Fabio Fognini beats Dusan Lajovic to win Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgView comments Earful from Louie Alas fired up Phoenix in Game 3 win, says Calvin Abueva Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The 48th-ranked Lajovic’s run to his first career final was unexpected. But the unseeded Serb rarely threatened in humid, overcast and slightly windy conditions.Fognini needed a medical timeout to receive treatment to his right foot and right thigh after the fifth game of the second set.But it did not impede him as he served out the match, clinching victory on his second match point when Lajovic hit a forehand wide.The players hugged warmly at the net.The 31-year-old Fognini is only the fourth man to win the clay-court event since Nadal’s first of a record 11 wins in 2005. Djokovic, twice, and Stan Wawrinka also won.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The last Italian before Fognini was Nicola Pietrangeli in 1968.The 85-year-old Pietrangeli, a two-time French Open winner, stood and applauded as Fognini dropped to his knees to kiss the surface.Pietrangeli walked gingerly onto the court and the pair hugged. Pietrangeli posed alongside Fognini as he held the trophyThe match started evenly enough, but Fognini broke for a 4-2 lead when Lajovic made an unforced error on forehand. Fognini then held his serve with a typically flamboyant one-handed, cross-court backhand to take control.Serving for the set, Fognini saved a break point with a forehand winner down the line, and then clinched it with an equally good backhand.Fognini broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set when Lajovic hit a forehand wide.After Fognini’s medical timeout, Lajovic missed an easy smash at 30-30 in the next game.With that miss, his slim hopes faded. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 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 It came the day after he stunned defending champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets, becoming the first player to beat Nadal here since Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals.“It has been an incredible week, I will keep working,” Fognini said. “I started the season badly so this is unbelievable.”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, logisticsAfter going out in the third round of the Australian Open, Fognini had won only one match and lost six times before this tournament.Playing here may have given him a boost, however, since he grew up in nearby San Remo — just over the Italian border and a short drive or train ride away along the glittering Mediterranean coast. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Italy’s Fabio Fognini poses with a trophy after defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in the men’s singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April, 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO — Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his career after beating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Monte Carlo Masters final.The 13th-seeded Italian’s first title of the year was his ninth overall but first at Masters level.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

French Open: Rafael Nadal ends Dominic Thiem’s dream run to set up men’s singles final vs Stan Wawrinka

first_imgClaycourt king Rafa Nadal marched into his 10th French Open final after demolishing rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier on Friday.The 31-year-old Spaniard, back to his best after his Roland Garros reign suffered a two-year hiatus, brushed aside the sixth seed with a daunting show of force.Thiem had reached the semi-final without dropping a set and had trounced defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, but after starting brightly in the early evening sunshine his challenge disappeared into the encroaching shadows.Nadal has dropped only 29 games to reach the final — surpassing his previous best of 35 in 2012.Waiting for him will be Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka who outlasted world number one Andy Murray in an epic five-setter.last_img read more

Rajnath to attend Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow

first_imgNew Delhi, June 18 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow on Thursday, where around 2,000 central armed police forces (CAPFs) personnel will participate.Various other activities are being planned by the CAPFs and the Delhi Police for the June 21 event.On the occasion of fourth International Yoga Day, 2,000 CAPFs personnel will take part in the function which will be held at Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in this event, a statement issued by the home ministry today said.In Lucknow, 2,000 CAPFs personnel (SSB/CRPF/ITBP) will participate in yoga demonstration in which the Rajnath Singh will participate, it said.The Delhi Police is also organising various activities on yoga day.A dedicated yoga cell has been set up by the Delhi Police, which is relentlessly educating personnel about the importance of yoga in working atmosphere.The cell has organised 967 yoga related programmes with participation of more than 55,000 personnel.For the last two years, the Delhi Police has been holding a centralised event, besides other programmes at district and unit levels to celebrate International Yoga Day.According to the statement, the Delhi Police had last year held the event at Ramlila ground with participation of 2,000 personnel, including Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and senior officers.Further, welfare unit as well as other district/units have been organising yoga camps for police personnel on regular intervals. This year, 216 yoga camps have been organised in different units/districts with participation of around 10,000 personnel.advertisementIt has been planned that an event would be held at Thyagraj sports complex, Laxmi Bai Nagar. Around 2,000 personnel from various units will take part in the event in presence of Delhi Police Commissioner and other senior officers.Common yoga protocol and yoga CDs have been distributed amongst the participants, in coordination with Ayush Ministry and agencies concerned.The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been designated as the nodal force for coordination among the CAPFs for mass yoga demonstration in Dehradun. ITBP troops will also participate in yoga sessions at various locations across the country.Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the force along the Himalayan border will also observe the day with active participation of ‘Himveers’ at high altitude areas.Apart from this, ITBP jawans will take part in Yogabhyas being organised in different cities of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.In Delhi, yoga demonstration is being organised by the NDMC at Rajpath. The CISF being the nodal force for the CAPFs for said function will coordinate with authorities of the NDMC for participation of 1,000 central armed police force personnel.About 2,000 CAPF women personnel (700 CRPF, 600 CISF, 300 BSF, 200 ITBP, 150 SSB and 50 Assam Rifles) will perform yoga at the Red Fort on June 21.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been designated as the nodal force to conduct yoga demonstrations in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.Also, in-situ yoga will be performed at all CISF units, reserve battalions, training institutions and office establishments by following the common yoga protocol.A mobile application named ‘Yoga Locator’, launched by the Ayush Ministry, providing ongoing details of yoga activities in surrounding areas, is being downloaded by all CISF units/ field formations for availing the facility.The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), as the nodal force in state capitals and prominent cities — Shimla, Patna, Guwahati and Gangtok — will organise a mass yoga demonstration in which 1,000 CAPFs personnel will participate.Also, SSB personnel will participate in yoga demonstrations in all other state capitals in collaboration with nominated nodal force of the state concerned where SSB personnel are deployed.All six frontiers, 18 sectors, training centres and 73 battalions of the SSB will celebrate International Yoga Day at their establishments. All senior officers and officials of the force at the SSB headquarters will participate in the yoga event in the premises of 25th battalion SSB at Ghitorni, New Delhi.The SSB is also planning to organize yoga fests, seminars, workshops, cultural programme on yoga at field formations deployed along Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Borders. PTI AKV AKV NSDNSDlast_img read more

Last-gasp Icardi header grabs Inter derby spoils

first_imgRome, Oct 22 (AFP) Captain Mauro Icardi struck a dramatic injury-time winner as Inter Milan stunned AC Milan 1-0 in the derby at the San Siro to retake third place in Serie A.The Argentinian pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to nod home in the second minute of added time after an otherwise forgettable match, leaving Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan without a win in the last five league derbies.But Inter continued their recent resurgence under Luciano Spalletti after finishing fourth last term to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12, moving to within six points of leaders Juventus, after their 1-1 home draw with Genoa on Saturday.”I came here to win, not to just sit on a bench for a season and try to bring home a salary,” former Roma coach Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.”I came here to organise the future of Inter and the players must do the same.”I liked that after the final whistle, Icardi said we must find consistency and keep pushing. Inter chose us to bring this side back to the level that the fans deserve.”There was an injury blow for Inter ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Barcelona, though, with Radja Nainggolan substituted midway through the first half after tangling with AC midfielder Lucas Biglia.”Nainggolan has been chopped down,” added Spalletti.”We have to take him to the hospital and see. He won’t be with us for a while.” AC Milan remain down in 12th after seeing their eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended.advertisementIcardi had the ball in the net early on, but the striker’s effort was ruled out for offside after a check with VAR.Although the opening stages of the game were not overflowing with attacking quality, there was plenty of niggle, with Biglia left incensed after he was booked despite appearing to have been stamped on by Nainggolan before the Belgian hobbled off.Nominal home side Inter looked the more likely to find a breakthrough in the first half, with Ivan Perisic seeing a header palmed away by Donnarumma and Stefan de Vrij striking the crossbar with a twisting volley.Out of nowhere AC Milan thought they had taken the lead shortly before half-time, but it was Mateo Musacchio’s turn to be denied by the linesman’s flag.Inter had a couple of second-half chances from set-pieces, with Matias Vecino nodding over and Perisic seeing a thunderous strike blocked.The game appeared to be petering out into a goalless draw, but Donnaruma came and failed to claim a speculative right-wing cross from Vecino, and Icardi headed into the unguarded net to score his fourth league goal of the campaign and spark jubilant scenes among the Inter fans in the stands.”We lost the game together, not because of Donnarumma,” insisted Milan boss Gattuso.”We lost because we didn’t play with the right courage, we were distracted and conceded a naive goal.” – Lazio into top four -=======================Earlier on Sunday, late goals from Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa gave Lazio a 2-0 win at Parma.Promoted in each of the three seasons since their bankruptcy, Parma have impressed this season but their late capitulation saw the visiting Roman outfit into the top four.Ex-Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura returned to coaching but failed to guide tailenders Chievo to their first win of the season.Relegation rivals Atalanta ripped Chievo apart in a 5-1 home mauling for Ventura in his first game since being sacked last November after Italy failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.Two other clubs also locked in the relegation zone shared the points as Frosinone and Empoli drew 3-3 in a game where Frosinone doubled their season’s goals tally to six and their points tally to two. (AFP) APAAPAAPAlast_img read more

OSU still outside of top 25 in both polls

first_imgOkay, a few notes and thoughts here:• OSU in the preseason AP was No. 33 and in the Coaches was No. 30 so it moved up six slots in the AP and four in the Coaches.• Preseason polls aren’t stupid but they certainly measure something different and create different waves throughout the season than simply starting with a poll after the first week. Example: If this was the first poll would South Carolina and Oklahoma State be ranked in this manner?• Raise your hand if you think Texas will finish the season ahead of OSU in any poll outside of the polls put out on Texas-centric websites.• Here’s an interesting post on what Week 1 means in terms of where you’ll finish in the final top 25. Since 2005 ranked teams that lost in Week 1 to another ranked team: 9 of 19 ended the season ranked (48%).• If the team that showed up on Saturday night in Arlington shows up the rest of the season we’ll be talking about being left out of the top 10, not the top 25.• Polls ultimately mean nothing. That was mostly true before the College Football Playoff and it’s certainly true this season as the “poll” to determine the final four won’t start until the end of October.• Polls are fun to whine and complain about, though!Why the hell do you people get butt hurt about rankings? It’s week 2. Plus, pokes lost. They LOST.— Justin Mitchell (@senyormitchell) September 2, 2014 No. 27Oklahoma StateLost to FSU 37-31 No. 22North CarolinaBeat Cincinnati 39-17 at home USATSI_8058364_154512258_lowresThe new polls are out and OSU is ranked No. 26 in the Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the AP poll. Here’s how the final few spots shook out in the AP (I think the AP is more legit than the Coaches):[1. I actually can’t believe the coaches still vote in a real poll.]AP Poll Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. No. 24MissouriBeat South Dakota State 38-18 at home RankTeamResultcenter_img No. 26TexasBeat North Texas 38-7 at home No. 21South CarolinaLost to A&M 52-28 at home No. 25LouisvilleBeat The U 31-13 If 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! No. 23ClemsonLost to Georgia 45-21 at Georgialast_img read more

Mind the gap: Southgate’s challenge now is bridging promise and triumph

first_imgSouthgate you’re the one. England’s single greatest upgrade at this World Cup: they have a manager who sweated the small stuff that makes the big stuff. The great skill of Gareth Southgate has been to manage the details around this team, to implement the “elite sport” habits of British Olympic and cycling success through sports science, psychology, useful gimmickry. A carefully-schemed team culture has been fostered. Players have been picked on the basis of ability to “buy into” this, as well as physical types: fit, athletic, good habits. England borrowed the “No Dickheads” rule from the All Blacks. And they’ve become likeable. This isn’t surprising. They haven’t got any dickheads. The fact this kind of quality is being rewarded is progress in itself. But still not quite whole again. Share on Twitter But it was still goodThere is a sub-set of human being who will maintain England somehow fluked a semi-final, that any team they managed to beat must, by definition, be useless. This is clearly misguided. England beat Sweden, Ukraine and Wales at their last three tournaments combined. They have just won three games and a shootout in a month. To denigrate this is sour grapes, the agony of seeing somebody you automatically dislike doing quite well for once. Either that or a degree of English arrogance that insists ultimate victory is the only kind of victory. Portugal drew with Iceland, Austria, Poland and Hungary en route to winning the last European Championship. Is Cristiano Ronaldo also a hair-gelled fraud? The sensible view is that this team performed with energy and adopted a set of tactics that worked against opponents at the same level. The parts that succeeded can be built on. The rest is just noise.Lay off HarryThere will also be carping about Harry Kane’s proximity to the golden boot. Three penalties, a deflection and two tap-ins. Just Fontaine must be bricking it. But Kane actually showed his ruthlessness at this World Cup. There is a reason his six goals were carved out of only 12 shots. England just didn’t make many chances from open play. Luckily they had a one-shot sniper on board when the moments came. There may be issues with this team. But Kane really isn’t one of them. Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Sterling jobIt has become hard to assess publicly Raheem Sterling’s role. Demeaning, racially tinged coverage of his personal life by the news pages of some newspapers has created a polarised position. Halfway through the tournament it was being suggested that in fact Sterling was playing wonderfully well, with the implication that to say otherwise was either further victimisation or a sign of football blindness. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Sterling performed the role given to him with energy, pulled the centre backs around and created space. But a large part of his job as a No 10 is to make or score goals and he lacked precision at vital moments. Sterling is one of England’s best players. But this simply wasn’t his best position.The Modric gapThe evening changed in Moscow as Luka Modric began to get on the ball. Suddenly this felt like a two‑tier game. Hold everything: the talent’s here. England have no comparable midfielder, the kind of player who helps you beat the better teams. But there is playmaking talent in the age groups that might be identified and groomed. If only Pep Guardiola could get properly stuck into Phil Foden for the next two years. Pray, England fans, for a Manchester City creative midfielder injury crisis. Southgate talks constantly about development. He will know the tactical, game-management part of his World Cup was less of a feature. This is understandable. Southgate is still inexperienced. England don’t have much on the bench to play with. Still, though, England’s substitutions were a non‑event. The tactic of pumping long passes forward in the semi-final became predictable. The entropy after half‑time against Croatia was reminiscent of other tournament deaths. Back in 2002 Southgate himself noted that England needed Winston Churchill but got Iain Duncan Smith from Sven Goran Eriksson. Watching on Wednesday night from his latest franchise-league outpost as England ran out of ideas, Sven might just have sighed a little to himself. There is much to ponder, as well as build on.Be ruthlessThe best thing about the past year has been Southgate’s understated ruthlessness. From the overdue ousting of Wayne, to the refusal to take anyone to Russia who wasn’t fit or in form, there has been a heartening element of coldness to the manager’s judgment calls. That must now be applied to his group, to the next step. No favourites. No favours. Keep on pruning back the dead heads.But stick with the systemKeeping the ball, passing carefully. This was the revelation of England’s tournament, a genuine first right up to the moment they started sending it long and trying to hit Raheem at the Luzhniki. This was modern. This was progressive. This actually looked like international football. Don’t turn back now. Read more Southgate sanguine as he calls for extra composure against ‘top teams’ World Cup 2018 World Cup Share on WhatsApp England’s Harry Kane declares himself fit for third-place play-off with Belgium Keep on keeping calmAt what point does going on about how you don’t go on about your team become going on about your team? How easy is to remain humble when everyone talks constantly about how wonderfully, spectacularly humble you are? It is easy to imagine that the hype will now be ramped up again, the expectations lumped on once more, the train cranked back into gear. The test from here is to keep that throttle low, to accept that England beating Panama, Tunisia and Sweden should be a cause of enjoyment and fun. But it’s not yet a sign of the second coming (home). England have a goalkeeperThey didn’t before the World Cup. They do know. Jordan Pickford may still make mistakes, may have some dips, but he was probably England’s best player in Russia and deserves a long run at this now. Topics Share on Facebook In toxic times, England’s exit must not bring an end to this sense of unity Gareth Southgate Share on Pinterest features Read more David Conn Share via Email Share on LinkedIn England Don’t go on about Phil Foden nowOr Jadon Sancho. Or Callum Hudson-Odoi. Or Xavier Amaechi. Or Sven Hibblethwaite-Thomas. There will be an urge to fetishise England’s younger talent, to suggest some great new brave shining dawn is on the verge of breaking. But those younger players must battle with Premier League short-termism just for game time, and will require above all patience and the right to make the odd wrong turn. Stay calm. Again, defy the hype. And Sven Hibblethwaite-Thomas doesn’t even exist anyway.Enjoy the brief, giddy hiatus from toxic attackGood luck Gareth. History suggests you’ll need it. One of the side-effects of success has been the neutralising of a notoriously demanding press pack. Southgate has become bulletpoof through this World Cup, wearing a suit of armour in the form of three precious tournament wins. The wider culture has co-opted him. The news pages want to know whose shirts he wears. But it won’t take much. A few poor qualifying results. The realisation that England have an essentially defensive style. You can see how that could play out. All the more reason to stay patient, and for Southgate himself to keep working and improving, always trying to run ahead of the surf. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Newcastle v Southampton: match preview

first_img 26 Darlow 30 Atsu 11 Ritchie SOU NEW 53 47 7 Long 18 Lemina 22 Redmond Lineups Premier League 5 Schar When the televised games were announced this seemed a banker as a tense, tea-time, six pointer but things move fast at the foot of the table and the real fear of falling into the Championship resides in Brighton and Cardiff. No matter; neither Newcastle or Southampton are mathematically safe yet and Tyneside remains reluctantly gripped by the season’s enduring, thoroughly uncertain subplot. It centres on whether Rafael Benítez will stay or go this summer and no one knows the answer. Louise TaylorSaturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1Venue St James’ ParkLast season Newcastle 3 Southampton 0Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G28 Y90 R1 3.25 cards/gameOdds H 17-11 A 9-4 D 9-4NEWCASTLESubs from Darlow, Fernández, Manquillo, Clark, Diamé, Shelvey, Kenedy, Atsu, Muto, JoseluDoubtful NoneInjured Longstaff (knee, Aug), Lejeune (knee, Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y53 R2Form LWDLLWLeading scorer Rondón 9SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, McCarthy, Elyounoussi, Jones, Davis, Lewis, Gallagher, Slattery, Ramsay, Johnson, Barnes, Targett, Austin, Armstrong, RomeuDoubtful Vestergaard (groin)Injured Lemina (abdominal, 27 Apr), Obafemi (hamstring, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y66 R1Form WLWWLWLeading scorer Ings 7 35 Bednarek 4 11 Share on Messenger 19 Manquillo (s 78′) 17 Perez SOU53NEW47% 17 Armstrong Share on Pinterest (s 69′) 14 Romeu 23 Hojbjerg Goal attempts 13 Muto Match previews 66 Ramsay 22 Yedlin Newcastle United 10 Austin 39 Sims 10 Newcastle Off target 12 Southampton 5 Newcastle On target 3 Southampton (s 64′) Match stats 3 Yoshida Southampton Share on WhatsApp 44 Forster Newcastle Share via Email (s 46′) Fouls 8 Shelvey Southampton 10 Diame Share on LinkedIn 9 Ings 21 Bertrand (s 46′) 6 Lascelles 5 Stephens 5 10 4 Ki 3 Dummett 12 Dubravka Corners 55 Slattery Possession Topics Substitutes 24 Almiron 9 Rondon Substitutes news Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 14 Hayden (s 76′) 18 Fernandez 28 Gunn 16 Ward-Prowse Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Spring Road Weight Restrictions Delayed

first_imgPROVINCEWIDE: Spring Road Weight Restrictions Delayed Because of continuing cold temperatures, the province is delaying the start of spring weight restrictions on posted roads until 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 17. Spring weight restrictions were originally to start Monday, March 10. -30-last_img

Anderson vows to return before Ashes end

first_imgLondon: England’s record wicket taker James Anderson is determined to return to the team before the Ashes series with Australia ends in September he told The Sun on Wednesday. The 37-year-old has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test, which starts next Wednesday at Lord’s, after injuring his right calf having bowled just four overs in the series opener at Edgbaston as Australia romped to a 251-run victory. Anderson, who has taken 575 Test wickets, had not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the match after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I’m pretty confident I can get over this, I want to keep going,” said Anderson. “The plan is to get back and play some part in The Ashes but, if that doesn’t work out, the winter (tours to New Zealand and South Africa) is absolutely on my radar. “I’m sure there will come a point where other bowlers either get injured or need a rest. “If one needs to be replaced, it might work out well if I can get myself fit and help towards the end of the series.” Anderson, whose place at Lord’s is likely to be taken by young paceman Jofra Archer, said injuries were part and parcel of his advancing years. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m at the age now when there’s a chance injuries will happen more,” he said. “It’s something I’ve got to prepare for. But I’m very fortunate — I’ve been lucky with having so few throughout my career.” Anderson, who is nicknamed ‘The King of Swing’, said he felt awful watching from the sidelines as the England attack struggled against the Australians especially in the second innings. “Devastating and horrible are the best words to describe my feelings as I watched the other England bowlers toil in the First Test,” he said. “I felt guilty and apologised to the lads for leaving them in the lurch.” However, Anderson rejected criticism that he should have had a game before he returned to the Test side to prove his fitness — Archer played in a second XI game for his county Sussex on Tuesday to prove he had recovered from a side strain. “There’s been some talk I shouldn’t have been chosen at Edgbaston last week without first playing another game to prove my fitness following the torn calf muscle I suffered on July 2,” he said. “But I disagree with that. “In my head, I was fit to play an Ashes Test. “I’ve played in Test matches before after injury without first playing a county game or warm-up of some sort.” Australia lead the five-Test series 1-0.last_img read more

Vancouver street youth photograph socalled best place on earth for exhibit

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement A photograph shows a single dried rose on a white wall. The actual rose can be found in the Downtown Eastside bachelor suite Sarah White shares with her partner and father of her two children, who live with White’s parents.“[The rose] is just saying that our love is forever,” says White. “It’s really hard to have relationships, especially when addiction, homelessness, and all these issues come up.”White, now 30, says she’s battled addiction since she was 19, and chose to photograph items around her apartment as part of a photo essay called “Undying Love.” Twitter Dayna Fast (left) and Sarah White are part of a new photography exhibit featuring work from street-involved youth. Photo Bronwyn Beairstocenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “That’s supposed to be my sanctuary, my nest, my safe zone,” she said. “Because once you step out your door, you never know what’ll happen, especially living in Downtown East Side.”last_img read more

Kremlin welcomes oligarch invitations to Davos forum

first_imgMOSCOW — The Kremlin has welcomed the decision by the World Economic Forum to renew invitations for three high-profiled Russians after an initial snub.A day after the WEF said it will include a Russian delegation at the forum, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday welcomed the announcement that billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, and the head of the state-controlled bank VTB Andrei Kostin, will be able to attend the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January.Organizers of the WEF had said last month that the three weren’t welcome as they had been targeted by U.S. sanctions. The Russian government then said it would boycott the event.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oilsands firm Canadian Natural cuts 1 billion from budget due to low

first_imgCanadian Natural says a curtailment program announced by the Alberta government last weekend designed to remove 325,000 barrels per day of oil from the province’s over-taxed pipelines has already resulted in stronger forward crude prices in January.It says it will monitor those prices and the progress of the stalled Keystone XL and Trans Mountain expansion export pipelines with the option to increase its spending by about $700 million next year if signals warrant.The company says production in 2019 is targeted to be between 1.03 million and 1.12 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, with a product mix of about 76 percent oil and natural gas liquids and 24 percent dry natural gas. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources is setting its 2019 capital budget at $1-billion less than its “normalized” range but says it will ramp up spending if heavily discounted oil prices in Western Canada rebound.The Calgary-based company says it is targeting a 2019 base capital program of $3.7 billion, about 20 percent below its preferred range of $4.7 billion to $5.0 billion.The program includes about $3.1 billion needed to maintain production and $600 million to be spent on long-term growth projects.last_img read more

Binge drinking may cause anxiety in teens

first_imgBinge drinking in adolescence, even if discontinued, may increase the risk for anxiety later in life, according to a study led by an Indian origin scientist. “Binge drinking early in life modifies the brain and changes connectivity in the brain, especially in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional regulation and anxiety, in ways we don’t totally understand yet,” said a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the US, and lead author of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”But what we do know is that epigenetic changes are lasting, and increase susceptibility to psychological issues later in life, even if drinking that took place early in life is stopped,” he said in a statement. “Epigenetics” refers to chemical changes to DNA, RNA, or specific proteins associated with chromosomes that change the activity of genes without changing the genes themselves, according to the study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardEpigenetic alterations are required for the normal development of the brain, but they can also be modified in response to environmental or even social factors, such as alcohol and stress. These kinds of epigenetic alterations have been linked to changes in behaviour and disease, researchers said. Adolescent rats were exposed to ethanol (a type of alcohol) for two days on and two days off or to the same protocol using saline for 14 days. All rats underwent an assessment for anxiety. The researchers exposed adolescent rats to a regimen designed to mimic binge drinking. Those rats exhibited anxious behaviour later in life, even if the binge drinking regimen stopped in late adolescence and the rats were allowed to mature to adulthood without any further exposure to alcohol. Rats with less Arc also had about 40 per cent fewer neuronal connections in the amygdala compared with rats that were not exposed to alcohol.last_img read more

FIFA Task Force Makes Unanticipated Changes to Moroccan Agenda

By Hajare El-KhaldiRabat – Following their unexpected arrival in Casablanca on Monday, April 16, the five FIFA Task Force members have, reportedly, added Tetouan to their itinerary.When the task force shifted their arrival airport from Marrakech to Casablanca at the last minute, a source that facilitates planning for the task force told Medias 24 that the sudden change was tied to the delegation’s desire to assess the air connections at Morocco’s leading airport. The five FIFA representatives reportedly landed in Casablanca at 8 p.m., before boarding a connecting flight to Marrakech. After “arriving at the Menara airport around 10 pm on a Ram flight, they carefully inspected the terminal for nearly an hour,” according to the same source.On Tuesday, April 17, the task force members inspected the ochre city infrastructure, including the Grand Stadium and the Former Harti Stadium, which will serve as training camps for the teams. The speaker maintained, “So far, everything has been going very well, especially considering the Menara airport and the stadium are gleaming up to international standards.”The visit continued in Agadir on April 17-18, after the task force drove south to assess the quality of the country’s motorway network, which provided no “problem, as the recently built highway is well equipped with rest areas,” declared the source.The delegation will reportedly visit Tetouan during the two days planned in Tangier, a decision previously undisclosed in their program. Once again, the source revealed that the five members will evaluate the progress made in the construction of the football stadium, as well as that of Tetouan’s reception facilities. “The choice to add Tetouan to their inspection itinerary isn’t innocent and neither is their trip by car, since it will allow them to assess the quality of the national road that connects the two northern cities,” the source shared. The changes were justified by FIFA as a test to verify the claims of the Moroccan bid and detect any “possible flaws.”The task force will end their visit at the Mohammed V Airport, before returning to Switzerland to submit their technical conclusions that will influence the fate of the Moroccan bid. read more

Morocco Warns Banks to Stop Trade with Iran

Rabat – The Moroccan government has warned representatives in the country’s financial and business sectors against trade with Iran.In a letter to the Consortium of Moroccan Banks (GPBM), Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs, Nasser Bourita, instructed the kingdom’s banks to “take all necessary measures” to avoid the political repercussions that may result from trading with Iran, L’Economiste reported on August 9.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned Moroccan banking and financial conglomerates against engaging in trade with Iran, including transactions or deals in the automobile and aviation sectors, the purchase of raw materials, and the acquisition of Iranian carpets. The instruction, in line with Washington’s policy, also targets all financial transactions between Moroccan firms and their Iranian counterparts.On Tuesday, August 7, a US-imposed blanket of economic sanctions hit the Iranian regime. The punitive measures, a follow-up to the US decision in early May to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, restrict Iranian access to US currency, gold, and other precious materials. The US will also sanction companies in third countries, such as Morocco, from trading both with Iran and the US.The sanctions also concern Tehran’s automobile and aviation sector, with tougher sanctions—especially an embargo on Iran’s oil and banking sectors—to follow by November 4 should the Islamic Republic fail to accommodate President Trump’s terms on “WORLD PEACE.” President Trump warned US partners and the rest of the international community against trading with Iran. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” Trump tweeted.In addition to avoiding economic and political backlash from the US, however, Morocco’s move to halt trade with Iran comes amid months of sour bilateral terms between Tehran and Rabat. While Washington was busy exiting the Iran nuclear deal in early May, Rabat had its own issues with the Islamic Republic. On May 1, the kingdom severed diplomatic ties with Tehran over the latter’s support for the Polisario Front, the separatist group advocating for independence in Western Sahara. read more

Delegates commit to a central role for the UNs intellectual property watchdog

The Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concluded their nine-day annual meeting on Tuesday in Geneva, having discussed a whole raft of issues, ranging from a recently concluded Singapore Treaty on trademarks to protection of intellectual property on the Internet Doman Name System.”We are all committed to the future of WIPO as the recognized global forum for the development and use of the intellectual property system as a means of economic and cultural enrichment of every nation,” said Dr. Kamil Idris, WIPO’s Director-General. “I very much hope that this good spirit of determination and commitment will prevail so that the Organization can face the challenges lying ahead.”One of the highlights of this year’s gathering was Member States support for the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks that they concluded by consensus in March this year. This Treaty streamlines administrative procedures associated with trademark registration procedures and promises to reduce costs for trademark owners, as well as enhancing confidence in the trademark system. It is also expected to provide additional incentives for business to further invest and expand and in this way, will serve to improve the international environment for trade and investment. read more

Defensive woes still ailing Ohio State football

Informed that his defense had given up 403 total yards to the 118th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, Everett Withers abruptly had one thing to say. “I think we gave up 15 points – that’s all I give a s— about,” Withers said. The total yards the No. 14 Buckeyes (4-0) gave up to the unranked and winless University of Alabama at Birmingham was likely something Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach was well aware of. Withers, likely, was cognizant of all of the day’s shortcomings, despite his defense’s refusal to give up a touchdown all afternoon long. But it didn’t change the course of events that had happened just some 30 minutes earlier. It didn’t change the fact that the 37-point favorites were fortunate to escape with a 29-15 win against, at least statistically, one of the worst teams in the country. It’s why the typical relief of a two-touchdown victory seemed to feel absent during OSU’s postgame interviews-especially with the year’s first Big Ten contest looming on the road against No. 20 Michigan State next Saturday. In its place, perhaps, frustration had found a way to mount itself for the undefeated – but arguably untested – Buckeyes. In a day that featured a struggles in all three phases of the game, OSU’s defensive deficiencies seemed to stand out as much as anything – especially for a team so hell-bent on returning to its “Silver Bullet” ways under the guidance of first-year coach Urban Meyer. Despite extra emphasis on the fundamental skill of tackling during the week leading up to their contest against the Blazers, Meyer said it was still something that ailed the Buckeyes on Saturday. “I still see guys flailing across and missing tackles. Far too many third-down conversions on defense. And it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that we have to get better at,” Meyer said. Wrapping up opponents, Meyer said, is something they’ll continue to work on. “That’s the fundamental – that’s the essence of tackle football,” he started, “and we’ve got to continue to improve.” And if they don’t, it could spell disaster when against the Spartans. It’s a fundamental key that sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier said needs to be fixed. “It’s part of the game. We can’t miss tackles that lead to first downs, touchdowns, points,” he said. “So they’re saying that we need to stop missing tackles. We need to stop missing tackles.” Shazier, who led the Buckeyes with 13 stops, said he “probably missed like three of four” tackles. Part of it, he said, might be because some players are more focused on leveling crushing blows to the ball carrier rather than securing the tackle. “A lot of guys, we know we have each other’s backs pretty much, so a lot of guys are going in and taking a shot instead of just wrapping up and trying to get the tackle because we’re trying to make a big hit or get a turnover or whatever,” Shazier said. Fellow linebacker and redshirt senior captain Etienne Sabino said the missed tackles are due to technical failures. “Personally, we’re in a great position, we’re just not running our feet, we’re not wrapping, we’re going for the big hits or we’re lunging with our heads – myself included,” he said. “We’re all doing it and I can’t say why it is or whatnot but we need to stop that. We need to tackle better.” The consensus among some players, though, was that Saturday’s tackling efforts had improved from their previous outings. Senior captain and defensive lineman John Simon noted the defense had still missed some tackles, but said some are the result of a swarming defense. “That’s just guys being aggressive going to the football knowing that they got other guys flying there, too,” he said. “So even though we missed a few today, we had guys there to make the play also.” In fact, a more assertive defense might be key to ending what’s ailing OSU’s defense. Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said part of the reason for the Buckeyes’ missed tackles is the innate difficulty of tackling in space, especially against teams that opt to use spread formations. And since the Buckeyes’ corners have been playing looser coverage schemes and lining up 10 yards off from opposing wide receivers, the challenge of making stops in the open field seems to magnify. “It’s definitely difficult and coach Meyer told us that he’s definitely going to shoot for us to play more man and press more so we can get up on guys instead of playing off,” Howard said. “As you can see, we gave them a lot of cushion to run a lot of screen plays and couple bubbles so that’s something that we’re definitely going to work on and I’m excited to see this upcoming week.” The change in philosophy might be because OSU, Meyer said, seems “like a very passive team.” “We’re on defense, we give up little screens, little bubbles. They didn’t score a touchdown on our defense but we gave up a lot of yardage,” he said. “That hurts. I sit there, I’m pained watching it. But we’ve got to be more aggressive on defense and play a little snuggler coverage. If our corners are as good as we think they are, we have to go play a little man coverage on people.” While OSU’s defensive woes weren’t disastrous enough to do them in against an overmatched Blazers squad, Sabino said the Buckeyes need to “step it up” against the Spartans. “You know, we’re not going to win many games missing a lot of tackles and giving up third-and-21’s,” he said. “It’s not gonna happen.” read more

Fifteen face trial after property tax protest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fifteen people, including the head of the Public Power Corporation’s workers’ union GENOP, Nikos Fotopoulos, face trial next Wednesday for blocking access to one of PPC’s buildings since the start of the week in a bid to disrupt efforts to collect an emergency property tax that is being levied via electricity bills. The 15 defendants -10 unionists and five activists- are all charged with obstructing the operation of a public service. According to sources, all 15 protesters had asked to be tried immediately in an apparent bid to be led to jail, which would highlight their opposition to the controversial property tax. But the trial had to be postponed until Wednesday, the sources said, as only two witnesses could be found. The arrests were made after skirmishes broke out on Thursday morning between a few dozen protesters and riot police outside the PPC branch on Mesogeion Avenue in Holargos, northeast Athens. After police broke up the protest, unionists called a 48-hour strike and vowed further action. The protests appeared to have some success. A few hours later reports emerged that the Finance Ministry was planning to increase the grace period given to homeowners to pay the property tax to 80 days from the date the bill was issued, or double the current 40 days. Ministry sources said a circular would be sent out soon and that authorities “would not cut the power of anyone that is unable to pay.” News about the amendment came as reports quoted European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger as saying that the practice of PPC cutting the electricity supply to homeowners who fail to pay the emergency tax is a violation of European directives. Ministry sources responded to Oettinger’s statement by insisting that Greece was respecting EU laws. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Vancouver Fire Dept reviews efforts to address gender bias

first_imgAfter a 2016 investigation revealed gender bias and cultural problems within the Vancouver Fire Department, Chief Joe Molina had this to say:“We have to get better.”Now, 17 months later, the chief points to improvements made in the wake of the report:• Stations were changed in ways the chief says better accommodates men and women working together.• The department hosted 12 anti-harassment trainings for new recruits, supervisors and line staff.• Another woman has been hired as a firefighter, bringing the total to six. There are 176 firefighters in the Vancouver Fire Department.Still, the chief and at least one of the women acknowledge more needs to be done.“There is some progress with some of these issues, but it is extremely slow,” said a female firefighter who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity. “It is a fight to get what little change we have and we continue to meet resistance from the city to make these very basic accommodations.”The 2016 investigation pointed to systemic problems within the fire department’s culture that left women feeling unwelcome at best, and unsafe at worst in the male-dominated department.The most egregious findings in the report suggest ongoing hostility toward women in the department. One woman reported pornographic magazines left around the station. Another reported her male colleagues would watch explicit television in the station, flipping it off as soon as she entered the room. Another reported her male co-workers took bets on how long it would be before she had sex with a colleague.At Fire Station 5, the only woman assigned to the station was isolated by her co-workers and lied to about plans for the day so she missed group events.last_img read more

Apples FaceTime bug comes at an awkward time The 359 Ep 511

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher reading • Apple’s FaceTime bug comes at an awkward time (The 3:59, Ep. 511) Huawei Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple’s FaceTime bug comes at an awkward time (The 3:59,… See All 1 Tags The Daily Charge Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Now playing: Watch this: Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 4:36 Comment Your browser does not support the audio element. Security On this podcast, we talk about: Apple’s major FaceTime flaw. A preview of Apple’s earnings.Huawei’s legal troubles.The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Apple’s FaceTime bug comes at an awkward time (The 3:59, Ep. 511)last_img read more