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Country folk with Tai

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Country folk with Tai

music June 14, 2019 01:00


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Luk thung singer Tai Orathai performs her debut solo concert, “Dokya Klang Muangyai” at GMM Live House on the eighth floor of CentralWorld on June 22 at 7pm.

The singer, who has been on Thailand’s music scene for more than 16 years, has produced a series of hits including “Dokya Nai Papoon”, “Kin Khao Rue Yang”, and “Yoo Nai Jai Samer”.

Her guests include Pai Pongsatorn and Tree Chainarong.

Tickets cost from Bt1,500 to Bt5000 for VIPs, the latter also getting a hooded sweater and an MP3 recording.

They’re available at

In memory of Sa-nga

Sala Chalermkrung remembers National Artist Sa-nga Arumpee with the concert, “Khid Thueng … Khru Jaew 98 Pee”, at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre on June 23.

Concertgoers can expect to hear many hits from such TV dramas as “Namta Sangtai”, “Sabai Prae”, “Monrak Dokkamtai”, “Ruan Pae”, and “Sud Thirak”. They’ll be covered by veteran singers Suthep Wongkamhaeng, Jintana Suksathit, Wiratch Yoothaworn, Winai Panthurak and Nantawan Mekyai.

The concert starts at 2 and tickets cost Bt1,000 at the door.

Call (02) 225 87578 and (02) 623 81489 or visit

A toast to love

Lyricists Nitipong Honark and Boyd Kosiyabong will present their timeless songs in the upcoming concert, “The Lyrics of Love: Greatest Hits of Dee & Boyd” being staged at Royal Paragon Hall on July 13 and 14.

Amp Saowaluck, Nop Ponchamni, Christina Aguilar, Pod Tanachai, Mai Charoenpura, Burin Boonvisut, Masha Wattanapanich, Noi Pru, Nat Myria, and Ben Chalathit will perform.

Tickets are from Bt2,000 to Bt5,000 at Thai Ticket Major. Call (02) 262 3456.

Pedal to the metal

Pong Stone Metal Fire, Blackhead, Billy Ogan, Eed Fly, Kob Taxi and Retrospect as well as guest Sek LoSo will rock the stage in “The Rock Power Concert” taking place at Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani on July 27.

The show starts at 7pm and tickets costing from Bt800 to Bt1,200 are selling out fast at Thai Ticket Major.

All rapped out

The winners, contestants and commentators from all seasons of “The Rapper” are getting together on July 27 at Royal Paragon Hall for the hip-hop extravaganza “The Rapper All-Star Concert”.

Producers Joey Boy and Khan Thaitanium along with commentators Golf F–king Hero, UrboyTJ, Twopee Southside and Pujan Longmike will share the emcee honours.

Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major counters and online.


Orchestral manoevres in the light

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.
French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.

Orchestral manoevres in the light

music June 14, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse
Aixen-Provence, France

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Solo, yet tutti: A new app puts an orchestra in your living room

It’s a musician’s dream – rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but in your own living room.

And the immersive experience is possible because, yes, there’s an app for that, courtesy of a French startup, Digital Music Solutions.

“NomadPlay” is all down to an algorithm which separates out the sound components of a score to remove any instrument as desired, fading out an oboe or piano part for instance, and allowing the home musician to join the fray.

“When we were young we all practised with records to get the impression we were playing along with the Vienna or Berlin philharmonic. That was very gratifying,” says internationally renowned French violinist Renaud Capucon, 43.

“But it was a nightmare when our parents heard us play because it just wasn’t the same thing!”

Now, thanks to the app, “you’re accompanied by an orchestra all on your own in your room – it’s extraordinary.”

Clothilde Chalot and Hannelore Guittet started Digital Music Solutions in Paris five years ago.

Their app can be downloaded for free on a phone or tablet and offers a catalogue of albums, ranging from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor.

Amateurs and professionals buy the pieces for between five and 20 euros (Bt175 and Bt700), Capucon, the app’s “ambassador,” gave a demonstration of its capabilities at the Festival de Paques in the southern town of Aixen-Provence in April.

Taking Ravel’s string quartet, he clicked on the violin symbol to eliminate the sound of the part, before accompanying the piece with his own instrument.

The concept is similar to that of karaoke, where fans grab the mic to provide their own vocals to the original backing track.

Yet the NomadPlay app is more elaborate.


French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.


First off, you can search by level – beginner, intermediate, experienced or expert – or by instrument, as well as by composer.

You can increase or slow down the tempo, repeat a bar or part of a bar and even annotate the score.

Capucon says the app is brimming with educational promise as it can help budding musicians “learn a work more quickly with this harmonic help.”

For professionals such as himself, the system offers a “huge time gain” as “when finally you practise with the others, you already have the reflexes”.

He does concede, however, that the app per se will not transform the user into a musical genius.

“It’s not going to turn you into a (Yehudi) Menuhin or (Mstislav) Rostropovich”.

Indeed “if the pupil only works with the app you could say it’s dangerous… but from the point of view of speeding up the job, it is very positive,” Capucon adds.

For Marc Bourreau, a teacher and lecturer at engineering college Telecom ParisTech, applications dedicated to music, be it for listening, mixing or editing, have become ever more sophisticated.

“This digitally-pushed evolution eliminated the frontier between creator/artist and consumer,” he says.

In an age where “children grow up with their tablets you have to give music this technological and entertaining side to spark their interest,” adds Dominique Bluzet, executive director at the Festival de Paques.

Bluzet says concerts these days are no longer the only way to introduce young people to music.

NomadPlay is already working with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of France’s Ile de France region around Paris and their Rouen-Normandy equivalent.

It hopes to extend its repertoire by September to include scores played by a broader range of ensembles.

“We shall be able to try out the tempo of different conductors (and offer) preparation which affords musicians greater flexibility,” Capucon enthuses.

Chalot says the app can offer discs a second life.

“We wanted to find a new economic model for recorded music which has been around for 100 years,” adds the 38-year-old, who has worked at the Paris Opera and the Rouen-Normandy Opera.

“We tell independent and major labels that ‘this is also a way of getting your artists known’,” said Chalot.

Around a dozen people worked on the app, whose creation was partly funded by the CMCIC Innovation investment fund and French culture ministry.

“The day we ran the first tests I cried. It was magnificent,” Chalot recalls.

To date, the catalogue is purely classical music but the company says it is in talks with independent pop and rock producers as it looks to “open up to all genres.”

Yes, another teen movie

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Yes, another teen movie

movie & TV June 14, 2019 01:00


Sophai Lillis from “It” and “Sharp Objects” is to lead Netflix’s new supernatural coming-of-age series “I Am Not Okay With This”, the streaming service announced this week.

From Jonathan Entwistle, creator/director of “The End of the F***ing World” and the producers of “Stranger Things”, the series is based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel. “I Am Not Okay With This” is an irreverent origin story, following a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her.


Lillis will play Sydney an awkward and smart teen with a dry, witty, sardonic sense of humour. Like many teenagers, she hates high school, doesn’t get along with her mum, and her best friend has a boyfriend she abhors. Though she views herself as painfully average, she is far from it, as she discovers she has telekinetic powers that may prove to be problematic.

Also appearing in the series are Wyatt Oleff who plays Stanley Barber, Sydney’s neighbour and an uncool geek, and Sofia Bryant as Dina, Sydney’s effervescent, happy, pretty, loud and funny, badass best friend. Unfortunately, Dina has a boyfriend  a super jock who Sydney hates  and Sydney worries he’s going to take her away.

Aidan Wojtak-Hissong and Richard Ellis will play recurring parts as Sydney’s brother Liam (Wojtak-Hissong) and Dina’s boyfriend (Brad Lewis).

Production now has begun in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the series will be released next year.

US Fed leans toward a cut; don’t expect one this week

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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File photo/AFP
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US Fed leans toward a cut; don’t expect one this week

Breaking News June 16, 2019 09:26

By Agence France-Presse

As President Donald Trump’s trade wars drag on, and the global economy weakens, the US Federal Reserve is inching closer to its first interest rate cut in more than a decade.

But investors hoping to see the benchmark lending rate begin to drop this week are almost certain to be disappointed.

After preaching patience and leaving rates untouched since December, financial markets will be watching closely for a change of tone from the central bank and its chairman, Jerome Powell, and a sign the Fed is ready to step in to boost the economy.

Policymakers will hold two days of deliberations starting Tuesday, and for now are expected to keep the key interest rate in a range of 2.25-2.5 percent.

The Fed raised rates nine times in the last three years as the economy recovered and put millions of Americans back to work, and officials repeatedly said they expected the growth to continue.

But Trump’s aggressive tariff policies have shaken confidence, and some central bankers have begun to acknowledge a chill in the air.

The consensus is that the Fed is poised to switch directions and begin cutting rates. The only question is when.

James Bullard, president of the Fed’s St Louis regional branch, was the first to make the move, saying early this month that a rate cut could be needed “soon.”

Just days later, Powell himself opened the door to a possible move, saying the Fed would do whatever necessary “to sustain the expansion” — a noticeable shift in posture.

Then Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida added to the mix the possibility of “insurance cuts” — preemptively lowering rates just in case the economic outlook starts to deteriorate.

Wall Street welcomed this dovish talk, which drove a recovery in stocks after the rout in May. Futures markets as of Friday were forecasting as many as three cuts for this year, in July, September and December.

“In the old days, we’d have used the language the Fed has an easing bias,” John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics, told AFP.

“They are predisposed to cut.”

 It’s complicated 

Since the Fed’s last announcement at the end of May, the world’s largest economy has continued to send mixed signals.

But beyond the strictly economic factors are the political ones as Trump continues to flout tradition, repeatedly hammering Powell and the Fed on Twitter and in public comments for undermining his bid to supercharge the US economy.

In an interview with ABC, Trump acknowledged that his vocal criticism puts Powell in a box but said he would persist because he disagrees “entirely” with the Fed’s policy.

“I’m gonna do it anyway because I’ve waited long enough,” Trump said in the interview due to be aired Sunday.

Powell steadfastly repeated that central bankers pay no attention to political pressure. But criticism of the independent Fed can backfire, pushing officials to resist Trump’s preferred course in order to prove they cannot be browbeaten — even if a rate cut is justified.

In the absence of inflation pressures, the Fed has room to cut interest rates. But the timing remains in question, especially as most policymakers have said they expect the economy to pick up later this year.

Walking a tightrope 

Surveys of consumer confidence and business activity are running hot, unemployment is still near 50-year lows, and consumer spending continues apace.

But elsewhere the news has not been so good. Economic growth in the second quarter could be half the pace of the first, the manufacturing sector has continued to weaken and business investment has declined.

And Trump warned he could jack up tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese goods, something that would no doubt send shockwaves through the global economy.

At the same time, recession indicators are flashing.

The New York Fed puts the odds of a recession in the coming year at about one in three — the highest since May 2008.

Oxford Economics said there is a 53 percent chance in the next six months, but warns that markets may be “excessively pessimistic.”

However, many of these readings are noisy and could reverse course in the coming months.

This leaves the Fed walking a tricky line, showing a willingness to cut rates if needed without committing to it.

“I think that Fed officials have done the right thing,” Kathy Bostjancic, chief US financial economist at Oxford Economics, told AFP, noting there are no “hard data” yet that clearly call for a cut.

“They essentially said they were listening to the markets and opened the door to a rate cut without promising one.”

Gaudi: working legally at last

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Visionary architect Antoni Gaudi requested a building permit for his Sagrada Familia basilica more than 137 years ago. He got one last week. /AFP
Visionary architect Antoni Gaudi requested a building permit for his Sagrada Familia basilica more than 137 years ago. He got one last week. /AFP

Gaudi: working legally at last

World June 15, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse

The late designer’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has proceeded without a building permit for 137 years

CONSTRUCTION of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia may have started 137 years ago, but the emblematic basilica only got a building permit on Friday.

The Spanish seaside city council awarded the licence to a committee in charge of finishing construction of the Catholic temple for 4.6 million euros (Bt162 million), said Janet Sanz, who’s in charge of urban planning.

In a quirk of history, authorities only discovered in 2016 that the building that draws millions of visitors every year had never had planning permission since construction began in 1882.

Sanz said the council had finally managed to “resolve a historical anomaly in the city – that an emblematic monument like the Sagrada Familia didn’t have a building permit, that it was being constructed illegally.”

Realising its tardiness, Barcelona City Council awarded a license to complete construction of the Catholic shrine for 4.6 million euros. 

According to the committee in charge of finishing construction of the not-yet-completed basilica, designer Antoni Gaudi had asked the town hall of Sant Marti, a village now absorbed into Barcelona, for a building permit in 1885 but never got an answer.

Some 137 years later, it is finally legal.

The new building permit states that the basilica will finally be finished in 2026, with a maximum height of 172 metres and a budget of 374 million euros.

Designed by Gaudi, a famous Catalan architect also known for the Park Guell, another tourist magnet in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005.

Construction, financed solely by donations and entrance tickets, is due to conclude in 2026, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the death of Gaudi, who was run over by a tram.

The basilica is Barcelona’s most visited monument, with 4.5 million people in 2017, and one of the main tourist landmarks of the country.

Meet the goddesses of gondoleering

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Row Venice aims to preserve tradition, both of the rowing style itself and the crafting of the batela – a traditional workboat now out of production.
Row Venice aims to preserve tradition, both of the rowing style itself and the crafting of the batela – a traditional workboat now out of production.

Meet the goddesses of gondoleering

World June 15, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse
Venice, Italy

The dying crafts and skills of Venice might yet live on if a dedicated group of ladies has its way

“BIG WAVE incoming, use your legs!” shouts Gabriella Lazzari, as her laughing students try out their new gondoleering skills in the sunshine of Venice’s lagoon.

Lazzari is one of about 20 women who teach tourists from around the world how to row standing up, Venetian style, in batela coda di gambero – shrimp-tailed wooden boats.

“We take them out to the lagoon so they can do the gondoleering part without crashing into everybody,” quips Jane Caporal, who founded the Row Venice organisation more than eight years ago in a bid to save the voga alla veneta style of rowing.

“Obviously Venice is motorised now, so people don’t row around in their little boats anymore.”

“The idea is to save the tradition, not just the actual rowing but everything – the boat building, the oar making, the forcola [oar rowlock] making – crafts that have been going for centuries and centuries,” Caporal said.

Leading the lessons is Gabriella Lazzari, left, a member of Row Venice, a nonprofit organisation of passionate women and expert vogatrici (rowers). 

Yezi Jin, an accountant back home, shrieks in delight as she drives the blade into the water and propels the boat forwards, far from the peaceful canals of Italy’s floating city, in the vast open waters where vaporetto waterbuses sail back and forth.

“It’s hard work, my back’s aching, but it’s great fun!” says the 32-year old from Portland in the United States as her husband, gripping his own oar tightly, tries valiantly to match her pace.

“We see all the islands here. It’s very different from the Rialto Bridge or being in the crowds,” Jin adds.

Most of the women who teach voga also race professionally, and Row Venice sponsors them.

Caporal sees it as a way of attempting to level the playing field in a sport and profession dominated by men.

There is currently only one female gondolier in the whole city. She has had to fight tooth and claw for her share of the 20 million tourists who visit the Serenissima each year, Caporal says.

“The number of people certified as gondoliers is controlled by the gondoliers’ association. It’s a tightly closed shop. With Row Venice we’ve carved out a space for women to work too.”

The British-born Australian, who has lived in Venice for 30 years, picked the batela – a traditional work-boat now out of production – because it is more stable than the asymmetrical gondola and easier to manoeuvre.

“I came across one that was sold to me by a rowing club – it had been out of use for years. It was made by a master craftsman who had seen this kind of boat as a boy and remembered it,” she says.

Britishborn Australian Jane Caporal founded Row Venice more than eight years ago in a bid to save the voga alla veneta style of rowing. /AFP

The former stock analyst fell in love with it and was ready to shell out 14,000 euros (Bt437,000) for a replica to be made.

But the master craftsman had died. With no one left alive who knew how to make them, the boat builders had to get the plans from the city’s naval history museum.

“It’s a pleasure to enable tourists to live Venice by water and explain the pollution and high-water problems,” says Lazzari, in reference to the damage that cruise ships cause to the fragile ecosystem and floods that leave Saint Mark’s Square underwater.

Just a week ago a massive cruise ship lost control, crashing into the wharf and sparking fresh controversy over the damage the huge vessels cause to the city.

“I tell them about the types of boat there used to be, like the mascareta, so-called because it was used by masked ‘working women’, and the gondolas, which were the taxis of the rich,” Lazzari says.

The doges of Venice, the republic’s rulers until the 18th century, boasted golden, two-deck ships that were used yearly in a “Marriage of the Sea” ceremony, which symbolically wedded Venice to the water.

Row Venice pays tribute to the carnival city’s heyday by sponsoring parties held on boats in the lagoon on summer nights.

By day, its craft glide peacefully past ducks diving for crabs and disused boatyards transformed into canal-side gardens.

“It was a dream come true,” says Alice Hendricks, 71, her eyes sparkling as she gets out of the batela after her first lesson.

“It was very challenging. It looks so easy when you watch the gondolieri doing it, but after a few tries you kind of get a feeling for it. It’s a joy.”

Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

sports June 16, 2019 09:57

By MotoGP

Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) has done it again. The French rookie followed up going fastest on Friday by taking his second pole position in the premier class despite still recovering from arm pump surgery, and that despite suffering his first ever crash in MotoGP™ during FP3. It was close between the two men at the top in qualifying, however, and the number 20 only just beat reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to pole by 0.015. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third fastest as Saturday proved a top day for Yamaha, but the number 12 subsequently received a three-place grid penalty and will be bumped back to the second row.

An infinitesimal 0.001 advantage for Viñales means Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) just missed out on a place in the fastest trio, but the Italian was impressive and will start from the front row after the Spaniard’s penalty. A huge crash in the morning prefaced a trip through Q1, but the number 21 bounced back in qualifying and just got the better of compatriot Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in Q2, who was the fifth fastest but now heads the second row. Rossi’s 1:39.753 was the lap that meant all four Yamahas were inside the fastest five in qualifying for the first time since Brno 2012 after a phenomenal showing from the Iwata marque.

Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) continues the Italian invasion near the front as he was sixth quickest and now starts fifth after improving on his second run and gaining a place as Viñales takes his penalty. ‘DesmoDovi’ was the fastest Ducati in qualifying, and although teammate Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) wasn’t far behind, Viñales will now split the two on the grid. Petrucci suffered a crash in Q2, as did the man just behind him: Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

Rins was on a hot lap when he went down and with only two minutes left on the clock, the Spaniard didn’t have chance to improve. So it’s P8 for him and he needs another stellar first few laps like Mugello, where he picked his way through to perfection from 13th on the grid. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) starts alongside the Suzuki rider, but a few tenths in arrears.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) finished just 0.048 off Crutchlow to line up tenth for his home Grand Prix, with the five-time World Champion having gone straight through to Q2. Q1 graduate and rookie Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) took 11th place, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro launching from P12 at a true home race for the rider born only kilometers from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

One name missing from the normal Q2 mix was Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), who faces a fight back from P14, and he’ll be one of many to watch when the lights go out. Can Quartararo race away from pole? It’s his last chance to beat Marquez to the record of youngest winner. Or can Marquez beat him to the holeshot? Yamaha look strong, Rossi is a record-breaker in Barcelona, Ducati always bring the pace on race day…you don’t want to miss Round 7 of the season from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with MotoGP™ coming your way at 14:00 local time on Sunday (GMT+2).

Qualifying results:1 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) 1’39.484

2 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) +0.015

3 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) +0.226

*Independent Team rider

Front row L-R: Marquez, Quartararo and Viñales
Fernandez takes first pole, top six within a tenth in Moto2™The Spaniard took a first podium the last time he rode on home turf. This time it’s poleAugusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) has been impressive so far in 2019 and qualifying for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was no exception. The Spaniard took his first ever pole position from veteran intermediate class campaigner Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) in Barcelona by just 0.021, with the front row covered by just 0.029 in total as Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took P3.

The close battle at the top didn’t end there, with all three riders on the second row qualifying within a tenth of the top. Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) took P4, edging out an impressing performance from rookie teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio, with Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) sixth fastest. Marquez has won the last two races, and is exactly a tenth off pole…

Marquez’ key title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) spearheads the third row of the grid in seventh – the Italian improving on his final flying lap to get into the top ten – ahead of rookie Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46), with Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) completing an all-Italian Row 3. His teammate, Enea Bastianini, was just half a tenth in arrears to take P10.

Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) crashed during Q2, rider ok, but the Australian will line up 11th, ahead of Mugello polesitter Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Italian GP podium finisher Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) just behind.

How will different conditions in the morning shake up the grid? It may well be cooler at race time. With such tight timesheets, you can’t miss the intermediate class in action at 12:20 local time (GMT+2).

Qualifying results:1 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) 1’44.170

2 – Tom Lüthi (SWI – Kalex) +0.021

3 – Sam Lowes (GBR – Kalex) +0.029

Front row L-R: Lüthi, Fernandez and Lowes
Rodrigo bests rookie Ogura to become seventh different polesitter in a rowArgentinean takes his fourth career pole position by just 0.021 in BarcelonaAnother day, another record broken in Moto3™: Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) became the seventh different polesitter in the opening seven races of the season at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, taking his fourth career pole position by just 0.021 ahead of a stunning session for Japanese rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia). It’s the first time since the introduction of the category in 2012 that the first seven pole positions have all been taken by different riders, and if Rodrigo can win on Sunday he would become the 12th different winner in a row, as well as the seventh different winner this year. And if he is the magnificent seventh different winner? It’ll be the first time it’s happened in the lightweight class since 1988.

Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) completes the front row and he’ll be the first aiming to stand in Rodrigo’s way and become the first repeat winner of the year, but the second row has some serious threats to contend with too. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) has been on both the pace and the podium this season, but he’s yet to visit to top step – something not true of Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), who lines up alongside him. The Championship leader will be aiming to win his second race of the season. Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) completes the second row, a Grand Prix winner already last year but another potential addition to the record-breaking roll in 2019.

Friday’s fastest Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) heads up Row 3 ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) after a crash for the man second in the standings, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) starting ninth. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) completes the top ten.

Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) was eighth quickest but is the first of seven riders to have received grid penalties. Six have 12-place penalties: Masia, Championship contender Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46), Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race), Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) and Filip Salač (Redox PruestelGP). Vicente Perez (Reale Avintia Arizona 77) has a six-place penalty.

Will more history be made on Sunday? Can Rodrigo become the first Argentinean winner in the lightweight class and add to the incredible roll we’re on in 2019? The lights go out for the Moto3™ race at 11:00 (GMT +2).

Qualifying results:1 – Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG – Honda) 1’48.450

2 – Ai Ogura (JPN – Honda) +0.021

3 – Tony Arbolino (ITA – Honda) +0.314

Front row L-R: Ogura, Rodrigo and Arbolino
Marquez took second just 0.015 off Quartararo

Stamp retains ONE atomweight Muay Thai world title in Shanghai

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Stamp retains ONE atomweight Muay Thai world title in Shanghai

sports June 16, 2019 09:54


ONE Championship™ (ONE) made a triumphant return to the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai for yet another night of world-class martial arts action

ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST showcased the brightest stars in global martial arts. In the main event, reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtexretained her title with a unanimous decision victory over Alma Juniku of Australia.

In the main event of the evening, two-sport World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand overcame a game effort from challenger Alma Juniku of Australia to retain her ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship. The two women warriors battled through five action-packed rounds, trading spitfire combinations. Throughout the contest, it was Stamp who established her dominance, often getting the better of striking exchanges. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Stamp to win by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, former ONE World Title challenger Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia spoiled the ONE Championship debut of Japanese legend Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama to win via unanimous decision. Thani showcased improved striking skills, pressing with a plethora of boxing combinations as Akiyama attempted to retreat to his elite judo. Thani also dominated the grappling sequences throughout the duration of the contest. After a gruelling three-round affair, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Thani.

In a ONE Super Series bantamweight kickboxing contest, local star “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglongscored a destructive one-punch knockout of Australia’s Tyler Hardcastle to notch a first round finish. Action started off furiously at the sound of the opening bell, with both men meeting at the center of the ONE Championship ring. After a few heated exchanges, Zhang exploded with a leaping uppercut, catching Hardcastle right on the chin as the Australian crashed to the canvas almost immediately.

In a ONE Super Series bantamweight Muay Thai contest, former ONE World Title challenger Han Zi Haoof China turned in a spectacular performance, stopping opponent Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller of Scotland. It was an intense battle of attrition for the duration of the bout, as neither man was willing to take a step backward. Han turned the aggression up towards the end of the first round however, carrying momentum over into the second where he dropped Miller twice en route to the satisfying knockout win.

Rising featherweight contenders Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima of Japan and “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il of South Korea put together a spirited and competitive three-round battle to the delight of the passionate crowd. Although Kwon brought the punching power, Matushima showcased his superior wrestling skills, controlling the South Korean martial artist on the canvas for the majority of the contest. All three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese star to win by unanimous decision.

In a highly-competitive ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, light heavyweights Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez of Morocco and Anderson “Braddock” Silva of Brazil lit up the Baoshan Arena with an action-packed striking showcase. Through three gruelling rounds, the two kickboxing behemoths took each other’s best shots, unloading a series of thunderous combinations at the center of the ring. Neither was willing to take a step back and in the end, it was Khbabez who emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder of The Netherlands retained his unblemished record, keeping his 100% finishing rate intact with another highlight-reel technical knockout, this time over Brazilian Gilberto “Giba” Galvao. It was all De Ridder from the sound of the opening bell, as the Dutchman was able to close the distance and establish his grappling dominance early. In the second round, De Ridder snatched Galvao’s head in a front headlock position and delivered a series of knees to force a verbal tapout.

In one of the most entertaining bouts of the night, Muay Thai World Champion Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym announced his arrival to the ONE Super Series stage with a unanimous decision win over the United Kingdom’s Liam “Hitman” Harrison in a Muay Thai bout. Rodlek appeared to be unfazed as he walked through Harrison’s best shots and punished the Brit with stinging jabs and kicks of his own. Harrison picked up steam in the final round as he tried to rally back, but it was too late as Rodlek walked away with the dominant unanimous decision win.

“Rock Man” Chen Lei of China used a strong third round performance to seal a unanimous decision victory over Indonesia’s Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen to cap off the preliminary card. It was all Chen in the first round, as he took Engelen down with ease and maintained control with superior grappling. After getting rocked early, it was Engelen’s turn to showcase his grappling skills, as he managed to keep Chen down to keep the bout competitive. In the final round, the hometown favorite regained the momentum by once again taking the bout to the ground and controlling Engelen to earn the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.

“King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong put on an impressive display of grappling and striking as he overwhelmed Egypt’s Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed en route to a second round technical knockout victory. Mohamed came out swinging in the opening round, but Fan remained patient and timed a takedown perfectly and kept the action on the ground. In the second round, Fan again took Mohamed down and looked for the submission before eventually posturing up and punishing the Egyptian with some ground and pound for the stoppage win.

China’s own Niu Kang Kang picked up a big win on home soil as he defeated Filipino mixed martial arts veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly by unanimous decision. Looking to snap a losing skid, Kelly came out aggressive and scored an early takedown, but on the ground however, it was Niu who was in control. Niu repeatedly threatened with submission attempts and kept Kelly grounded for the better part of the three-round contest. After 15 minutes of action, it was Niu who was declared the winner on all three judges’ scorecards.

“The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min of South Korea remained undefeated in his mixed martial arts career after picking up a quick first-round technical knockout victory over Filipino Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan. Yoon brought the action to the ground almost immediately, but instead found himself in a submission attempt from the Filipino welterweight veteran. Yoon was able to power out of the submission and began to light Tan up with thunderous knees and precise punches to take the Filipino out and earn the highlight-reel stoppage.

Japanese newcomer Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata was spectacular in her ONE Championship debut as she steamrolled through the Philippines’ Angelie “D’Explorer” Sabanal by first round submission. Hirata used her crisp striking to keep Sabanal, a National Muay Thai Silver Medalist, at bay before eventually getting the takedown. On the mat, it was all Hirata as she maneuvered into a tight Americana armlock, leaving Sabanal with no choice but to tap out.

Myanmar’s Phoe “Bushido” Thaw put on an impressive display of dominance to kick off the preliminary card, defeating Indonesian Victorio “Indra” Senduk by knockout in the first round. Phoe Thaw stunned Senduk early and threatened to put a swift end to the bout with a rear naked choke submission attempt. Senduk survived but merely prolonged the inevitable, as Phoe Thaw finished the Indonesian off with strikes for the stoppage victory.

Official results for ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST

ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Alma Juniku by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Kickboxing bout: Zhang Chenglong defeats Tyler Hardcastle by Knockout (KO) at 1:54 minutes of round 1

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 2:36 minutes of round 2

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Koyomi Matsushima defeats Kwon Won Il by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

ONE Super Series Light Heavyweight Kickboxing bout: Tarik Khbabez defeats Anderson Silva by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight bout: Reinier De Ridder defeats Gilberto Galvao by TKO (Verbal Tapout Due to Strikes) at 0:57 minutes of round 2

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai bout: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Liam Harrison by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Catch Weight bout (67.5kg):  Chen Lei defeats Anthony Engelen by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight bout: Fan Rong defeats Sherif Mohamed by TKO (Strikes) at 3:50 minutes of round 2

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Niu Kang Kang defeats Eric Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight bout: Yoon Chang Min defeats Trestle Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 4:05 minutes of round 1

Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight bout: Itsuki Hirata defeats Angelie Sabanal by Submission (Americana) at 2:59 minutes of round 1

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Phoe Thaw defeats Victorio Senduk by Knockout (KO) at 4:17 minutes of round 1

Woodland leads Rose by one heading into US Open 4th rd

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Gary Woodland of the United States
Gary Woodland of the United States

Woodland leads Rose by one heading into US Open 4th rd

sports June 16, 2019 09:45


Gary Woodland produced three birdies and a string of gutsy par saves in a two-under par 69 that left him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose after three rounds of the US Open at Pebble Beach.

Woodland, a three-time US PGA Tour winner in search of his first major title, stretched his two-shot overnight lead to as many as four on the front nine.

While he couldn’t maintain that lead, a back-nine birdie at the 11th and three straight par saves at 12, 13 and 14 kept Rose at bay, the Englishman whittling the gap to one stroke with a birdie at the 18th to cap a three-under-par 68.

Woodland had an 11-under-par total of 202, Rose was at 10-under 203.

It was another three strokes back to a group headed by two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who stayed within striking distance of a fifth major title with a 68 for seven-under 206.

Koepka, who could become just the second player, and the first in more than a century, to win three straight US Opens, was joined at seven-under by fellow American Chez Reavie, whose three-under 68 put him in the top 10 going into the final round of a major for the first time, and former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who carded a one-under 70.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, trying to add to his cache of four major titles for the first time since 2014, was alone in sixth after a one-under 70 for six-under 207.

He was a stroke in front of Americans Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley, who both posted 70s to land at five-under.

Tiger Woods, who began the day nine shots off the pace on even par, was unable to make headway, finishing with five birdies and five bogeys to remain even for the tournament.

‘Exuberant celebrations are part of a World Cup’ – US coach Ellis brushes off criticism

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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United States' coach Jillian Ellis. / AFP
United States’ coach Jillian Ellis. / AFP

‘Exuberant celebrations are part of a World Cup’ – US coach Ellis brushes off criticism

sports June 16, 2019 06:38


United States coach Jill Ellis insists her team’s allegedly over-exuberant goal celebrations in their record demolition of hapless Thailand at the women’s World Cup were nothing to do with humiliating their opponents and all about pride from “years and years of hard work”.

The holders began their defence of the trophy by trouncing Thailand on Tuesday, scoring 10 second-half goals on the way to a 13-0 victory, a record for the biggest win at a World Cup.

Criticism of the Americans’ celebrations was widespread, with former Canada international Kaylyn Kyle labelling them “disgraceful” in her role as a television analyst.

But Ellis defended her team and her own reactions, citing the example of Carli Lloyd, the 36-year-old veteran star of the 2015 final win over Japan who came off the bench against Thailand to score the last goal.

“That night was about celebrating people. I was most excited on the last goal we scored because that was Carli Lloyd and I know all the history and all the background of that player to get to that moment and what that meant,” Ellis said at a press conference in Paris ahead of the USA’s second Group F outing against Chile on Sunday.

“The human element is important as well. It might seem a scoreline to you, but it’s also years and years of work, and the pride I had in that moment — I didn’t know the score, I wasn’t celebrating the goal, I was celebrating Carli and I think that’s important.”

Alex Morgan led the way for the USA in their opening match by scoring five times, a feat only previously achieved in a World Cup game by her compatriot Michelle Akers.

“Goals are hard to come by in our sport and I think the meaning behind those goals, the people behind those goals, you have got to celebrate that,” Ellis added.

“You have to seize those moments. I have seen a lot of goals in this tournament and there have been a lot of unique celebrations, exuberant celebrations. That is part of a World Cup.”

Another big victory could be in the offing against a Chile side ranked 39th in the world, five places below Thailand.

Three more points would see Ellis’s team close on securing top spot in the group before their last outing against Sweden, and would ensure they and France remain on course to meet in the quarter-finals.

Ellis dismissed suggestions she might encourage her players to go easy in an attempt to avoid finishing top of their section, thereby delaying a possible encounter with the hosts.

“I struggle to tell my players not to tackle each other in training a day before a game, so I think at this point it’s making sure your focus is on yourself and that you put yourself in the best position to advance in this tournament,” she said.

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