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first_img John Stones looks for answers after losing Matthijs de Ligt for the Netherlands equaliser. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA “It’s difficult to know why individual errors like that could happen,” Southgate said. “I can only say that to play the way we want to play takes courage and, when it doesn’t work, it’s very difficult for the players. It’s easy to turn round and kill them. But we have some defenders who are prepared to take the ball in areas where many defenders in the world aren’t. It’s been the bedrock of how we have progressed and we have to continue it, but of course we can’t make the mistakes we did.”Southgate was not just referring to Stones when Ross Barkley, dropping back from his midfield role, was also culpable for the third Netherlands goal. Yet the manager made the point that the nervousness spread once Stones had presented the ball to Memphis Depay in the buildup to England going 2-1 behind. Stones also lost De Ligt at the corner from which the Ajax centre-half headed in the equaliser and that, for Southgate, was another disappointment.“I’d have to go back through the footage but they were too strong for us from set plays all night,” he said. “We had others cleared off the line and in [Virgil] van Dijk and De Ligt we knew they had two players who attack the ball really well. We weren’t able to cope.” Pinterest Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger Read more Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics That sounded like fair comment, for the most part, other than the perception that Stones is still at an age when people should be talking about his “potential” and, therefore, excused the occasional lapse in concentration. The same used to be said of Rio Ferdinand in his younger years and Matthijs de Ligt’s mistake to give away the penalty for England’s goal was another case in point. Yet the issue here is that Stones is 25, six years older than De Ligt, but still worrying a selection of different managers because of his tendency to overelaborate, to lose the ball in dangerous areas and endanger his team. John Stones Frenkie de Jong writes Netherlands script while Stones fluffs his lines Hodgson agreed very matter-of-factly that, yes, it was time for Stones to buck up his ideas Stones did start 20 league games for City last season, compared with Vincent Kompany’s 13 or Nicolás Otamendi’s 14, and there was only Aymeric Laporte, with 34, from Guardiola’s list of centre-halves who began more. Yet Stones did not play a single minute of City’s four knockout ties in the Champions League, as if Guardiola did not fully trust him in the key assignments. He was a 79th-minute substitute in the FA Cup final and was not even in their squad, uninjured, on a few occasions, at a time in his career when he must have hoped he would be a mandatory pick in City’s defence.Southgate’s hope is there will be more opportunities for Stones next season, particularly with Kompany leaving the club to become Anderlecht’s player-manager. Yet there is also the strong probability City will go back into the transfer market to sign a replacement for their captain.“I think we have to wait and see how that emerges,” Southgate said. “At the beginning of the season he [Stones] was playing in all the big games. That hasn’t been the case towards the end. But I still think Stones and [Harry] Maguire are our best two and I have to be there to support them in their difficult moments.” Gareth Southgate There was a time, early in Gareth Southgate’s reign as England manager, when he made a point of telling his players that if they were not appearing for their club sides they could not expect to hold down their positions in the national team either.Over time, that policy has clearly been abandoned as Southgate, like many of his predecessors, has realised it sounds good in theory but is not so easy in reality when he, for example, is an admirer of Fabian Delph, whose contribution for Manchester City in the Premier League since Boxing Day amounted to a 10-minute substitute appearance during a 3-0 win at bottom-of-the-league Huddersfield. Share on Facebook To play the way we want to play takes courage. It’s easy to turn round and kill the playersGareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn features Facebook England England look to Harry Winks to transform midfield exposed by De Jong Southgate was unwilling to add to the criticisms but perhaps he was also unaware, when asked whether the time had been and gone since Stones should have grown out of these kind of errors, that the previous two England managers, Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, had faced the same question during their time in charge. In Hodgson’s case, more than once – to the point he agreed very matter-of-factly that, yes, it was time for Stones to buck up his ideas.The current manager put it more sympathetically. “He knows that I am here to support him,” Southgate said. “I know he is going to get criticism, and he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club. We still think he has been our best centre-back, that he has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player, but he had so little football at the end of the season that the sharpness and fatigue as the game wore on were definitely factors.” Share on Pinterest On that basis, perhaps there can be a little empathy for John Stones on the back of his accident-prone performance in England’s defeat by the Netherlands in their Nations League semi-final. If those mistakes were a symptom of rustiness, who can really be surprised when Stones has started only three league fixtures for the champions since 10 February? If his confidence is low – or, at least, not as high as it could be – is that such a shock when his longest run of 90-minute league performances under Pep Guardiola last season amounted to a three-match sequence against Liverpool, Burnley and Spurs in October? Stones has just finished the season with winner’s medals from an unprecedented domestic treble but, in another sense, his vulnerability in Guimarães summed up what has been a difficult season for him personally, particularly since the turn of the year. Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Award-winning poet and novelist Patrick Lane has died at age 79.Publisher McClelland & Stewart made the announcement Thursday evening, calling Lane “one of Canada’s most renowned writers.”His accolades include the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award and three National Magazine Awards.Lane’s website says his career spanned 50 years and included 25 volumes of poetry and award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2014, and had been a writer-in-residence and teacher at several universities.Born in Nelson, B.C., in 1939, Lane lived near Victoria with his wife, poet Lorna Crozier.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIman KassamAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE, NWT — The Northwest Territories is launching what an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the death of Inuvialuit elder, Hugh Papik.According to a statement from the minister of Health for the Northwest Territories Tuesday, the investigation was called after media reports told the story of the man’s death.“I believe that the serious nature of certain concerns expressed in the media warrant a comprehensive external investigation with a view to determining whether there are learnings we can glean that will help us to improve the care we provide to elders and other residents in our small communities and throughout the Northwest Territories,” he said in the statement.It’s not clear who will lead the investigation or whether the findings will be made public.Papik, 68, suffered a stroke Aug., 3 at the government operated Joe Greenland seniors home in Aklavik, NWT, 1,200 km northwest of Yellowknife.His niece, Maggie Papik told APTN that his home care staff didn’t call an ambulance because they assumed that he was drunk.She said once he was brought to the community health centre, the nurses also assumed he was drunk and didn’t treat him. She says they sat in the healthPapik said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.Inuvialuit Elder whose stroke went untreated for six hours has died says nieceBy that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.She said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.  By that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.Maggie Papik was told by doctors that her uncle had too much swelling in his brain, and wasn’t going to make it. She then decided to take him off of life support.Hugh Papik died on Aug., 15 at the health centre in Inuvik.ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government wants to see a new process established to resolve conflicts over permits that Kinder Morgan says is delaying construction on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government has written to the National Energy Board, endorsing the creation of a panel that would address conflicts over municipal or provincial permits.Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) has appealed to the board, arguing Burnaby in Metro Vancouver is wrongly withholding construction permits for Trans Mountain after it has been approved by the federal government.British Columbia’s NDP government has also promised to do everything in its power to stop the expansion.Ottawa approved the $7.4-billion project last year, but Trans Mountain has faced opposition and legal challenges from local communities, environmentalists and First Nations.The pipeline goes from an Edmonton area tank farm to a port in Burnaby.Carr said he supports the establishment of a standing panel to determine Kinder Morgan’s compliance with project conditions placed on Trans Mountain.“The government has taken an important step to ensure that when a natural resource project is approved, it proceeds in a timely fashion and continues to generate economic benefits for all Canadians,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday.“The government is supportive of establishing a process that would assist in resolving any conflicts over the issuance of municipal or provincial permits and avoid unnecessary delays to project construction or regulatory compliance.”Burnaby’s position has been criticized by the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan.The city has said it is applying its regulatory process on the project in good faith.Kinder Morgan has asked the energy board for an order allowing work to begin without permits from Burnaby, and has also applied for an “expedited determination” to resolve similar problems in future.The expansion would more than triple the pipeline’s daily capacity to 890,000 barrels and increase the number of oil tankers moving through the Georgia Strait.Kinder Morgan officials have said delays in the project have the potential to cost millions of dollars and push the expansion nine months behind schedule.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON BAR, B.C. – A Canadian National Railway freight train has jumped the tracks near Boston Bar, B.C.The railway’s Andy Cummings says 19 cars from the mixed freight train were involved in the derailment late Thursday.David Karn, a spokesman with B.C.’s Environmental Ministry, says none of the train cars were compromised and all remained upright.Cummings says the train was travelling on Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and no one was injured in the derailment.He says nothing was spilled or leaked into the waterway.Cummings says an internal investigation has begun into the derailment.Companies in this story: TSX:CNR, TSX:CPlast_img read more

first_imgIn January the Mega Lottery Draw winners were announced, and the big prize was the 50/50 worth $25,860.  The winner was Mary Hopkins.  In the main Mega Lottery draw, first prize was $20,000 and that went to Doug Wilson.  Second prize of $10,000 was awarded to Bill Loewen.  Third prize was $5,000 and that went to Dan Bell. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club handed out cheques totalling over $175,000 on Thursday to groups in Northeast B.C.Proceeds from the regular Mega Lottery draw was $149,843, and another $24,209 came from the 50/50 draw.  The money will support the following groups:The Abbeyfield Houses of Fort St. JohnTaylor Minor Hockey AssociationPeace Passage Skating ClubEnergetic Edge Cheer AssociationStage North Theatre SocietyNorth Peace Gymnastics Association2276 PPCLI Society for Youth AdvancementHigh School Rodeos of BC AssociationFort St. John Soccer ClubRotary Club of Fort St JohnNorthern Dance Theatre SocietyFSJ Irish Dance SocietyFort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating ClubBear Mountain Nordic Ski ClubDawson Creek and District Hospital FoundationDawson Creek 5-Pin AssociationRotary Club of Dawson CreekSince 2003, the Rotary Mega Lottery has raised over $5 million for dozens of local clubs in Fort St John and Dawson Creek.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of cheats who were duping people on the pretext of giving handsome bonus and returns on insurance policies. The investigation further revealed that they have erected a Call Centre in Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and duped more than two hundred people all over India.Police identified the accused as Vikas Tyagi (31), Rahul Tyagi (34) and Sonu Kumar (30). They were nabbed from the fake call centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the complainant in the case was duped of Rs. 77,20,216 during the years from 2014 to 2017. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”They procured fake IDs to get SIM cards and to open bank accounts. They have cheated a large number of people of different states of India,” said DCP Central. He further added that hey induced the innocent people by impersonating themselves as employee/agent of insurance companies/IRDA and promised handsome bonus/returns on the insurance policies and then they get deposited certain amounts in their bank accounts from the innocent people and after withdrawing the money, they switched off their mobile phones.last_img read more

first_img‘Rest in Peace’ is a term much in popular use and is sighted characteristically on the social media portals. Whenever a known person departs for their heavenly abode, members of a particular social media group immediately take to expressing sorrow and grief and quote “RIP”. Thi has actually become a social ritual. But the person for whom this ‘RIP’ is being used has no effect from such expressions. One fails to understand what the actual usage of such expression is. Then why it is being used at all? The mind seeks an answer to this logical question. Also Read – A special kind of bondTo understand this aspect a little more in depth, one needs to understand the basics of the Sanatham Dharma which is largely in practice by the majority of people in this country. It is believed that there is only one great soul which is referred to as the “Paramatma”, the God, the Father. Each and every living creature is part of this God and ‘Atma’ present in each human and other living creatures are always eager to get attached to the ‘Parmatma’, whenever it leaves the physical form. The body is like the clothing which one keeps changing and the ‘Atma’ never dies, it never ceases to exist. Hindus and some other believers across the world subscribe to the notion of rebirth and reincarnation. At the end of one’s physical life graph, the balance sheet of the good and bad deeds decide the fate and the course of the next birth. More good deeds clocked by one during their lifetime means a better life in the following rebirth. It is directly proportional to the quality of the next life. It is the effect of ‘Karma’. Human life is the supreme one among all living beings. The ultimate ‘Moksha’ can only be attained through human life. ‘Moksha’ refers to the end of the life cycle when the soul is permanently attached to Parmatama and finally merges it with. There is no reversal here, no rebirth that one must undertake after the Moksha is attained. India is a land of Rishis, Munis, and Sadhus and noble souls always thriving to attain Moksha. Kaliyug (the age we are living in today) makes room for some dilution of the spiritual values. Nevertheless, spiritually elated people in each and every city, town, and villages of India are constantly seeking the ultimate Moksha and leading a simple and spiritually rich life towards achieving the main aim to attain Moksha by means of ‘Tapasya’. Also Read – Insider threat management”Hinduism” is arguably the oldest socio-religious way and dictum to lead life. It is rather a way of life more than a religion and is followed by Christianity and Islam. Unlike Hinduism where after death, the body the dead is burned, in Christianity and Islam, it is buried. In Hinduism, it is believed that as soon as the heart stops, the soul or the “Atma” leaves the body and gets attached to the ‘Parmatma’ or God. In Christianity and Islam, a person’s dead body is buried and both these faiths don’t believe in rebirth. Thus, the ‘Rest In Piece’ concept evolved with burial practiced in Christianity and Islam. Adaptation and exchange of good values across faiths and religious systems will improve the quality of life and enrich it. At the same time, it is to be remembered that such an exchange should not dilute or erase one’s own values or hurt one’s faith which should not be overshadowed by such adaptations. So, RIP all faiths and religions without blurring the basic tenets of one another! (The writer is a senior Veteran Officer of IAF, and former Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgNoida: From June 1, two-wheeler riders without helmets will not get fuel at filling stations in Noida and Greater Noida, the district administration announced Tuesday, in major bid to promote road safety. Holding a meeting with owners of the filling stations, District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said the order must be implemented in the two cities and later it would also be rolled out in rural areas of Gautam Buddh Nagar.”Those who reach your fuel stations without helmet should be told that they will only get fuel if they wear a helmet. This practice will be implemented from June 1 in Noida and Greater Noida cities initially,” he told them at the collectorate in Surajpur. Singh, who was joined by district police chief Vaibhav Krishna, said the initiative, primarily aimed at improving road safety, would later be rolled out in rural areas of Gautam Buddh Nagar too with inputs and feedback from the stakeholders. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe district administration also warned legal action, including suspension of driving license for not wearing helmet and arrest if riders without helmet misbehave with staff at filling stations. “When those without helmet reach filling stations, their details and vehicle numbers would be traced through CCTV footage and legal action initiated against them. Their driving license can also be cancelled,” it said in a statement. “In case anyone misbehaves with the staff at the filling stations, strict action would be taken against the errant person and they could even be jailed under section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” it added. According to the Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, not wearing helmet while riding a two wheeler is a violation of the law and can draw imprisonment up to six months under Indian Penal Code section 188. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAll filling stations in Gautam Buddh Nagar have been instructed to carry out massive publicity on their premises about the upcoming regulation and consequences of rule violation. “It is, therefore, instructed that all petrol pumps in Noida and Greater Noida will publicise this order on their premises during the next five days that fuel will not be given to vehicles whose rider and pillion are found without helmets,” it said. The administration also called on the owners of the filling stations to ensure installation of good quality CCTV cameras on their premises so that in case of any dispute a footage of the incident could be readily available. “Two-wheelers are used in a lot of criminal activities and they get their vehicles refuelled. Here you can help the police with video footage. Filling stations are also targeted by criminals often and having footage can help in probe,” Krishna, the senior superintendent of police, told the filling station owners.last_img read more

first_imgBerlin- European champions Bayern Munich set a new record for the longest unbeaten run in Bundesliga history with a 3-0 victory at home to Augsburg on Saturday.Bayern have now gone 37 league matches since their last defeat, at Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012, breaking Hamburg’s previous record of 36 from January, 1983.“The record is unbelievable, it’s not easy to go 37 games without defeat. Congratulations to the club,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who took charge in June. “I have noticed that every game is a lesson for me in understanding my team.”Guardiola’s Bayern face their biggest test in a fortnight when they travel to second-placed Borussia Dortmund in a repeat of last season’s Champions League final.“Dortmund will be a good, good test for us and our level,” added Guardiola.Guardiola also set a personal record as he celebrated his 12th league match without defeat — the best start by a new Bundesliga coach in the league’s history with 32 points.The Champions League holders opened the scoring at Munich’s Allianz Arena when Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng headed home from a corner after just five minutes.France winger Franck Ribery then smashed home a direct free-kick on 42 minutes before Germany’s Thomas Mueller netted a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time.Bayern, who have won 31 of their last 37 Bundesliga matches, were without Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, who will miss the forthcoming internationals against Italy and England with an ankle injury.It was Bayern’s second milestone of the week after they equalled Barcelona’s record from the 2002/03 season of nine consecutive Champions League wins with a 1-0 at Viktoria Pilsen.Breaking records is nothing remarkable for Bayern these days having set or equalled 25 league records under Guardiola’s predecessor Jupp Heynckes last season.Heynckes stood down in May, with his side unbeaten in their previous 25 league games, after Bayern won the treble of European, cup and Bundesliga titles last season.Bayern also extended their lead at the top of the table to four points as second-placed Borussia Dortmund went down 2-1 at VfL Wolfsburg.It was Dortmund’s second defeat of the week after losing to 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the Champions League.After Germany winger Marco Reus put Dortmund ahead with a thunderbolt of a free kick on the stroke of half-time, Wolves hit back to pick up their fourth straight victory to leave them fourth.Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez smashed home a free kick before Croatia striker Ivica Olic hit a great goal in off the far post with 20 minutes left.“We gave away too many free-kicks, which allowed the opposition some practive in taking them,” lamented Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, adding centre-back Neven Subotic has a suspected cruciate knee injury.“Olic’s goal was a dream. It should have been blocked, but that didn’t happen. Neven Subotic’s injury is terrible news.”last_img read more

After years of playing it cool in the free-agency game, the San Antonio Spurs entered the market this month and were the clear-cut winners. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise: Winning is pretty much what the Spurs do. And these summer victories have them poised for many more once the season starts.The Spurs nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge, the best (realistically)1There was little chance that Memphis’s Marc Gasol or San Antonio’s own Kawhi Leonard would switch teams, and while Cleveland’s LeBron James hasn’t officially re-signed, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back with the Cavs. available free agent of the summer, negotiated new contracts for essential wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, convinced Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to each forgo retirement in favor of another crack at a championship, and even managed to snag veteran forward David West for $11 million less than he would have made had he opted into the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers.In other words, it was a good week for Gregg Popovich.To measure just how good it was — or how dominant next season’s Spurs figure to be, I dusted off last year’s preseason projection system (fueled by Real Plus-Minus), plugged projected RPM values into Rotoworld’s depth charts, and (unscientifically) estimated how much playing time each player will receive.2Basically, I looked at last year’s minutes per game for each player, as well as how many minutes per game were logged by others who will be at the same position on his 2015-16 team, eventually ballparking a reasonable figure. (In other words, it was definitely not scientific.) Here’s a first pass at how good San Antonio could be next season:That predicted power rating of +8.9 means the Spurs are talented enough to win about 60 games,3That estimate is based on the Spurs’ being in the Western Conference. Because the West is (somewhat significantly) better than the East, it takes more talent for a team to get the same number of wins out West than it would if they were in the East. which is very high for a true talent projection. A lot of luck and variance lurks out there, ready to make a team’s record different from its underlying skill, so most teams that win 60 or more games don’t actually possess 60-win talent. (Using Statistical Plus/Minus talent ratings, I found that only 18 percent of teams that won 60 or more games in a season4If a season was shorter than 82 games, I prorated it. since 1979-80 truly had 60-win talent on their rosters.) But this Spurs roster appears to really have that much talent.It’s a formidable group that stacks up against any of the other teams across the league — even the defending champions in Oakland. To test this, I ran similar projections for a handful of other notable teams that were either good last season and didn’t lose much talent over the offseason (like the Warriors) or have enjoyed an eventful offseason thus far.5The official list of teams I checked, in order of projected 2015-16 quality: the Spurs, Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Raptors, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks and — just for fun — the Knicks. (As a sanity check: Yes, the Knicks are projected to be very bad.) Here were the best of those squads:According to these preliminary projections, the Spurs are excellent, although they’re not a super-team. (In other words, they’re not a juggernaut that looks poised to blow away the rest of the league.) In the eyes of RPM, they’re essentially tied with Golden State now as the best team in basketball, closing the gap that existed between the two teams last season.But San Antonio and Golden State do seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league. Cleveland ranks third among teams I checked but is still four to five wins behind the leaders, according to the power ratings. (Oklahoma City is two to three wins behind Cleveland; Houston is one to two wins behind Oklahoma City; and then there’s Toronto and a distant group containing Memphis and the Clippers.)The Spurs were already among the class of the league before strengthening their roster this summer. While San Antonio may not shatter any records, its surgical dissection of the free-agent market has left it with arguably the best team in basketball. read more

first_imgAccording to Sky sources, RB Leipzig have made a new £22m offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.Leipzig made a £12m offer for Ademola Lookman back in July, but Everton rejected it.Lookman impressed on loan at Leipzig last season, and the Bundesliga club is keen to sign him on a permanent deal before their August 31 transfer deadline.Sky Sports reports that another bid was made, in the tune of £22m.“We want him back and he wants to come.” said Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…On loan last season, the winger netted four times in his final five appearances for the German club.Everton manager Marco Silva said last week that youngster was unsettled at Goodison Park but had trained well in preparations for Saturday’s game against Southampton.He wasn’t in the Everton squad for their first match against Wolves and was an unused substitute for the 2-1 victory at home against Southampton.RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is a long-term admirer of Lookman and wants to sign him this summer.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has his eyes set on David de Gea’s number one jersey in the Spanish national teamThe 23-year-old has made just the one appearance for Spain at international level in a friendly win over Costa Rica last November.But, following De Gea’s lacklustre World Cup campaign, Marca conducted a voting poll which saw fans vote for Kepa to become Spain’s new number one.However, the shot-stopper himself is refusing to get carried away and will instead attempt to convince new boss Luis Enrique of starting him ahead of De Gea on the training ground.“Being in the squad is already a reason for joy. We all want to be here and we all want to play; I work for that,” said Kepa, according to FourFourTwo.“We’ll meet the coaching staff in the first few days and get ourselves going, because we have two big games ahead.“It’s a question for the coach. What I will do is work, although obviously, we all want to play.“The coach will decide the best thing for the team, but in the training sessions, I’ll try to put in the effort, for the good of the group most of all.“All players work to compete and to play. The coach decides and we accept whatever it is, always with good harmony.“De Gea is a great goalkeeper and the goal is perfectly covered with him. The World Cup was how it was, we came back too early, but I don’t pay attention to polls or what people say. I try to isolate myself and focus on myself.”In case you were wondering how to pronounce @kepa_46’s name… ?(Cheers, Dave). pic.twitter.com/S7QbIF3zksDavid Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 10, 2018Chelsea made Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after forking out €80m to sign him from Athletic Bilbao last month.And the Spaniard has since kept two clean sheets in his first four Premier League games.He also insists that the €80m price tag has not brought any more pressure in his shoulders.“It’s the price it is because the market is like that, too,” Kepa said.“Higher and higher fees are being paid and I see it as a consequence of the market.“I’m getting used to my new life: a new city, new team… but it’s been positive because when things start well on the pitch, it makes everything easier.“I have felt valued. In the last few years, a lot of Spaniards have done important things here and that’s good for those of us to arrive most recently.“This is a great club, who in recent years have won the Champions League, Europa League, the Premier League… it’s a team with great players.“It was an important gamble and I’m happy to take this step. I want to enjoy it.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE traffic and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79. Traffic will drive on a gravel surface until foaming operations begin Monday, June 18.During foaming and paving work, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute DELAYS, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 8:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute DELAYS.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews are working on the additional left turn lanes at Forest Lane and Jim Dahler Road from the Sterling Highway at MP 89.8.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway.HOMER EAST END ROADROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews will be working on additional culvert repairs through June 17.Drivers should be alert to culvert work and equipment on the road.Expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, flagging operations and DELAYS of up to 20 minutes from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.Please drive with caution and check back for more information as the project continues.last_img read more

first_imgParticipants at a Prothom Alo roundtable styled `Triumphant songs of the juveniles` at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloElderly members of the family need to hear the children for inspiring their healthy growth and hepling them to attain leadership skills, said a group of teenagers.They told a Prothom Alo roundtable on Sunday that adoloscent girls do not have preparations to face the challenges of physical and mental changes during the adulthood.”We feel our families need to talk to us and let us to speak frankly to them. Health taboos such as the one on menstruation should be removed,” said Kulsum Akter, a girl from Karail slum in the city.Rhidita Haque, a student of BPATC School and College, pointed out that apart from facing health challenges, young girls are still harrassed by stalking here and there. “But the girls are often blamed for such social ills,” she regretted.Also another girl and two boys shared their experience at the roundtable styled “Triumphant songs of the juveniles” organised by Prothom Alo, in association with Unicef, at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office.Stakeholders at the discussion observed that although one-fourth of the country’s population is adolescent, their wellbeing is not taken seriously.Social problems such as child marriage, child labour and sexual harassment of the children are still common and should be prevented to ensure a better Bangladesh, they said.ABM Ruhul Azad, additional secretary of youth and sports ministry, emphasised strengthening family values to improve the life of the adolescents.“Around one third of the total population of the country is 18-35 years of age. We must use the power of the youth to reap the demographic dividend,” he insisted.The official, however, acknowledged that the government alone cannot ensure secure future of the youth unless families, communities and non-governmental sectors play their due role.Abul Hossain, project director of multi-sectoral programme on violence against women under the ministry, mentioned that the government has identified 38 hazardous works for the children but they are still working in those risky sectors.Unicef’s deputy representative Sheema Sen Gupta put emphasis on checking child marriage to ensure a better future of the country itself.Teacher of Dhaka university’s Women and Gender Studies Ayesha Banu recommended formation of separate ministry for women and children in view of importance of their issues.For improving the life of adolescents in Bangladesh, Unicef’s Neha Kapil said community leaders such as Imams shoudl be engaged in the process.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) executive director Sheepa Hafiza, Grameenphone’s chief corporate affairs officer Mahmud Hossain, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad’s senior lawyer Dipti Rani Shikder and Dnet’s Sirajul Hossain also addressed the discussion moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.last_img

first_imgSyrian civilians and emergency services gathering at the site where a rocket hit a busy shopping area in Damascus’ Jaramana area, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital. Photo: AFPA rocket killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district Tuesday, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as fire in the other direction left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold.The rocket attack came as heavy bombardment killed 38 civilians in the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus.State media said the opposition fire hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers-including some buying presents ahead of Mother’s Day.A taxi driver, who asked not to give his name, said he was nearby when the rocket hit a street known for its cheap clothes and food shops.“The place was full of people buying presents for Mother’s Day,” the 41-year-old said.A nurse in her 30s, who asked not to be named, said the projectile hit a shopping area “next to a security checkpoint”.“The intensity of the blast was terrifying,” she said.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has brought swathes of territory back under his control since the war started in 2011, with help from Russia and allied forces, including Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia.He has recently focused efforts on flushing out the last pockets that escape government control in and around the capital, the largest of them being Eastern Ghouta.‘Love one’ in a sackA month-long air and ground assault on the area, which was home to around 400,000 residents, has left more than 1,400 dead.Regime and allied forces have retaken more than 80 percent of Eastern Ghouta and splintered the rump of the enclave into three pockets, each controlled by different rebel groups.In images broadcast on Sunday, Assad congratulated soldiers in Ghouta, and told them Damascenes would “maybe tell their children in the coming decades how you saved the capital”.Clashes shook the various zones on Tuesday, with bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally killing at least 29 civilians in the main town of Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Another nine civilians were killed in bombardment in other areas of the enclave, the Britain-based monitor said.Washington has voiced concern that the chaos in Syria could allow a revival of the Islamic State group, whose “caliphate” collapsed late last year after three years of international military operations.The jihadists launched a surprise nighttime attack in a southern neighbourhood of Damascus, the Observatory said.Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the regime was sending reinforcements to retake Qadam, which was attacked from the adjacent IS-controlled neighbourhood of Hajar al-Aswad.The jihadists also have a presence in the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk.An AFP correspondent in Douma reported heavy bombardment through the night from Monday to Tuesday that left ambulances struggling to reach the wounded.At the town’s main hospital, a man walked the facility’s halls with a sack. Medics said it held the human remains of a loved one killed in raids.‘War crimes’After a seventh day of medical evacuations on Tuesday, some 1,800 civilians including 375 patients had crossed over into government-held territory, a medical source said.Tens of thousands of civilians have fled both the intense bombardment of Ghouta and the deprivations of a siege that lasted five years.The ramifications are catastrophic, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein told the Security Council, accusing the Damascus regime of “war crimes” in Eastern Ghouta.But Hussein also warned of another humanitarian catastrophe unfolding hundreds of kilometres (miles) to the north in the Syrian border enclave of Afrin.The Turkish army and its Syrian proxies-a motley assortment of jihadists, former rebels and members of other armed groups-seized Afrin from Kurdish forces on Sunday.Turkish military police deployed across the city on Tuesday, as some civilians tried to return to homes and shops looted by Ankara’s Syrian proxies.The two-month offensive has displaced around 100,000 people, most of them to the town of Tal Rifaat further east, the UN has said.On Tuesday, a convoy carrying food, blankets, and other aid was being delivered to thousands of families seeking refuge in Tal Rifaat, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.The capture of Afrin, one the cantons in the self-proclaimed autonomous administration run by Syria’s Kurds, has been a huge blow to the minority.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto via ShutterstockMore than 100 people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.One person in Parker County, seven people in Denton County, 14 in Collin County, 24 in Tarrant County and 60 in Dallas County have died after complications from the virus.In Dallas County, the number of flu-related deaths has skyrocketed since Jan. 1, when the total number was just six. Dallas County Health and Human Services reported six additional deaths on Wednesday.On Wednesday, Denton County reported a sixth and seventh fatal case and Parker County reported one, according to KXAS-TV. Collin County has reported 14 deaths and Tarrant County has reported 24 as of Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.High flu activity in Dallas-Fort WorthNorth Texas is one of worst areas for the flu in the country right now, according to a weekly index from Walgreens. And Texas currently ranks at No. 2 among the 10 states with the highest flu activity.The pharmacy store chain compiled data using retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.Flu across Texas and the countryThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the spread and impact of the flu in the U.S. week by week. Like much of the country, Texas is experiencing widespread flu activity.Nearly 2,900 Texans have died, according to the state’s latest report. It’s too early to tell if the season has hit its peak.Who’s affected by the fluOlder adults, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and young children are more vulnerable to the flu. With influenza on the rise, people at risk should take precaution by getting a flu shot. The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for people 6 months and older.How to prevent spread of the seasonal fluGet a flu vaccination. Enter your address to find a clinic near you.Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve.Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick.Source: Dallas County Health and Human ServicesVaccine effectivenessFlu vaccination rates for adults in recent years hover just over 40 percent, according to the CDC. Dr. Edward Dominguez, an infectious disease specialist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, thinks he knows why.“Many people feel that all of the available vaccines for influenza in the United States can actually cause the flu,” he said. “And these are killed vaccines; they can’t cause anything other than pain and local inflammation. Or you can be allergic to the components. None of these vaccines can actually cause the flu.”Dominguez says people are also turned off to getting the vaccine when they hear it’s only 32 percent effective. Believe it or not, he says, that’s not unusual.“It turns out that that’s about as good the flu vaccine has always been,” he said. “Somewhere between 30-to-50 percent effective.”The season is far from over Flu activity often begins in October and peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May, according to the CDC. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Share 00:00 /01:58 Listenlast_img read more

first_imgPrior to being recruited for the CEO post, Miller said he was a “lightweight” user of Fandom, which he used mainly to resolve debates about Star Trek. “I happen to be a bit of a Star Trek nerd,” he said. Fandom, which launched as Wikia in 2004 before rebranding in 2016, claims to reach nearly 200 million unique visitors per month across more than 300,000 wiki entries spanning TV, movies and games, as well as original video.Today, Fandom’s main source of revenue is advertising but Miller said he also sees opportunities to launch new subscription businesses and events: “Comic-Con has become an enormous destination for fans,” he said.Perkins Miller previously was GM of StubHub’s Americas business, where he oversaw the ticket-seller’s $5 billion marketplace business in North America and Latin America. Before joining StubHub in 2016, he was the NFL’s chief digital officer and head of media operations for two years, responsible for all of the league’s media and technology platforms. Miller has held other senior management roles at media companies, including EVP of digital media for WWE, where he helped launched the WWE Network subscription service, as well as COO at Vocativ and COO at Universal Sports.“Perkins brings a powerful mix of vision and market experience to Fandom, along with a strong track record of building compelling fan-centric experiences,” Jon Miller (who is not related to Perkins) said in a statement. “He has meaningfully scaled companies, launched innovative new revenue streams, and, most importantly, done so with a true spirit of collaborative leadership.”Last month, Fandom completed its acquisition of Curse Media — operator of gaming-focused fan sites including Gamepedia and D&D Beyond — from Amazon-owned Twitch. Perkins Miller noted that D&D Beyond, for Dungeons & Dragons fans, operates two subscription tiers that strip out ads and provide enhanced features. Also, in the summer of 2018, Fandom bought digital video channel Screen Junkies, best known for its popular “Honest Trailers” spoof series, from now-defunct Defy Media.Miller said he recognizes the need to “be respectful steward of [the Fandom] communities,” while developing new ways to monetize the site’s large user base. Community fan-culture platform Fandom has hired Perkins Miller, a longtime digital-media and technology exec who most recently led StubHub’s Americas operations, as CEO.He assumes the role at Fandom from interim CEO Andrew Doyle, director at TPG Capital. Miller will be based out of Fandom’s San Francisco headquarters beginning Feb. 11.Fandom’s corporate name is Wikia Inc., the for-profit company founded by Wikimedia Foundation’s Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling. Last year, the raised funding from private-equity firm TPG Capital and media and tech veteran Jon Miller, who serves as co-executive chairman with Wales. Other Wikia investors include Bessemer, Amazon, IVP and Digital Garage. Wikia received a $106 million round of funding in 2018, according to Crunchbase.“I’ve spent my career trying to find a way to connect fans and content, and there’s really no better place to do that today than Fandom,” Perkins Miller told Variety. “I think there’s a runway for this business that’s massive over the next three to five years.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Police on Wednesday raided a house in Baghajatin Park area in Siliguri from where an illegal call centre was being allegedly run. Thirty-one women and five men were arrested in connection with this incident.Police are of the belief that illegal activities were taking place in the guise of the call centre. The police seized many mobile phones, sim cards and documents from the house. There are reports that numerous call centres that operate as friendship clubs and dating agencies have mushroomed in different parts of Siliguri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have initiated an investigation. The house belongs to a lawyer. Around one year ago a person in the name of Prashanta Chowdhury had taken the house on rent. Chowdhury is a resident of Dabgram. They had claimed that they were using the premises for travel agency business. Mostly women used to work in the travel agency. However police on a tip off raided the premises. Prima facie police are suspecting that a flesh trade racket was being run along with telephonic dating service. Online the customers used to strike a deal and then the women would be taken to fixed locations including hotels and apartments. Police have seized computers, laptops from the premises. Interrogation is on. The owner stated that he had kept a copy of pan card, epic card and Adhar card of his tenant along with a copy of the trade license. He has handed all these documents to the police.last_img read more