Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union cheer 11-year-old son in gay pride march

first_imgLATEST STORIES Dwyane Wade’s son Zion attended the Miami Beach Pride March on Sunday, April 8, with his family in full force. And even if the NBA player was not able to tag along, he still expressed support for his son.Image: Instagram/@dwyanewadeWade shared pictures from the pride parade on Instagram Stories of wife Gabrielle Union as she accompanied her 11-year-old stepson. “We support each other with Pride,” Wade wrote on one picture, where Zion is seen with a rainbow ribbon pinned to his yellow tank top.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Zion with stepmom Gabrielle Union  (Image: Instagram/@dwyanewade)Zaire and Zion Wade  (Image: Instagram/@dwyanewade)Wade revealed that his son had his own “cheering section,” thanks to the family members who attended, including older brother Zaire and baby sister Kaavia.Image: Instagram/@dwyanewade“Zion had his [own] cheering section today. Wish I was (sic) there to see you smile kid!” wrote the NBA star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLGBTQ+ netizens on Twitter lauded Wade and Union’s parenting. Growin’ Up Gay (@growinupgay_) shared a picture from the pride parade and wrote, “Unconditional love, support and acceptance [are] all queer children deserve. We stan!”“I can’t imagine having had this type of support as a kid (or even young adult),” said Cami Thomas (@CamiCruzThomas).  /ra Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Michael Jordan still the G.O.A.T for today’s NBA stars Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img RELATED STORIES:Rejected by family, gay athlete thankful for other supportUS soccer stars Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris confirm engagementPBA player Arnold Van Opstal speaks up on LGBTQ+ equality, believes athletes should address homophobiaADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli, the warrior who was forever destined for greatness

first_imgVIRAT Kohli. The name conjures up images of a warrior and a magician. In a sport where numbers tell the story, and his has been a jaw-dropping upwards spiral, Virat has been earning newer sobriquets to go with his new-found fascination for T-20 centuries, coming they are as easy for a man scything daisies. But nothing comes as a surprise for Harbhajan Singh for he really was the Man Who Saw Tomorrow. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)WASN’T SO CONVINCED Circa 2010, New Year’s Eve in Cape Town. Going into the series deciding Test against South Africa, Harbhajan was gushing about Virat. “Paaji, I tell you, this boy can score 10,000 Test runs,” he told me, “I would be very disappointed if he doesn’t.” Coming as it did much before Virat had even made his Test debut, I wasn’t so convinced then. (Also read – Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable!)Now I am. In fact Bhajji has just raised the bar. “Forget 10,000, Virat can even get 20,000 Test runs,” Harbhajan tells me now, adding: “He can do anything. He wakes up each morning wanting to better his last knock and in the evening rattles off another century. He goes to bed with more resolve and the next day he actually betters himself. It’s like hardwork+potential+dedication+resolve+hunger = Virat Kohli.”Sample the stats: nobody has scored more runs in an IPL season than him this year, he’s the only one to score four centuries in a season (before his side’s last league game) and batting in an order sandwiched between the big six-hitting Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, possibly the best batsman ever in shorter formats, Virat has held his own, overshadowing the two in every aspect – yes, including those big sixers.advertisementHE WANTS TO BE THE HERO Harbhajan, himself a veteran of 18 international seasons, reels off more secrets: “He is very confident. He always wants to go in first, rasing his hand everytime and saying ‘I will do it, I will win games’. He wants to be the hero, any team, any format. The other batsmen also want to do well and win matches but Virat wants to do something extra. I am lucky to have seen from the dressing room Sachin Tendulkar intimidate bowlers and now Virat taking it to a different level. If people are comparing him to Tendulkar or Don Bradman there obviously will be a reason for that.”TENDULKAR-KOHLI COMPARISON The moment Harbhajan speaks of Tendulkar, I probe him further. Okay, no comparisons with SRT but is the Virat of today alike the Tendulkar of ’98 (remember the famous Sharjah Desertstorm?).Bhajji says, “Tendulkar’s batting in that series was simply out of the world as he was taking on the best bowlers in the world. And Virat is just the same like him, hitting sixers and boundaries at will, taking on fielders and challenging them to  run twos. Virat is manipulating the bowlers and I can sense not too many want to bowl to him in this form. If he continues to bat like this, he will better all records.”THE F-WORD Harbhajan then drops the F-word – “Fitness is the key. He is challenging all of them in the Indian team. I had put on some weight after my marriage and Virat really ticked me off in Bangladesh (Asia Cup). He told me it’s not going to work with him and that I have to train harder. He charted my diet; what to eat and importantly what not to eat. I promised him that I will follow this regimen till I am playing but he didn’t budge! He said, ‘No, I want you to follow this till you are alive’. I am so happy as I have been training the way he advised me to for three months now and can see where he gets that positive energy and vibes from.”last_img read more

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Captain Virat Kohli surpasses Tiger Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar’s record with 10 Test wins

first_imgVirat Kohli’s performance as captain of the Indian Test team is constantly improving with each passing match. India’s 321-run victory over New Zealand in the third and final Test at Indore on Tuesday handed Kohli his first series sweep as captain and also helped him surpass the records of a couple of legendary captains in the process. (Scorecard)Kohli, with 10 Test wins, has now gone past Tiger Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of victories as India captain. Only MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin have won more Tests than Virat for India. (Indore Test: Ashwin’s 21st five-wicket haul sets up India’s 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand)India’s most successful captains (in terms of wins):  Captains Matches Won Lost Drawn Win Percentage MS Dhoni 60 27 18 15 45.00 Sourav Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.86 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.79 Virat Kohli* 17 10 2 5 58.82 Tiger Pataudi 40 9 19 12 22.50 Sunil Gavaskar 47 9 8 30 19.15 Rahul Dravid 25 8 6 11 32.00Among all players who have led India in 10 or more Tests, Virat Kohli has the highest win-percentage. Take a look: Captains Matches Won Lost Drawn Win Percentage Virat Kohli 17 10  2  5 58.82 MS Dhoni 60 27 18 15 45.00 Sourav Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.86 Rahul Dravid 25 8  6 11 32.00 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.79 Bishan Singh Bedi 22 6 11  5 27.27 Ajit Wadekar 16 4  4  8 25.00 Tiger Pataudi 40 9 19 12 22.50 Anil Kumble 14 3 5 6 21.43 Dilip Vengsarkar 10 2 5 3 20.00 India captains with most wins at home: Captains Matches Won Lost Drawn Win Percentage MS Dhoni 30 21 3 6 70.00 M Azharuddin 20 13 4 3 65.00 SC Ganguly 21 10 3 8 47.62 SM Gavaskar 29 7 2 20 24.14 V Kohli* 7 6 0 1 85.71 Tiger Pataudi 27 6 9 12 22.22 SR Tendulkar 12 4 3 5 33.33 BS Bedi 8 3 3 2 37.50 R Dravid 8 3 2 3 37.50Kohli’s unbeaten streak as captain has now stretched to 13 Tests captain. Among all Indian captains, only three have had a longer run. Take a look: Tests Results Captain From To 18 6 wins, 12 draws Sunil Gavaskar 24 Jan 1976 20 Jan 1980 17 4 wins, 13 draws Kapil Dev 14 Sep 1985 09 Mar 1987 14 9 wins, 5 draws M Azharuddin 02 Jan 1993 05 Dec 1994 13* 10 wins, 3 draws Virat Kohli 20 Aug 2015 Present 10 1 win, 9 draws Sachin Tendulkar 04 Apr 1997 02 Nov 1999Looking at these amazing numbers, it would be safe to say that Virat Kohli has the midas touch and might end end up being the most successful Test captain of the Indian cricket team.advertisement(Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

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India at Asiad: Rahi leads the way with gold, wushu delivers best medal haul

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Palembang/Jakarta, Aug 22 (PTI) Rahi Sarnobat beat all expectations to become India’s first woman shooter with an Asian Games gold and the low-profile wushu players delivered their best ever performance even in defeat on another high-yielding day for the country at the regional showpiece. With four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals in their overall tally, India stood seventh in the medal table, which was led by quite a margin by powerhouse China with 82 medals, including 37 gold. The spotlight was on 16-year-old sensation Manu Bhaker, who shot a Games record qualifying score at the shooting range in Palembang. But to everyone’s surprise, it was Rahi who delivered the yellow metal, holding her nerve in a final which was settled after two shoot-offs. “Shooting is life for me,” said the former World Cup gold-medallist, who was laid low by an elbow injury after a gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In Jakarta, four bronze medals were settled for in wushu and though not one Indian in the fray made the finals, it would still go down as the low-profile sport’s best ever performance, in terms of number of medals won, in the Asian Games. Roshibina Devi (women’s 60kg), Santosh Kumar (men’s 56kg) Surya Bhanu Pratap (men’s 60kg) and Narender Grewal (men’s 65kg) lost their respective semifinal Sanda bouts but will go back home content after the stronger-than-expected showing. The previous best was a silver and a bronze in the 2010 Guangzhou Games. Two tennis medals were also guaranteed with Ankita Raina and the top-seeded paring of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan progressing to the semifinals of their respective events.advertisement World number 189 Raina dispatched Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four of the women’s singles. Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, came up with a solid performance against the seasoned pairing of Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua of Chinese Taipei to win 6-3, 5-7, 10-1. In Jakarta, the Indian men’s hockey team recorded its biggest ever international win by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match. India bettered an 86-year-old record — a 24-1 win over the USA in the Olympics. The rowers also continued their good show and qualified for the final round in three more events. Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh finished on top in men’s lightweight double sculls repechage round with a time of 7:14.23s to qualify for the final race to be held on August 24. In the women’s four repechage round, the Indian quartet of Sanjita Dung Dung, Annu, Navneet Kaur and Yamini Singh finished fourth with a time of 7:53.29s but still made it to the final to be held on August 24. The men’s lightweight eight team was the last to compete and qualified for the final race by coming on top with a time of 6:15.62. The final will be held on August 24. The Indian women’s compound archery team qualified second for the quarterfinals, pipped by powerhouse Korea in the ranking round. India were already through to the quarters with a first-round bye and today’sround only decided the placement of the teams in the draw based on their rankings. India ended up in the bottom half with Korea in the upper half. But just as any other day, today was not without its share of heartbreaks and disappointments. Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar had to withdraw from the artistic team finals due to the knee injury, which had threatened to end her career not so long back. The team, which missed her, ended seventh in the final. After the high of two gold and a bronze medal in the freestyle competition, India endured a disappointing end to their wrestling campaign with Greco-Roman grappler Harpreet Singh losing his bronze medal bout. Harpreet (87kg) lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev. Harpreet was India’s lone podium hope after Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep (97) failed to reach the medal round. The Indian men’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the Games, going down 0-3 to Qatar in a preliminary Pool F match. India lost 15-25, 20-25, 20-25 in 77 minutes. In taekwando, Navjeet Maan crashed out in the pre-quarterfinals of the 80 kg, ending the Indian men’s campaign. The 24-year-old Maan lost 6-20 to Linglong Chen of China. PTI BS/AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Les Miles Exits Gracefully, and Mike Gundy Talks About Why He Was Fired

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The news of Les Miles’ firing on Sunday was equal parts shocking and expected. Shocking because who in the world fires their coach four games into the season after a last-second mishap on the road to a SEC team? Not shocking because that was like the 28th time that very scenario has happened and, well, maybe the powers that be on the Bayou were just tired of it.Anyway, Miles went on Dan Patrick to talk about what he’s going to do next.“I don’t golf. I play no tennis. I enjoy shooting the gun. I don’t necessarily like to point it at animals. I play cards — not very well. But what I have done for probably 12-14 hours a day for the last, I don’t know, number of years has [been] coaching football,” he said.“I’d have a difficult time not being involved in the game and not coaching. … Not coaching, I think there’s always a ‘Plan C’ out there. I have a daughter and a son in college — one at Texas and one at UNC — and I can certainly find those games on the weekend because football is going to be a part [of my life]. I have a young son who is committed currently to a Big Ten conference team, a very quality one [Nebraska]. Like I said, I think I can find something to do. But I enjoy football. I can’t imagine that I won’t be involved in some way.”Gundy was asked for his thoughts on Miles’ firing. He gave a fair, if not a bit darkly foreshadowing (?), answer.#OKstate Mike Gundy on the Big 12 coaches teleconference when asked about Les Miles’ firing at LSU pic.twitter.com/TWwv6C7GHI— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 26, 2016It’s pretty crazy to me that Gundy outlasted Miles after they both got their jobs in 2005 although I guess it shouldn’t be. Oklahoma State is an easier place to survive than Baton Rouge. Now Gundy is one of only five Power 5 coaches who have been with their schools for 12 consecutive years or more.Longest-tenured P5 coaches at same school:Stoops (18 yrs)Ferentz (18 yrs)Patterson (17 yrs)Gundy (12 yrs)Whittingham (12 yrs)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 25, 2016I will be forever indebted to both of them for taking this photograph.#OKstate #TBT April 2001: Mike Gundy and Les Miles were truly tucked-in shirt innovators (via @NewsOKPhoto) pic.twitter.com/m4BSpfTGHp— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 14, 2016last_img read more

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing

first_img8Levante12-117 9Girona12-117 Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more 15Valencia12-114 Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | Real Betis are 2-0 up at the Camp Nou! 😯37-year-old Joaquin, hadn’t scored against Barcelona since the 04/05 season, he’s just ended that dry spell! pic.twitter.com/7cO6xIe8QUNovember 11, 2018 Sportblog PosTeamPGDPts Quique Setién, left, outwitted Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/BPI/REX/Shutterstock 16Villarreal12-211 La Liga Despite the superlatives, hype and awards, Lionel Messi is underrated Betis, though, had made it; at the whistle, they ran from the bench, celebrating. “They deserved it,” Piqué said. “We were brave in every sense,” Joaquín insisted, “we produced a wonderful performance: having the ball, creating lots of chances, and taking them too, which is what has been lacking this season.”“It’s been a long time since we saw a team treat Barcelona like this, using their own weapons against them,” wrote Santi Giménez in AS. That idea was shared: after the game it was suggested that Betis’s way was Barcelona’s way. “They’ve been doing this for 25 years, laying a path; we’re just apprentices, trying to consolidate an idea,” Setién said.This is the first time that Betis have won at the Camp Nou in 21 years – back when even Joaquín hadn’t made his debut and Finidi George was the star. Barcelona hadn’t conceded four at home in 15 years and had gone 26 months without losing a league game there, all the way back to Alavés in September 2016. Since then, they had played 42 leagues games, 13 in the Champions League and seven in the cup, and lost none of them. The only defeat had been Madrid in the Super Cup. Now, Betis had done it – and done it their way. “This is the perfect place to strengthen our ideas,” Junior said. 18Leganes12-710 Was this helpful? Facebook A few days earlier, Setién had told Catalan newspaper El Periódico that he would have cut off his little finger to have worked with Johan Cruyff when he was a player and admitted that he’s admired Barcelona for years; they had changed his life and his view of the game. A chess fan who has played both Kasparov and Karpov, he also described Messi as the queen, “the piece that does everything well.” And a couple of days before that, in another interview with RAC1 radio, he said that his centre-back Marc Bartra must have done “something wrong” to have ended up with him at the Benito Villamarín instead of still being at Barcelona, where he had begun his career and played for six years. Betis, in short, couldn’t really compete.Put it all together, and it might have looked like a classic case of mind games. That’s one view of it, anyway. Another view, and the one held in Seville where some fans were furious, was that he had shown a lack of respect to his own club. Topics Both views were wrong. Setién’s admiration is genuine. For good and bad, he is a believer, an unapologetic puritan. Yet while he believes there is something deeper than the result, he also believes in the result.He played this way successfully at Lugo, Las Palmas, and with Betis, taking them back into Europe, and for all the admiration he was going to the Camp Nou to compete. If most foresaw another defeat – Betis began the weekend 14th, having lost more than they’ve won and scored just eight league goals all season – one member of his coaching staff was convinced that they would be 2-0 up by half-time.He was right. Setién, meanwhile, was wrong. Wrong to say what he did about Bartra, maybe, and wrong in what he said. “I know I’ve put my foot in it. I understand that my words can be seen as a lack of respect and of course that was not my intention,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Humbly, I ask for forgiveness to everyone at Real Betis. I’m sorry.”You get the feeling his apology will have been accepted by now. After all, if his words had annoyed, it also turned out that Bartra is playing for the better team now. Well, on Sunday he was, anyway. If the final minutes before the first half began had seen Setién asking for Busquets’ shirt, the final minutes before the second half began saw Luis Suárez and Messi sat silently on the stairs in the tunnel with the look of men who could not understand what was going on.What was going on was that Barcelona were being taken to pieces. One word used in the Betis dressing room for the first half is antológico – a performance to go down in history. They were 2-0 up but it could have been more. By the time Junior scored the first after 18 minutes, taking a wonderful pass from William Carvalho and turning Sergi Roberto to finish by the near post, Gerard Piqué had already stopped Giovani Lo Celso while Joaquín had shot over. Between that and the moment Joaquín scored after half an hour, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen had made a superb save by the other post. And then Loren Morón put one just wide and so did Cristian Tello. By half-time, Betis had taken seven shots, and had as much of the ball as Barcelona. Pinterest Barcelona Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal, Sevilla 2-1 Espanyol, Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis, Alavés 2-1 Huesca, Girona 0-0 Leganés, Atlético 3-2 Athletic Bilbao, Getafe 0-1 Valencia, Valladolid 0-0 Eibar, Levante 1-3 Real Sociedad European club football Quick guide La Liga results Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | IT’S FOUR FOR REAL BETIS. 😮Sergi Canales makes it 4-2 at the Camp Nou. pic.twitter.com/f13Zv1c3qdNovember 11, 2018 17Athletic Bilbao12-610 Show “This will give us a boost”, Joaquín added. It is one they need. Not just because of their league position but also because of the style. There’s something about the style and the single-minded, inflexible commitment to it; about the tendency to infuse it with a moral quality; and about the fact that philosophy and identity are invariably on the agenda, that means criticism is even more pointed when it comes. Then there’s the suspicion that, even if it’s pretty, it’s not so practical; in fact, it’s foolish, wilfully reckless. That it might be fine against some teams but that you might as well sign your death warrant as play like that against the biggest.And yet in the last 10 years – in the last 14 months, in his case – there is only one manager who has won at the Bernabéu and the Camp Nou and it’s Setién. Not even Diego Simeone has done that. His Betis have also won at the Sánchez Pizjuán, where they scored five. Oh, and at San Siro.At Seville airport, a handful of Betis fans had gathered to welcome their team back. Setién arrived smiling. In his bag, was Sergio Busquets’ shirt, signed. “For Quique,” it said, “with affection and admiration for the way you see football.”Talking points • You could certainly start with the man who couldn’t walk, broken but not beaten, scoring the winner in added time, lying there in the rain, a totem of his team. “Football’s not fair,” said Iñaki Williams after Diego Godín scored that goal in injury time – his, mostly – to give Atlético Madrid a 3-2 win over Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday night, but it’s fun. In the ‘boring, uncompetitive’ league where just four points separate the top six and eight separate the top 12, there were 33 goals this weekend. Share on Pinterest Real Betis Share on Facebookcenter_img 3Atletico Madrid12823 20Huesca12-156 13Eibar12-615 11Getafe12116 Thank you for your feedback. In the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Quique Setién, approached Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets and asked him for his shirt. He wanted to frame it, he said. Busquets nodded and smiled, so Setién thanked him and headed out towards the bench at the Camp Nou. As he went, he also had a word with Lionel Messi, whose shirt already hangs on his wall, alongside that of Luka Modric. Messi was returning to action after three weeks out with a broken arm, today of all days, and Setién sidled up to him, greeting him fondly.“I’d have waited a bit longer, not taken any risks,” he grinned. “I couldn’t,” Messi replied; sitting out was driving him up the wall and he was desperate to play. Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | LATE DRAMA. The linesman ruled it out, but VAR has given it! Barcelona score a wonderful team goal! 👏 pic.twitter.com/av3q6Rsx8gNovember 11, 2018 2Sevilla121023 When Joaquín scored the second, standing alone on the penalty spot, he was one of six Betis players in the Barcelona area. All over the pitch, they seemed to outnumber Barcelona, pressing high, going man to man and then dashing past their opponents, and unstoppable tide. “A green and white hurricane,” El Mundo Deportivo called them. It was, said the cover of Sport, a “lesson.” “They played a risky style, with lots of people ahead of the ball and not many behind it, and we didn’t deal with it well,” Ernesto Valverde said. 12Real Betis12-316 5Espanyol12621 14Celta Vigo12214 Messi and Suárez got up and headed out for the second half. Barcelona reacted, and the game went wild. At 0-2, Joaquín was withdrawn to a standing ovation. Messi made it 1-2 with a penalty, but almost immediately Ter Stegen dropped Lo Celso’s shot to make it 1-3. Arturo Vidal made it 2-3, laid on by Messi. Ivan Rakitic was sent off. Sergio Canales slid in Betis’s fourth. And with a couple of minutes left, Messi made it 4-3. Hide 7Valladolid12017 Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again Read more Sean Ingle Pinterest 19Rayo Vallecano12-117 Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | Touch, turn, finish. 💥Karim Benzema, that was beautiful – he’s put Real Madrid in front. 😍 pic.twitter.com/EQT0exqG1eNovember 11, 2018 6Real Madrid12420 Atlético Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Diego Godín celebrates scoring. Photograph: Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Images 1Barcelona121624 features Share via Email 10Real Sociedad12116 Twitter Twitter • Monday morning, a blank screen. You could start with the 2-2, the 3-2, the 4-2 or the 4-3, with Espanyol going from joint top to fifth in 20 minutes or Sevilla climbing four places with a single sumptuous touch. With Valencia winning as many games in four days as they had all season, Alavés still in the Champions League places and Santi Solari still in a job. Villarreal’s Javi Calleja is too, just about, after Nicola Sansone’s shot tore through the air in Vallecas. You could start with that moment from Karim Benzema, turning all Dennis Bergkamp, or Celta creating the perfect goal. Facebook 4Alaves12523 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Gallardo continues making El Tri case

first_imgMexico Pumas winger Jesus Gallardo continues making Mexico case Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 12:11 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edson Alvarez Club America Jesus Gallardo Pumas Yuri Cortez Mexico Pumas v América América Pumas Liga MX The versatile 23-year-old couldn’t help his team find a goal against Club America but has started the season off like a national team player Nobody came all that close to breaking the deadlock in Sunday’s scoreless draw between Pumas and Club America, but Pumas’ best chances came from left winger Jesus Gallardo.Pumas still sit atop the table after three weeks, and while forward Nicolas Castillo has been the headline act with four goals, Gallardo has been an important member of the supporting cast. In 85 minutes Sunday, Gallardo had two shots and found Castillo with two of his three crosses. On several occasions Gallardo was able to skip past another Mexico national team hopeful in America right back Edson Alvarez.The 23-year-old’s continued emergence is good news for the Mexico national team in many respects. Gallardo is pushing to make the 23-man roster to go to Russia after playing in the 2017 Gold Cup as part of Mexico’s alternate lineup. Playing more often for a team that looks much improved from their last-place finish in the Apertura will help boost stock. One issue is that new Pumas manager David Patino is playing Gallardo as a left winger. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio doesn’t necessarily want that, deploying Gallardo as a left back on most occasions. Osorio doesn’t need wingers. He has Hirving Lozano, Jesus Corona, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm and others to choose from there. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That Gallardo isn’t seeing time at defender might not be too much of an issue for Osorio. The national team coach has shown little discomfort in putting players in places they’re not used to playing with their club team. Gallardo playing left back in the first place came about because Osorio saw him profiling as a defender. He’s growing into the role, most recently playing at the back for El Tri in their 1-0 friendly win against Poland.Patino is unlikely to shift Gallardo back to defense as he excels in midfield and Luis Fuentes holds down the left-back role. “My job is to make the team competitive against any team and today we did it against America. This game was very different from the other two we’ve had,” Patino said after Sunday’s match.So far playing Gallardo on the left wing has been the best way for Patino to help his team. Gallardo has combined well with Castillo and also gives Matias Alustiza more space to work in the middle as the second striker behind the Chilean. As he demonstrated against America, with a pair of shots that didn’t hit the target but weren’t far off, Gallardo is looking more and more comfortable taking shots. Osorio’s eyes will be lit up by the passing, though. There were the two successful crosses he sent Sunday as he looked to add on to the one assist he already has in the young season. Gallardo also scored in the opening weekend during Pumas’ frantic rally against Pachuca.Gallardo showing improvement is a great sign that he’s already a mature enough player to serve as a reserve for the national team. We’ve had hints at his maturity before, such as his calmness and respect for members of Pumas’ ultras who confronted a trio of players. During the tense encounter captured on video, Gallardo worked to diffuse the situation and admitted the performance in the Apertura wasn’t good enough for the club where he has developed. Jesus Gallardo MexicoNow it’s obvious that Gallardo is fit to wear the shirt, and the excellent start to the campaign from the team shows that Patino has the squad on course to have a much better tournament than the one prior. The Pumas shirt is not the only one Gallardo will wear during his career. Last season, he was linked with a move to Chivas, though that never materialized, and continued national team minutes will put him in the window for teams from abroad to come in.For now, his focus will be on keeping Pumas atop Liga MX and pushing hard for a spot on the final 23-man roster for Russia. The left-footed profile and ability to come in for a variety of situations should bode well for Gallardo. At the very least, he’ll be expecting to be on the field wearing green once again later this month for a domestic-based team against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Impress once again and it will be up to Osorio and the staff whether Gallardo is the type of player they can’t leave at home this summer.last_img read more

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Courtney Smith’s Mother Is Reportedly Speaking Out In Defense Of Zach Smith

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jeff Snook, an author/reporter who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, reported on his Facebook page earlier this week that people would be “shocked” to hear some of the details that emerge from the investigation into Urban Meyer regarding how he handled domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote. “And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”Today, Snook published some new bombshell, alleged details surrounding the Zach Smith-Courtney Smith storyline.According to a report by Snook, Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, is speaking out in defense of Zach Smith.And if you were looking for more Facebook reports, here’s the latest wild turn in this Ohio State saga with Jeff Snook quoting Courtney Smith’s mother speaking out … in defense of Zach Smith. https://t.co/JqasoJkuQo— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) August 9, 2018From his report:(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version.When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”Zach Smith has been accused of domestic violence against Courtney Smith both in 2009 and 2015. He denied ever hitting his wife in multiple interviews last week.The details of the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith can be read via Brett McMurphy’s reporting here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last week. The Buckeyes said the investigation is set to take two weeks.last_img read more

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Photos: Ohio State Reveals Its Big Ten Champions Rings

first_imgurban meyer smiles after winning the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season ended on a very high note for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. They blew out Michigan, won the Big Ten title, and won the Rose Bowl in Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach. As a result of their Big Ten dominance, the Buckeyes got a special reward.On Thursday, the Ohio State Football Twitter account revealed the rings the team was awarded for winning the Big Ten title. And they are quite a sight to behold.The rings included dozens of diamonds on top, along with the Ohio State logo situated in front of two trophies. The sides of the rings included the score of the Big Ten Championship Game and the individual player’s name.You can see the impressive rings in the photos below:Really. #B1G. Rings. 💎 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/m2at5VOwKX— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 11, 2019Ohio State started the 2018 season with a 7-0 record that included impressive wins over Oregon State, No. 15 TCU, and No. 9 Penn State.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, their College Football Playoff hopes were all but dashed with a 49-20 blowout loss to Purdue. Despite winning their remaining four regular season games, including a historic 62-39 blowout of Michigan and a Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern, the Buckeyes were edged out of the CFP.Ohio State finished the season with a 28-23 win over Washington in the Rose Bowl and were ranked No. 3 in the nation by the post-season polls.last_img read more

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2007 Flu Campaign Begins

first_img Based on new evidence that pregnant women are at increased risk of being hospitalized because of influenza, this year the province is offering free vaccine to pregnant women. Flu vaccine is safe during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. “Getting immunized is a good example of what we as individuals can do to create healthier communities,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “When you get a flu shot, you protect not only your own health, but the health of the people around you.” Because health-care providers are often in frequent contact with those at risk of contracting the flu, it is important for them to get flu shots as well. Only about 50 per cent of health-care workers get flu shots. “It’s important that health-care workers get immunized so that we prevent the spread of flu to our patients,” said Dr. Rhonda Church, past-president of Doctors Nova Scotia. “We need to stay healthy so that we can continue to provide care to those who depend on us.” Many people mistake the flu for other respiratory or stomach illnesses. Flu symptoms usually include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Proper hygiene, such as hand-washing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, are also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. The typical flu season in Nova Scotia runs from November to April, sending more than 20,000 people to doctors. About 2,500 people are admitted to hospital during a normal flu season. For more information on the flu, or to find out where flu vaccine clinics are across the province, visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . pregnant women people older than 65 people living with, or caring for, those older than 65 adults and children with chronic heart and lung problems and other chronic diseases infants age six months to 23 months all health-care workers and students in health-care education programs police officers and firefighters. Public health officials are reminding Nova Scotians that immunization is our best defence to protect people, young and old, from symptoms of the flu. “Every year, influenza creates a burden on our population, our workplaces, and on our health-care system,” said Dr. Rob Strang, chief public health officer. “But much of the burden can be prevented. Immunization is a simple, safe and effective way to save lives and prevent serious illness this flu season.” The Department of Health Promotion and Protection is providing free vaccine at doctors’ offices and community clinics across the province for the following groups:last_img read more

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CRTC establishes fund to attain new highspeed Internet targets

first_imgBell Canada, Bell Mobility, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus and Videotron must each submit a detailed report, no later than six months for the date of the decision, concerning their respective plans to invest in the ongoing accessibility of telecommunications services. Fixed broadband Internet access service, as set out in the decision, should be available in 90% of Canadian homes and businesses by the end of 2021 and in the remaining 10% within 10-15 years. New funding mechanism Guiding principlesThe new funding mechanism will focus on underserved areas in Canada.1The CRTC will attempt to align this new funding mechanism with the broader ecosystem of current and future funding and investment.To the greatest extent possible, the funding mechanism will be managed at arm’s length from the CRTC, based on objective criteria, and administered in a manner that is transparent, fair and efficient.Fund designGeneralA competitive process will be used to distribute funds to successful applicants under the new funding mechanism.Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals to build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure for fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access serviceGovernment funding and private sector investmentApplicants requesting funding will be required to secure a minimum level of financial support from a government entity.2Applicants will be required to provide a minimum amount of investment for their project.The amount of funding from public and private sources cannot be nominal and must be commensurate with the nature of the project.In the assessment stage, more weight will be given to applications with higher amounts of government funding and private investment in their projects.Amount of fundingThe current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism.The first five years of funding (amounts will be reviewed after three years) will be no more than the following:Year 1: $100 millionYear 2: $125 millionYear 3: $150 millionYear 4: $175 millionYear 5: $200 million Canadians should have access to the latest generally deployed mobile wireless technology (currently LTE). This technology should be available in Canada not only in homes and businesses, but on major transportation roads. Measurement of success Data allowance Universal service objective Backgrounders Summary of key decision points A follow-up proceeding will be initiated in early 2017 to examine these preliminary views as well as other matters related to the new funding mechanism._________________________1 An underserved area is defined as an area that does not meet the criteria used to measure achievement of the Commission’s new universal service objective.2 “Government entity” includes federal, provincial, regional and municipal entities, Aboriginal governments, community entities, and non-profit organizations. Criteria for the universal service objective New funding for broadband projectsThe CRTC is establishing a fund to support projects in areas that do not meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The fund will:make available up to $750 million over the first five years;be complementary to existing and future private investment and public funding;focus on underserved areas; andbe managed at arm’s length by a third party.Accessibility and tools for consumersThe CRTC wants Canadians to have access to the tools and services they need to empower themselves regarding fixed Internet access services. No later than six months from today, service providers should ensure that contracts are written in clear and plain language, and should make available online tools so consumers can easily manage their data usage.Also, all wireless service providers will have to offer and publicize, no later than six months from today, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities.The path forward for Canada’s digital economyDuring its consultations with Canadians, the CRTC also identified further gaps regarding the adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada that are outside its core mandate. Today, the CRTC is submitting a report to the Innovation Agenda, as encouraged by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, on the availability and adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada. This report includes information on access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in Indigenous communities.The decision issued today complements the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Looking ahead, the CRTC will contribute in ways appropriate to its mandate. However, all stakeholders have a role to play to ensure that broadband Internet service is universally available and barriers to adoption are removed.Quick FactsBroadband Internet access services are necessary to the quality of life for Canadians and empowers them as citizens, creators and consumers.While most are well-served, many Canadians, particularly those in rural and remote communities, do not have access to broadband Internet access services that are comparable to those offered to the vast majority of Canadians in terms of speed, capacity, quality and price.Broadband Internet services would allow more Canadian entrepreneurs to easily access crucial information relating to international markets and create more business opportunities across Canada.In 2015, 82% of Canadians had access to speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services.The CRTC is shifting its regulatory focus from wireline voice to broadband services.Currently there is a subsidy for residential local voice services in rural and remote areas that amounted to approximately $100 million in 2016.The current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism announced today (for projects that meet the new targets).Further to a broad consultation, more than 50,000 Canadians provided their views on the telecommunications services they need to participate in the digital economy.Quote“Access to broadband Internet service is vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive. Canadians who participated during our process told us that no matter where they live or work in our vast country—whether in a small town in northern Yukon, a rural area of eastern Quebec or in downtown Calgary—everyone needs access to high-quality fixed Internet and mobile services. We are doing our part to bring broadband services to rural and remote communities.The availability of broadband Internet, however, is an issue that can’t be solved by the CRTC alone. All players in the Canadian communications landscape will need to do their part to ensure Canadians have access to the services they need to participate in the digital economy.All levels of government must address gaps in digital literacy. Affordability concerns are best addressed by the emergence of a dynamic market place where service providers compete on price for telecommunication services, in conjunction with social responsibility programs of telecommunications carriers and different levels of government.High quality and reliable digital connectivity is essential for the quality of life of Canadians and Canada’s economic prosperity.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC The new funding mechanism will involve two main functions: project management and accounting.Third-party administrator(s) will carry out these functions.A fairness monitor will be appointed to observe the competitive process.An audit committee will be established to verify the accounting function.CRTC will retain oversight and will approve the projects to be funded. Advertisement Consumer empowerment regarding broadband Internet access services Login/Register With: Canadian home and business subscribers of fixed broadband Internet access services can access speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload. These speeds are to be the actual speeds delivered, not merely those advertised. All providers of retail fixed broadband Internet access services must notify residential and small business customers who have incurred overage charges of where they can find information about:(i) the account management tools offered,(ii) the data usage associated with common online activities, and(iii) alternative plans that may better suit the customer’s needs. Customers should be able to opt out of these notifications at any time. Such notifications must be provided each month in which a customer incurs data overage charges, unless the customer opts out of receiving such notifications. Canadians, in urban areas as well as in rural and remote areas, have access to voice and broadband Internet access services, on both fixed and mobile wireless networks. Follow-up proceedingThe CRTC has set out preliminary views on the following aspects of the new funding mechanism: Speeds Levels for latency, jitter, and packet loss will be established to assess high quality for fixed broadband Internet access service. The CRTC wants Canadians to have access to an unlimited data plan option and speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will invest up to $750 million over and above existing government programs.Broadband and mobile servicesFurther to its legislative mandate, the CRTC has set the following targets for the basic telecommunications services that Canadians need to participate in the digital economy:speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband Internet access services.an unlimited data option for fixed broadband access services.the latest mobile wireless technology available not only in homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian roads. Fixed broadband service Within six months of the date of this decision, all Internet service providers that provide retail fixed broadband Internet access service are expected:(i) to ensure that contracts and related documents clearly explain, to all customers;the services included in the contract, any limits on the use of those services that could trigger overage charges, the minimum monthly charge for services included in the contract, information on where customers can find information on rates for overage charges, and whether or not there is a maximum data overage charge that might be incurred in a monthly billing cycle, and if so, the amount of that maximum charge. (ii) to provide account management tools that enable customers to monitor their data usage; and(iii) to provide plain-language information on the data usage associated with common online activities. The above-noted information and tools should also be accessible to customers with disabilities. Policy regarding modern telecommunications services for Canada’s digital economy Advertisement Mobile wireless broadband service Availability and awareness Modifications to current regulatory measures for local voice services All wireless service providers must offer and publicize, no later than six months from the date of this decision, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities who tend to rely more on data services than voice services. These packages must ensure access to 9-1-1 service, and be based on consultations with Canadians with disabilities. Current and future initiatives Quality of service Advertisement Eligibility and assessment criteria.Responsibilities of the CRTC and the third-party administrator(s) for the project-management and accounting functions. Fixed broadband Internet service criteria Facebook Accessibility Mobile wireless and fixed broadband Internet access services are key components of this new objective. In addition, Canadians living in rural and remote areas should have a level of broadband Internet access services similar to those available in urban areas. Canadians should have access to fixed broadband Internet access service offerings that meet certain levels of speed, data allowance and quality of service. Specific values and parameters for these characteristics are discussed below. Local service subsidy Awareness and notification Canadian home and business customers can subscribe to fixed broadband Internet access services that include the option to have an unlimited data allowance. The local service subsidy will be phased out. A follow-up proceeding will be launched in early 2017 to examine how it should be phased out. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For the first five years, up to 10% of annual funding will be allocated to satellite-dependent communities to cover operational costs and certain related capital costs.Governance and accountability All wireless service providers’ websites are expected to meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by June 1, 2017. Twitterlast_img read more

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CSK aim to break losing streak against Sunrisers

first_imgChennai: Having lost two matches in a row, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would be under a bit of pressure when they take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. On Sunday, CSK faced a heart-wrenching one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing a “below par total” of 162, CSK lost their top four batsman inside the first four overs. It was only MS Dhoni, who single-handedly brought them into the match and kept their hopes alive till the last ball of the inning. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDespite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth. But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad. SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday’s game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England’s training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBoth David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed — a fact well known to them and their opponents. With five wins from nine games, the Kane Williamson-led side would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table. The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground.last_img read more

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Solution to the Cyprus problem is within reach President tells UN Assembly

26 September 2007A settlement to the Cyprus problem in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that is unified, democratic and inclusive is feasible and need not involve unfair compromises, the President of the country told the General Assembly today. A settlement to the Cyprus problem in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that is unified, democratic and inclusive is feasible and need not involve unfair compromises, the President of the country told the General Assembly today.Tassos Papadopoulos said the status quo on the Mediterranean island was not sustainable and it was important to continue with the process outlined in an agreement signed on 8 July last year by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.The accord sets out the necessary framework for a political process that was designed to lead to the resumption of full-fledged negotiations under the auspices of the good offices of the United Nations Secretary-General but, more than a year later, the negotiations remain yet to begin.Mr. Papadopoulos said “the surprising laboriousness in implementing this carefully crafted agreement” is not inherent to the process and he reiterated that the 8 July agreement provides the only basis for taking the issue forward.He stressed that he regards “the preservation of our interests and those of Turkey in our region not as mutually exclusive but as complementary and interdependent,” adding that it was time to seize the opportunity to prevent the dispute becoming eternal.“We are convinced that reaching a settlement well above the lowest common denominator is feasible and the creation of a unified, democratic, inclusive and forward-looking society fully assuming its place in the European Union is within reach.“We are also convinced that a settlement in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation can be truly comprehensive and need not sacrifice justice for the sake of peace.” read more

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The story of NAFTA as told from a Canadian auto plant in

SAN JUAN DEL RIO, Mexico — Looming above a Canadian auto-parts plant, keeping watch over workers, is a painting of the Virgin Mary. This same plant plans a celebration of its latest expansion with a party featuring a mariachi band.It’s far from Windsor. It’s close to Mexico City.The story of the Exo-s factory is the story of NAFTA: manufacturing booming in Mexico, while surviving in the north; supply chains that are internationally interconnected and extra-efficient; and a Mexican workforce seeing the most modest gains and longing for more.Canadian auto-parts companies have more than 120 plants and 43,000 employees in Mexico, and this Quebec-based plastics-maker is among them. It has grown a bit in Canada, but exploded here: when it opens a new warehouse on its property, its Mexican workforce will have nearly tripled to 300.While workers hammer and weld together the new warehouse frame, the plant manager explains why Mexico was a must.His company’s customers — GM, Cadillac, Fiat Chrysler — are here and need plastic products. They opened plants here because of Mexico’s low costs, government incentives, and free-trade agreements with 47 countries allowing tariff-free shipment throughout Latin America.“For us it was a no-brainer,” Francois Ouellet said.“When (our customers) open a new plant they want us to be close to them. If not we would have put at risk our actual business we have in Canada and the United States… We would have a problem to keep our business (without Mexico).”The company’s U.S. and Canadian branches are still adding jobs, albeit more modestly. Canada has about 127,000 auto jobs today, the same the year before NAFTA was signed in 1993.But something dramatic then happened. Canada’s long-term trendline looks like a steep mountain: employment climbed toward a peak in 2000, dropped, then plunged catastrophically after the 2008 recession and is now slowly inching back to early 1990s levels.The Great Recession was a near-death experience for many companies, including the precursor to Exo-s. It relied upon GM for three-quarters of its revenues — and that giant’s near-collapse almost pulled down an entire ecosystem of suppliers.Exo-s responded by diversifying. It not only spread operations to Mexico; it spread beyond the auto sector, beyond its core business of under-the-hood plastics like engine covers and coolant tanks.On the same Mexican plant floor that produces car parts, an overhead machine spits down black, plastic trash bins. Someone strips away excess plastic, then hands the bins to Nataly Jacobo.She grabs one bin to insert a wheel, then another, then another. She repeats this over an eight-hour shift, six days a week. The 23-year-old usually works on car parts, producing more than 3,000 pieces a week.Her weekly salary is about Cdn $61.This represents a raise for her. She arrived here three months ago from a job that paid $51. She also gained benefits here: the company subsidizes half her meals, offers free transport, and built a shower with hot water which many households here lack.Ask her whether she deserves more, and she squirms. But she answers a broadly phrased followup: What if NAFTA were adjusted, so people in your country earned more?“Mexicans make very little,” Jacobo replied.“(Salaries) could be a bit higher… It would be good if they kept us in mind (at the negotiating table) — the Mexicans.”Salaries have indeed increased in this manufacturing area. Ouellet estimates that his average worker makes about $6-$7 an hour with benefits, and it’s going up because of an acute labour shortage here.“Go around everywhere. You’re going to see signs that they need employees. All companies — hotels, restaurants,” Ouellet said. “It’s really hard to find employees. So there’s (salary) increases.”That’s in this manufacturing area.But the overall story of NAFTA, in Mexico, is one of flat wages. In fact, they’ve declined overall because traditional corn-farming communities have been hard-hit by U.S. competition since 1993.The Canadian government is pushing for higher labour standards in a new agreement. It has consulted closely with union leader Jerry Dias, who has done multiple interviews in Mexico spreading the message that Mexicans deserve a pay raise.Dias said workers across the continent would benefit if Mexicans got more independent unions, freer collective bargaining, and pay hikes. The Unifor boss repeatedly told media assembled at last week’s NAFTA talks: “Mexican workers deserve to be able to buy the products that they make.”It’s more complicated than that, according to industry and some analysts.For starters, it’s unclear how an international agreement would enforce local labour laws. Dias favours an international panel. But the U.S. wants to end the international panels that already exist for intra-industry disputes.There’s also the question of unintended economic consequences.Industry insists profit margins are tight, and big salary hikes would just steer jobs like Jacobo’s toward Asia — or to machines. Canada’s auto-parts association says these jobs simply won’t ever return to Canada.But the association’s Flavio Volpe said Canada does benefit from being part of supply chains that include Mexico.That includes a certain plastics maker from Richmond, Que. It is planning a party in its other home — about a 43-hour drive south, off a road lined with taco eateries and women selling colourful, hand-woven indigenous clothing. read more

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Laura Ashley boss could challenge £64m award to former wife

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said Ms Chai was a ”forum shopper” and wanted to fight in England because an English judge would give her a more generous award.Ms Chai, who was Miss Malaysia in 1969, said they had moved their home to Berkhamsted before separating and therefore decisions should be made in an English court.In December 2015, Ms Chai claimed victory in the fight over jurisdiction following a ruling by three Court of Appeal judges in London. A 78-year-old Laura Ashley boss could mount a challenge in the Court of Appeal after being ordered to give his 70-year-old ex-wife £64 million.Former beauty queen Pauline Chai wanted about £100 million from ex-husband Khoo Kay Peng following the breakdown of their 42-year marriage.Ms Chai, who lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, had said she should get half an asset kitty she estimated to be at least £205 million.Dr Khoo, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, said she should pocket about £9 million. A High Court judge analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.Mr Justice Bodey announced his decision on Thursday and said Ms Chai should get a £64 million package made up of cash and property.His full ruling has yet to be published.Lawyers representing Dr Khoo say they want to challenge some of Mr Justice Bodey’s findings in the Court of Appeal in London.No date has yet been fixed for any appeal court hearing.Ms Chai and Dr Khoo – who both come from Malaysia, married in 1970 and have five children – have spent more than £6 million between them on lawyers since splitting, judges have heard.The pair had been unable to agree on whether decisions about who got what should be made in English or Malaysian courts, and litigation was launched in both countries.Dr Khoo, who is based in Malaysia, said the marital home was in Malaysia and a judge in that country should make decisions about the division of money.center_img Khoo Kay Peng, 77, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Khoo Kay Peng, 77, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings last_img read more

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Dont write West Indies off yet warns Garner

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”Ambrose passes the Antiguan baton to Alzarri JosephApril 9, 2019In “latest news”Ambrose slams ‘pathetic’ West IndiesAugust 22, 2017In “latest news” (AFP) — Joel Garner has warned against “writing the West Indies off too early” ahead of their upcoming Test series against England.A three-match campaign starts with the first day/night Test ever staged in England, atJoel GarnerBirmingham’s Edgbaston ground on Thursday.England, fresh from a 3-1 win over South Africa in a four-Test home series, will start as huge favourites.Not only have the West Indies lost their last six Test series, they have been beaten in 14 of their most recent Tests in England and drawn the other three.But fast-bowling great Garner, now the West Indies team manager, said Monday: “It’s going to be some interesting times. I think people are writing the West Indies off too early and it could be at their own peril.”And with a fast-bowling attack led by Kemar Road and Shannon Gabriel, allied to a new work ethic being installed by Australian coach Stuart Law, Garner believes his side, who have played a day/night Test — a hard-fought defeat by Pakistan in Dubai in October — could yet upset the odds.“Cricket is played in the middle at the end of the day,” Garner added at an event staged by series sponsors Investec in London on Monday. “I think the fellas have got talent.”“It’s who makes the greatest adjustment in the day/night game. Games between England and the West Indies are competitive. I wouldn’t completely write them off.”West Indies, however, have arrived in England without several star players including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy — the legacy of a bitter dispute with West Indies cricket officials and the fact that the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament is going on at home at the same time as the Test series.While Cricket West Indies, as the West Indies Cricket Board is now known, recently granted an ‘amnesty’ in a bid to get senior players back on board ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England, it has come too late to alter the squad for the Test series.“We will welcome them back because they are our better players but at the present moment we are here to play cricket,” said the 64-year-old Garner. “We’ve got to work with what we’ve got. We still have fight.“We can’t keep looking and saying ‘we’ll wait and see if the other players come back as well’.”Garner, who stood for election as WICB president two years ago but lost to incumbent Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, said he felt relations between players and officials were improving.“There’s a lot more communication going on between the players and the officials,” he said. “It can only get better.”But the 64-year-old Garner accepted the timing of the CPL was far from ideal.“That is the biggest challenge because that is where most of the money is being aimed at,” said Garner.“I think you have to work around it and get the tours organised in such a way there’s no competition from the shorter version of the game.”The giant Garner, who took 259 wickets in 58 Tests at an average of just 20.97, said he felt standards had slipped since the day when he was a key member of the West Indies side that dominated world cricket in the late 1970s and 1980s.“If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail…Some of our players have become accustomed to the CPL way of doing things.“Players are being encouraged to train harder and get fitter. We’ve always had players with ability, players with style and flair, but the lack of preparation at the top could have been part of the problem.” read more

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Clariant Oil Services invests in enhanced oil recovery technology

first_imgClariant Oil Services has invested in Ultimate EOR Services, a provider of enhanced oil recovery solutions based on proprietary technologies developed within the Centre for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas, Austin. The company has made discoveries which have improved efficiency of enhanced oil recovery solutions and lowered cost.The services involved include candidate reservoir screening, developing surfactant formulations for specific reservoirs, advanced modelling of oil field performance and full field optimisation. Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant said “Our investment in Ultimate EOR Services with its expertise in designing chemical enhanced oil recovery solutions is part of the company’s strategy to further develop and strengthen Clariant’s portfolio with a focus on innovation and high performance solutions.”Nick Phillips, Vice President Marketing, Technology and Key Accounts for Clariant Oil Services stated “This agreement couples Ultimate EOR Services’ unmatched intellectual horsepower in enhanced oil recovery solutions together with Clariant’s expertise in chemical technology development, testing and application, and is complimentary to our global growth strategy.”last_img read more

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Denison announces focused C145 million uranium exploration and evaluation program budget for

first_imgDenison Mines Corp’s C$14.5 million (Denison’s share) exploration and evaluation budget for 2017 is focused on the company’s 60% owned flagship Wheeler River project, which is located in the infrastructure rich eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region, in northern Saskatchewan.Following a break in field activities, after the completion of a highly successful summer exploration program in October 2016, exploration drilling and project development work resumed at Wheeler River in early January 2017. The 2017 work program for Wheeler River includes approximately 46,000 m of infill and exploration drilling designed to confirm and expand uranium mineralization at or near the Gryphon deposit, ahead of the completion of a PFS for the project. Accordingly, a C$12.5 million work program and budget has been approved for Wheeler River in 2017, of which Denison’s share will be C$9.4 million – representing 75% of the project budget. As announced on January 10, 2017 (see latest issue of International Mining Project News), Denison has entered into an agreement with its Wheeler River Joint Venture partners, Cameco Corp and JCU (Canada) Exploration Ltd to fund 75% of Joint Venture expenses in 2017 and 2018 (ordinarily 60%) in exchange for an increase in Denison’s interest in the project to up to approximately 66%. Under the terms of the agreement, Cameco will fund 50% of its ordinary 30% share in 2017 and 2018, and JCU is expected to continue to fund its 10% interest in the project.Additional exploration programs are expected to commence in the coming weeks on five high-priority pipeline projects included in Denison’s significant Athabasca-focused exploration portfolio. High-priority projects for 2017 include the recently acquired Hook-Carter project, in the western portion of the Athabasca Basin, as well as the Waterbury Lake, Murphy Lake, Crawford Lake and Moon Lake South projects in the eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin. The exploration and evaluation activities for 2017 are fully funded with a total budget of approximately C$14.5 million (Denison’s share). Including partner’s share of expenses, the projected 2017 work program is budgeted to cost over C$20.5 million, and is expected to include approximately 68,000 m of drilling across eight of Denison’s projects.David Cates, President and CEO of Denison, commented, “Following the recent announcement of our agreement to increase our interest in our flagship Wheeler River project, from our existing 60% interest to up to approximately 66%, it should come as no surprise that our 2017 budget is heavily weighted towards the work required to advance Wheeler River towards the completion of a PFS. With new mineralization discovered in the immediate vicinity of the Gryphon deposit on numerous fronts in 2016, and the addition of the highly prospective Hook-Carter project to our exploration pipeline portfolio in late 2016, we are optimistic that 2017 is poised to be another high-impact year for Denison’s Saskatoon based exploration team.”In April 2016, Denison released a PEA for the Wheeler River project, which evaluated the economic merit of co-developing the Gryphon and Phoenix deposits. The PEA returned a Pre-Tax IRR of 20.4%, based on a uranium price of $44/lb U3O8 and initial CAPEX for Denison’s 60% interest of C$336 million.Since the PEA was released, Denison completed a highly successful 2016 exploration drilling program, which identified additional mineralization in the immediate vicinity of the Gryphon deposit – including the newly discovered D Series lenses to the northwest and the up-dip and down-dip expansion of the A and B Series lenses. These discoveries provide potential to materially increase the estimated mineral resources at Gryphon, which could extend the mine life in the economic model for the Gryphon deposit and ultimately improve the economics of the project. As a result, the original timeline for completing infill drilling at the Gryphon deposit during H1-2017 has been modified to allow for additional exploration and infill drilling throughout the 2017 winter and summer field seasons. Additional infill drilling is intended to improve the indicated resource base at Gryphon for inclusion in the PFS. Consequently, the completion of the PFS has also been deferred from H2-2017 to H1-2018.Project development field programs, including environmental and engineering data collection programs required for the PFS and Environmental Assessment process, commenced at Wheeler River in June 2016 (Denison’s release dated November 2, 2016 for a detailed update). Existing data collection programs will continue during 2017 and additional programs, including metallurgical testing and analysis, will be initiated. Further engineering studies related to shaft sinking methodologies, mining methods and water treatment will also be initiated in 2017. In addition, throughout the year, Denison expects to continue to advance and strengthen relationships with various northern communities.last_img read more

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FisherPrice recalls millions of baby sleepers linked to multiple infant deaths

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4590617 Share48 Tweet Email6 Apr 13th 2019, 2:51 PM FISHER-PRICE RECALLED nearly 5 million infant sleepers in the US on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.Fisher-Price and the CPSC said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died.In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.A safety warning was issued last week, but The American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them “deadly.” Source: Fisher-Price®/YouTubeIn a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall “due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions”. The recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $40 and $149 since 2009.It is not clear whether the product has been sold in Ireland.  32,786 Views Image: US Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 Comments center_img Short URL The recalled Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper By Associated Press The recalled Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper Image: US Consumer Product Safety Commission Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers linked to multiple infant deaths Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products when issuing the voluntary recall. Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 2:50 PMlast_img read more

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