Devance relishes break from guarding hulking Smith

first_imgGinebra’s Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance heaved a sigh of relief after getting a short break from defending the heftier Joshua Smith Thursday night.Smith played just nine minutes before complaining on a pain on his right foot, forcing TNT to go all-Filipino from the midway point of the second quarter to the end of the game.ADVERTISEMENT “Just the minutes that I had on him was tough. He’s huge, he’s the biggest player I played, by far,” said Devance, who was tasked to battle Smith for the series.Without the hulking reinforcement, Ginebra ran away with a 125-101 win to take Game 3 and avoid a sweep, extending the series to another do-or-die Game 4 on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDevance also took advantage of the chance as the veteran forward had much more gas to contribute to the cause of the squad and finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the victory.But he hopes nothing but the best for Smith, saying: “He’s a great player, he seems like a great guy, and he plays well in their system. I heard he got injured. I hope it’s nothing serious.” Regardless of the situation surrounding TNT’s reinforcement, Devance believes that the Gin Kings were just the better team in Game 3. “I think we played a lot better and I think we’re more prepared today. In both games, we had chances to win the game and I just think we had mental lapses. Today, we kind of manned up, had each other’s backs, and played a lot better,” he said.Devance is looking to ride this wave of momentum going to Game 4 on Saturday, where he expects a loud Cuneta Astrodome crowd to back Ginebra in the do-or-die tiff.“It’s rowdy at Cuneta and it’s always for us. But we just got to go out here and get this next game,” he said. “I’m not worried about Game 5, I’m worried about Game 4. We got to get this Game 4, play harder, play smarter, play together, and we’ll see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Prasad’s new job

first_imgLawyer-turned-politician Ravi Shankar Prasad of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been elevated as the new deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in place of S.S. Ahluwalia.His elevation is likely to liven up House proceedings as he will be pitted against Rajiv Shukla, minister of state for parliamentary affairs. However, some could see this as a family matter too. Prasad’s sister is married to Shukla.last_img

UP school wants students to sport Yogi-like haircut, say no to beards and shun ‘love jihad’

first_imgEver since taking over as the chief minister of the country’s most populated state, CM Yogi Adityanath has been on a revamp spree.From shutting down of illegal abattoirs to enforcing anti-romeo squad to keep a check on eve-teasers across the state – Uttar Pradesh seems to be gripped in an array of changes.However what caught the attention of the people, is a recent unusual diktat from a CBSE affiliated school in Meerut. According to a Times of India report , students of this school were asked to get haircut like CM Yogi Adityanath with strict no on beards and a blanket prohibition on non-vegetarian food and forced gender segregation to prevent love ‘jihad’. Incidentally, the reason cited for not allowing beards was because the school was ‘not a madarssa where people offer namaz’, said the report.The incident came to light on Thursday after few students alleged that they were not allowed to enter the campus of Rishabh Academy Co-Educational English Medium School because they did not have proper haircuts.Students of a Meerut school allege they were asked to get ‘Yogi haircut’ and not get non-veg food, else would not be allowed to enter school ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 28, 2017″I asked the students to get Yogi-like haircuts, when they were unable to understand what we wanted. We basically want very short haircuts, of the kind the Army gives. Also, the students have been told strictly to not keep beards as this is not a madarssa or a place where they come to offer namaz,” Ranjeet Jain secretary of managing committee told Time of India.advertisementI had asked the students to remain in discipline, and get ‘Fauji cut’: Ranjeet Jain, Secretary Rishabh Academy ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 28, 2017The management reportedly said that the school was run by Jain trust, non-vegetarian food even eggs were prohibited. The report also stated that the school practiced enforced gender segregation.”This is being done for the safety of girls and to prevent love jihad. Muslim boys take on names similar to Hindus, befriend girls, tie ‘kalavas’ on their wrists and try to woo girls. I cannot tolerate this in school premises. Moreover, these days nobody likes if a boy from one community touches a girl from another community,” Jain said.Also read:Yogi Raj: UP ministers conduct surprise checks, Keshav Prasad Maurya finds PWD office in disarray Yogi Adityanath government sets up anti-land mafia task force in Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh won’t enjoy these 15 holidays anymore to mark birth and death anniversariesWATCH : Will UP CM Yogi Adityanath fulfill PM Modi’s long list of promises?last_img read more

World Cup 2018: England fans look beyond defeat against Belgium

first_imgEngland fans were left disappointed after their country’s 1-0 defeat against Belgium in the third and final Group G match at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.However, the supporters still have faith in the Gareth Southgate side and hope England repeat their 1966 World Cup journey.Both England and Belgium went into the match in Kaliningrad knowing they had qualified for the last 16 but the atmosphere among England fans after the game was more subdued than celebratory.”Dull, boring, lifeless – nothing else to say really. But we’re going to win the World Cup anyway so don’t worry about us!” said Leighton from Liverpool.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith both teams qualified, much of the pre-game talk had revolved around speculation a second-place group finish might offer an easier path through the tournament as it avoided a potential clash with Brazil.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEFans like Tom, 26, from Milton Keynes chided England, saying they had fielded a weaker side showing eight changes from the team who crushed Panama 6-1. England will face Colombia in the round of 16 (Reuters Photo)He said the strategy had backfired as the loss meant Gareth Southgate’s side finished second in Group G and face Group H winners Colombia next, rather than Japan who play Belgium.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16″Absolute disgrace. You play your best team. If it’s not good enough, then so be it,” he said.”We’ve got a harder game now in the last 16. We were too busy being concerned about avoiding Brazil in the quarter-final and now we might not even get there,” he said.advertisementThe atmosphere among England fans outside the stadium in Kaliningrad was quiet with a few fans chanting “We’re on our way!”Belgium beat England to top Group G, Tunisia thump PanamaGraham Waites, 57, who had travelled to the game from Sweden, was less critical of the performance. England won a FIFA World Cup in 1966 (Reuters Photo)”Belgium maybe deserved to win, but nobody was really playing so far because we’d already qualified. But it was disappointing because we want to keep winning to keep building confidence in the team,” he said.Michy Batshuayi sees funny side after his goal celebration goes wrongHe was unsure if England would overcome Colombia.”Who knows, Colombia, sometimes they play brilliant, other times they are disorganised. Hopefully, we will be more organised,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Australian fans in Cape Town ‘let down’ by team after ball-tampering scandal

first_imgHundreds of Australian cricket supporters have travelled a vast distance at great expense to follow their side on the tour of South Africa and many have been left disillusioned and angry by the ball-tampering scandal that has erupted around the side.Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner stood down on Sunday morning, the fourth day of the on-going third Test against South Africa at Newlands, after admitting a pre-meditated attempt to tamper with the ball on the third day.It is a scandal that has sent shockwaves through Australian sport and for those who spend money following the team around the world, it has left them with a deep sense of displeasure.”It is amazingly disappointing. It’s disgraceful actually,” Scott Keeley from Adelaide told Reuters at Newlands. (Australian government wants Steve Smith to be sacked after ball-tampering row)”We are staying in the same hotel as the players and walking through there last night and this morning, it is like being at a funeral. It was very sombre.”Some of the players not involved in this match were going about their business as usual, but the ones involved in the game were harder to spot, which is a change from the previous days. (Ball-tampering row: Under Cricket Australia rules, Steve Smith and David Warner face life bans)”It has left us in absolute shock. This is not what Australian sport is about. The tough but fair (style) is something that we share with South Africa in the way we like to play our sport.”advertisementKeeley thought Smith had no option but to resign and said many in his sizeable tour party had decided to shun the cricket on Sunday. (Integrity of Australian cricket is laughing stock of world sport now: Adam Gilchrist)”It feels like a token gesture, though, because I see him out there. But I think the worst is still to come for Steve Smith,” he said.”In our tour group, I know there are a lot of people who didn’t come today. The yellow t-shirts are nowhere near as prevalent. The vibe amongst the group is very much one of disgust and disappointment.”A member of another tour group, Chris McIntyre from Brisbane, agreed that Smith’s position was no longer tenable. (On ball-tampering issue, IPL to wait for ICC decision before acting, says Shukla)”You have got to maintain the credibility of the game,” he said.”Steve is a great cricketer, but he was captain of Australia … everybody involved in Australian cricket should be disappointed in the actions of yesterday. It is against the spirit of cricket. (Ball-tampering row: Don’t see Steve Smith continuing as Australia captain, says Ganguly)”We would like to say we are competitive and that we do like to win, and we are out to win. But the game of cricket is bigger than one result.”He suggested that all those who had spent thousands of dollars to be part of the tour had been let down.”Just in our tour group there is excess of 100 people and there are probably three or four other groups,” McIntyre added. (Harbhajan Singh ‘shocked’ after ICC hands only 1-Test ban to Smith over ball-tampering row)”So you have three or four hundred Australians who are here at Newlands and you would like to see cricket that is in the spirit of the game.”last_img read more

Unbelievable! Lynn in awe of Narine as openers fire KKR to IPL 2019 top spot

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders star Chris Lynn heaped praise on his fellow opener Sunil Narine after the duo batted Rajasthan Royals out of an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday.Chasing a modest total of 140, Kolkata Knight Riders were off to a flyer after Narine and Lynn took the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to the cleaners. The home side were made to work hard for their runs on what seemed to be a sluggish wicket in Jaipur.Steve Smith was the only bright spot in Royals’ batting performance as none of the other batsmen, including big guns Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes, were able to get going.However, Narine and Lynn batted as if the the Knight Riders’ chase was happening on a different surface. Narine hit a six and four boundaries in Krishnappa Gowtham’s first over as KKR raced to 32 for 0 in 2 overs.The visitors were 65 for 0 at the end of the powerplay as Narine and Lynn brought up their highest opening stand of IPL 2019 with some stunning shot-making.Narine missed out on a fifty when he was dismissed on 47 (in 25 balls) but the two KKR openers had already done the damage by putting on 91 in just 51 balls.Lynn got out just after getting to his seventh IPL fifty but Robin Uthappa (26 off 16) made sure KKR got past the finish line without further hiccups.”Unbelievable (batting from Narine). He has done it for a couple of years now. We don’t talk too much. Just keep it simple. I am traditionally a slow starter. It is a long tournament, we are building nicely with important wins,” Lynn told Star Sports after KKR’s 8-wicket win.advertisementClinical effort: Dinesh Karthik elated after KKR’s 8-wicket winMeanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik praised the collective effort of his men in their table-topping win in Jaipur.KKR are now No. 1 on the points table with four wins from five matches and a better Net Run Rate than second-placed Chennai Super Kings.”It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that’s always the case,” Karthik said.Despite Lynn and Narine putting on a big-hitting show, pacer Harry Gurney walked away with the Man of the Match on his IPL debut.The seasoned English pacer finished with figures of 2 for 25 after getting the wickets of Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi.”It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn’t use it much tonight,” Gurney said.Having won two in two, KKR will travel to Chennai to take on the Super Kings on Tuesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, which has been MS Dhoni-led side’s fortress so far.Also Read | IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders crush Rajasthan Royals to become table toppersAlso Read | Ready to rock and roll for KKR in IPL 2019: Chris Lynnlast_img read more

Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler: ‘I need to keep pressing for World Cup place’

first_imgShare on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email No fizz for Wales despite securing second place in Six Nations Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows Read more Warren Gatland Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Rugby union Scarlets Topics The Observer Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Wales rugby union team A year ago the World Cup was a distant dream for Shingler, who was first capped in 2011. Wales played a power game then, which did not suit the athletic, running and handling back-row, but the progression to a style similar to the Scarlets helped resurrect his international career.“Twelve months ago I was nowhere to be seen. Now I am asking questions when I am not starting,” he says. “I think I showed what I was about in the Six Nations. What struck me about the tournament was how matches sway on one-off moments: towards the end of the England game I made a break and then kicked ahead because I did not see anyone around me. Owen Farrell got back and just held on to the ball. I wish I had kicked it a bit harder because I felt I had the pace on him. Games are so tight, coming down to a pass here or a disallowed try there. Other than in Rome, there are not many away victories.”Shingler still wonders how his career would have turned out had he remained a cricketer. “It is a tough sport mentally,” he says. “If you are not playing well in rugby, you can get physical and play simply, running and tackling hard. Cricket is more technical and a harder sport to make it in. Looking back, I tried too hard, practising every day of the year and trying to model myself on other bowlers. Knowing what I know now, I would be smarter with my training and be my own bowler.“Rugby was the right decision for me as this week shows. The Six Nations is followed by a big European game. It is hard to put into words what making the semi-final would mean for me. You do not know when you will get the opportunity again. It is about getting the detail right and nailing it on the day. We lost our first two matches in the group and needed two tries in the last three minutes of the third. I thought we had had it, but as well as being able to play when it is on, this side has character. Physically and mentally, we are where we need to be.” La Rochelle Share on WhatsApp Read more As befits a former opening bowler – he took the new ball for England at Under-19 level – used to sending down bouncers, he asked the Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, why he had been dropped. “I felt I had done enough to keep the shirt and I was very disappointed not to start against France,” says Shingler, who came off the bench in the second half. “I had a word with Warren: you have to ask him what is going on. He said I was unlucky. I have to keep putting him under pressure to pick me and fulfil my goal of playing in a World Cup.”Shingler will not fade into relative obscurity now the Six Nations is over, as regional players have often done this decade with European campaigns tending to end at the group stage: it is nine years since Wales supplied a semi-finalist in the European Cup and the Scarlets have not reached that stage since 2007, when Shingler was still trying to make it with Glamorgan.“It is the first time in my career that I have been involved in two competitions at this stage of the season,” says Shingler, who helped the Scarlets win what was the Pro 12 last season, routing Munster in the final at the Aviva Stadium after defeating Leinster with a flourish in the semi-final in Dublin. “It will not be easy, starting with La Rochelle, who are a massive side that likes to move the ball, but we are a difficult team to beat and it is not often in your career that you have the chance of a double.”The Scarlets finished last season playing like rugby’s version of the Harlem Globetrotters: not even Leinster could live with their perpetual motion, all offloads, angles and support play, but at the beginning of the campaign they struggled to adapt to the new system brought in by their coaches, the New Zealander Wayne Pivac and the former Wales outside-half Stephen Jones.“We lost the first five matches,” says Shingler. “The pattern was totally different from anything I had experienced before. A lot of hard work went into the detail of what we wanted to do. The basic message was to play like the All Blacks, running from anywhere, counter-attacking and offloading. We had the players to do it and with the way defences are these days, you have to take a few risks. We constantly work on skills so that they are a habit under pressure and come naturally.”Wales, missing a host of their Lions, started with 10 Scarlets against Scotland in the Six Nations and were rewarded with their first try bonus point in the tournament after missing out in 2017. “It takes longer for a new style to evolve with a national side because the players are not together for as long but we showed in the last couple of months that it is coming out,” says Shingler. “We are building towards the World Cup and it is about peaking at the right time.” features Aaron Shingler was one of Wales’s standout players in the Six Nations but the Scarlets flanker goes into Good Friday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle feeling he has something to prove after being left out of the final match against France.The 30-year-old forward, whose international career looked to have tapered off last year when he was left out of a largely reserve squad for the summer Tests against Tonga and Samoa, excelled in the opening rounds of the championship but after sitting out the penultimate match against Italy, when Wales made 10 changes, he made only the bench six days later. 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Rúben Neves fails to show he could be City’s Fernandinho-in-waiting

first_imgPremier League As the game kicked off, Neves’ vital statistics were similar, in some areas, to Fernandinho’s. Each had featured 19 times, playing 1,637 and 1,679 Premier League minutes respectively. Neves had scored once to the Brazilian’s three strikes, made one to his three assists, and both were on 15 chances created. Neves had executed 44 tackles to Fernandinho’s 41. The latter, though, had a tackle success rate of 80.5% to 47.7% and Fernandinho’s pass count was 1,397 to Neves’s 1,059.The senior man, of course, should have finer numbers as he is a couple of classes above Neves and plays for a better side. To help him in the duel Neves lined up against Fernandinho with a dedicated partner alongside, the 23-year-old Leander Dendoncker, an advantage erased when Willy Boly was sent off on 19 minutes.Yet if Guardiola wants his holding player to stymie attacks as well as launch them, then the manner in which Neves was left a spectator when City scored on 10 minutes was hardly the requisite calling card. Neves was still trailing back, outside Wolves’s area, when City applied a classic one-two via a Leroy Sané cross and Gabriel Jesus finish.Moments later Fernandinho showed the younger man how to destroy. After a Kyle Walker error allowed Diogo Jota to set off down the left, the No 25 raced across and scythed him down, willing to take a booking to ensure the forward and Wolves were halted.Despite the defensive part of Fernandinho’s job description Guardiola admires his man for his supreme all-round game. This is why Ilkay Gundogan remains a deputy only – he possesses the artistry of the schemer but is less of a natural at the darker midfield arts.Yet, if Neves wanted to show how he can create, Boly’s sending-off limited the scope to do so. With Wolves a goal and a man down the Portuguese’s night became harder. Now he had to try to squeeze the space that City’s dizzying pass-and-move game opens up, while looking for a moment where the match could be wrested back his team’s way. Topics The corollary here was that this challenge also handed Neves opportunity to shine: pass the audition of performing in even more trying circumstances and he might influence Guardiola’s thinking when deciding whom to pursue as Fernandinho’s successor.But when Raheem Sterling was able to turn in yards of space inside the area Neves was one of the visiting men who slumbered. Seconds later he did hassle Jesus enough to distract him but his part in City’s second goal disappointed.This came from a penalty won by Sterling (converted coolly by Jesus) that was possible after Neves was unable to stop David Silva making the pass into the England man.From this juncture the night was a relative stroll for Fernandinho – and City – though Neves did keep going for his manager, Nuno Espírito Santo as an own goal gave City their third. There was a flash of quality when setting Adama Traoré free along the right and he continued to snap at the heels of Fernandinho, David and Bernardo Silva: a midfield to rank among the world’s best – even before De Bruyne’s 61st-minute introduction.Beforehand Guardiola had pointed to how Neves is often one of a holding two for Wolves. How he might perform as the lone man in City’s stellar side remains moot.Whether he will ever have a chance to do so should become clearer in the future. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pay £100m for Wolves’ Rúben Neves Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Manchester City Share on Twitter Read more Wolverhampton Wandererscenter_img Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Gabriel Jesus double eases Manchester City past 10-man Wolves Read more If Kevin De Bruyne was a surprise omission for Manchester City, this was an evening when Rúben Neves could illustrate why Pep Guardiola rates him highly enough to be a potential replacement for the near-peerless Fernandinho.The lead-up to this contest of second-versus-11th featured the Catalan calling Neves excellent while insisting his club would never pay the “£100m” price he has read the 21-year-old will cost.Neves is a specialist in the one position Guardiola has no natural competition for: defensive midfield, where time ticks loudly for the 33-year-old Fernandinho. Guardiola offered no official word that the club would actually like to sign Neves but a player who is the Champions League’s youngest captain is of interest and has impressed in his first campaign in England’s top tier. Share on Pinterest features Reuse this content Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season

first_imgMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Share via Email Share on Twitter If any charges are proven, the League – liasing closely with the FA – believe the “full range of sanctions” could potentially be applied. These range from a slap on the wrist to expulsion from the league, although no one is suggesting that the latter scenario – or a points deduction – are likely.Nonetheless Leeds made a point of issuing a swift, formal, apology to Derby on Saturday and Bielsa has evidently deemed it politic to adopt a conciliatory tone while opting for total honesty.“I’m going to make it easier for the EFL investigation,” said the 63-year-old Argentinian, speaking via a translator. “My behaviour is observed from the most extreme position. By doing this I respect the possible sanctions by the authorities.”Significantly he declined to use the precedent of past incidents of football managers spying on opponents – a practice that, as recently as Friday, he maintained is the norm across South America – as a defence and appeared to accept that a certain moral ambiguity underpinned such subterfuge. “I don’t want to make it easier for me by attacking others,” he said.“Regarding what I’ve done it is not illegal. It’s not specified, described or restrained. It’s not seen as a good thing but it is not a violation of the law. Although not illegal it’s not necessarily the right thing to do. But the wrong things you do are not done with bad intention or an intention to cheat.In the course of the media briefing, Bielsa also treated assembled journalists to a PowerPoint presentation designed to detail how much preparation and analysis he and his staff devote to each opponent – before spies are deployed and their reports compiled. Regardless of information received from undercover operatives, the Leeds manager spends countless hours analysing opponent’s previous matches. Citing Derby as an example, he revealed his research on the exact number of times Lampard had utilised particular formations, which players he had deployed in different positions and the identification of opposing formations they had struggled against.If the underlying message was that Bielsa’s meticulous attention to the small print would almost certainly have helped transport Leeds to the top of the table without any spying, it probably worked. Reuse this content More pertinent though is the question of how lawyers will interpret his actions in relation to EFL Regulation 3.4 which states: “In all matters and transactions relating to the league each club shall behave towards each other club and the league with the utmost good faith.”Then there is the similarly rather woolly EFL Regulation 21 which states that managers must not bring the League or any club into “disrepute.”It seems Bielsa’s answer attributed what had happened to cultural misunderstanding. “If you observe something without authorisation we call it spying,” he said. “I’m going to try and explain I did not have bad intentions. I did not try to get an unfair sporting advantage but I did it because it was not illegal or violating specific laws. But I have to adapt to the habits of English football.”Lampard later admitted he had yet to see Bielsa’s explanation. “It’s a funny one for me because I don’t really want to speak too much,” he said after Derby’s win over Southampton. “I’ve said quite a lot at the weekend. It is what it is now. We all know what’s been happening across the board. It’s a league issue now. It’s our league, it’s every team. So it’s up to them to decide what goes from now.” Share on LinkedIn Leeds’ spying should be treated as a form of entertainment, not cheating Topics Transfer round-up: Everton’s Oumar Niasse to join Cardiff on loan Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Pinterest Share on Facebook Leeds United Share on Pinterest Marcelo Bielsa said: ‘I observed all the rivals we played against. We watched all the training sessions before we played them.’ Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Paul Wilson Twitter Marcelo Bielsa Share on WhatsApp “So why did I send someone to watch them? Just because I thought I wasn’t violating the norm. All the information I need to clarify [my tactics] I gather without watching the training session of the opponent … but we feel guilty if we don’t work enough. Watching it [the opponents training] allows us to have less anxiety and, in my case, I am stupid enough to allow this kind of behaviour.”Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Elland Road’s “Spygate” furore is that Bielsa’s Championship leaders have been able to deploy such clandestine tactics undetected for more than half a season.The former Argentina and Chile manager was finally prompted to address the issue last Friday when, shortly before Leeds beat Frank Lampard’s Derby County 2-0 in West Yorkshire, the Midlands club revealed that police had apprehended a suspicious person outside their training ground on Thursday. Bielsa immediately acknowledged he was a member of his backroom staff.Although the man was released without charge, it transpired he had been equipped with pliers, binoculars and disguised clothing. “Cheating is a big word but this is over the line,” said Lampard, who revealed that, before Derby lost 4-1 to Leeds earlier in the season a man was spotted lurking in the bushes outside his training ground. “I’d rather not coach than send people undercover on their hands and knees in the undergrowth,” added the former England midfielder.The Football League and Football Association responded by launching investigations but, given that there are no precise rules governing footballing espionage, it is difficult to see exactly what punishment they can impose on Leeds and Bielsa without stepping into a legal minefield. Even so, the EFL has asked Elland Road executives for their observations and, once a response is received, will decide if there has been a contravention of the League’s charter and whether to issue charges against Leeds and/or their manager. newslast_img read more

Godin returns to Atletico training ahead of Madrid Derby

first_imgAtletico Madrid received a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s derby after Diego Godin returned to training on Wednesday.Godin was forced off at half-time during Atletico’s 2-0 win over Getafe last month and Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Real Betis.The defender underwent an MRI scan and Atleti confirmed he had suffered “an elongation in the adductor muscle of the right thigh”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Godin has made a quick recovery and was back with Diego Simeone’s squad as they prepare to host Real Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.Gran mañana, de vuelta al trabajo con el equipo!!!👍💪— Diego Godín (@diegogodin) February 6, 2019″Great morning, back to work with the team,” Godin posted on Twitter in reply to Atletico confirming his return.Godin, 32, has made 17 league appearances in 2018-19, starting 15 times and scoring twice.He is out of contract at the end of the current season and has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to Inter, a move that would see him end a nine-year spell with Los Colchoneros.Atletico are currently second in La Liga and know that a victory over their city rivals will take them five points clear of Santiago Solari’s side, who face a Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday.Last season’s Europa League winners were beaten 1-0 by Real Betis in their most recent league tie, ending a 19-match unbeaten run.last_img read more

Province Marks Patient Safety Week

first_imgPatients across Nova Scotia are being encouraged to take a more active role in their health care by asking questions health care givers questions as part of Canadian Patient Safety Week, Oct. 20-Oct.27. As many as 8,000 health-care professionals will wear Ask Me buttons on Monday, Oct. 23, throughout Nova Scotia’s hospitals to increase communication as one way to lead to safer care. Patients in some hospitals will also receive copies of the Department of Health’s Patient Safety Tips on meal trays that suggest questions that could be asked during their stay. “We have one of the best systems in the world but it’s important during this week for us to stress that patient safety is our number one priority,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Even with the best systems in place, things may not go as expected. Our health-care professionals have worked very hard in the past several years to enhance policies that will improve the quality of care Nova Scotians receive and reduce the risks during hospital stays or when they visit a clinic.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities are planning events across the province this week to raise awareness about the initiatives underway to combat threats like antibiotic-resistant infections and medication errors that can occur. “Patients can help themselves and their medical team by asking questions,” Dr. Pat Croskerry, chair of the Nova Scotia Health Care Safety Advisory Committee. “When they’re given medication, patients should ask the name of the pill and make sure their nurse or doctor knows about any other medication they’re taking, or any allergies they may have to drugs. The campaign is also meant to encourage greater communication among health-care workers.” Dr. Croskerry, a leading physician on this topic is attending a patient safety conference in Vancouver, called Halifax 6: The Canadian Healthcare Safety Symposium. The symposium first began in Nova Scotia. Canadian Patient Safety Week marks the strong commitment Canadian health-care organizations have made to improve safety. From patient safety research to the growth of successful national campaign called Safer Healthcare Now, there is a greater emphasis on measures like hand washing and reducing errors in medication. Tips on patient safety and provincial initiatives are available on the Department of Health website at .last_img read more

Submit action taken against defaulting industries in Narela Bawana NGT directs DPCC

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to submit action taken report (ATR) with regard to closure of defaulting industries making shoe soles and other plastic goods in Narela and Bawana area. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the DPCC to assess the compensation by these units within three months. The tribunal made it clear that the power under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Environment Protection Act, 1986 to recover compensation is exercisable by the DPCC exclusively which cannot be delegated to the SDM or the municipal corporation. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”However, the SDM and the municipal corporation are free to exercise their own statutory powers under the Municipal Act or the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) or any other enabling statutory powers. The DPCC is free to take assistance of an agency as per law but the responsibility of compliance is of the DPCC itself,” the tribunal said. During the hearing, the NGT was informed that solid waste has been disposed of at waste to energy plant and 244 units found dumping/burning of waste have been asked to pay environmental compensation of Rs 50,000 each. “143 out of them have paid the amount and the remaining 101 units, who failed to deposit the amount, have been directed to be closed. SDM has been asked to recover the damages as arrears of the land revenue. A policy has been framed for recovery of compensation. In a surprise inspection, no open burning was seen,” the bench was told.last_img read more

Manchester weather forecast India vs Pakistan Showers could dampen mood

first_imgNew Delhi: On the eve of the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli said he and his players were treating the game against Pakistan as just another cricketing match and that the discussion in the dressing room was no different. Mickey Arthur came later, and the Pakistan coach was perhaps reading from the same script. Well, the questions kept pestering him and he finally spoke. (Complete coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019) “I don’t want to say it’s the biggest rivalry in sport, but I saw some stats, you know, which said I think the soccer World Cup final attracted 1.6 billion viewers. Tomorrow likely to get 1.5 billion. It doesn’t get bigger than that. It doesn’t get more exciting. I’m telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you’ll be remembered forever.” There is so much at stake, and even if the teams take it as a contest, it is not quite a game played with bat and ball. And then there is the weather, the dour, fickle English weather and more eyes will be looking upwards at the skies on the day. The rain stopped in the late afternoon in Manchester, but made sporadic appearances right through the day. The outfield, which for some reason was not covered, are soggy and there are patches of puddles on the field which can be a huge concern. The drainage system at Old Trafford will be put to the sword if the rain abates. On the day, as per a BBC weather report, chances of rain during the much anticipated game of the World Cup 2019 is 21 per cent. According to the Met department, there is more than 50% chance of rain around noon and between 5 pm and 7 pm (BST) on Sunday. As per Accuweather prediction, it will be overcast throughout Sunday, with rainfall expected as the day progresses. Accuweather also predicts a light shower between 12 PM local time and 1 PM local time in Manchester on Sunday.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

New power for Manitoba childrens advocate after inquiry into 5 year olds

first_imgThe Canadian PressManitoba’s children’s advocate will gain new powers next week to work on behalf of more young people and to make more of her findings public.The Progressive Conservative government says portions of a law passed last year are to take effect March 15.The changes expand the role of Daphne Penrose beyond child welfare to examine youth services in areas such as education, health and justice.Another change will allow her to publicly release findings from her investigations into the deaths of children in government care.The additional powers were recommended in 2013 by the inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers closed her file.The advocate’s office is currently finishing a review into the death of Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014 after she had run away from a hotel where social workers had placed her.“This (change) will ensure greater public accountability for a range of key public services that protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable children and youth, and aim to make those services more effective and responsive,” Families Minister Scott Fielding said Tuesday in a written statement.The children’s advocate is an independent office of the legislature that has been forbidden from publicly releasing reports into child deaths. The advocate releases general findings in annual reports and appears every year before a legislature committee.last_img read more

Bail hearing set for man charged in plane sabotage case

MIAMI — A bail hearing is scheduled for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner as part of a labour dispute.Prosecutors are seeking pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. Defence attorneys are expected to argue that he should be released from jail on bail.Alani was arrested earlier this month on a criminal complaint charging that in July he disabled an airliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because he was upset that ongoing labour negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime.The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq. Prosecutors have not filed any terrorism-related charges in the case. Alani also has not yet entered a plea.Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Boris Johnson to tackle antivaxx fake news on social media that is

The Prime Minister has said social media firms must share the responsibility for the rising spread of measles in the UK as he attacked antivax misinformation. Boris Johnson will on Monday set out plans to improve vaccination rates on a visit to a hospital in the South West, following a rise in cases of measles.In the first quarter of 2019 there were 231 confirmed cases of measles, just three years after the World Health Organisation declared the UK measles-free. Earlier this year Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said “fake news” by anti-vaxers on social media had fuelled a tripling in measles cases and added that the promotion of misguided messages on Instagram and YouTube was one of the factors behind the dip in vaccinations.Ahead of the visit, Mr Johnson, who will call a summit of social media companies to discuss how they can play their part in promoting accurate information about vaccination, said: “After a period of progress where we were once able to declare Britain measles free, we’ve now seen hundreds of cases of measles in the UK this year. 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. Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “With this strategy, the whole health system will come together to renew focus on vaccinations, especially for our children, and this time we will eliminate measles for good.”Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said the UK losing its measles-free status was “a stark reminder of how important it is that every eligible person gets vaccinated”. “Elimination can only be sustained by maintaining and improving coverage of the MMR vaccine,” he said.”Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man – only one person travelling back to an area with lower vaccination rates can lead to an outbreak.”Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is always at risk.” “One case of this horrible disease is too many, and I am determined to step up our efforts to tackle its spread. “This is a global challenge and there’s a number of reasons why people don’t get themselves or their children the vaccines they need, but we need decisive action across our health service and society to make sure communities are properly immunised.”The Prime Minister added: “From reassuring parents about the safety of vaccines, to making sure people are attending follow-up appointments, we can and must do more to halt the spread of infectious, treatable diseases in modern-day Britain.”Mr Johnson called for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had both doses of the MMR vaccine, as currently only 87.2 per cent of children have the second dose of the jab. As part of the Department for Health’s strategy it plans to work with the Department for Education to explore more ways in which students can be informed about their health, including the value of vaccinations, which they hope will enable them to critically assess misinformation spread online about certain vaccines. This is down from a high of 88.6 per cent in 2014-15, the lower uptake of which is thought to be partly behind the spread of measles, Downing Street said.NHS England will write to all GPs urging them to promote “catch-up” vaccination programmes, and will seek to strengthen the role of local immunisation co-ordinators in a bid to improve uptake.It will also seek to update the advice on the NHS’s website to address misleading information about the dangers of vaccines. read more

Great news for uranium – two new US reactors

first_imgUS President Barack Obama announced last week that the Department of Energy (DoE) has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia, USA. The project is scheduled to be the first US nuclear power plant to be constructed in nearly three decades.“To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we need to increase our supply of nuclear power and today’s announcement helps to move us down that path. But energy leaders and experts recognise that as long as producing carbon pollution carries no cost, traditional plants that use fossil fuels will be more cost-effective than plants that use nuclear fuel. That is why we need comprehensive energy and climate legislation to create a system of incentives to make clean energy profitable,” said Obama.The two new 1,100 MW Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant will supplement the two existing reactor units at the facility. “This is a significant step by the Obama Administration to restart our domestic nuclear industry, helping to create valuable long-term jobs and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. Project sponsors include Georgia Power Co, Oglethorpe Power Corp, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the City of Dalton, Georgia.The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorised the DoE to issue loan guarantees for projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and employ new or significantly-improved technologies as compared to technologies in service in the US at the time the guarantee is issued.The nuclear facility is eligible for loan guarantees because it achieves substantial environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In addition, the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor has incorporated numerous innovations resulting in significant operational, safety, and cost enhancements.The DoE says Georgia’s need for electricity is growing and is expected to increase by around 30% over the next 15 years. When the new nuclear reactors come on line, they will provide reliable, base-load electricity capable of serving about 550,000 residences or 1.4 million people.last_img read more

Sort the rainbow Brilliant contraption uses infrared LED to organize Skittles

first_imgAttention Hollywood assistants — the next time you encounter a diva who wants nothing but green Skittles in her dressing room, you might want to check out this video. While its applications may be limited, the technology behind it and the mere fact that it is possible to accomplish this kind of automation in a fairly accessible way show a keen level of innovation.The machine, built by Brian Egenriether, uses an infrared LED and phototransistor to determine the color of every piece of candy, one-by-one, and then it rotates them around a turnstile before dropping each piece into the appropriate bucket.Aside from that process, the rest of the device is fairly low-tech, with a bunch of PVC pipes, wood, and even a funnel from a hummingbird feeder. In other words, it is a fairly accessible project (as opposed to this one) and something that could probably be turned into some sort of novelty gift.I can’t help but think back to the days of elementary school math when everyone had a bag of Skittles and had to sort out every color as an exercise in randomization and probability. This contraption just makes that practice seem so outdated, like so many other things from the 1990s.Earlier this year, a similar video surfaced of a Lego sorting machine, built of course entirely out of Lego parts. That contraption was arguably more complex, with more than 37,000 parts and the ability to sort on a more granular level than just by color.Check out the Skittles sorting process in action in the video below:last_img read more

Father Marinakis honoured for his service

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Long serving priest, Father Athanasios Marinakis was honoured on May 30 at the Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia for his 40-year contribution to the community.Father Marinakis was ordained in 1962 at the young age of 31.Beyond his duties as a priest, the now 79-year-old selflessly dedicated himself to assisting the broader Greek community. He has been a probation officer, an interpreter for the courts, and an interpreter at the Children’s Hospital in both Melbourne and South Australia. He has assisted the Greek community in immigration matters, workers compensation matters, common law cases and raised money for the poor.“Social work and immigration was where the need was because people were very, very poor,” he said. In 1988, Father Marinakis was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his services to the community.The ceremony saw president of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia, Mr Elovaris unveil a plaque in Father Marinakis’ honour.Mr Elovaris praised the long service of Father Marinakis, acknowledging the grave responsibility he had towards attaining to the spiritual needs of the community. Also present was the Bishop of Adelaide , Iakovos, SA Minister for Multicultural Affairs Grace Portolesi, Father Nicholas Despinoudis, Father Mariankis’ family.Father Marinakis thanked all those who have advised him and supported him including various church communities and the committee of women’s auxiliary of the church, including Mrs Antigone Vasou. He closed off by thanking all his parishioners and the Greek community for the many years of support as he serviced the church.last_img read more

Juventus cant afford Pogba or Morata

first_imgJuventus CEO Beppe Marotta has indicated that the club can’t afford to buy either of their former stars Paul Pogba or Alvaro MorataBoth stars played together at Juventus from 2014 to 2016 and together they won the Serie A title on multiple occasions, before Pogba sealed a then-world record transfer of £89.3m to Manchester United and Morata return to Real Madrid in a €30m deal.Currently the duo have struggled at their respective clubs with Pogba regularly being criticised this season for his inconsistent performances. While Morata, now with Chelsea, has only scored one league goal since December and is reportedly discontent with life in London.But, despite their uncertain futures, Marotta told Mediaset that he feels that their market value is now out of their reach.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I don’t really believe in players coming back after having gone away, but there are also exceptions.” said Marotta, according to SportsMole.“They are two great professionals who left excellent memories, but the market value that they have reached is a mirage for us.”last_img read more