la planète ont été suspendus à l'épreuve de l'équipe des "Sangliers sauvages".Les nouvelles pluies tombant sur cette région à la limite de la Birmanie et du Laos ajoutaient à l'urgence.</p><p>Les footballeurs en herbe avaient passé neuf jours dans les entrailles de la grotte avant que deux plongeurs britanniques ne réussissent à les rejoindre en début de semaine dernière.Emaciés mais en vie, ils étaient perchés sur un promontoire, à plus de quatre kilomètres de l'entrée du vaste réseau souterrain.</p><p>Après cette découverte, les sauveteurs ont désespérément passé en revue toutes les solutions possibles, entre percer des tunnels dans la montagne ou leur faire attendre sous terre pendant des semaines la fin de la mousson. </p><p></p><p>- Bon moral -</p><p></p><p>Mais face à la menace de nouvelles pluies et à la baisse des niveaux d’oxygène dans la chambre où le groupe avait trouvé refuge, les autorités ont décidé dimanche de tenter le tout pour le tout.Le parcours était semé d'embûches, avec la nécessité de plonger dans des boyaux inondés et d'étroits passages.</p><p>Treize plongeurs étrangers et les commandos thaïlandais ont extrait les enfants en trois groupes, chaque sortie étant ponctuée par l'exclamation "Hooyah" sur la page Facebook de la marine thaïlandaise. </p><p>Ce terme s'est rapidement mué en hashtag, envahissant les réseaux sociaux, où des grands noms de la politique, du sport et du monde des affaires se sont immiscés pour présenter leurs meilleurs voeux aux enfants et à leurs secouristes.</p><p>Les footballeurs ont été placés en quarantaine à l'hôpital de Chiang Rai.Malgré l'épreuve, ils sont en bonne santé physique et mentale, avaient dit les autorités au sujet des premiers sortis.</p><p>Quelques centaines d'écoliers étaient rassemblés mercredi devant l'établissement où vont séjourner encore plusieurs jours les rescapés de la grotte. </p><p>Sous la houlette d'un enseignant, les élèves chantaient pour remercier "tous ceux qui ont contribué à la réussite de la mission", témoignage modeste de la reconnaissance envers les spécialistes étrangers qui ont contribué aux opérations. </p><p></p><p>- Soulagement -</p><p></p><p>Les autorités ont maintenu le plus grand secret sur le déroulement précis de cette mission qui a coûté la vie à un ancien commando de la marine thaïlandaise.Illustrant la grande dangerosité des opérations, le plongeur est mort asphyxié en tentant de sortir de la cavité.</p><p>"Je suis très heureux et soulagé.Je n'ai pas pu dormir pendant des jours.Je suis heureux que les garçons soient sortis aussi", a lancé Khamluh Guntawong, le grand-père de l'entraîneur des "Sangliers sauvages" Ekkapol Chantawong.</p><p>"Ekk aime vraiment ces garçons", a-t-il poursuivi.Le coach commence à faire figure de héros dans le pays malgré le fait qu'il ait été le seul adulte en compagnie des enfants quand ils ont décidé, après leur entraînement de football, de visiter la grotte, inondable en saison de mousson comme l'indique un panneau à l'entrée de la grotte.</p><p>La saga et son dénouement heureux a passionné aussi à l'étranger -- les médias internationaux ont envoyé des centaines de journalistes sur place.</p><p>La star de l'équipe de France Paul Pogba a dédié la victoire de son pays en demi-finale de la Coupe du monde mardi contre la Belgique aux jeunes rescapés.</p><p>"Cette victoire va aux héros du jour, bravo les gars, vous êtes tellement forts #thaicaverescue #chiangrai", a tweeté en anglais Pogba sur son compte officiel au-dessus d'une photo des douze garçons.</p><p>burs-apj-ev/dth/cr</p><p></p>

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Where do you think today’s photo was taken? Yesterday’s photo: Photo taken on 09th July 2018 from the Tohsng Khongjiam Resort Hotel ( Thai side ) of the Mekong River, looking across to Laos on the other side. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to […] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          Fruiting patterns of macrofungi in tropical and temperate land use types in Yunnan Province, China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Publication date: August 2018

Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 91

Author(s): Huili Li, Jiayu Guo, Stefanie D. Goldberg, Rachakonda Sreekar, Lei Ye, Xia Luo, Phongeun Sysouphanthong, Jianchu Xu, Kevin D. Hyde, Peter E. Mortimer

Abstract

Despite the important contribution of fungi to forest health, biomass turnover and carbon cycling, little is known about the factors that influence fungal phenology. Therefore, in order to further our understanding on how macrofungal fruiting patterns change along a gradient from temperate to tropical climate zones, we investigated the phenological patterns of macrofungal fruiting at five sites along a combined altitudinal and latitudinal gradient in SW China and NW Laos, ranging from temperate to tropical climates. Observations were conducted in the dominant land use types at these study sites: mixed forest (all sites), coniferous forest (temperate sites) and grassland (temperate sites). In total, 2866 specimens were collected, belonging to 791 morpho species, 162 genera, and 71 families. At the site level, the fruiting of ectomycorrhizal (EcMF) and saprotrophic fungi (SapF) occurred at the same time among all land use types. The fruiting season of fungi in the tropical sites began earlier and ended later compared to that of fungi in the temperate sites, which we attribute mainly to the higher temperature and more abundant rainfall of the tropical areas. EcMF taxa richness in temperate forests (both coniferous and mixed forest) showed a distinct peak at the end of the rainy season in August and September, while no significant peak was observed for SapF taxa richness. Neither functional fungal groups showed significant seasonal fluctuations in tropical areas. The temporal turnover of fungal fruiting significantly increased with the shift from tropical to temperate forests along the elevation gradient. In the grasslands, macrofungal abundance was less than 22% of that of corresponding forest sites, and taxa richness was 42% of that of corresponding forest sites. Fungal fruiting showed no significant fluctuations across the rainy season. This work represents a case study carried out over one year, and further measurements will be needed to test if these results hold true in the longer term.


          Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving 2018: Φωτορεπορτάζ από τη 2η μέρα των αγώνων [PICS]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Δείτε στο fonien.gr πλούσιο φωτογραφικό υλικό από τη 2η μέρα των αγώνων του Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving 2018, τις απονομές και τις βραβεύσεις των χορηγών. Δείτε εδώ εικόνες από τη 2η μέρα των αγώνων Δείτε εδώ εικόνες τις απονομές και το κλείσιμο των αγώνων Δείτε εδώ εικόνες από τις βραβεύσεις των χορηγών  

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          Συγχαρητήρια απο επαγγελματίες της πόλης στους διοργανωτές του Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Από το ΣύλλογοΕστίασης και Διασκέδασης Αγ. Νικολάου Αναλυτικά η ανακοίνωση Ο Σύλλογος Εστίασης και Διασκέδασης Αγ. Νικολάου Συγχαίρει θερμά για άλλη μία φορά τους Διοργανωτές του cliff diving 2018 που πραγματοποιήθηκε με μεγάλη επιτυχία στον Άγιο Νικόλαο . Θέλουμε Επίσης να συγχαρούμε όλους τους Συντελεστές και όλους τους Εθελοντές που βοήθησαν. Επίσης πολλά μπράβο στις …

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          Comentario en Pelea de dos caínes agravó la crisis en la comuna 13 por Jonas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El reportaje muy bueno pero la realidad es otra esa guerra no es por samir y juancito como lo quieren hacer ver el alcalde y las autoridades solo para tapar la realidad , la guerra es de muchos años atras de la agonia cuando era patrocinada por valenciano y los del coco por sebastian , la guerra es y ha sido entre pastrille y machete a muerte y ya se traslado a mas barrios y gente . Los muchachos que han estado matando en la pradera , santa Lucía , calle 13 , calasanz , floresta casi todos sanos los combos los matan porque los verdaderos bandidos estan escondidos y matan para que a los combos les duelan ya q son pelaos de la zona sanos y esos muertos si duelen a la comunidad
          Semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018: Malaysia Punya Modal Istimewa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 akan berhadapan dengan Malaysia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, Kamis (12/7/2018). Pertandingan ini akan digelar di Stadion Gelora Delta Sidardjo, Jawa Timur.

Menjelang pertandingan ini, Malaysia punya modal istimewa. Mereka pernah mempermalukan Timnas Indonesia U-19 4-1 di Kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19 di Korea Selatan, 6 November 2017.

Akan tetapi, jelang semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, pelatih Malaysia, Bojan Hodak, ingin melupakan memori kemenangan itu. “Kami memang pernah melawan Indonesia dan menang di Korea. Sekarang, Indonesia agak sedikit berbeda dan menjadi tim yang kuat,” ucap pelatih asal Kroasia tersebut.

Bojan juga mengaku sudah mengamati kekuatan Indonesia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 nanti. Dia memiliki staf pelatih yang ikut menonton pertandingan Indonesia saat kalah 1-2 dari Thailand di laga pamungkas Grup A (9/7/2018).

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Tak Remehkan Indonesia

Timnas Malaysia U-19 bakal menghadapi tekanan besat dari suporter tuan rumah saat berjumpa Indonesia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Kamis (12/7/2018).#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Bojan tak mau meremehkan kekuatan yang dimiliki Indonesia. Baginya, setiap pertandingan akan melahirkan cerita yang berbeda dan tetap harus diperjuangkan.

“Saat kalah melawan Thailand, mungkin pemain Indonesia tidak fokus dalam bertanding. Saat itu mereka sudah memastikan diri lolos ke babak semifinal sehingga hasil itu tidak berpengaruh banyak,” imbuh pria berusia 47 tahun tersebut.

Waspadai Egy Maulana

Bahkan, Hodak juga menyebutkan beberapa nama pemain Indonesia yang menurutnya perlu diwaspadai. Egy Maulana Vikri yang baru bergabung dengan tim pun tak luput dari perhatiannya.

“Timnas Indonesia U-19 punya banyak pemain hebat, termasuk Egy yang akan bergabung. Belum lagi, ada pemain nomor 24 (Todd Rivaldo Ferr) dan 15 (Saddil Ramdani) yang punya kemampuan serangan yang baik. Tapi, Malaysia akan melawan Indonesia dengan sungguh-sungguh,” ujarnya.

Sumber: www.bola.com

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          Kernel-Based Learning for Smart Inverter Control. (arXiv:1807.03769v1 [math.OC])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Aditie Garg, Mana Jalali, Vassilis Kekatos, Nikolaos Gatsis

Distribution grids are currently challenged by frequent voltage excursions induced by intermittent solar generation. Smart inverters have been advocated as a fast-responding means to regulate voltage and minimize ohmic losses. Since optimal inverter coordination may be computationally challenging and preset local control rules are subpar, the approach of customized control rules designed in a quasi-static fashion features as a golden middle. Departing from affine control rules, this work puts forth non-linear inverter control policies. Drawing analogies to multi-task learning, reactive control is posed as a kernel-based regression task. Leveraging a linearized grid model and given anticipated data scenarios, inverter rules are jointly designed at the feeder level to minimize a convex combination of voltage deviations and ohmic losses via a linearly-constrained quadratic program. Numerical tests using real-world data on a benchmark feeder demonstrate that nonlinear control rules driven also by a few non-local readings can attain near-optimal performance.


          Curriculum Learning of Visual Attribute Clusters for Multi-Task Classification. (arXiv:1709.06664v3 [cs.CV] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Nikolaos Sarafianos, Theodore Giannakopoulos, Christophoros Nikou, Ioannis A. Kakadiaris

Visual attributes, from simple objects (e.g., backpacks, hats) to soft-biometrics (e.g., gender, height, clothing) have proven to be a powerful representational approach for many applications such as image description and human identification. In this paper, we introduce a novel method to combine the advantages of both multi-task and curriculum learning in a visual attribute classification framework. Individual tasks are grouped after performing hierarchical clustering based on their correlation. The clusters of tasks are learned in a curriculum learning setup by transferring knowledge between clusters. The learning process within each cluster is performed in a multi-task classification setup. By leveraging the acquired knowledge, we speed-up the process and improve performance. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our method via ablation studies and a detailed analysis of the covariates, on a variety of publicly available datasets of humans standing with their full-body visible. Extensive experimentation has proven that the proposed approach boosts the performance by 4% to 10%.


          Semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018: Malaysia Punya Modal Istimewa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 akan berhadapan dengan Malaysia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, Kamis (12/7/2018). Pertandingan ini akan digelar di Stadion Gelora Delta Sidardjo, Jawa Timur.

Menjelang pertandingan ini, Malaysia punya modal istimewa. Mereka pernah mempermalukan Timnas Indonesia U-19 4-1 di Kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19 di Korea Selatan, 6 November 2017.

Akan tetapi, jelang semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, pelatih Malaysia, Bojan Hodak, ingin melupakan memori kemenangan itu. “Kami memang pernah melawan Indonesia dan menang di Korea. Sekarang, Indonesia agak sedikit berbeda dan menjadi tim yang kuat,” ucap pelatih asal Kroasia tersebut.

Bojan juga mengaku sudah mengamati kekuatan Indonesia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 nanti. Dia memiliki staf pelatih yang ikut menonton pertandingan Indonesia saat kalah 1-2 dari Thailand di laga pamungkas Grup A (9/7/2018).

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Tak Remehkan Indonesia

Timnas Malaysia U-19 bakal menghadapi tekanan besat dari suporter tuan rumah saat berjumpa Indonesia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Kamis (12/7/2018).#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Bojan tak mau meremehkan kekuatan yang dimiliki Indonesia. Baginya, setiap pertandingan akan melahirkan cerita yang berbeda dan tetap harus diperjuangkan.

“Saat kalah melawan Thailand, mungkin pemain Indonesia tidak fokus dalam bertanding. Saat itu mereka sudah memastikan diri lolos ke babak semifinal sehingga hasil itu tidak berpengaruh banyak,” imbuh pria berusia 47 tahun tersebut.

Waspadai Egy Maulana

Bahkan, Hodak juga menyebutkan beberapa nama pemain Indonesia yang menurutnya perlu diwaspadai. Egy Maulana Vikri yang baru bergabung dengan tim pun tak luput dari perhatiannya.

“Timnas Indonesia U-19 punya banyak pemain hebat, termasuk Egy yang akan bergabung. Belum lagi, ada pemain nomor 24 (Todd Rivaldo Ferr) dan 15 (Saddil Ramdani) yang punya kemampuan serangan yang baik. Tapi, Malaysia akan melawan Indonesia dengan sungguh-sungguh,” ujarnya.

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          Physical and cognitive functions affecting road traffic injuries among senior drivers - Laosee O, Rattanapan C, Somrongthong R.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BACKGROUND: The size of elderly populations is growing in most areas of the world. The Thai Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan revealed an increase in the elderly, while numbers of younger, working-age adults decreased. Thailand has bec...
          China to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines after Xi-Modi summit - Other members of Asia-Pacific trade agree to similar reductions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China has agreed to cut tariffs and increase imports of medicines, especially anti-cancer drugs, as a result of negotiations on tariff reductions under the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement. Other members of the trade agreement, including South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Laos, have also agreed to cut tariffs. As part of a crucial move to broaden its trade ties amid strained relations with the US, China will now import more medicines from India. According to an agreement reached between India and China, New Delhi will reduce tariffs on 8,549 products, while Beijing reduces tariffs on 3142 products.
          E-Commerce Trends & How Do We Save When Shopping Online?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

E-Commerce Trends & How Do We Save Even More Shopping Online?


The online marketing industry rushed aboard Malaysian shores three years ago, only to be greeted with scepticism and talks of ‘Will it work?’. Today, consumers and business owners know the answer to that question by heart – ‘Yes, it will work and has been working!’

E-Commerce Trends & How Do We Save When Shopping Online?
E-Commerce Trends & How Do We Save When Shopping Online?

Online shopping is not new in Malaysia, but it is still growing. Like how consumers can save on their retail spending via printed coupons and vouchers, we can do the same while shopping online with digital coupons and promo codes! ShopCoupons come to mind. Read on below, on what I think consumers are looking for when shopping online.


Online Shopping is The Way Forward


Why shop at physical stores when you can go online and just click BUY! While consumers are not 100% abandoning physical stores anytime soon, it is predicted that existing online shoppers will continue to buy more frequently, and non-online shoppers would start to explore e-commerce in the next 12 months

Online Shopping Trends
Online Shopping Trends

Just like every other industry – big or small - the emerging e-commerce capabilities are pushing for changes in trends. If you were to buy furniture or fresh produce online two years ago, you would think: “Furniture products such as sofas, or fresh produce such as poultry and vegetables, are the kind of things people will never buy online simply because most will want to have a touch and feel of the items.

I used to be very active selling my items on Shopee Malaysia
I used to be very active selling my items on Shopee Malaysia




Payment Methods Are Important! 


Fintech comes to mind, and I've personally done feature articles on multiple payment gateways from Maybank, to GT Dollar, to B Infinite just to name a few. While cash is king, 90% consumers who responded to the survey are now more open to the idea of opting for non-cash payment methods than they never had before.

Go Mobile! , payments online can be done via a variety of channels
Go Mobile! , payments online can be done via a variety of channels

This means that businesses must up their game and offer multiple payment options, in a move to increase sales through the improvement of customer convenience. Firstly, businesses with an online arm will continue to thrive when they offer more payment options for their customers. Secondly, consumers who are exposed to a myriad of payment methods get the option to choose their preferred channel, and in the long run, better manage their finances. Thirdly, online marketplaces will impose a more stringent payment monitoring system, resulting in safe online transaction for all.

Express Delivery !


As the logistics industry grows exponentially to keep up with the rigorous demands of online shopping, it is predicted that consumers will relook the timeline as to when they would like their purchases to be delivered – in this case, the faster the better. Superb!



It Goes Beyond Price


At the end of the day, while we have established that consumers are encouraged to shop online due to its many cost-saving benefits, it also boils down to all the other frills such as customer service, positive product reviews, and many more.

Use Online Voucher Codes to Save Even More when Shopping Online!


Shopee Malaysia Promo Codes are available on ShopCoupons
Shopee Malaysia Promo Codes are available on ShopCoupons

ShopCoupons features the latest coupons, discounts, and voucher codes in Malaysia to help users save while shopping online. Did you know Shopee promo code are now available on their website? Shopee is one of the leading e-commerce marketplaces in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Shop online today itself!




          Kernel-Based Learning for Smart Inverter Control. (arXiv:1807.03769v1 [math.OC])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Aditie Garg, Mana Jalali, Vassilis Kekatos, Nikolaos Gatsis

Distribution grids are currently challenged by frequent voltage excursions induced by intermittent solar generation. Smart inverters have been advocated as a fast-responding means to regulate voltage and minimize ohmic losses. Since optimal inverter coordination may be computationally challenging and preset local control rules are subpar, the approach of customized control rules designed in a quasi-static fashion features as a golden middle. Departing from affine control rules, this work puts forth non-linear inverter control policies. Drawing analogies to multi-task learning, reactive control is posed as a kernel-based regression task. Leveraging a linearized grid model and given anticipated data scenarios, inverter rules are jointly designed at the feeder level to minimize a convex combination of voltage deviations and ohmic losses via a linearly-constrained quadratic program. Numerical tests using real-world data on a benchmark feeder demonstrate that nonlinear control rules driven also by a few non-local readings can attain near-optimal performance.


          VW:n sadas tehdas avattiin - tällainen se on      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Volkswagen on avannut Silaossa Meksikossa uuden moottoritehtaan, joka on konsernin sadas tehdas maailmassa.
          AS perketat visa untuk Myanmar dan Laos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (Arrahmah.com) – Amerika Serikat mengatakan kemarin (10/7/2018) pihaknya memperketat distribusi visa bagi Myanmar dan Laos setelah kedua negara menolak menerima warga mereka yang dideportasi dari AS, lapor AFP. Kedua negara di Asia Tenggara ini “telah menolak atau secara tidak masuk akal menunda penerimaan warga negara mereka yang disingkirkan dari Amerika Serikat,” kata Departemen Keamanan […]
          Tecnologia viabilizou o resgate dos 12 garotos tailandeses presos em caverna      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Durante esta terça-feira (10), chegaram ao fim as operações de resgate dos 12 garotos, integrantes do time de futebol mirim Wild Boars, que estavam presos no complexo de cavernas Tham Luang Nang Non, no norte da Tailândia, com o treinador deles há 18 dias. A frota real tailandesa, conhecida como Thai navy Seals, responsável pela libertação do time, afirmou que todos os 13 cativos foram retirados do local com sucesso e estão em razoável estado de saúde, fora de perigo de morte ou sequelas mais severas após o tempo de enclausuramento.

Os quatro garotos e o técnico, resgatados na manhã desta terça-feira (10), foram levados de helicóptero para o hospital Prachanukroh, na cidade mais próxima, Chiang Rai, onde os outros oito meninos, resgatados na segunda-feira (9) e no domingo (8), já estavam sob observação clínica.

Os Wild Boars ficaram presos na caverna por 18 dias (Foto: Reprodução / Facebook)

Tecnologia no resgate

Devido à dificuldade de acesso ao local onde o grupo se encontrava, muitas soluções tecnológicas foram usadas. Também foram formadas parcerias com militares estadunidenses, mergulhadores britânicos especializados em ações em cavernas, além de trabalhadores de diversas nações, incluindo Austrália, Japão, China, Mianmar e Laos. Eles foram responsáveis por levar suprimentos de saúde e comida aos cativos, além de instalar tubos de ar para levar oxigênio até onde o grupo estava localizado, após o uso de drones equipados com câmeras termais com zoom óptico capaz de aumentar as imagens 30 vezes ajudarem no mapeamento 3D do complexo de cavernas para encontrar o grupo.

Drone utilizado para mapeamento 3D da área do resgate (Foto: Reprodução / PTTEP)

Segundo Thana Slanvetpan, um dos responsáveis pelo resgate, ninguém sabia muito bem o que seria necessário para completar o salvamento, então toda tecnologia disponível era bem vinda. "A vantagem de usar o drone é que simplifica as buscas. As cavernas possuem cerca de 100 pontos de acesso possíveis. Ao invés de explorar cada local, nós usamos o drone", disse ele.

Além disso, foram utilizados rádios portáteis capazes de manter a comunicação mesmo em longas distâncias, ainda que a região não ofertasse infraestrutura de comunicações para as equipes. A Maxtech Networks emprestou equipamentos de rádio para as operações e seu CEO, Uzi Hanuni, afirmou: "Rádios comuns falham nesse complexo". A companhia israelense cedeu 17 rádios e um de seus engenheiros para as buscas. Os dispositivos especiais foram fabricados pela Entel, do Reino Unido, e contavam com softwares desenvolvidos pela Maxtech capazes de comunicação num raio de até três quilômetros sem a dependência de torres de rádio ou qualquer outra estrutura física para enviar os sinais. "Você não precisa pré-programar os rádios, basta entrar com eles, onde quiser e eles funcionam automaticamente", declarou Hanuni.

Rádios foram utilizados para facilitar a comunicação das equiepes de busca (Foto: Linh Pham / Getty Images)

Entretanto, a equipe de mergulhadores britânicos utilizou uma tecnologia bem mais antiga para a comunicação — os HeyPhones, desenvolvidos há quase duas décadas. O sistema de comunicação utilizado pelos mergulhadores usou frequências ultrabaixas para permitir o envio de mensagens através de centenas de metros de rochas e água.

Elon Musk não salvou o dia

O multibilionário da SpaceX, The Boring Company e Tesla ofereceu recursos para que os meninos pudessem ser resgatados, chegando a desenvolver um mini-submarino para adentrar na caverna. Entretanto, Narongsak Osatanakorn, responsável pela operação, educadamente agradeceu e recusou a ajuda, dizendo que "embora seu equipamento seja tecnologicamente sofisticado, ele não se adequa à nossa missão de entrar na caverna". Quando a BBC News publicou no Twitter sobre a recusa de Osatanakorn, foi respondida por Musk com algumas correções, além de uma captura de tela mostrando mensagens de e-mail trocadas entre empresário e Richard Stanton, co-líder das operações de resgate, a quem Musk chamou intimamente de Dick, como pode ser visto na reprodução abaixo:

Apesar de não ter salvado o dia, Musk demonstrou felicidade no Twitter após o resgate do time: 


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          Embroidery Design of the World - Japanese Book by pomadour24      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

2,600 JPY

Paperback:191 pages
Publisher: Seibundo (2011)
Language: Japanese
Book Weight: 380 Grams
The book introduces many embroidery designs from all over the world. The book does not have patterns inside, so this can only be used as a reference book.

Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, USA, Benin, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Congo,
Afghanistan, and Palestine.

SHIPPING INFORMATION
The book will be shipped out from JAPAN by Regular AIRMAIL to all over the world. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for delivery. From my experience, this method is always very fast and reliable.


          Facebook acquires EPL rights for 2019-22      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MUMBAI: Broadcasters need to be careful of their turf as digital players are swooping in to pick sporting rights. Facebook has acquired the English Premier League rights for the Southeast Asia territory by paying £200 million.

Facebook made its intentions clear to move into sports by bidding around Rs 3000 crore for the digital rights of Indian Premier League in September last year and hiring Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton earlier this year.

According to Thedrum.com, Facebook has powered ahead of BeIN Sports and Fox Sports Asia to secure the exclusive rights to broadcast live Premier League matches in Southeast Asia from 2019. The coverage of English soccer’s top flight in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is for a three-year period covering 2019 to 2022.

The rights package includes all 380 Premier League matches each season in what is Facebook’s biggest move into the live sports market to date.

Along with Amazon, Facebook was also widely tipped to make a bid for the Premier League’s domestic rights this year, with the league specifically structuring two packages to make it more attractive to the tech giants. As Facebook stayed away, it was ultimately Amazon who secured the package of 20 live matches each season for three years from 2019.

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          Pesca, Fao: «I cambiamenti climatici trasformeranno gli ecosistemi marini e d’acqua dolce»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Secondo il rapporto “Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture - Synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options” nel quale la Fao, grazie al lavoro di più di 100 scienziati,  riassume nuove analisi e studi, «Entro il 2050 i cambiamenti climatici avranno alterato la produttività di molte delle attività di pesca marina e di acqua dolce del pianeta, con pesanti conseguenze per i mezzi di sostentamento di milioni di persone tra le più povere al mondo».

Secondo l’agenzioa Onu, «Il potenziale produttivo della pesca nelle e zone economiche esclusive marine (Zee) - quelle fasce di 200 miglia di territorio marino adiacente alle coste che ogni nazione costiera ha il diritto di sfruttare - potrebbe diminuire in media meno del 12%, ma questo maschera fluttuazioni più significative del potenziale produttivo a livello regionale, suggeriscono i modelli».

Ne risentirà anche la pesca e l’acquacoltura di fiumi, corsi d’acqua e laghi, un sistema spesso in situazioni critiche e trascurato che però comprende 5  dei Paesi meno sviluppati al mondo che sono tra i primi 10 produttori di pesce e che fornisce ogni anno 11,6 milioni di tonnellate di cibo destinato al consumo umano.

Il rapporto evidenzia che «Questi impatti sono legati alle variazioni della temperatura dell'acqua e dei livelli di pH, ai cambiamenti nei modelli di circolazione oceanica, all'innalzamento del livello del mare e alle alterazioni delle precipitazioni e delle tempeste che faranno cambiare la distribuzione e la produttività delle specie, sbiancare i coralli e diffondersi di malattie acquatiche tra gli altri effetti».

Il rapporto di 654 pagine, zeppo di analisi e informazioni globali, regionali e nazionali, e la pubblicazione più completa sui cambiamenti climatici e sulla pesca mai realizzata e comprende sia nuove ricerche che una sintesi unica delle più recenti informazioni scientifiche su come un clima mutevole sta alterando gli oceani, i laghi e i fiumi del mondo e ridisegnando le vite delle comunità che dipendono da loro.

La Fa spiega che «Una serie di studi di casi si concentra sulle sfide - oltre a soluzioni di adattamento già esplorate - in 13 grandi aree marine che vanno dall'Artico al Mediterraneo. Il capitolo chiave fornisce strumenti di adattamento e opzioni per aiutare i Paesi a farvi fronte in modi che consentiranno loro di adempiere agli impegni di adattamento contemplati dall'Accordo sul clima di Parigi». Il rapporto afferma che »Con misure opportune, l'impatto dei cambiamenti climatici possono essere ridotti al minimo»

Presentando il rapporto, il direttore generale della Fao, José Graziano da Silva, si è appellato alla comunità internazionale perché «Fornisca supporto adeguato ai paesi per adattarsi ai cambiamenti climatici» e ha invitato i Paesi membri del consiglio direttivo del Green Climate Fund dell’Onu a «Risolvere i loro disaccordi sui finanziamenti.  Il mancato accordo in sede di consiglio la settimana scorsa riguardo al rifinanziamento del Fondo stesso significa che questo potrebbe esaurirsi già l'anno prossimo. Corriamo il rischio di esaurire l'elemento più potente dell'Accordo di Parigi sul clima. Quando abbiamo firmato l'Accordo di Parigi, aiutare i Paesi più poveri ad adattarsi era una condizione imprescindibile e la sua mancata realizzazione significherebbe fallire nell'implementazione dell'accordo».

Secondo un modello sviluppato dal rapporto basandosi sullo scenario "forte mitigazione" del RCP2.6  dell’Ipcc, «La produttività della esca nelle zone economiche marine dei Paesi diminuirebbe tra il 2,8% e il 5,3% entro il 2050». Secondo il modello RCP8.5 "business as usual", «La diminuzione potrebbe variare entro lo stesso periodo dal 7% al 12,1%».

La Fao evidenzia che «Le maggiori diminuzioni sono attese nelle zone economiche marine dei Paesi tropicali, soprattutto nel Pacifico meridionale, mentre nelle regioni a latitudine più elevata il potenziale di cattura probabilmente aumenterà».  Inoltre, «Anche nelle zone in cui la produttività sarà negativa, le catture di pesce potrebbero continuare a crescere, se i Paesi attueranno adeguate misure di adattamento e regimi di gestione della pesca efficaci».

Il rapporto spiega che «Cambiamenti nei livelli di cattura avverranno in parte a causa delle specie ittiche che cambiano la loro distribuzione geografica per rispondere ai cambiamenti climatici. Questo è già stato ben documentato nell'Atlantico nord-orientale e nord-occidentale e anche per il tonno di alto valore.  I cambiamenti nei modelli di distribuzione e migrazione di questo pesce potrebbero avere un impatto significativo sui redditi nazionali dei paesi da esso economicamente dipendenti, in particolare dei piccoli stati insulari in via di sviluppo della regione del Pacifico. Man mano che questi cambiamenti di distribuzione delle specie avranno luogo, saranno necessari nuovi accordi tra i pescatori all'interno delle flotte pescherecce nazionali e tra i Paesi per consentire risposte coordinate».

Gli impatti produttivi sulle acque interne varieranno da luogo a luogo, «ma nessuna regione del mondo ne sarà immune», avverte la Fao. Il rapporto fornisce stime su come cambierà il clima, l'uso dell'acqua e lo stress sulla popolazione in 149 Paesi, e analizza l'evoluzione futura dei fiumi Yangtze, Gange e Mekong in Asia; il bacino del Congo e il sistema dei Grandi Laghi in Africa; i laghi interni della Finlandia in Europa; i bacini de Rio della Plata e del Rio delle Amazzoni in Sud America.

Per quanto riguarda l'acquacoltura di acqua dolce, i Paesi più vulnerabili sono considerati il Vietnam, il Bangladesh, il Laos e laCina, mentre per l'acquacoltura marina  Norvegia e  Cile rischiano una crisi, a causa portata dei loro sistemi di piscicoltura marina e della loro dipendenza da poche specie.

Il rapporto illustra una serie di opzioni per l’adattamento: «Esistono già una serie di strumenti di gestione della pesca che possono essere utilizzati per rispondere ai cambiamenti climatici, ma molti dovranno essere riorganizzati per rispondere a esigenze specifiche in contesti specifici».  Per «garantire che gli adattamenti siano sinergici e non portino a un disadattamento», la Fao li raggruppa in tre categorie: risposte istituzionali e di gestione; rafforzamento e diversificazione dei mezzi di sostentamento delle persone; attenuazione dei rischi e sostegno alla capacità di risposta.

Lìsagenzia Onu conclude: «La sfida dei cambiamenti climatici può essere affrontata e il nuovo rapporto indica come farlo in modo efficace, riducendo al minimo gli impatti e massimizzando le opportunità».

 

L'articolo Pesca, Fao: «I cambiamenti climatici trasformeranno gli ecosistemi marini e d’acqua dolce» sembra essere il primo su Greenreport: economia ecologica e sviluppo sostenibile.


          Politics Planted The Seed For A Business In Herbs And Teas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As soon as the sun comes up, Nhia Lee starts working in the garden. Lee tends a half-acre plot overflowing with fresh herbs near her home in Chepachet, R.I. She spends mornings weeding, watering and harvesting fresh lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena and several varieties of mint before heading to a local warehouse to work the 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. shift. Lee, who came to the United States in 1989 as a refugee from Laos, insists that she doesn't mind the long hours, explaining, "Immigrant people like me want opportunities to reach our goals of having a better life here." One of those opportunities came last spring, when Lee started selling herbs to Sanctuary Herbs of Providence . She called it "a chance to step out of the box and do something new." For co-founders Eliza Sutton and Christina Dedora, launching Sanctuary Herbs of Providence was about more than just starting a new business. They founded the start-up after the 2016 election to showcase the important contributions of farmers
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          Global Mineral Water Market Will Register a 6.4% CAGR in Terms of Revenue, Reach USD 61.7 Billion by 2023, from USD 42.4 Billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Global Mineral Water Market Report Covers market forecast and top Companies like Danone, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Bisleri International, Suntory Water Group and others.

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/11/2018 -- Global Mineral Water will register a 6.4% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 61700 million by 2023, from US$ 42400 million in 2017. Mineral water is water from a mineral source that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. Mineral water may be effervescent (i.e., "sparkling") due to contained gases. Also some mineral water is made by mineralization processing, the mineral elements not from natural.

In the past few years from 2012-2017, the global production and consumption developed stably. The global Mineral Water market size in terms of sales is projected to grow to 57947.3 K MT by 2022 from 39788.7 K MT in 2016, with a CAGR 6.47%. At the same time, Europe is remarkable in the global Mineral Water industry because of their market share and technology status of Mineral Water.

In the future, the production and consumption is estimated to continue developing with a stable growth rate. To meet the large and increasing demand, more and more manufacturers will go into this industry.

The price of Mineral Water differs from company to company, as there is a great difference among the Mineral Water quality from different companies.

Over the next five years, Publisher projects that Mineral Water will register a 6.4% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 61700 million by 2023, from US$ 42400 million in 2017.

This report studies the global market, especially in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa, focuses on the top 5 players in each region, with sales, price, revenue and market share from 2013 to 2018, the top players:
- Danone
- Nestle
- Coca-Cola
- Bisleri International
- Suntory Water Group
- Gerolsteiner
- Ferrarelle
- Hildon
- Tynant
- Master Kong
- Nongfu Spring
- Wahaha
- Ganten
- Cestbon
- Kunlun Mountain
- Blue Sword
- Laoshan Water
- Al Ain Water
- NEVIOT
- Rayyan Mineral Water Co

Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales, revenue, market share of top players in these regions, from 2013 to 2018 (forecast), like
- North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
- Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Korea)
- Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy and Russia etc.)
- South America (Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina)
- Middle East and Africa (Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia)

Split by Product Types, with sales, revenue, price, market share of each type, can be divided into
- Natural Mineral Water
- Man-made Mineral Water

Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate in each application, can be divided into
- Hypermarkets & Supermarkets
- Convenience Stores
- Grocery Stores
- Online Retailers
- Others

Spanning over 145 pages "Forecast of Global Mineral Water Market 2023" report covers Mineral Water Market Overview, Global Mineral Water Sales, Revenue (Value) and Market Share by Players, Global Mineral Water Sales, Revenue (Value) by Regions, Type and Application (2013-2018), North America Top 5 Players Mineral Water Sales, Revenue and Price, Europe Top 5 Players Mineral Water Sales, Revenue and Price, Asia-Pacific Top 5 Players Mineral Water Sales, Revenue and Price, South America Top 5 Players Mineral Water Sales, Revenue and Price, Middle East & Africa Top 5 Players Mineral Water Sales, Revenue and Price, Global Mineral Water Players Profiles/Analysis, Global Mineral Water Market Forecast (2018-2023), Mineral Water Manufacturing Cost Analysis, Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers, Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders, Market Effect Factors Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix.

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          Sepak bola - "Final" sesungguhnya AFF U-19 Indonesia vs Malaysia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Laga menarik semifinal akan tersaji di Gelora Delta Sidoarjo, Jawa Timur antara Timnas U-19 Indonesia melawan Malaysia pada Kamis (12/7), yang menjadi pertarungan hidup mati kedua negara untuk mencapai puncak final turnamen ...
           Twiplomacy: Trump změnil diplomacii tweetování. A nikdo se s ním nehádá on-line       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Na Twitteru už jsou zástupci téměř všech zemí světa, dokonce i čínští státníci. Podle studie Twiplomacy má účet na této sociální síti na 97 procent členů Spojených národů. Chybí zástupci pouze šesti vlád – Laosu, Mauritánie, Nikaraguy, Severní Koreje, Svazijska a Turkmenistánu. Největší dopad na sociální síť, která se vyznačuje sdílením krátkých sdělení, měl pak americký prezident Donald Trump.
          Temas generales > Remarkable topic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Autor: kr.kuglov1953
Asunto: Remarkable topic
Publicado: Miércoles 11 Jul 2018 17:29 (GMT 2)
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          Temas generales > It was specially registered at a forum to tell to you thanks for support.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Autor: Andreynarce
Asunto: It was specially registered at a forum to tell to you thanks for support.
Publicado: Miércoles 11 Jul 2018 14:47 (GMT 2)
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          ASIA/THAILANDIA - Verso il 350° anniversario del Vicariato apostolico del Siam      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bangkok - Sono passati quasi 350 anni da quando si avviò la prima missione cattolica nel Siam: per commemorare l'imminente anniversario del Vicariato apostolico del Siam , la Conferenza episcopale della Thailandia ha organizzato una celebrazione presso l'Università di Chiang Rai Rajabhat, nella provincia di Chiang Rai, nel nord della Thailandia, che si è svolta il 7 luglio scorso. Nella celebrazione altri due eventi sono stati ricordati: la creazione della nuova diocesi di Chiang Rai , ufficialmente eretta dalla Santa Sede il 25 aprile 2018, e l'ordinazione episcopale del Vescovo eletto Joseph Vuthilert Haelom.
Come appreso da Fides, oltre 8.000 fedeli hanno partecipato a questa importante occasione, alla presenza di 2 Cardinali tailandesi, di molti Vescovi di Thailandia, Malaysia, e Laos, e del Nunzio apostolico in Thailandia. "Si tratta di pietre miliari nella storia della Chiesa cattolica in Thailandia, che indicano un notevole progresso nell'evangelizzazione", rileva la Chiesa locale. Rappresentanti di altre confessioni cristiane e leader religiosi buddisti, sikh, induisti e musulmani hanno partecipato.
La commemorazione del 350° anno del Vicariato del Siam è la risposta della Chiesa locale alla Lettera apostolica "Maximum Illud" , che segnerà tra poco i suoi 100 anni, e mostra gli sforzi per attuare il Decreto del Consiglio Plenario 2015 per il lancio di una speciale campagna per la "missio ad gentes".
I primi semi del Vangelo furono seminati nel Regno del Siam nel 1544, più di 450 anni fa. Nel 2015 la Chiesa locale ha celebrato il 50° anniversario dell'elevazione di due comunità cristiane ad arcidiocesi, ovvero Bangkok e Thare-Nongseng. Negli ultimi cinquant'anni sono state create otto nuove diocesi: Chanthaburi, Ratchaburi, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surat Thani e Nakhon Sawan.
Con l'istituzione della nuova Diocesi di Chiang Rai, la Thailandia è ora composta da 2 province ecclesiastiche e 9 diocesi suffraganee. L'obiettivo fondamentale della creazione della nuova diocesi è quello di rendere più efficace il lavoro pastorale, con una maggiore vicinanza ai battezzati, nell'amministrazione dei sacramenti e per l'evangelizzazione del vasto territorio settentrionale della nazione.
          HEADLINE: Indonesia Memburu Final Piala AFF U-19 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 masih penasaran terhadap Thailand di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Kekalahan 1-2 dari Tim Gajah Putih itu di laga terakhir Grup A, (9/7), membuat Indra Sjafri dan tim asuhannya berharap bisa menuntaskan dendam.

"Mudah-mudahan bisa bertemu Thailand lagi di babak final," ujar pria berkumis asal Minang itu, usai dua gol Nattawut Chootiwat dan Matee Sarakum menutup perjuangan Garuda Nusantara yang hanya mampu membalas sebiji gol lewat Rifad Marasabessy.

Dengan kekalahan itu, Indonesia harus puas jadi runner up Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 dan mengadapi juara Grup B: Malaysia!

Artinya, jika ingin kembali menantang Thailand, yang diasumsikan bisa lolos ke final, Garuda Nusantara haru terlebih dahulu melewati adangan Tim Harimau Malaya, Kamis (12/7/2018).

Inilah sebenarnya pekerjaan berat terdekat yang harus dilewati Indra Sjafri dan pasukannya. Sebab, menghadapi Malaysia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, jelas bukan pekerjaan mudah.

Faktanya, empat kali bertemu tim Negeri Jiran itu di ajang Piala AFF U-19, Garuda Nusantara tak pernah menang: tiga kali kalah dan sekali imbang. Bahkan, setahun lalu, saat duel di kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19 di Korea Selatan, Garuda Nusantara dipermalukan Malaysia 1-4.

Road to Semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 (Liputan6.com/Abdillah)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Namun, statistik tak mengenakkan ini tentu tak bisa begitu saja dijadikan acuan yang shahih untuk laga semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 nanti malam. Indra Sjafri, sebagai pelatih berpengalaman, tentu sudah berhitung dan mempersiapkan betul pasukannya.

Jangan lupa, Indra pernah membuat timnas Indonesia U-19 begitu digdaya saat menjuarai ajang yang sama di tahun 2013. Selain, itu seperti disebutkan Indra, tim asuhannya saat ini bermaterikan pemain-pemain potensial. Bahkan, mungkin lebih baik daripada skuat Garuda Nusantara di Piala AFF U-19 2013.

Menjanjikan

Duel Thailand vs Indonesia di matchday terakhir penyisihan Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Senin (9/7/2018). (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Terlepas dari kekalahan dari Thailand, timnas Indonesia U-19 memang tampil cukup menjanjikan di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Bahkan, saat lawan Thailand pun, Witan Sulaiman dan kawan-kawan sebenarnya bermain cukup bagus.

Indra sendiri mengaku kualitas pasukannya saat ini. Dia mengungkapkan, timnas Indonesia U-19 kini didominasi pemain yang merumput di Liga 1 Indonesia. Hal itu tidak terjadi pada 2013 lalu, di mana Evan Dimas dan kawan-kawan menjadi juara Piala AFF U-19.

"Kenapa waktu itu (2013) kita pakai pemusatan latihan jangka panjang, karena saat itu pemain tidak punya wadah kompetisi. Kalau sekarang kita tertolong dengan pemain yang bermain di kompetisi," ujar Indra di Sidoarjo, Selasa (10/7/2018).

Dari 23 pemain yang dibawa oleh Indra Sjafri, 16 di antaranya memang merupakan pemain muda yang direkrut oleh klub-klub Liga 1 2018. Hasilnya, Saddil Ramdani yang bermain untuk Persela Lamongan di Liga 1, Hanis Saghara (Bali United), Muhammad Rafli Mursalim (Mitra Kukar), Muhammad Luthfi Kamal (Mitra Kukar), Syahrian Abimanyu (Sriwijaya FC), Asnawi Mangkualam (PSM Makassar), Firza Andika (PSMS), Todd Rivaldo Fere (Persipura), dan Rifad Marasabessy (Madura United) tampil mengesankan.

Egy Bisa Tampil

Sejak awal, mereka sudah tancap gas dengan mengalahkan Laos 1-0. Setelah itu berturut-turut kemenangan besar didapat saat menghantam Singapura (4-0) dan Filipina (4-1). Tim kuat Vietnam pun dihajar 1-0.

Permainan Saddil dan kawan-kawan juga sudah sangat terbentuk. Kerja sama dan saling pengertian di lapangan pun begitu rapi terjalin. Di luar itu, secara mental mereka juga lebih matang. Itu lantaran mereka rata-rata sudah tertempa melalui kompetisi Liga 1 Indonesia.

Yang menggembirakan lagi, kekuatan timnas Indonesia U-19 kemungkinan besar juga akan bertambah. Pasalnya, bintang muda Egy Maulana Vikri, kini sudah bergabung di Sidoardjo, setelah dilepas klubnya asal Polandia, Lechia Gdansk.

Kehadiran Egy tentu akan jadi opsi tersendiri, terutama di lini serang bagi Garuda Nusantara. Sebab, sudah bukan rahasia lagi, pemain yang tanggal 7 Juli lalu berulang tahun ke-18 itu, memiliki kemampuan di atas rata- rata.

Malaysia Berhitung

Timnas Malaysia U-19 akan menantang Timnas Indonesia U-19 di semifinal Piala AFF U-19. (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tak heran, Malaysia pun cukup berhitung menghadapi Indonesia. Meski unggul dalam rekor pertemuan, mereka sama sekali tak berani menganggap remeh Garuda Nusantara. Apalagi, Indonesia dipastikan akan didukung penuh suporternya.

"Indonesia tim yang kuat. Kami sudah penah bertemu mereka sebelumnya," kata Bojan Hodak, pelatih Malaysia. "Dan dengan dukungan luar biasa dari suporter tuan rumah, menjadikan Indonesia sangat kuat."

Bojan pun menyebut tiga nama pemain Indonesia, yang menurut dia harus benar-benar diwaspadai tim asuhannya. "Egy Maulana Vikri, Todd Ferre, dan Saddil Ramdani," ujarnya.

Nama Egy jelas membuat mereka silau. Sedangkan Todd Fere tampil gemilang saat Indonesia mengalahkan Vietnam. Beberapa kali dia membuat manuver yang membuat bek lawan keteteran. Tak sedikit yang menjuluki "Neymar Indonesia".

Saddil? Tiga gol yang telah dibuat pemain asal Sulawesi Tenggara ini jadi bukti, bahwa dia bisa diandalkan, sebagai pencetak gol kemenangan sekalipun.

Nah, dengan fakta-fakta ini, rasanya peluang Indonesia mengalahkan Malaysia bukan cuma di atas kertas. Apalagi, dengan rivalitas kesumat Indonesia vs Malaysia di berbagai aspek kehidupan, yang dipastikan akan membuat suporter Indonesia makin militan mendukung Saddil dan kawan-kawan.

Ayo...hajar Malaysia Garudaku!

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           Грант: Оплачиваемое волонтерство от ООН в Лаосе       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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оплата расходовДо

Волонтерская программа ООН приглашает волонтера, который будет работать в сфере коммуникаций и партнёрства во Вьентьяне, Лаос. Длительность программы - год. Финансирует эту позицию Правительство РФ, поэтому заявки принимаются только от россиян. Волонтер будет получать ежемесячное жалование, которое должно покрывать расходы на жильё, коммунальные услуги, транспорт и другие.

Обязанности:

  • оказывать поддержку в реализации коммуникационной стратегии
  • помогать отделу коммуникаций в следовании целям устойчивого развития
  • координирование круглых столов, выявление приоритетых задач
  • создавать контент (статьи, пресс-релизы, печатные материалы, инфорграфику, фото и видео, сообщения для социальных сетей)
  • организовать меропрития и поддерживать активность
  • поддерживать международную коммуникационную деятельность посредством ретритов, встреч и групповых заданий

Требования к кандидату:

  • возраст от 18 до 29 лет
  • степень бакалавра и желательный опыт работы (от двух лет) в сфере коммуникаций, журналистики, маркетинга, международных отношений и тд.
  • отличное знание английского языка
  • способности к анализу, планированию, написанию текстов
  • навыки фотографии и видеографии, опыт работы с графическими редакторами
  • умение работать в команде, коммуникабельность, профессионализм, гибкость мышления, толерантность

Для подачи заявки требуется создать аккаунт на официальном сайте волонтерских программ ООН, а после выбрать предложение а графе "Special Calls". Можно выбрать не более трёх позиций.


          HEADLINE: Indonesia Memburu Final Piala AFF U-19 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 masih penasaran terhadap Thailand di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Kekalahan 1-2 dari Tim Gajah Putih itu di laga terakhir Grup A, (9/7), membuat Indra Sjafri dan tim asuhannya berharap bisa menuntaskan dendam.

"Mudah-mudahan bisa bertemu Thailand lagi di babak final," ujar pria berkumis asal Minang itu, usai dua gol Nattawut Chootiwat dan Matee Sarakum menutup perjuangan Garuda Nusantara yang hanya mampu membalas sebiji gol lewat Rifad Marasabessy.

Dengan kekalahan itu, Indonesia harus puas jadi runner up Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 dan mengadapi juara Grup B: Malaysia!

Artinya, jika ingin kembali menantang Thailand, yang diasumsikan bisa lolos ke final, Garuda Nusantara haru terlebih dahulu melewati adangan Tim Harimau Malaya, Kamis (12/7/2018).

Inilah sebenarnya pekerjaan berat terdekat yang harus dilewati Indra Sjafri dan pasukannya. Sebab, menghadapi Malaysia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, jelas bukan pekerjaan mudah.

Faktanya, empat kali bertemu tim Negeri Jiran itu di ajang Piala AFF U-19, Garuda Nusantara tak pernah menang: tiga kali kalah dan sekali imbang. Bahkan, setahun lalu, saat duel di kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19 di Korea Selatan, Garuda Nusantara dipermalukan Malaysia 1-4.

Road to Semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 (Liputan6.com/Abdillah)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Namun, statistik tak mengenakkan ini tentu tak bisa begitu saja dijadikan acuan yang shahih untuk laga semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 nanti malam. Indra Sjafri, sebagai pelatih berpengalaman, tentu sudah berhitung dan mempersiapkan betul pasukannya.

Jangan lupa, Indra pernah membuat timnas Indonesia U-19 begitu digdaya saat menjuarai ajang yang sama di tahun 2013. Selain, itu seperti disebutkan Indra, tim asuhannya saat ini bermaterikan pemain-pemain potensial. Bahkan, mungkin lebih baik daripada skuat Garuda Nusantara di Piala AFF U-19 2013.

Menjanjikan

Duel Thailand vs Indonesia di matchday terakhir penyisihan Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Senin (9/7/2018). (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Terlepas dari kekalahan dari Thailand, timnas Indonesia U-19 memang tampil cukup menjanjikan di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Bahkan, saat lawan Thailand pun, Witan Sulaiman dan kawan-kawan sebenarnya bermain cukup bagus.

Indra sendiri mengaku kualitas pasukannya saat ini. Dia mengungkapkan, timnas Indonesia U-19 kini didominasi pemain yang merumput di Liga 1 Indonesia. Hal itu tidak terjadi pada 2013 lalu, di mana Evan Dimas dan kawan-kawan menjadi juara Piala AFF U-19.

"Kenapa waktu itu (2013) kita pakai pemusatan latihan jangka panjang, karena saat itu pemain tidak punya wadah kompetisi. Kalau sekarang kita tertolong dengan pemain yang bermain di kompetisi," ujar Indra di Sidoarjo, Selasa (10/7/2018).

Dari 23 pemain yang dibawa oleh Indra Sjafri, 16 di antaranya memang merupakan pemain muda yang direkrut oleh klub-klub Liga 1 2018. Hasilnya, Saddil Ramdani yang bermain untuk Persela Lamongan di Liga 1, Hanis Saghara (Bali United), Muhammad Rafli Mursalim (Mitra Kukar), Muhammad Luthfi Kamal (Mitra Kukar), Syahrian Abimanyu (Sriwijaya FC), Asnawi Mangkualam (PSM Makassar), Firza Andika (PSMS), Todd Rivaldo Fere (Persipura), dan Rifad Marasabessy (Madura United) tampil mengesankan.

Egy Bisa Tampil

Sejak awal, mereka sudah tancap gas dengan mengalahkan Laos 1-0. Setelah itu berturut-turut kemenangan besar didapat saat menghantam Singapura (4-0) dan Filipina (4-1). Tim kuat Vietnam pun dihajar 1-0.

Permainan Saddil dan kawan-kawan juga sudah sangat terbentuk. Kerja sama dan saling pengertian di lapangan pun begitu rapi terjalin. Di luar itu, secara mental mereka juga lebih matang. Itu lantaran mereka rata-rata sudah tertempa melalui kompetisi Liga 1 Indonesia.

Yang menggembirakan lagi, kekuatan timnas Indonesia U-19 kemungkinan besar juga akan bertambah. Pasalnya, bintang muda Egy Maulana Vikri, kini sudah bergabung di Sidoardjo, setelah dilepas klubnya asal Polandia, Lechia Gdansk.

Kehadiran Egy tentu akan jadi opsi tersendiri, terutama di lini serang bagi Garuda Nusantara. Sebab, sudah bukan rahasia lagi, pemain yang tanggal 7 Juli lalu berulang tahun ke-18 itu, memiliki kemampuan di atas rata- rata.

Malaysia Berhitung

Timnas Malaysia U-19 akan menantang Timnas Indonesia U-19 di semifinal Piala AFF U-19. (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tak heran, Malaysia pun cukup berhitung menghadapi Indonesia. Meski unggul dalam rekor pertemuan, mereka sama sekali tak berani menganggap remeh Garuda Nusantara. Apalagi, Indonesia dipastikan akan didukung penuh suporternya.

"Indonesia tim yang kuat. Kami sudah penah bertemu mereka sebelumnya," kata Bojan Hodak, pelatih Malaysia. "Dan dengan dukungan luar biasa dari suporter tuan rumah, menjadikan Indonesia sangat kuat."

Bojan pun menyebut tiga nama pemain Indonesia, yang menurut dia harus benar-benar diwaspadai tim asuhannya. "Egy Maulana Vikri, Todd Ferre, dan Saddil Ramdani," ujarnya.

Nama Egy jelas membuat mereka silau. Sedangkan Todd Fere tampil gemilang saat Indonesia mengalahkan Vietnam. Beberapa kali dia membuat manuver yang membuat bek lawan keteteran. Tak sedikit yang menjuluki "Neymar Indonesia".

Saddil? Tiga gol yang telah dibuat pemain asal Sulawesi Tenggara ini jadi bukti, bahwa dia bisa diandalkan, sebagai pencetak gol kemenangan sekalipun.

Nah, dengan fakta-fakta ini, rasanya peluang Indonesia mengalahkan Malaysia bukan cuma di atas kertas. Apalagi, dengan rivalitas kesumat Indonesia vs Malaysia di berbagai aspek kehidupan, yang dipastikan akan membuat suporter Indonesia makin militan mendukung Saddil dan kawan-kawan.

Ayo...hajar Malaysia Garudaku!

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          Thaïlande : l'incroyable sauvetage des enfants de la grotte bientôt adapté au cinéma      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Deux producteurs américains ont suivi dès les premiers jours le sauvetage des douze jeunes footballeurs et de leur entraîneur, coincés dans une grotte à la frontière entre la Birmanie et le Laos. Michael Scott et Adam Smith auraient déjà discuté avec les autorités thaïlandaises pour «s'assurer qu'ils collent aux faits».
          298065-2018: Laos-Vientiane: BEI - Assistance technique pour le projet de transports urbains durables à Vientiane      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Date de publication: 11/07/2018 | Date limite: 06-10-2018 | Document: Avis d'attribution de marché
          La conmovedora historia del entrenador de los niños rescatados de cueva      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

La Prensa

Redacción.

Fueron 18 días de angustia en los que el temple y la determinación del entrenador Ekkapol Chantawong fue la clave para mantener con vida a los 12 ni­ños que estaban a su cargo el día en que quedaron atrapados en una cueva de Tailandia.

"Gracias por todo el apoyo moral, pido perdón a todos los padres", dijo el joven entrenador de 25 años en una carta publicada el sábado por los socorristas.

Tras la publicación de dos videos, el primero grabado cuando unos buzos británicos descubrieron al grupo el lunes por la noche y el segundo, el martes, no se ha vuelto a publicar ningún video.

Ekkapol Chanrtawong nació en Birmania y se quedó huérfano de padre y madre siendo muy joven por lo que se trasladó a vivir con su abuela.

Antes de ser entrenador pasó varios años en el monacato budista, una experiencia que fue muy importante para dar serenidad a los chicos.

Fue la calma del ex monje llamado también Ake la que logró unir al grupo en espera de un milagro que llegó una semana después cuando fueron encontrados.

Al recibir las disculpas de Chantawong, los familiares le pidieron que no se culpara y que cuidara a los niños.

El juró que así lo haría.

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com/i/poRBk0i3j" alt="Entrenador 1" width="380" height="250" layout="responsive"&gt;&lt;/amp-img&gt;Esas palabras conmovieron a la comunidad tailandesa, grupo al que Ake no pertenece oficialmente.

Lograr la nacionalidad tailandesa es una de las mayores esperanzas del exmonje quien comparte esa situación con tres muchachos del grupo.

En el país habitan casi medio millón de personas que no cuentan con un estado, cuya mayoría proviene de la zona de Mae Sai, cerca a la frontera con Myanmar, Laos y China.

En la misma situación están tres de los jóvenes que estaban en la cueva.

"Lograr la nacionalidad es una de las mayores esperanzas para los chicos.

En el pasado, han tenido problemas para viajar a partidos fuera de la región", explicó el presidente del club, Nopparat Khanthavong.

Sin pasaportes, difícilmente puedan aceptar las invitaciones que han recibido, como de la FIFA o del Manchester United.

"Tampoco pueden ser futbolistas profesionales sin el estatus correcto", añadió, pero confía en que la situación cambiará, incluso a nivel de una política general que no solo refiera a sus casos.

Ahora sólo resta conocer la experiencia de los labios del propio Ake, quien hasta ahora es considerado "un héroe" por mantener con vida a los 12 muchachitos.


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From now until at least the midterm elections in November, we’ll be featuring essays from powerful cultural voices alongside one simple thing, chosen by the author, that you can do to take action against the paralyzing apoplexy of the daily news. Maybe it’ll be an organization that deserves your donation; maybe it’ll be an issue that deserves greater awareness. Whatever it is, our aim is to remind you, and ourselves, of the big and small things we can do to work toward justice and change.

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The Wide World of Belonging
by Kao Kalia Yang

I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in December of 1980. I was the runt of the babies born that year in that hungry place, in that uncertain time. Few thought I would survive.

The Hmong, my people, had just escaped from the genocide of the aftermath of America’s secret war in Laos. The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States had commissioned thirty-two thousand Hmong men and boys to fight and die on America’s behalf. Most of the soldiers were killed during the war. Many more civilians were slaughtered after the Americans left. I was born to a people who had fled from death and despair in the hopes of a chance at life.

I was born on four hundred borrowed acres, funded by the United Nations, surrounded by Thai men with guns, in a place where Hmong people got food three days a week and little girls like me often disappeared in the dark of night.

My playground was the stretch of my mother’s sarong, the reach of my father’s arm. My playmates were hungry cousins with dirty faces and stomachs round and hard. Together, we laughed and we cried in that place where we jostled for this thing that meant more to our parents than anything else: a chance at life.

The life that the adults were running toward was a life that began for many of us in America: a life where we could go to school, have food in our bellies, reach far beyond our meager heights. A life that has not been easy but has been possible.

In America, I grew up in the cold of Minnesota. My family and many other Hmong families lived in the housing projects, strong rectangles of concrete rising out of the earth, buildings meant to house soldiers returning from World War II. We went to school on the yellow buses beneath the moody, gray skies, stood in long lines waiting for our free and then reduced-price school lunches, walked in a fine line from the big classrooms to the little ones where we learned that a is the beginning of apple and b can build a word called boy.

In America, I became a young person who held promise, a shy girl who got good grades at school, took care of her younger brothers and sisters at night when their parents worked the night shift at the factories, and sensed something growing inside of her.

It began as a small lump in the back of my throat as I sat by the window carefully maneuvering sharp nail clippers around the thick edges of my grandmother’s toenails and she talked to me of a past on the other side of the world, a once-upon-a-time orphan girl who became a healer, a shaman, a medicine woman; of a girl not so different from myself, a girl who would become an old woman, become she who loved me. The lump grew bigger and sank deeper on the late nights when I sat on the carpet with my mother’s throbbing feet in my hands, massaging and massaging away the heated knots I felt beneath my fingers, and listened as she talked of her work in the factories, of the quotas, the supervisors in their white hats, and the cement underneath her feet that grew harder by the hour. It settled in my heart when my grandmother died, with no room of her own, all of her life gathered into thirteen tattered suitcases as she journeyed from the house of one child to the next.

We were the working poor in America. We lived in neighborhoods with old houses whose rotting steps led to hollowed doors, paint cracking on either side. We drove used cars that smelled like cigarettes. We wore clothes from the church basements, sizes all wrong. Christmas was Toys for Tots. Thanksgiving was Meals on Wheels. Our mothers and fathers struggled to balance budgets that never worked. Our grandmothers died illiterate, their stories told but not recorded. On paper, mine had nothing behind it but a lifetime of poverty and war, despair and death. Yet year by year, as we grew older, we grew stronger.

I graduated from college, an expensive private education made possible by scholarships and student loans with interest rates that didn’t kick in until after graduation. For us, Carleton College was only forty minutes away from St. Paul, but it was as far away as our grandmother’s stories about life on the other side of the world.

I graduated from graduate school, one of the fine Ivy Leagues that children like me did not know how to dream of but somehow a hard life in America had made possible thanks to fellowships and loans. My mother and father sat together at my graduation, in that sea of parents, their first time in New York City, hands twisting the graduation program, sweat dripping down their faces along with their tears. The ghost of my grandmother wandered close by on the fine brick-lined walks of the university, her hands behind her back.

I became a writer to write that lump inside my heart out into the world, to dress it up in sunshine, cover it in flowers, and send it far into the eastern skies, so that the sun that rises, day in and day out, will see us for who we are: the outcomes of hard lives, the beautiful ending they have been waiting for.

They — those who have died so we could be here, those who have brought us here and drenched us in their tears so we would not dry up and wither away, those who have worked here so we could imagine possibilities beyond ticking clocks, a world free from the ever-moving assembly lines. They, the people of our past, and they, the people of our futures. In us, our ancestors and our descendants meet. Each of us is more than just he, she, or me.

I became a writer to push the edges of what we mean to ourselves and to each other, to the wide world of belonging.

I will take action because when the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America came to the high mountains of Laos and commissioned the death of the Hmong men and boys, the women and children, those high-ranking men never envisioned a life like mine taking root on American soil. I will take action because despite the odds, I am here doing work I love and living a life I am committed to, and those odds and this life are made possible by the goodwill of a bigger world, a world that believes little girls deserve a chance to grow up and become women, and that women are far stronger than any intelligence agency, machine of state and death, on earth.

Take action today:

Read books about people you don’t know, whose worlds exist far away from your own, whose lives are lived in the same place and time, across spaces and times. Expand your understanding of yourself and the world you inhabit. Grow. Our communities and our countries will grow with us. Start by reading writers you don’t know. Here’s three: Mai Der Vang, Shannon Gibney, and Heid Erdrich. Discover them where you are by reading locally, starting at your local independent bookstore.

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Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author, activist, teacher, and public speaker. Her third book, A Map into the World, will be published in 2019.


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* This is my column in BusinessWorld last June 22, 2018.


“I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away everything else.”
— John Locke
(1632-1704, British philosopher)

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest people who are out on the streets at night and seem to be idle or out making “tambay.” His speech to the PNP last June 14, 2018, which effectively became a directive was,

“My directive is ’pag mag-istambay-istambay sabihin niyo, ‘Umuwi kayo. ’Pag ’di kayo umuwi, ihatid ko kayo don sa opisina ni ano don, Pasig.’ Ako na ang bahala, ilagay mo lang diyan. Talian mo ’yung kamay pati bin[ti]–ihulog mo diyan sa ano. Do not — you be strict. Part of confronting people just idling around. They are potential trouble for the public.”

That directive has no details and since then, thousands have been rounded up by the PNP and brought to jails. Loitering or vagrancy has been decriminalized by RA 10158 in 2012 or under the previous administration.

I shared on Facebook a video uploaded by Ariel Morco last June 20. In that video, he went out of his small house, shirtless, when a police car and motorcycle passed by.

After he was accosted by an officer on a motorcycle, he went back inside but the officer pulled him out and was brought to the police van.

Mr. Morco wrote this note in his video,

“Ang tindi nio mga kumag na pulis. Andito lng ako sa bahay eh hinuli nio parin ako. Kahit wala ako damit pang itaas di naman ako nakatambay at wala ako sa kalye kita na naman sa video pumasok na eko eh hinila pa ako at pinilit na sumama. Mga walang utak na pulis. Kau na lng humusga.”

That video with 10,454 views the last time I checked it, was later removed with a note by Facebook, “Page could not be found.”

I suspect that some influential people have asked Mr. Morco to take it down otherwise, some ugly incidents might happen to him or his family.

Mr. Morco obviously is poor.

As seen in the video, his house is small and since it lacks air circulation, its residents occasionally remove their shirts while indoors to keep themselves cool. Occasionally, some of them go out, shirtless.

And when some PNP officers pass by, they think they have the “right” to penalize and prosecute these poor people, based on what the president said.

The World Justice Project (WJP) produces an annual study, the “Rule of Law Index” (RoLI) and score countries based on their performance on 8 factors and 44 sub-factors. The RoLI 2017-2018 Report involves more than 110,000 households as respondents and 3,000 expert surveyors in 113 countries and jurisdictions.

I checked the Philippines’ score in relation to our East Asian neighbors on two of eight factors: Factor 4 on “Fundamental Rights,” and Factor 8 on “Criminal Justice.” Not included in the report are Brunei and Laos.

In particular, I checked these four sub-factors:

4.2 The right to life and security of the person is effectively guaranteed.

4.3 Due process of law and rights of the accused.

8.1 Criminal investigation system is effective.

8.4 Criminal system is impartial.

The result for the Philippines indeed, is ugly.

Rule of Law Index 2017-18


These four sub-factors are among the “downers” or those that pulled down the Philippines’ overall score and global rank.

I was wondering, if Mr. Morco resisted being dragged to the police van, could he been considered as “nanlaban kasi” [resisted] and perhaps shot later?

The PNP should be ashamed of incidence like this.

If the leadership is serious in fighting abuses and extortion by their men, they should name those officers and announce their suspension, publicly. Otherwise, those officers will do it again, preferably in poor neighborhood with no CCTV.

We pay more tax-tax-tax under this administration that partly raise the salaries and perks of personnel in government including the PNP. One reason why crime can be high is because the PNP are busy with mundane concerns like going after ordinary, innocent, unarmed citizens.
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Sixty Places to Get Inexpensive Noontime Eats by Mercury Staff

808 Grinds

SW 9th & Washington, 5226 SE 26th, 10100 SW Park
If you happen to live or work downtown, and can avoid alpha male drivers who don’t care about pedestrians, and work in a swank private office, or just give no fucks what anyone sees you shove in your face hole, I highly recommend this food cart and especially the Loco Moco (hamburger, fried egg, and brown gravy on white rice, $9.50), served with thick and creamy macaroni salad and the stickiest of sticky rice (to go with your rice dish). Note: There is no outdoor seating, so I ate mine in the car, like a savage. D MARTIN AUSTIN SW 9th & Washington: Mon-Fri 11 am-3 pm; 5226 SE 26th: Mon & Tues 11 am-8 pm, Wed-Sat 11 am-9 pm; 10100 SW Park: Daily 10:30 am-8:30 pm

Alberta Market

909 NE Alberta
This little market on the corner of Northeast Alberta and 9th is famous for two things: fried chicken wings and jojos. You’ll smell the chicken from a block away; and the wings, sizzling inside the luminescent case, will be the first thing you see when you walk in the door. For the money, nothing in town beats Alberta Market’s wings. You can order as few as three for $3.50, or you could feed your whole family for under 10 bucks (if you’re not particularly concerned about your family’s nutrition). Your best bet is four wings and jojos for $5, with a side of ranch. You’ll want to grab a pounder of Sprite ($1.49) to wash it all down with. Get there early in the day if you want fresh jojos, because if they haven’t already sold out by late afternoon, they’ll have lost their crispiness. Also keep in mind that there isn’t any seating, so prepare to eat in your car or sit out on the curb. Either way, don’t forget to take a lot of napkins. This stuff is greasy. SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY Sun-Thurs 8 am-11 pm; Fri & Sat 8 am-midnight

An Xuyen Bakery

5345 SE Foster
I have been going to An Xuyen a couple of times a month for the better part of a decade and love it every time. I always get the veggie meat, which is a glutinous protein doused with a sweet-ish savory sauce, topped with the standard banh mi toppings of carrots, cilantro, jalapeños, and a healthy spread of mayo. Sometimes they run out of the veggie meat around lunchtime so I go early, which works great, because a spicy sando and an iced coffee for $5 at 10 am will guarantee an A+ Sunday. Also, the other morning I went there for breakfast treats and purchased FOUR GOURMET, HOMEMADE pastries for SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS. TOTAL! There are some places in town where you’re lucky to get two hard vegan donuts for that price. So please, by all means go, but don’t start going before me and making them run out of the veggie meat even earlier. ELINOR JONES Tues-Sat 7 am-6 pm; Sun 7 am-3 pm

Baby Doll Pizza

2835 SE Stark
Tucked directly between Southeast 28th and 29th on Stark, Baby Doll Pizza stands and delivers what we’ve all come to love about Portland-style New York-style pizza—big, floppy, yet crispy slices on silver pans tended by hipsters with sleeve tattoos on the verge of heat stroke from running around making the city’s finest pizza. The menu includes gluten free and vegan options, but I order the meat slice ($3.75) topped with locally sourced pepperoni, perfectly seasoned sausage, basil, and the ooey-gooeyiest of mozzarella, because I know how to enjoy my life. Since I’m a pig, I also snag two garlic knots (75 cents each) and half a Greek salad ($5)—a meal easily shared by two, eaten by one for $10.25. DMA Mon-Thurs 11 am-2 am, Fri & Sat 11 am-3 am, Sun 11 am-midnight

Basilisk

820 NE 27th
There aren’t a ton of perfect things in this world, but the fried chicken sandwich ($9) at Basilisk is one of them. Nestled inside the Zipper food hall on Northeast Sandy, the space is casual and inviting, with plenty of room to sit—or take your plunder of poultry to the cafeteria room next door, or, better yet, sit outside. If you go later in the day, maybe grab a whiskey cocktail or a beer at the Zipper’s bar, Paydirt, which opens at 3 pm. But whatever you do, get that chicken. A thick wodge of unbelievably tender bird, coated in crispy-fried goodness, stuffed between two pillow-soft buns and accompanied by pickles, slaw, and a gently tangy sauce, Basilisk’s chicken sandwich is so precariously high that it arrives with a knife stabbed through the middle. There’s a spicy, Nashville-style option for daredevils ($8); get a side of their yummy mac salad ($3) and you’ll be able to skip dinner. NED LANNAMANN Daily 11 am-10 pm

Beeswing

4318 NE Cully
Beeswing’s menu willfully straddles breakfast and lunch, with buttermilk biscuits ($2.50) coexisting alongside breakfast enchiladas ($11) and meatloaf sandwiches ($11). But that’s what makes it great! My advice: Pick something sweet from the wide variety of baked goods and order the fresh farm salad, whose ingredients change with the seasons ($10). The salad’s summertime incarnation features soft-boiled egg, avocado, clementine, super thin banana chips, succulent pork belly, and parmesan tossed into arugula—it sounds like a weird medley of flavors, but it’s surprisingly delicious. Eat it outside on one of the city’s pleasantest patios to complete your adorably twee Beeswing experience. CIARA DOLAN Mon & Tues 8 am-3 pm, Wed-Sun 8 am-9 pm

Bing Mi!

SW 9th & Alder, NE 60th & Halsey
Hailing from the streets of Northern China, jian bing is Asia’s breakfasty answer to the Crunchwrap Supreme—a savory crepe stuffed with scrambled egg, crunchy wonton-style crackers, black bean paste, cilantro, chives, and pickled veggies. After experimenting, here’s my preferred customization of the $6 basic bing: choose the spiciest option—it’s a chili-laced kick that burns without demolishing—add the plum sauce, which brings an umami-sweet balance to the savory ingredients, and definitely invest in extra wonton crackers (50 cents), which kick up the texture at the bottom of the bing where things tend to get soggy. Sausage ($1) is pleasant, but only necessary if you’re super hungry. ANDREA DAMEWOOD SW 9th & Alder: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-3 pm, Sat 11 am-4 pm, NE 60th & Halsey: Tues-Sun noon-8 pm

Best Baguette

8308 SE Powell
Best Baguette is where I go if it’s the wrong time of day for An Xuyen or if I’m heading east on Powell. Their banh mi is just a little too big, which maybe is not a deterrent for most people. And there’s a drive-through, which more non-fast food places really should offer. My go-tos at Best Baguette are the sweet chili chicken banh mi that’s more sweet than chili, and from the European sandwich menu, the egg and cheese on a croissant that is a protein-packed gut bomb. All of the sandos at Best Baguette are less than $5. If you go on a weekend, it’s filled with families gossiping in Vietnamese and you can pretend they’re talking about you and feel popular. EJ Daily 7 am-9 pm

Bless Your Heart Burgers

126 SW 2nd (Inside Pine Street Market)
Inspired by the downhome goodness of the Carolinas, chefs Drew Sprouse and John Gorman’s burger joint magically transports the flavors of the South into a much more politically comfortable atmosphere. Perfectly seared and juicy beef from the Northwest is wedged between a soft Martin’s potato roll, and can be dressed with a regular array of condiments. OR! You can order in the appropriate manner and get it “Carolina-style” with chili, onions, cole slaw, yellow mustard, homemade pickles, and American cheese for the criminally low price of $6.95. Slip in some fries (small $2.50)—or perhaps the “Down n Dirty” version with griddled onions, peppers, mushrooms, beer cheese sauce, ranch, and barbecue spice ($5.50), though that’s between you and your god—and you’ve got an affordable meal that will remind you of back home, even if you’ve never been there. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Daily 11 am-9 pm

Boke Dokie

3646 SE Hawthorne
A little fried chicken (and tofu) sandwich shop from the minds behind Boke Bowl, Boke Dokie recently hopped from its downtown spot to a cute, red window inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Boke Dokie’s taste profile asks you to marry sweet and salty, at all times. Their Brussels Sprout Salad ($6) contains mango, which I disliked here (for the first time ever!). I was not a fan of the flavor mix, which was also a problem with their tiny Chicken Sandwich ($7). Somehow the fried chicken was bland while the Asian slaw topping was too sweet. I’m not opposed to salty and sweet, but this was a bad romance. SUZETTE SMITH Sun-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-11 pm

Brunch Box

620 SW 9th 
It’s a little hole-in-the-wall with super limited seating and overly loud pop music, but Brunch Box is a great carry-out lunch if you’re obsessed with breakfast like I am. Their breakfast sandwiches range from $6 to $9.50 on whatever bread you like, but if you pick anything other than the magnificent biscuit, you’re making a mistake. It’s the perfect blend of buttery and crumbly, and pairs perfectly with the greasy breakfast sausage, fried egg, and cheese for a quintessential morning sandwich. Burgers are similarly inexpensive, and everything is easy to customize and comes out fast. To really indulge, throw in a milkshake for $3.75. KELLY KENOYER Daily 8 am-10 pm 

Bunk Downtown

211 SW 6th
Portland’s various Bunk Sandwiches spots have all kinds of fancy-pants sandwiches, and because not everything in this world has been irredeemably corrupted, most of ’em hover right around that sweet $10 price point. But EVEN CHEAPER is their simplest, most perfect offering: The Egg & Cheese on a Hard Roll is exactly what it sounds like—a fried egg, some melty cheese, a toasted poppy-seed roll—and it costs a mere $5. Sure, these things work great for breakfast (they’re best when the yolk is runny), but I grab them for lunch, squeezing into Bunk’s hole-in-the-wall location downtown. I also drop an extra buck to get some avocado on there, because fuckin’ obviously. ERIK HENRIKSEN Mon-Fri 8 am-3 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am-3 pm

Checkerboard Pizza

126 SW 2nd (inside Pine Street Market)
You’re in the heart of downtown and you’ve only got 15 spare minutes to gulp down a lunch. (In other words, just a typical workday at the Portland Mercury.) Checkerboard Pizza will fire up a substantial slice for you in a matter of minutes. Don’t turn your nose up at plain ol’ cheese ($3/slice), which is elegant in its simplicity, but if you must go to fancy-land, their specialty pies ($4/slice) won’t disappoint; a recent visit found a wonderfully spicy concoction with Alps soppresatta, salami, and mozzarella, and an intriguingly lemony slice with asparagus, ricotta, red onion, and mint. Checkerboard’s thin slices veer toward the crusty side, and can sometimes turn crackly after reheating, but if the stars align, one or two perfectly chewable slices is just what you need to get through the rest of the day. NL Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm

Chez Dodo

427 SW Stark
One comes to the Chez Dodo food cart for Shyamosas ($5-6). I’ve gobbled down a big mound of their spicy, oily Mine Frire yakisoba noodles ($7-12) many times too. Whatever you order from Chez Dodo is guaranteed to fill you up, but those Shyamosas—fried pastries the size of two fists, full of spiced potatoes, vegetables, and meat—are the best thing on the menu. I often eat vegan at this cart because, quite frankly, I think the vegan Shyamosas (filled with lentil fritters, eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu) have a better spice game. They never believe that I can handle the hotness. Respect me, Chez Dodo! One day, you will. SS Mon-Fri 11 am-8 pm

ChickPeaDX

2707 NE Sandy
When ChickPeaDX—the popular and awkwardly named food cart—evolved three years ago into a brick-and-mortar micro-restaurant in the Zipper building, owner Yair Maidan expanded his menu just enough to justify the move, while staying true to what won the restaurant all of its well-deserved accolades. While the falafel, made fresh from Washington chickpeas, remains as mouth-wateringly crisp as ever, they’ve recently switched to a different supplier for their pita bread, and this is where they’ve made the first misstep. The falafel pita wrap ($9.50)—packed with cabbage slaw, carrot ribbons, fried eggplant, tomato-cucumber salad, and generous amounts of falafel—came apart upon my very first bite, and only got worse from there. The pita, which I was informed is now vegan, was dry and flavorless, and couldn’t hold its own against the abundant fillings. Go with the salad bowl or rice bowl (both $10.50), which have all the same ingredients as the wrap, but won’t leave you with falafel all over your shirt. SEH Tues-Sun 11 am-9 pm

Du’s Grill

5365 NE Sandy
Take notice: this little Rose City Park hole-in-the-wall has the good shit. The plates ($9-$11.50) are huge, fast, and fucking delicious. Primary offerings are teriyaki plate lunch—choose chicken, pork, beef, or some combo of the three—and you get a pile of protein, a steamy football-sized quenelle of rice, and a refreshing iceberg salad with creamy poppy-seed dressing. The chicken ($9.75) is my favorite; you get about two or three juicy thighs’ worth, with smoky-charred edges and sauced in sweet-sticky-garlicky teriyaki. There’s a tofu bowl or yakisoba noodles for the vegetarians in your party, and a side of tangy, probiotic kimchi ($3.50) is big enough to take home for later. HEATHER ARNDT ANDERSON Mon-Fri 11 am-8:45 pm

East Glisan Pizza Lounge

8001 NE Glisan
This lounge is a little dark, a little grungy, and very tasty. It feels way more like a bar than a pizzeria, but the ’za is to die for. I grabbed a 12-inch margherita pizza for $11, and it was plenty to feed me and a ravenous teenager. The key to a good margherita is high quality, fresh ingredients, and East Glisan has it down. Beautiful, chewy mozzarella with slightly tangy, freshly made tomato sauce, and whole fresh basil leaves to top it off. I’d eat that any day of the week. A solid tap list of local brews is the perfect touch, because what goes together better than beer and pizza? KK Daily 4 pm-midnight

Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen

3119 SE 12th
Condor Airlines offers direct flights from PDX to Frankfurt during the summer, but for a much more affordable dose of Deutschland, go to Edelweiss, the deli and specialty foods store that’s been an enclave of all things German and edible for nearly 40 years. The place is a wünder-land of weird and delicious-looking things, from candies with unpronounceable names to mayonnaise that comes out of a toothpaste tube, and there’s a wraparound deli with all kinds of meats stacked high (take a number!). There’s also counter in the corner offering simple sandwiches, sausages, and schnitzel, with three fantastic German biers on tap. Get a juicy, pale weisswurst made with pork and lemon ($5.25), or a kickass ham and Swiss on dark rye bread ($7) with a side of their haus potato salad ($3.50), served hot and mushy like mashed potatoes. Grab a seat in the tiny luncheonette and feel like you’re half a world away. NL Mon-Sat 9 am-6 pm

Enat Kitchen

300 N Killingsworth
While perhaps not as cheap as many of the cheap eats on this list, Enat Kitchen likely offers one of the most rewarding and satisfying meals for the money. Though they’ve discontinued their lunch buffet, Enat offers reasonably priced lunch or dinner entrees, from $9.99 to $14.99, with choices of chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or veggies. My date and I ordered the beef key wot—small chunks of tender beef, marinated in spicy berbere sauce—and the veggie combo, which comes with five veggie sides, all of which tasted fresh and uniquely spiced. A frequent complaint of some Ethiopian restaurants is when I need to request (and pay for) additional injera; not so with Enat, who offered so much that neither of us could finish what we started. Enat has a cozy vibe inside, which is a good thing, because service, though friendly, was a little on the cozy side of prompt. SEH Mon-Sat 11:30 am-9 pm

Frank’s Noodle House

822 NE Broadway
Located in an old Craftsman right next to the Crown Memorial Cremation and Burial Center, Frank’s Noodle House is endorsed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri (who once stopped there with his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and even signed the wall), which should be enough reason to visit. If it’s not—shame on you—go because the restaurant’s lunch special is “lights-out delicious,” as modern cuisine’s frosted-tipped hero would say. After enjoying complimentary hot and sour or egg flower soup, along with kimchi and pickled daikon (for dine-in customers only), order Frank’s signature stir-fried, hand-pulled noodles (or else just GTFO)—the dish can be made vegetarian with thin-sliced bell peppers, onions, and cabbage, or elevated with a variety of meat options (my favorite is pork belly, $7.95). With its lovely porch, customizable spiciness levels, dynamite prices, and super-fast service, Frank’s Noodle House is the closest thing Portland’s got to Flavortown. CD Mon-Sat 11 am-3 pm & 5 pm-9 pm

Gastro Mania Deli

1986 NW Pettygrove 
Gastro Mania packs a lot into a small space under a brick building in Slabtown: namely a lot of octopi. The eight-legged sea critter is the mascot and logo of this little restaurant and it’s a great spot for Mediterranean seafood at a low price—you can get a massive plate with pita, salad, and meat or fish on rice for just $10. And they don’t skimp on the fish—you get several big, lightly fried fillets when you order the salmon. Ample outdoor seating makes it a great spot for summer. KK Mon-Tues 7:30 am-4 pm, Wed-Fri 7:30 am-8 pm, Sat 11 am-4 pm

Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks

1203 NW 23rd, 15350 NE Sandy
Philly cheesesteaks are something I am morally opposed to. But, since I was assigned to eat one for this blurb, I wound up ordering one at Grant’s and was... not disappointed. I recommend “the Portland” half sandwich ($7.75), which switches the classic Philly provolone with Tillamook cheddar. I added mushrooms ($1.50) and chose sweet (over spicy) peppers. It was juicy and filling—I’d stay away from ordering a whole sandwich unless you’re able to immediately take a nap. If you’re feeling weird, get “the Whiz,” a normal cheesesteak doused in Cheez Whiz. I don’t recommend watching someone eat the Whiz. Especially if it’s the kid sitting next to me who licked his sandwich before eating it. Licked. ALEX ZIELINSKI 1203 NW 23rd: Sun-Fri 11 am-7 pm, 15350 NE Sandy: Mon-Fri 10 am-7 pm

Güero

200 NE 28th
Sometimes I dream about Güero. It’s Portland’s ultimate torta hub—they offer seven different sandwich options, but my favorite is the vegetarian Refrito ($11), which smooshes refried beans, pickled onions, avocado, roasted serrano peppers, poblano crema, and chile-lime mayo between a fluffy toasted telera roll. I can’t visit without also getting a side of the Esquites ($3), corn sautéed with chile garlic and served with aioli, cotija cheese, lime, and ground ancho chile. It’s hot, spicy, creamy, and citrusy—basically all of the holiest flavors contained in one paper cup. Smother everything with Güero’s impossibly perfect homemade carrot-habanero hot sauce and you’ll be crying salty little tears of joy. (Bonus: They sell jars of the sauce to-go, so you can also smother everything in your fridge with it.) CD Daily 11 am-10 pm

Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth
I think the argument can be made that fried chicken, in all its forms (nugget, strip, on-the-bone, etc.) is the best food in the world. Every country has a version, and each one is finger-lickin’ good. And Earl Ninsom’s perfect bird at Hat Yai could put anything the Colonel ever made to shame. This fast-casual concept from the owner of Langbaan and co-owner Alan Akwai serves Southern Thai style fried chicken, delectable curries, chewy fried roti breads, and some seriously spicy salads. At lunch, $9 will get you a fried thigh and drumstick with a mound of sticky rice, or a curry of braised chicken thigh with roti to sop it all up. You’ll secretly want to order both, but remember you can go back the next day. AD Sun-Thurs 11:30 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11:30 am-10 pm

Ha VL

2738 SE 82nd, Suite 102
Ha VL is a small shop located in a teensy tiny strip mall off Southeast 82nd that you’ll miss at least once while looking for it. That said, this place is hardly an unknown hole-in-the-wall—lots has been written about its ridiculously delicious Vietnamese noodle soups—and has gotten national attention from far fancier food writers than me. But here I am as well to tell you: YUM. Ha VL offers two soups daily, and while it still has sandwiches on their menu, they also have many signs up telling you that sandwiches are no longer available. But who cares? Soup is the name of the game. I like chicken curry Wednesdays but really want to get there sometime for snail Thursdays. (SNAIL!) Lunch costs $10, but an extra 50 cents to-go, so I’d recommend picking up your favorite free weekly newspaper and tucking in there among foodie tourists and Southeast Asian immigrants. EJ Wed-Mon, 8 am-4 pm

Huong’s Vietnamese Food

546 SW 10th
Huong’s tofu banh mi sandwich ($5) is hands down the best lunchtime deal in town. As someone who usually opts for a traditional grilled pork banh mi, Huong’s vegetarian take on the sandwich hit me like foot-long freight train the first time I ventured outside my comfort zone. The lemongrass tofu is pulled, tossed in a spicy sriracha sauce, and generously distributed along the base of the baguette, with a sprinkling of diced peanuts mixed in to provide additional flavor and texture in every bite. The crackling and crisp baguette is topped off with shredded pickled carrot, and thick slabs of tomato, cucumber, and jalapeño, leaving you with a fresh and filling lunchtime meal that’s easy to devour while on the go. CHIPP TERWILLIGER Mon-Sat 11 am-6 pm

Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine

441 N Killingsworth
Immediately recognizable for the pungent clouds of smoke wafting from the barrel smoker outside, Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine has carved a respectable niche for itself on North Killingsworth, near PCC’s Cascade campus. The décor, with Jamaican flags and portraits of Bob Marley on the walls, falls somewhere between authentic Jamaican decoration and a college student’s impression of authentic Jamaican decoration, but Homestyle’s jerk sauce—smoky, spicy, and a touch sweet—leaves no room for doubt. Menu options include pricier dishes like oxtail and curry goat, but if you’re a broke-ass college student, try the jerk meal ($10/small): chicken leg quarter, sides of rice and beans, and steamed cabbage. The rice and beans and cabbage are nothing spectacular, but you’ll want something to relieve some of the heat from the chicken, especially if you add Grace Hot Pepper sauce (which you absolutely should). SEH Tues-Thurs 11 am-7 pm, Fri 11 am-8 pm, Sat 11 am-9 pm, Sun 1 pm-6 pm

Kenny’s Noodle House

8305 SE Powell
Kenny’s Noodle House is a legit choice for Cantonese cuisine with no MSG. When I arrive, most tables are populated by Chinese people speaking their native tongue, which is always a good sign. Service is polite and friendly, and the prices are downright cheap—especially relative to the quality of the food, which is mostly meat dumplings, noodles, and soup. Maybe not the most exciting, but it keeps things simple. I order fish ball and fish fillet with lai fun noodles ($7.15), the second most expensive dish on the menu. Hot tea is complimentary and served in plastic water cups. So, you can either pay $1.80 for ice tea, or pour a little of your water into the free tea you already have. DMA Mon-Sat 9:30am-9 pm, Sun 9:30 am-8:30 pm

Kim Jong Smokehouse

413 NW 21st, 126 SW 2nd
Picture Southern-style barbecue merged with Korean street food, and you’ve got the odd, but delicious verve of Kim Jong Smokehouse, which produces one of my fave go-to inexpensive lunches in town. Check out these ingredients: scorched rice, sweet potato noodles, and season vegetables topped with a runny egg ($9), and topped again, if you like, with smoked salmon, mushroom, pulled pork, chicken (an extra $4), or short rib ($5) if you’ve got a little extra change in your pocket. Personally I forgo the toppings, because when mixed together and devoured with chopsticks, this is a bowl of heaven that can easily last for two meals. That is, if one possesses an ounce of self-control (which I do not). WSH Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm

La Piñata Takos

432 SW 3rd
For years, I’ve studiously endeavored to discover what makes the veggie burrito from La Piñata Takos INCREDIBLY, VASTLY SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHER BURRITOS. Thus far, my thorough experiments have led to this hypothesis: Uh, it’s the cheese, maybe, I think? Unlike other places that just cram some shredded cheese in the mix and call it good, the friendly heroes at Piñata melt theirs between the layers of the tortilla—where it complements perfect proportions of beans, tomatoes, guac, sour cream, and lettuce. (Basic ingredients, yes, but there’s some straight-up alchemy going on here.) It’s hefty and filling—a fantastic deal for $6.50—and, if you load it up with their green sauce, has just the right amount of kick. But more research is needed, so goodbye, I’m going to go get another one. EH Mon-Thurs 11 am-4 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-3 am

Laurelhurst Market

3155 E Burnside
Portland has some good sandwiches, sure, but let’s be real: In this city, a deli is where you go to play lottery, not get a good meal. Which is why the gourmet sandwiches that steakhouse Laurelhurst Market whips up during the daylight hours are so dang special—these are carefully crafted vessels of meat and gluten, made with top-notch ingredients and flavors all working in concert. At $10.95 a pop, these ain’t Subway six-inches—and thank god. You can’t go wrong with the corned beef or pastrami options, the ever-changing daily special, or my standby, ham and salami with pepperoncini, oil, and vinegar. If the sumptuous slabs of meat in the deli case aren’t your thing, they always have a vegetarian option, too. Get it to go, or chow it down in Laurelhurst’s airy restaurant space, with the bustle of the kitchen in the background. NL Lunch hours daily 11 am-5 pm

Lauretta Jean’s

3402 SE Division, SW 6th & Pine
Pies: They’re not just for dessert! At least not at Lauretta Jean’s. The cozy, colorful pie shop offers both savory and sweet slices for your lunchtime pie fix. I liked the fluffy and crisp Ham, Gruyere, and Leek Quiche ($5.75) paired with a tart slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie ($5). But I wouldn’t be mad if you went for a slice of Key Lime Pie ($5). Or just had two slices of sweet pie for lunch because you are a damn adult and are living your most authentic life. Not into triangle-shaped food? Try the Baker’s Salad ($9)—it’s both delicious and astoundingly large. AZ Sun-Thurs 8 am-10 pm, Fri & Sat 8 am-11pm

Los Gorditos

1212 SE Division, 3420 SE 50th, 11155 NE Halsey, 922 NW Davis, 902 N Killingsworth, 4937 SE Division
I never thought I would be advocating for trash lunch, but in the case of Los Gorditos, the garbage burrito is the way to go. The legs of the burrito are the taqueria’s traditional chicken, beef, and pork, and it’s filled out with beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, two kinds of salsa, onion, and cilantro. The Garbage Burrito is like a half-dozen street tacos stuffed into one extra large flour tortilla and at $9.50, it’s a steal. Not into carnivorous feasts? Fear not! Gorditos is well respected for their vegetarian and vegan menus—yes, that’s a full menu for each, not just one or two dishes without meat. The majority of menu items is less than $10, and the lower Division location adjoins Apex, a beer bar that’s home to one of Portland’s many epic patios. Gorditos will even deliver your burrito next door so you can make it a three-IPA lunch—just be sure to let them know where you’re sitting! BRI BREY Daily 9 am-9 pm

Lúc Lác

835 SW 2nd
Popular Vietnamese spot Lúc Lác always has a line these days. Once you’re in that line, though, it moves along pretty swiftly—providing there aren’t tourists (there always are) acclimating to Lúc Lác’s clever counter service flow of ordering, and having your meal served after you sit. Respect the flow! Know what you want! Lúc Lác’s Vermicelli Rice Noodles ($8-12) are perfect for avoiding that post-lunch heaviness. Choose a grilled item of your choice (it’s weirdly satisfying to have just crispy rolls) to sit atop a bed of rice noodles, spicy vinaigrette dressed slaw of cabbage, peanuts, pickled carrots, and other crunchy delights. For colder, rainy days, Lúc Lác serves an excellent pho ($9-11). Their vegetarian pho contains an especially resplendent amount of veggies. SS Daily 11 am-2:30 pm, Sun-Thurs 4 pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 4 pm-4 am

Matt’s BBQ

4233 N Mississippi
Matt’s BBQ runs the gamut of prices. An ambitious carnivore could spend more than 20 bucks on a single meal, but you don’t need a Scrooge McDuck-sized budget to enjoy this food cart. The pulled pork sandwich ($8) is a solid cheap lunch option nestled within a menu of smoky decadence. Matt’s nails the pulled pork. It’s juicy but not sodden or souplike, yet it still has that fall-apart-in-your-mouth quality that pulled pork needs. It’s topped with pickled veggies to give the meat some contrast, and served on a bun that withstands the moisture while still being the kind of thing you can indecorously stuff into your face like a meat-craving barbarian on a budget. JOE STRECKERT Daily 11 am-7 pm

Mekong Bistro

8200 NE Siskyou
Mekong Bistro bills itself as the first (only?) Cambodian restaurant in Portland, located next to a beauty school in a strip mall on a particularly unattractive part of Northeast 82nd. You’re here for their soups, broadly influenced by the convergence of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia along the banks of the Mekong River. The Kao-Pune soup is a shockingly low $8.75, a price increase of just 75 cents from when it was featured in the New York Times in 2014. It’s a hulking bowl of red curry with vermicelli noodles, topped with ground pork and vegetables. There’s a pork blood cake and kefir leaves, and a hearty helping of chilis. If you are a fan of Asian soups, or good deals, you can’t miss this one. AD Sun-Thurs 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am

Nong’s Khao Man Gai

SW 10th & Alder, 609 SE Ankeny Suite C, 417 SW 13th
With Nong Poonsukwattana’s trademark sauce now readily available in bottled form, I can’t be the only one who’s attempted to replicate her deceptively simple take on chicken and rice in the confines of my own kitchen. While my meal prep session wasn’t a complete disaster, the experiment left me with even more respect for the empire Nong has created serving up her signature Khao Man Gai ($11) to hungry locals and tourists alike. The strips of poached free-range chicken are always tender and moist, layered atop a hearty scoop of jasmine rice that’s been simmering in the flavorful stock, all packaged up neatly with a side of the one-of-a-kind dipping sauce, as well as a light chicken soup that’s perfect for warming your belly on a rainy day. CT SW 10th & Alder: Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm; 417 SW 13th & 609 SE Ankeny: Daily 11 am-9 pm

Olympia Provisions Public House

3384 SE Division
With the recent redesign of hot dog joint OP Wurst into Olympia Provisions Public House, the crowded restaurant row of Southeast Division now has a wonderfully German-feeling (and kid-friendy) biergarten. For a quick and satisfying lunch, get a pale-colored bratwurst ($9), cooked so it snaps when you bite into it, and served with sauerkraut and the right kind of mustard. The cheeseburger ($9), served on a sesame-seed bun and nearly liquefied American cheese, is also a solid choice. Wash them down a half-liter of delicious, locally made beer from Rosenstadt ($5-7), who are making damned authentic German style brews—their Kölsch is crisp and refreshing, their dunkel is roasty and full of flavor, and their radler combines their thirst-slaking weissbier with tart lemon soda. NL Mon-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri 11 am-11 pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-10 pm

Otto’s Sausage Kitchen

4138 SE Woodstock
The Woodstock neighborhood, if you didn’t know, is cute as hell. And it also has the pleasure of being home to one of the best, classic German-style delis in all of Portland, Otto’s Sausage Kitchen. Slip inside to drool over the cases of fresh meats to take home for dinner, or for a quick, inexpensive bite, step outside where employees are grilling up savory old-fashioned wieners, chicken or beer sausages, and my favorite, the pork link ($5) on a soft, flavorful bun. Dress it appropriately (with Coney Island-style mustard, diced onions, and relish), take a bite, and feel the satisfying snap of the casing breaking between your teeth, and the smokiness of the mouth-watering pork rising up into your grateful nostrils. I’m sharing too much information, I know. But it’s that good. WSH Mon-Sat 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm

Pho Oregon

2518 NE 82nd
As far as I’m concerned, this is the best pho in town. The huge banquet hall can fill up during weekend hours, but if you go for an early lunch on a weekday, it’s likely to be you and a few older Vietnamese guys, slurping up vermicelli noodles and rare steak slices that cook in the rich five-spice and anise-tinged broth. My order is a small No. 2, with noodles, round steak, flank, fatty brisket, tendon, and tripe for $9.95. If that’s too much adventure meat, there’s all manner of combo options. A small is still huge, both in size and flavor, but the gargantuan large bowls top out at no more than $10.95. If you haven’t had Pho Oregon, you haven’t had Portland pho. AD Daily 9 am-8:30 pm

Pine State Biscuits

2204 NE Alberta, 1100 SE Division Suite 100, 125 NE Schuyler
In a city that’s overflowing with restaurants, waiting longer than 10 minutes for a table in Portland has always felt unnecessary—unless that line’s for Pine State Biscuits. Pine State has delivered consistently delectable biscuit sandwiches since a trio of North Carolinians opened the shop in 2006. If it’s your first time at Pine State, I’d suggest going with their classic: The Reggie ($9). Imagine a pile of fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and gravy lovingly stacked between two flaky biscuits. And then imagine that all mushed up in your mouth. Want that in real life? Get your butt to Pine State Biscuits and stand in line (hint: bring a crossword to do instead of staring at the wait staff and sighing dramatically). It’s worth the wait. AZ Daily 7 am-3 pm

Pizza Jerk

5028 NE 42nd, 621 SE Morrison
Pizza Jerk is a traditional family pizza parlor that serves Connecticut-style pies and slices. The original location on Northeast 42nd looks like it got sucked up out of the East Coast in a Wizard of Oz tornado and flung to the opposite side of the country—it’s got an old-school vibe you don’t often find in these parts, with red-and-white checkered tablecloths, booths, and stained-glass light fixtures. For lunch, Pizza Jerk offers $10 sandwich specials for meatball, chicken, or eggplant parmesans, along with a few slice specials: either two slices and a soda for $7, two slices of Lydia (their veggie option with spinach, mushrooms, and onion) and a PBR for $10, or one slice, a salad, and a soda for $9. CD Daily 11:30 am-9 pm

Pollo Norte

2935 NE Glisan
Pollo Norte’s succulent rotisserie chicken is outstanding on its own ($9/quarter chicken), but for a buck more you can have it in a bowl ($10) with rice, black or pinto beans, and other flavorful stuff depending on your mood (vegetarians even have their own option). For another buck you can add tortillas, avocado, extra chicken, or those dank potatoes that have been soaking up schmaltz as they roast, getting all sticky and moreish. If you’re really watching your budget, you can always opt for a bowl of beans ($5) and tortillas (three for $1). HAA Daily noon-9 pm

Potato Champion

1207 SE Hawthorne
What’s better than the Canadian classic of cheese curds, gravy, and fries when you’re stumbling around drunk at 1 am? Literally nothing: It’s the best drunk food imaginable. And Potato Champion has it DOWN. A medium sized portion runs for $8.25 and it’s plenty for a ravenous drunk, and the large portion for $11 is great for sharing. I suggest the satay poutine—it comes with a house-made Thai peanut sauce drizzled over your french fries. And if your friends are picky, they have many other great food carts to choose from. Everyone can come back together in the spacious seating area to enjoy their various crepes, noodles, pizza, and poutine. KK Sun-Thurs 11 am-1 am, Fri-Sat 11 am-3 am

Que Bolá?

7238 SE Foster
Que Bolá? (Cuban for “what’s up?”) is one of the crown jewels of the Portland Mercado food cart pod, and it’s true, there are many dishes to enjoy: Picadillo Cubano (Cuban beef hash simmered in tomato sauce, $9), Papas Bravas (spiced Yukon Gold potatoes with chorizo, $9), and Pan con Bistec (grilled steak sandwich, $8). But then there’s God’s favorite sandwich, the Cubano ($8), which features island-style roasted pork, ham, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on a grilled hoagie roll—and time comes to a stop when you’re eating it. The pork is tender and flavorful, the pickles and mustard are its best friends, and ohhhh that melted Swiss. If there is a better sandwich in the world, I’ll be happy to give it a try—but I won’t hold my breath. WSH Daily 11 am-8 pm

Reel M’Inn

2430 SE Division
One of the last remnants of Old Portland along the shiny new stretch of Southeast Division, Reel M’Inn is the neighborhood dive bar that your favorite dive bar is probably based on. Along with healthy pours, the bar’s known for perfecting one classic pairing: fried chicken and jojos. I suggest the Two Piece Meal ($9), which comes with one chicken breast and a choice of a leg or wings, and four jojos. The chicken hits a magical balance of tender and crispy, and comes with tasty sauces to dip into (hello, honey mustard). And the jojos? Perfection. These delicacies are made to order behind the bar, which can take around 30 minutes—so grab a drink while you wait. Patience is part of the journey. AZ Mon-Sat 10 am-2:30 am, Sun 10 am-1 am

Richi’s Modern Japanese Cuisine

432 SW 3rd
Richi’s Modern Japanese Cuisine, situated in the Southwest 3rd food cart pod, boasts “a new approach to healthy Japanese comfort food.” Among their many vegan options and alongside some “meat-friendly” versions, Mayumi and Ichiro Sato’s slurp-worthy vegan ramen ($8) is made with a curry-style spice blend, seaweed broth, pickled daikon radish, mixed greens and cilantro—it’s more affordable than the $12 bowls at Marukin and Afuri just a few blocks down. Plus they’re open late. Also try the cart’s really tasty salad bowls like the Hearty Veggie East ($5.50 small/$7 regular), which is made with kale that’s thoroughly massaged in their zesty signature sauce, brown rice, and quinoa, avocado, edamame beans, tomatoes, and sesame seeds. Oishii! JENNI MOORE Daily 11 am-11 pm

Rose VL Deli

6424 SE Powell
This newish location is the younger cousin of the world famous Ha VL. It follows their model of offering two soups daily in the $10-11 range. “That seems like a lot for soup, Elinor,” you say. “Soup is mostly water,” you say. No, it’s not!! It’s some intricately flavored combinations of stuff that you and I probably wouldn’t recognize at Fubonn and it’s served in a gigantic bowl that you will loudly slurp while closing your eyes and going “MMMMMMM” and making other diners uncomfortable. And you won’t care. Because that’s some good-ass water. I’ve only ever had the chicken curry because I don’t eat pork or beef, but I don’t know why anyone would eat anything else. EJ Mon- Sat, 10 am-5 pm

Sammich

2137 E Burnside
The newly minted brick-and-mortar home of Sammich sits in the cozy corner of the former Knuckle Sandwich, slinging Chicago-style Italian sandwiches, plus a few sides, adult beverages, and Tab cola. The Tre ($11; add zippy/crunchy giardiniera for another buck) is everything you want in a classic cold cuts sandwich: high-quality meats—salami, Mortadella, and prosciutto—cured in-house, sliced onions, and delicately shredded iceberg to provide crispness without getting in the way, and most importantly, soft baguette that will not shred your palate while simultaneously ejecting the sandwich’s fillings. Mayo and mustard provide appropriate lubrication, and plates come buried in generous handfuls of kettle-style potato chips. HAA Daily 11 am-8 pm

Scottie’s Pizza Parlor

2128 SE Division
A pair of schoolkids swung at a ninja turtle piñata filled with gummy pizzas on my first visit to Scottie’s Pizza Parlor. While it was the shop’s first anniversary, every day at Scottie’s is worth celebrating. They make the best pizza in Portland, offer employees fair wages, and run a pay-it-forward system for patrons to redeem free slices. Try the deservedly raved-about DeFino, a square “grandma style” slice with a limited daily run, smothered in a chunky tomato sauce and topped with juicy mozzarella, fresh basil, and more ($3.75). Even better—you’re almost always guaranteed an edge of crunchy, melted cheese. The white-sauce Bianca ($3.50) is also delicious. Check the chalkboard for cheesy, pun-laced specials like the mushroom-laden ALL CAPS ($4). EMILLY PRADO Daily 11:30 am-9 pm

Spice Kitchen

8245 SE Division
This place is in one of those low-profile buildings around 82nd and Division that you’ll drive by a million times and foolishly not notice. But you should! Because it. Is. Incredible. The cuisine is Halaal Indian-by-way-of-Fiji, and run by an extremely nice immigrant couple. There’s a sign outside that says “lunch 5.99” and that’s what drew me in, but once I saw the buffet, I opted to pay $11.99 instead because I couldn’t just not eat everything I saw. As I write this I am literally licking a to-go container of the coconut spinach soup that smells sweet but has a sneakily spicy kick. The chicken tikka masala, egg curry, and veggie samosas are also on point. Spice Kitchen just opened a couple of months ago so now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor and tell everyone you used to go before it got super crowded. Which I hope it does. Because it’s great. EJ Mon-Thurs 11 am-8 pm, Fri 11 am-9 pm, Sat 4 pm-9 pm

So Good Taste Noodle House

8220 SE Harrison, Suite 215
Hanging plants and roasted ducks line the entrance of no-frills Chinese eatery, So Good Taste Noodle House. Located in the heart of a strip mall with other tasty gems, patrons come here for the meat and enjoy an almost identical sprawling menu like that of Chen’s Good Taste in Chinatown. Dive into a heaping bowl of wonton soup with crisp roasted pork for $8.95. If they’ve run out for the day, consider a swap with barbecue pork. Each bowl boasts plentiful servings of bok choy and succulent wontons simmered in a subtle, savory broth. Stir in copious spoonfuls of chili oil for good measure. Other standouts include the lightly fried pepper and salted squids ($11.95) and roasted duck over egg noodles ($8.95). EP Mon-Sat, 9 am-9 pm; Sun 9 am-8:30 pm

Sushi Ichiban

24 NW Broadway
Sushi Ichiban is the best damn sushi restaurant in Portland, and I will hear nothing else. It’s not the kind of place where you’ll find a whole fish spiraled into some kind of sculptural centerpiece or giant slices of rolls slathered in sauce. This is focused, brass-tacks sushi done with precision. Sushi rolls around on a model train, you grab it, and there’s plenty of good stuff for less than three bucks a plate. Inari ($1.50) and salmon nigiri ($2) are nearly always available and delicious. The best deal in the whole place is the tuna roll ($2.50), a satisfying portion of rice and fish that costs less than most tall boys. JS Tues-Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm & 5-9 pm, Sat noon-3 pm & 5-9 pm, Sun 5-9 pm

Tambayan Restaurant

6014 SE Foster
You may not be as familiar with Filipino cuisine as you’d like, but if you’re ready to give it a go, Tambayan Restaurant is the local place to start. Regulars swear by the tapsilog (sweetened beef, $9.99) and the fried chicken ($9.99), but if you’re looking for the most delicious bang for your buck, go for the adobo ($9.49). This deceptively simple dish of tender pork chunks perfectly marinated in garlic, vinegar, peppers, and soy create a magic elixir that soaks the accompanying rice, and delivers a hearty meal that can easily be stretched into two lunches. On weekdays it opens at noon, but it’s not rude to be waiting at the door. WSH Wed-Thurs noon-6 pm, Fri noon-8 pm, Sat 11 am-8 pm, Sun 11 am-7 pm

Teppanyaki Hut

8145 SE 82nd, 4233 N Mississippi
Fusion foods often get a bad rap, but the nori-wrapped sushi monstrosities at Teppanyaki Hut have justly earned an exception to the rule. Fusion mostly in name, the food cart offers a handful of colossal sushi burrito options, each essentially giant rolls, stuffed to the gills with fresh fish or veggies and decorated with unique additions like crispy onion, masago, and/or tobiko. Mt. Fuji—a great go-to—is an Instagram-worthy technicolor tube filled with a trifecta of seafood (tuna, salmon, crab salad), lettuce, cucumber, avocado, red cabbage, and crispy onions ($9). While the NoPo location has udon, vegan and meat ramen, nigiri, and regular ol’ sushi rolls on the menu, the Southeast location serves up bento boxes and udon for less than $10. EP Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-7:30 pm, Fri & Sat 11:30 am-8 pm, Sun noon-6 pm

Tierra del Sol

7238 SE Foster
Maize is sacred in Mexico and the crop has been an indigenous culinary and cultural staple for thousands of years. Amalia Vázquez, a Native Oaxaqueña, honors the traditions of her region’s cuisine with an emphasis on organic blue corn products at food cart Tierra del Sol in the colorful Portland Mercado pod. Snag hard-to-find dishes like tetelas (thick masa pockets filled with black beans and topped with crema and queso fresco, $4-6) and mole enchiladas ($9.50), or opt for classics like tacos ($3) and quesadillas ($7-8.50). Expect incredibly flavorful meats, lots of queso Oaxaca (the queen of stretchy quesadilla cheeses), and full bellies. EP Sun-Thurs 10 am-8 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am-9 pm

Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon

16223 NE Glisan
Conveniently located right next door to a Gresham plasma center, the hot deli inside this tienda is well worth the drive. Choose from a wide range of combo plates ($9.99-11.99) or go à la carte with gorditas, burritos, chile relleno, and tons more for just a couple bucks each. I opted for a guisado of cochinita pibil ($9.99): a plate groaning with shredded hunks of red pork; my choice of rice (red) and beans (refried, and appropriately creamy with lard); and house-made tortillas. Vegans and vegetarians aren’t forgotten here, either—there’s a solid menu just for the herbivores, including a succulent nopal salad (pun intended). Folks avoiding carbs can just buy meat by the pound ($9.99-10.99). HAA Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm, Sun 9 am-6 pm

Whole Bowl

701 SW 6th, 827 SW 2nd, 2590 NE Sandy, 3540 N Vancouver, 4411 SE Hawthorne, SW 9th & Alder, 1100 NW Glisan, 4615 NE Sandy
Like tech bros and shitty life decisions, Whole Bowl locations are EVERYWHERE in Portland, and for good reason: Whole Bowls are fantastic! It’s simple stuff: rice, beans, olives, avocado, cheddar, sour cream, salsa, and curry-esque Tali Sauce. A 12-ounce bowl is $6 and a 16-ounce bowl is $6.50, making them equal parts affordable, delicious, and portable. Please note: The otherwise amazing and wondrous Whole Bowl, by default, comes with cilantro, which I did not mention above, as it is Satan’s cursed weed. Get it without cilantro but with extra Tali Sauce, and soon you, like me, will realize that Whole Bowls have become 75 percent of your diet. EH Hours vary by location; see thewholebowl.com for details, and charitably overlook the unfortunate fact Whole Bowl employees are called “bowlistas”

Wolf & Bear’s Downtown

522 SW 10th
There is no shortage of excellent Middle Eastern food cart options open for lunch in the Southwest Portland block that’s been dubbed “Shawarma Square,” but Wolf & Bear’s unique approach to the popular street food staple manages to satisfy an entirely different craving than a traditional gyro or shawarma sandwich. While the cart’s falafel holds its own in relation to its neighbors, I prefer to order the vegetable-loaded Olea Wrap ($9), which leaves more room for hearty slabs of grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, grilled red onion, and crisp mixed greens. The warm and fresh pita is coated with thick and creamy labneh and a mouthwatering kalamata tapenade, with gorgonzola crumbles and caramelized walnuts distributed throughout the wrap to ensure an unrivaled explosion of flavor in every bite. CT Daily 11 am-4 pm

XLB

4090 N Williams
XLB easily works if you want to do a feastlike lunch with a large party. But unlike a lot of other restaurants oriented around family-style dining, it scales down. The cold sesame noodles ($11) make for a satisfying single-plate lunch on their own. The thin, flat rice noodles swim in a sesame and mustard sauce, and cucumbers and scallions give the dish the feel of a salad that’s filling without weighing you down. The price tag includes either chicken or tofu, and if you’re attacking it on your own, you’ll likely need a box to go. Also of note are the baozi ($10), steamed buns filled with either mushrooms or pork if you’re looking for something more carb-centric. JS Daily 11 am-3 pm & 5-10 pm

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          HEADLINE: Indonesia Memburu Final Piala AFF U-19 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 masih penasaran terhadap Thailand di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Kekalahan 1-2 dari Tim Gajah Putih itu di laga terakhir Grup A, (9/7), membuat Indra Sjafri dan tim asuhannya berharap bisa menuntaskan dendam.

"Mudah-mudahan bisa bertemu Thailand lagi di babak final," ujar pria berkumis asal Minang itu, usai dua gol Nattawut Chootiwat dan Matee Sarakum menutup perjuangan Garuda Nusantara yang hanya mampu membalas sebiji gol lewat Rifad Marasabessy.

Dengan kekalahan itu, Indonesia harus puas jadi runner up Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 dan mengadapi juara Grup B: Malaysia!

Artinya, jika ingin kembali menantang Thailand, yang diasumsikan bisa lolos ke final, Garuda Nusantara haru terlebih dahulu melewati adangan Tim Harimau Malaya, Kamis (12/7/2018).

Inilah sebenarnya pekerjaan berat terdekat yang harus dilewati Indra Sjafri dan pasukannya. Sebab, menghadapi Malaysia di semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018, jelas bukan pekerjaan mudah.

Faktanya, empat kali bertemu tim Negeri Jiran itu di ajang Piala AFF U-19, Garuda Nusantara tak pernah menang: tiga kali kalah dan sekali imbang. Bahkan, setahun lalu, saat duel di kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19 di Korea Selatan, Garuda Nusantara dipermalukan Malaysia 1-4.

Road to Semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 (Liputan6.com/Abdillah)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Namun, statistik tak mengenakkan ini tentu tak bisa begitu saja dijadikan acuan yang shahih untuk laga semifinal Piala AFF U-19 2018 nanti malam. Indra Sjafri, sebagai pelatih berpengalaman, tentu sudah berhitung dan mempersiapkan betul pasukannya.

Jangan lupa, Indra pernah membuat timnas Indonesia U-19 begitu digdaya saat menjuarai ajang yang sama di tahun 2013. Selain, itu seperti disebutkan Indra, tim asuhannya saat ini bermaterikan pemain-pemain potensial. Bahkan, mungkin lebih baik daripada skuat Garuda Nusantara di Piala AFF U-19 2013.

Menjanjikan

Duel Thailand vs Indonesia di matchday terakhir penyisihan Grup A Piala AFF U-19 2018 di Stadion Gelora Delta, Sidoarjo, Senin (9/7/2018). (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Terlepas dari kekalahan dari Thailand, timnas Indonesia U-19 memang tampil cukup menjanjikan di Piala AFF U-19 2018. Bahkan, saat lawan Thailand pun, Witan Sulaiman dan kawan-kawan sebenarnya bermain cukup bagus.

Indra sendiri mengaku kualitas pasukannya saat ini. Dia mengungkapkan, timnas Indonesia U-19 kini didominasi pemain yang merumput di Liga 1 Indonesia. Hal itu tidak terjadi pada 2013 lalu, di mana Evan Dimas dan kawan-kawan menjadi juara Piala AFF U-19.

"Kenapa waktu itu (2013) kita pakai pemusatan latihan jangka panjang, karena saat itu pemain tidak punya wadah kompetisi. Kalau sekarang kita tertolong dengan pemain yang bermain di kompetisi," ujar Indra di Sidoarjo, Selasa (10/7/2018).

Dari 23 pemain yang dibawa oleh Indra Sjafri, 16 di antaranya memang merupakan pemain muda yang direkrut oleh klub-klub Liga 1 2018. Hasilnya, Saddil Ramdani yang bermain untuk Persela Lamongan di Liga 1, Hanis Saghara (Bali United), Muhammad Rafli Mursalim (Mitra Kukar), Muhammad Luthfi Kamal (Mitra Kukar), Syahrian Abimanyu (Sriwijaya FC), Asnawi Mangkualam (PSM Makassar), Firza Andika (PSMS), Todd Rivaldo Fere (Persipura), dan Rifad Marasabessy (Madura United) tampil mengesankan.

Egy Bisa Tampil

Sejak awal, mereka sudah tancap gas dengan mengalahkan Laos 1-0. Setelah itu berturut-turut kemenangan besar didapat saat menghantam Singapura (4-0) dan Filipina (4-1). Tim kuat Vietnam pun dihajar 1-0.

Permainan Saddil dan kawan-kawan juga sudah sangat terbentuk. Kerja sama dan saling pengertian di lapangan pun begitu rapi terjalin. Di luar itu, secara mental mereka juga lebih matang. Itu lantaran mereka rata-rata sudah tertempa melalui kompetisi Liga 1 Indonesia.

Yang menggembirakan lagi, kekuatan timnas Indonesia U-19 kemungkinan besar juga akan bertambah. Pasalnya, bintang muda Egy Maulana Vikri, kini sudah bergabung di Sidoardjo, setelah dilepas klubnya asal Polandia, Lechia Gdansk.

Kehadiran Egy tentu akan jadi opsi tersendiri, terutama di lini serang bagi Garuda Nusantara. Sebab, sudah bukan rahasia lagi, pemain yang tanggal 7 Juli lalu berulang tahun ke-18 itu, memiliki kemampuan di atas rata- rata.

Malaysia Berhitung

Timnas Malaysia U-19 akan menantang Timnas Indonesia U-19 di semifinal Piala AFF U-19. (Bola.com/Aditya Wany)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tak heran, Malaysia pun cukup berhitung menghadapi Indonesia. Meski unggul dalam rekor pertemuan, mereka sama sekali tak berani menganggap remeh Garuda Nusantara. Apalagi, Indonesia dipastikan akan didukung penuh suporternya.

"Indonesia tim yang kuat. Kami sudah penah bertemu mereka sebelumnya," kata Bojan Hodak, pelatih Malaysia. "Dan dengan dukungan luar biasa dari suporter tuan rumah, menjadikan Indonesia sangat kuat."

Bojan pun menyebut tiga nama pemain Indonesia, yang menurut dia harus benar-benar diwaspadai tim asuhannya. "Egy Maulana Vikri, Todd Ferre, dan Saddil Ramdani," ujarnya.

Nama Egy jelas membuat mereka silau. Sedangkan Todd Fere tampil gemilang saat Indonesia mengalahkan Vietnam. Beberapa kali dia membuat manuver yang membuat bek lawan keteteran. Tak sedikit yang menjuluki "Neymar Indonesia".

Saddil? Tiga gol yang telah dibuat pemain asal Sulawesi Tenggara ini jadi bukti, bahwa dia bisa diandalkan, sebagai pencetak gol kemenangan sekalipun.

Nah, dengan fakta-fakta ini, rasanya peluang Indonesia mengalahkan Malaysia bukan cuma di atas kertas. Apalagi, dengan rivalitas kesumat Indonesia vs Malaysia di berbagai aspek kehidupan, yang dipastikan akan membuat suporter Indonesia makin militan mendukung Saddil dan kawan-kawan.

Ayo...hajar Malaysia Garudaku!

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