Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

first_imgOsmond, in her best performance of the season, nailed everything with speed and precision to wind up third with 78.87 points. Daleman looked confused and made a gesture with her hands as if to say “What happened?” after going down on the second half of a combination jump. She was seventh Wednesday.“I left nothing out on the table and I’m really glad I could do that,” said Osmond, the 2017 world silver medalist.Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist at Sochi and, at 31 the veteran in this field, struggled and wound up just ahead of Daleman.It was not a strong showing for the Americans, each of whom had a major mistake.Nine days after becoming the first U.S. woman and third overall to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Mirai Nagasu came down on two feet on the jump, then fell to the ice. While the rest of her program was clean, Nagasu’s chances for an individual medal to go with her team bronze were damaged. Nagasu, 24 and the fourth-place finisher at the Vancouver Games, earned 66.93 points, a season’s best, but was ninth.“Sometimes it isn’t the right day, and today was one of those days,” Nagasu said. “This isn’t a sport where mistakes are forgiven. You only get one shot.”U.S. champion Bradie Tennell went first among the 30 skaters, hardly an advantageous position. She led for 2 hours, 40 minutes until the upper echelon began skating and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto passed Tennell. A fall on the back end of a combination jump — Tennell had been virtually perfect with her jumps in her breakthrough season — was costly.“It was definitely unexpected. I don’t remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps,” Tennell said. “But things happen. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I’m definitely a fighter. I do not give up.”Tennell ended up 11th, one spot behind Karen Chen, the 2017 American champ. Chen put a hand down on her triple lutz and couldn’t finish a combination jump.“I’ve been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointment,” she said. “For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I’m proud of that.” PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The United States’ worst top placement in a women’s Olympic event since the games resumed in 1948 after World War II is sixth. Getting that high will be a huge challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women’s short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever. The 15-year-old Zagitova and the 18-year-old Medvedva train with the same coach, hang out together and set world records just minutes apart.With a dominating lead over the field, their friendly competition is the main drama left when the women compete in the free skate Friday. With all of Russia waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you’d think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We can talk about anything to each other,” the 18-year-old Medvedeva said, “and when we take the ice it’s sport and we must fight. Every competition I feel like (is) a little war.”Added Zagitova, 15: “We are friends first and rivals second, because you have to have competitiveness in sport.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives So, another world record, 82.92.And again the Russian fans rocked back and forth, this time chanting Zagitova’s name.“Well done to her,” Medvedeva said. “She did everything she could.”Not exactly, Zagitova said.“A few imperfections,” she explained.Oh really?“I’m happy I was able to cope with my nerves and skate well, set a world record,” she added, “but I’ve still got something to work towards and I can’t afford to relax.”Medvedeva had set the previous record for a short program in the team event last week, when her team won silver. Zagitova handled the free skate.Russia had never won Olympic gold for women until Adelina Sotnikova took home the medal in Sochi. The nation could have two straight after the free skate.Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third respectively at last year’s worlds, had varying success. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. That set the stage for a showdown with a glaring spotlight — as the Russian fans are hoping for a high-profile success at this Olympics where the nation is officially banned because of a doping scandal.The youngsters responded with world records. Yet neither thought they had done their best.“I’m satisfied with my performance today. It was not my best, but it was OK,” said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. “All the battle is still ahead.”A group of Russian fans swayed together in the stands and chanted her name when that number was posted.Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more difficult program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva’s flip-toe loop combo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais UAAP volleyball: Ateneo still on a roll, survives Adamson in 5 sets Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In this combination of photos, Russian athletes Alina Zagitova, left, and Evgenia Medvedeva react as their scores are posted following their performance in the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. They will compete for the gold in the free skate Friday, Feb. 23. (AP Photos/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought?ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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New automatic 4×4 Scorpio to cost Rs 14.32 lakh

first_imgThe prices of the new automatic Mahindra Scorpio have leaked on to the internet ahead of the company’s official announcment. According to the price list that was leaked out on Team-BHP, the automatic version of the Scorpio will be available in 2×2 and 4×4 models with both priced at Rs 13.6 lakh and Rs 14.3 lakh, respectively.Photo Courtesy – Team-BHP The automatic version of the rugged SUV will be available only on the top-end variant of the car. It will be powered by the same 2,179cc, 4-cylinder mHawk diesel engine that is present on the manual version of the car.Photo Courtesy – Team-BHP The automatic Scorpio is slated to get a six-speed transmission, operated by a hydraulic clutch. It will sport “Automatic” badges on the tailgate and the sides of the car to differentiate it from the manual version of the car.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni Showcases His Painting Skills

first_imgAdvertisementMS Dhoni, who is all set to travel to England for the ICC Cricket World Cup, recently shared one of his ambitions that is with him since his childhood. He also gave a hint of what career he might take up post his retirement from professional cricket.In a video posted online, the former India Team Captain showed a few paintings that apparently painted by him.In the video, Dhoni was heard saying “I wanted to share a secret with all of you. Right from when I was a kid I always wanted to become an artist,”Dhoni with his glovework too is nothing short of an artist for his fans as he never fails in amazing the viewers with his wicket-keeping acumen and his abilities with the bat.It was interesting to see the popular cricketer come out and share his desire towards becoming an artist, which definitely surprised his fans. He also shared his aim of having an exhibition of his artworks someday in the future.However, the paintings in the video seemingly came across as childlike, fueling the speculations that it was Dhoni showing his funny side yet again and those paintings presumably were of Dhoni’s four-year-old daughter Ziva. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Goa gets green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgThe Local Organising Committee (LOC) along with a 13-member FIFA delegation on Saturday carried out an inspection to ascertain Goa’s readiness to host matches and training sessions at the football U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India in 2017.The LOC and FIFA experts expressed their satisfaction with the work which has been put in at the venue, according to a release. Tournament director Javier Ceppi, who has overseen the progression of preparations at the venue, said: “Goa hosted the AFC U-16 Championship, which helped it get into very high infrastructure-compliance levels and gives us enough confidence to ratify it as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.””Now, it is the moment to start focusing on all operational aspects to ensure a flawless delivery of the event.”Also present on the occasion were Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Sports Authority of Goa Executive Director V.M. Prabhudesai, AIFF Vice President Shrinivas Dempo, LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya and FIFA Project Lead for U-17 World Cup India 2017 Tracy Lu.Describing the preparations at the venue, Lu said: “We last inspected the venue in February and I am delighted to see the progress on all fronts over the last six months.””The venue, in fact, has already been tested through the AFC U16 Championships and, from what the reports suggest, they did a great job. That adds credence to Goa and thus the venue certainly deserves to be a venue for India’s first FIFA World Cup.”Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar was ecstatic at the prospect of the state hosting its first ever World Cup.advertisementHe said: “Goa just hosted the AFC U16 tournament, where the four Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup were decided. Needless to say, we are extremely proud to be given this opportunity to host the tournament… it will most certainly be the next feather in our cap.”The team also visited the training sites proposed for next year’s event — Tilak Maidan Stadium, Cana Benaulim Ground, Bambolin Stadium and Utorda Ground.Goa became the third venue to get the go-ahead from FIFA, after Kochi and Navi Mumbai, to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.The delegation will travel to New Delhi on Sunday to inspect the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium there.last_img read more

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What’s on at Anfield? Matches, gigs, Rugby League & events

first_imgAnfield is one of the most iconic football grounds in the UK, not only the main base of Liverpool but also its fans – a stadium Kopites call home.For decades, Anfield has built a reputation for being one of the most best-supported stadiums in both the Premier League and Europe, with opposition teams struggling to do well when they visit L4.The stadium is known for its unique cultural mainstays such as the famed Kop End, the Shankly Gates and the Hillsborough Memorial in addition to having hosted some of the most memorable football matches in modern sporting history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! So ahead of Anfield’s cultural expansion into hosting music and other sporting events,  Goal brings you everything you need to know about what’s on and when.How to get to Anfield Stadium Getting to Anfield to watch a sporting event or attend a concert is a straightforward task, but may be a struggle for fans who aren’t local and supporters who are visiting from foreign shores.Taking the bus  to the ground is the easiest and most straightforward mode of transport from Liverpool city centre, which is also where Liverpool Lime Street station is located if you’re visiting from out of town and are arriving in the city by train.The 917 bus departs from St John’s Lane, opposite Lime Street Station starting from 3.5 hours before kickoff. From Liverpool City Centre, fans can also take the 26 from Liverpool ONE bus station, 17 from Queen Square Bus Station or the 917 from St John’s Lane, directly to the ground (around 30 mins).Taxis  from the city centre to Anfield usually cost between £7- £9, though you may want to depart town with good time to spare as the city usually fills up quite busily on matchday.If you’re a keen biker , fans can use the Cycle Hub – a FREE service that allows fans who cycle to the game to drop-off and park their bike safely and securely with an attendant. The Cycle Hub is situated in Stanley Park Car Park, a few minutes’ walk from the Anfield Road end of the Stadium.If you’re planning to travel using your own car , you will need to have reserved a pre-booked car parking pass to be guaranteed a parking space near the Stadium, where a resident parking scheme will be in operation.What was the Anfield redevelopment scheme? Anfield Main Stand 2018In April 2014, Liverpool revealed plans for a first phase of an expansion of the Main Stand which included adding a new third tier for seating, additional matchday facilities and enhanced corporate spaces. The new stand was going to add 8,500 seats for matchday and take the overall capacity of the stadium to 54,742. Work for the Main Stand expansion began in December 2014 with a view to be finished and operational for the start of the 2016-17 season, with the structure of the brand-new stand uniquely built around the main stand to enable the existing stand to continue to be used at full operational capacity throughout the season.Demolition of the stand took place in summer 2016 and was completed in time in September 9 2016 for the first home game of the season, where Liverpool won 4-1 against Leicester City.The second phase of Anfield’s redevelopment will be to rebuild the Anfield Road stand with design proposals still under consideration, with the club already having received initial outline planning permission in 2014 for the reconstruction.The initial goal is to increase the overall capacity by 4,825, giving Anfield a total capacity of 58,000 – however, it has since been reported that the club are looking to expand capacity even further to “above 60,000” , with Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes stating: “one of our main objectives is to maximise capacity in this design”.Liverpool matches at Anfield Below is a list of the remaining Liverpool games which will take place at Anfield in the 2018-19 season.  Date Match Competition Nov 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Fulham Premier League Dec 2, 2018 Liverpool vs Everton Premier League Dec 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Napoli Champions League Dec 16, 2018 Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League Dec 26, 2018 Liverpool vs Newcastle United Premier League Dec 29, 2018 Liverpool vs Arsenal Premier League Jan 19, 2019 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Premier League Jan 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City Premier League Feb 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Bournemouth Premier League Feb 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Watford Premier League Mar 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Burnley Premier League Mar 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Tottenham Premier League April 13, 2019 Liverpool vs Chelsea Premier League April 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town Premier League May 12, 2019 Liverpool vs Wolves Premier League You can find out information regarding tickets on the club’s official website by clicking here .Rugby games and other sports at Anfield Stadium Liverpool fans 2018International rugby league is set to return to Anfield in November 2018 when the stadium hosts England’s second Test against New Zealand.Anfield was already the host venue for the final of the Four Nations between Australia and the Kiwis in 2016 and this next Test is scheduled to take place for the afternoon of Saturday, November 4 and is preceded by a game between the two teams at Hull’s KCOM Stadium a week prior.The three match Test series will then be completed at Elland Road in Leeds, Sunday November 11.Following the expansion of the Main Stand at Anfield, the stadium has hosted a variety of non-Liverpool specific sporting events – and most recently welcomed Brazil and Croatia in an international friendly on June 3 as a warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup.The likes of Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren had the chance to represent their nation on club turf, and similar sporting events of that size are expected to take place at Anfield across the coming years.Concerts & music gigs at Anfield StadiumAnfield had been granted planning permission to host concerts at the stadium starting from 2019, which will mark the first music event held at the venue in over 10 years.The stadium hosted a slew of gigs during Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture celebrations where the likes of The Zutons, Kaiser Chiefs and Paul McCartney all performed, and 2019 is set to introduce a new era at the venue where it will evolve from sporting stadium to major entertainment hub.Concerts at Anfield Stadium Date Artist / Event Tickets Jun 6, 2019 Take That Ticketmaster Jun 19, 2019 Bon Jovi (w/ Manic Street Preachers) Ticketmaster Jun 25, 2019 P!nk Ticketmaster As of next year, the city will have a two-year licence to hold 50,000 capacity events at Anfield – including music concerts, boxing matches and other stadium events.Among those just announced to play Anfield are British pop group Take That and American pop star P!nk. Bon Jovi is set to return to Liverpool for the first time in 33 years next summer too and Manic Street Preachers will support. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Horrifically Helpful Freelance Advice from Neil Gaiman

first_imgNeil Gaiman, master of horror and fantasy, author of Stardust, The Sandman __graphic novels, Coraline, and mountains of other geniusness, also considers himself a life-long freelancer.As Gaiman says in his Address to the University of the Arts class of 2012, “more and more of today’s work is freelance.” And he spends the rest of the inspirational (and humorous) speech talking about how he made it as a freelance artist — though his words apply to anyone who gigs for a living.I highly encourage you to watch the video. I’ve picked out some the highlights below.Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.1. It is never “only a dream”, John ConstantineMany people don’t think freelancing is realistic. In his speech, Gaiman says that, “The rules in what is possible and impossible were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them — and you can.”I think freelancers understand this intuitively — that’s why they started freelancing in the first place, and most of you did so “before it was cool.” There have probably been times when one of these rule-makers asks you, “is it even possible to make money doing that?”It is, thanks very much.2. Saying no to proper jobs“I said no to proper jobs that would have paid proper money,” Gaiman says, “because I knew that for me, they would have been walking away from the mountain.”At times when your gigs are low or you’re doubting yourself, it’s easy to look towards the cozy comforts of full-time employment with regret.And trust me, the more experience you get freelancing, the more valuable you’ll be, and job offers will come your way. But just remember Gaiman’s advice: “Nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience.”3. The secret brewGaiman gives us a simple formula for a successful freelancer: “The work is good, they’re easy to get along with, and they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time.”I talked with a freelancer a few weeks ago who told me that when he started working freelance for X company, that company was this close to never hiring a freelancer again.Why? No one was ever good at getting back to them in 24 hours. And repeatedly they just floated away halfway through the project.Don’t give freelancers a bad name! You don’t even need to be especially brilliant if you deliver work on time and are easy to get along with.4. “I learned to write by writing.”If only I remembered this more often, I would save myself a lot of time.Instead, I say, “I’ll do THAT [thing I’ve wanted to go into for a while] once I’ve done THIS [impossible prerequisite].” Is it any surprise to me that I haven’t gone into interaction design, for instance, when I say I’ll only get a job when I learn more about interaction design, and I’ll only learn more about it when I find the time?Let’s say you want to get a gig in X field. But that field seems to always require lots of experience in that field. Instead of not approaching a prospective client or answering an ad, get out there explaining all the experience related and around that field that you have. It’s called the 1 + 1 approach, where experience in healthcare plus experience filming interviews could land you a gig where you’re shooting wellness or fitness tips, even when you don’t have experience doing exactly that.Eventually, someone will listen.5. Fail for good​Gaiman once misspelled Caroline as Coraline. Talk about a useful mistake — that name became the title of one of his most successful novels, which then became a blockbuster movie.But it’s bigger than that. Who doesn’t have piles of failed pitches? An entire folder called “failed writing/design/art/code/video?” Gaiman reminds us that you can learn just as much from that as from the good stuff. We’ve heard it before, but it’s so hard to remember after you’ve made a mistake that you’re sure will be “the kind of embarrassing failure that people would gather together and discuss until the end of time.”Take it easy! You might get fired by a client. You might have that client tell their friend how terrible you are. But you’ll get more gigs. You’ll get more gigs and be better at it.There’s a point in the Sandman series when a 500-year-old character meets Dream (the main character) and says the following: “I’ve learned from my mistakes, but I’ve had more time to commit more mistakes.” Even if you lived forever, you wouldn’t stop making errors.We’re remembering you today, Neil Gaiman, for being a great writer of freakishly frightening stuff, a great freelancer, and you know, cooler than shades and a leather jacket.last_img read more

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Injury-ravaged Cazorla ‘starting from zero’

first_imgArsenal Cazorla ‘starting from zero’ as injury-ravaged Arsenal star fights for his future Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:21 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Bosman 2017 Santi Cazorla Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The Spanish midfielder has undergone a ninth operation on a troublesome heel complaint and has been forced to start over in his rehabilitation Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has had to “start again from zero” following his latest injury setback, Arsene Wenger has revealed.The 32-year-old recently revealed that he has been forced to undergo a ninth operation on a troublesome heel complaint.He has already been sidelined for over a year, but has now had to start over in a lengthy rehabilitation process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was initially hoped that the Spaniard would be ready for a first-team return for the Gunners in January, but he is back at square one and fighting for his future.”I sent him a message [after the surgery] and wished him well,” Wenger told reporters when offering an update on Cazorla.“He answered, ‘Look I have to start again from zero, basically’. And it’s very sad, honestly. What he has gone through, this guy, is unbelievable.Santi Cazorla Arsene Wenger start from zero“It’s really, really sad. But unfortunately, he has to start again from zero.“That means if all goes well, he has to wait until he can run. And after, when he starts to run, it will at least take six weeks to come back to training.“When he will be able to start to run again, I don’t know.”Cazorla’s contract at Emirates Stadium is set to expire in the summer of 2018 and no extension can be agreed while he remains out of action.It could be that a man who moved to north London from Malaga in 2012 has played his last game for the club, but Wenger believes the two-time European Championship winner will return to action.”I hope so,” he said. “But certainly now, not before February.”Cazorla has made 180 appearances for Arsenal, helping them to two FA Cup successes, but the last of those came against Ludogorets back on October 19, 2016.last_img read more

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England vs Nigeria team news: Dele & Lingard start

first_imgEngland v Nigeria England vs Nigeria team news: Dele, Lingard & Sterling all start Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli England 2017-18 Getty Images England v Nigeria Friendlies Raheem Sterling England Nigeria World Cup Jordan Pickford is selected in goal by Gareth Southgate, with Kyle Walker seemingly linking up with John Stones and Gary Cahill in central defence Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have all been given the nod to start England’s first World Cup warm-up match against Nigeria, with captain Harry Kane leading the line.Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also selected, while it appears Gareth Southgate will deploy a back three comprising of Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill and John Stones.Sterling has found himself the subject of various back-page headlines after his gun tattoo, that he explained was a tribute to his late father, was spotted in England training. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The winger also attracted negative attention for arriving late to join England’s training camp due to a mix-up with his flights, although Southgate explained he had already received an apology.He has been picked to start at Wembley, however, along with Manchester United midfielder Lingard, while Eric Dier will take up a role in front of the back four.Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young, meanwhile, are selected in the wing-back positions as they are given a chance to impress, with the Three Lions’ first World Cup game against Tunisia just over two weeks away.Nigeria, meanwhile, have named a starting XI that includes former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, while Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and Chelsea’s Victor Moses also feature.Odion Ighalo, who played for Watford before making a switch to Changchun Yatai in 2017, starts in attack, with Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho named on the bench.Two other Leicester players, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa, also failed to make the starting XI but are likely to be used at some point over the 90 minutes.England starting XI: Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Cahill, Young, Dier, Dele, Sterling, Lingard, Kane.Nigeria starting XI: Uzoho, Idowu, Ekong, Balogun, Onazi, Mikel, Obi, Shehu, Moses, Iwobi, Ighalo.last_img read more

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – ALL THE FINALS ACTION

first_imgFor the first time ever, TFA has produced an online video highlights package of the finals from the 2007 X-Blades National 18’s Touch Championships.This initiative is just the start of many more online videos to come your way in the near future.Click here to see the video, and while you’re at it, complete a survey to have your say about how to make next year’s event even better.last_img

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Rounds One and Two of the VT League

first_imgTwo rounds have been completed in the VT League, with all the games being played at Casey Fields. Two new teams, Falcons and Western District Dodgers, have entered the competition.In the Men’s competition, the first upset of the competition was newcomers the Dodgers defeating last years champions Casey Cougars 11-5. The Bayside Vipers defeated the other newcomers the Falcons 11-4, with University Blues winning a tighter match, beating Melbourne City Lions 11-8.The second round saw Dodgers continue their winning form, beating Vipers in a drop-off 8-7. The Cougars bounced back from their shock defeat, defeating the Lions 9-8. The other game saw Uni way too strong for the Falcons, winning 9-0.In the Women’s, last years champions Cougars came up against Western District Dodgers. The Cougars were too strong, running out 7-4 winners. The new Falcons team were not as competitive, going down to Bayside Vipers 19-1. The Melbourne City Lions were too good for University Blues 3-0.In round two, the Vipers clocked up a big 11-5 win over Western Districts, while Cougars won a close 6-5 match over Lions, and Uni defeated Falcons 9-1. Round One MenVipers – 11 def. Falcons – 4Western Districts – 11 def. Cougars – 5Uni Blues – 11 def. Lions – 8WomenVipers – 19 def. Falcons – 1Cougars – 7 def. Western Districts – 4Lions – 3 def. Uni Blues – 0Round Two MenCougars – 9 def. Lions – 8Western Districts – 8 def. Vipers – 7Uni Blues – 9 def. Falcons – 0WomenCougars – 6 def. Lions – 5Vipers – 11 def. Western Districts – 5Uni Blues – 9 def. Falcons 1For further information, visit www.victouch.com.au or www.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester humiliated as Newport pull off FA Cup shock

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester humiliated as Newport pull off FA Cup shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewport County have shocked Leicester City 2-1 in Sunday’s FA Cup clash.Jamille Matt’s excellent early header after just 10 minutes gave the raucous home crowd a huge boost and what followed was a classic tale of missed chances by the Premier League big boys coupled with some heroic defending from the League Two side.They were not without their own attacking quality but the second half was backs-to-the-wall stuff for the hosts until Rachid Ghezzal thundered in an equaliser for the Foxes eight minutes from the end.The upset looked to have been averted but for Marc Albrighton to raise an arm to block a cross to give away a penalty that Padraig Amond slotted away superbly with five minutes left to hang on for a famous win.“It was a difficult day,” Foxes captain Wes Morgan said. “The magic of the FA Cup happened today, definitely.”I thought we played well, especially the second half. We had loads of half chances in very good positions where we should score.“On another day they all go in, but today it didn’t happen for us. I don’t want to take the shine away from Newport, it’s a big day for them.“I wouldn’t say they deserved it, but they battled to the end. Good luck to them.” last_img read more

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Employers Warned Against Buying Posters From Third Parties

first_imgEmployers in Nova Scotia should be aware of an individual using aggressive tactics to sell labour standards and occupational health and safety posters to business owners. The Department of Environment and Labour and the Workers Compensation Board recently received complaints from business owners who say they’ve been approached by an individual claiming that certain posters are mandatory under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Labour Standards Code. “We are hearing from employers that the seller is saying businesses could be fined or in non-compliance if they don’t purchase the posters,” said Jim LeBlanc, director of Occupational Health and Safety. “This is not the case.” Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Labour Standards Code, there is certain information that is required to be posted in the workplace. However, the information is available free of charge, through Labour Standards, the Workers Compensation Board and the Occupational Health and Safety division. Government is urging all employers to contact the department at 1-800-952-2687 if they have any questions about what is required to be posted under the law.last_img read more

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Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

first_imgAs the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2011 season threatens Caribbean locations today, Aug. 24, the Emergency Management Office is reminding Nova Scotians to prepare themselves, their families and their homes for hurricane season. “This is the time of year when hurricanes begin to threaten Nova Scotia and we are asking people to take the time now to get ready,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “It’s a good time to review your family emergency plan, restock your emergency kit and stay vigilant.” People should keep an eye on long-range forecasts during hurricane season and be ready for severe weather. Families should review or develop an emergency plan that outlines meeting locations, emergency contacts and evacuation plans. They should have a 72-hour emergency kit with adequate food and water, flashlights and a battery, crank or solar powered radio. In case of the need to leave home quickly, it is also a good idea to have emergency supplies and copies of important documents in an emergency go-kit near a door. When severe weather is imminent, outdoor items such as barbecues and lawn furniture should be tied down and vehicles should be fully fuelled. EMO held routine hurricane planning meetings with partners Monday. The office works closely with Environment Canada to monitor severe weather threats and both agencies issue alerts and warnings as necessary. There are no Canadian tropical storm or hurricane warnings at this point. So far this season, there have been nine named tropical storms. None has hit the Maritimes. Typically, one or two hurricanes have an impact on Nova Scotia each year. These storms can happen between early June and late November, with late August and September traditionally being the most active period. For more information on hurricane and severe weather preparations, go to www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Weather warnings are available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ns_e.html .last_img read more

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Saving Omar Khadr We plugged all the holes chopper medic recounts

first_imgTORONTO – ‘This is human life’For years the battle-hardened and decorated American veteran wrestled with his conscience, with whether he’d done the right thing in saving the life of Omar Khadr, seen by many as a terrorist who profited from his crimes.Now, watching the furor over the government’s $10.5-million payout to Khadr from afar, Donnie Bumanglag wants to tell his story, offer a perspective born of bitter experience — one he admits may not be popular with many Canadians, or even some of his own former comrades in arms.Bumanglag, of Lompoc, Calif., 36, has spent years coming to terms with his former life as an elite airborne medic supporting U.S. special forces during three missions to Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s been haunted by flashbacks, frequently thrown back to that time in the summer of 2002, when he spent hours in the back of a helicopter frantically working on Khadr, then 15 years old and at the very edge of death.“This is a human life. This is war. This is something that most people can’t fathom, and they want to be real quick to give an opinion just because it makes them feel good about themselves,” Bumanglag said. “(But) there’s more to this story than just talking points.”The following account is based on interviews Bumanglag gave to The Canadian Press, as well as on a recent podcast he co-hosts in which he talks about saving Khadr.***Little guy on a doorDoc Buma, as the 21-year-old Ranger medic was known, was looking forward to leaving the remote area of Afghanistan in which he had been operating for more than a month and heading to Bagram for a shower and some downtime before redeploying to Kandahar.Instead, as they flew toward Bagram that day in July 2002, a distress call came in. The MH-53 helicopter veered toward Khost and an encounter that would stay with him for years.Edmund Sealey, then the Rangers platoon sergeant, remembers the call coming in with orders to divert and pick up an “enemy fighter” who had been shot.“I was on the aircraft. We picked up that casualty in a firefight,” Sealey, 47, now of Columbus, Ga., said from Afghanistan where he still works as a contractor. “With Buma being a Ranger medic, he’s going to assist as soon as you get on board, enemy or friendly, it doesn’t matter.”With the chopper gunners providing covering fire, they landed in a field. Sealey led the way, Bumanglag behind him, as they threaded their way through a suspected minefield, down a road, and connected with a group of U.S. special forces soldiers.On what appeared to be a wooden door lay the wounded enemy fighter, shot twice by one of the elite Delta forces. The soldiers had found the casualty barely alive in a compound the Americans had pounded to rubble during a massive assault. One of their own, Sgt. Chris Speer, had been fatally hit by a grenade, and another, Layne Morris, blinded in one eye. It was apparent to the incoming medic that the Delta soldiers were in “some pretty severe distress” over the loss of their comrade.“There’s a look on somebody’s face when the whole world went to shit 10 minutes ago and it’s too much to process,” Bumanglag says.As he recalls, the soldiers gave him bare-bones biographical data on the casualty: The fighter had killed Speer. He was a Canadian who had been Osama bin Laden’s “houseboy.” They also told him to keep the high-value detainee alive because he would be a vital source of information and passed him off.Bumanglag was now charged with saving Khadr, son of a high-ranking member of al-Qaida. He didn’t know Khadr was 15 years old, but his youth struck him.“I don’t know if I can call him a little kid but he sure looked little to me. He’s 80 pounds or something. He’s a little guy who’s on a door, basically,” Bumanglag says.They moved the patient up the ramp and the chopper took off. The medic immediately began working to save the boy, who was covered in blood and sand.“Omar, with gunshot wounds and flex cuffs like an animal had been shot, didn’t look human,” Bumanglag recalls. “But moving in closer and working on him as a patient and seeing the facial features and seeing the skin pigmentation, those images always stuck with me.”Khadr, it turned out, bore a striking resemblance to one of Bumanglag’s cousins, which bothered the young medic then, and for years after.“All I seen was a kid that looks like a kid that I knew.”***Everybody is jihadAs the chopper bobbed and weaved toward Bagram, Doc Buma worked to stabilize his disoriented, barely conscious patient, who was writhing and moaning in pain. At the other soldiers’ insistence, Khadr’s hands remained handcuffed behind his back out of concern he might turn violent.Bumanglag’s main task was to deal with Khadr’s two gaping bullet exit wounds on his chest. His head raced with thoughts about whether he should save the life of this “terrorist,” whether he’d have enough medical supplies for his own guys should something happen. He even pondered pushing the enemy fighter out the chopper and being done with it.“He’s rocking his body around everywhere,” he says. “I took it as aggression. You get this idea that everybody is jihad and they’re going to fight to the death.”Then there was his ego, he admits: the notion that saving this captive would earn him praise, would show he had what it took. So he kept working, trying to staunch the bleeding.“My mission, my job was just to save him, keep him alive. There was no politics in it then. I was a young Ranger and this was my chance,” Bumanglag says. “I worked on him for over two hours in the back of a helicopter as the sun went down. At the end, I’m working under finger light.”He kept working, and Khadr kept living, not saying anything, just making noises.“His body indicated that he was a pretty brave guy. He fought for his life just as much as we fought to save him,” Bumanglag says. “Some people have a will to live and some people don’t. He definitely did.”They finally touched down at Bagram.“We plugged all the holes and we tried to keep things viable,” he says. “I pass him off and I don’t know whether he’s going to live or die.”What he did know was that Khadr hadn’t died on his watch and it was therefore mission accomplished — one for which he would later be commended for by his superiors. It would take another year or so before Bumanglag learned that Khadr had survived.***Things thought about for yearsOmar Khadr, born in September 1986 in Toronto spent several months recovering from his wounds at Bagram, where, from the moment he was conscious and able to speak, he underwent what were, by most accounts, some of the harshest interrogations the Americans had devised in the War on Terror.A few months later, in October 2002, he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He had just turned 16.It was in his early days at the infamous U.S. military prison in Cuba that Canadian intelligence officers went down to interrogate him. The Americans made the interviews conditional on having the information he provided passed on to them. The Canadians also knew the teen had been subjected to the “frequent flyer program,” a brutal process of sleep deprivation designed to soften him up.Video would surface years later of a weeping teen, now realizing the Canadian agents weren’t there to help him, whimpering for his mother.Khadr ultimately pleaded guilty to five war crimes in 2010 before a widely discredited military commission. He later disavowed his confession to having killed Speer, saying it was the only way the Americans would return him to Canada, which happened in 2012.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government had violated Khadr’s rights. The ruling underpinned the recent settlement of his lawsuit in which Ottawa apologized to him and, sources said, paid him $10.5 million.“If you say you’d go through what he went through for $10 million, you’re out of your mind, and that’s the truth,” Bumanglag says.Khadr has said he no longer remembers the firefight and would not comment on Bumanglag’s account.***‘I’m glad I saved his life’Doc Buma returned to his native California and left the military in 2003. He became a police officer, working anti-narcotics, for almost 10 years. Ultimately, the flashbacks, the post-traumatic stress bested him and he retired as a cop about five years ago. He studied educational psychology, he said, as part of trying to sort himself out.He took up co-hosting a podcast, Sick Call, in which he and a fellow vet talk about a variety of issues, including topics related to the military and law enforcement. In one recent episode, he talks about Khadr. It’s all part educating others, part therapy for himself, he says.The years since his days in the military, when he was ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and heed the call of duty wherever it took him, he says, have afforded him time to grow up, to gain some perspective on war, on his life as a soldier, on demonizing people he has never met or with whom he has no personal quarrel.“I’ve been on the worst combat missions. I bought into the ideology. Now it’s time for reflection,” he says.Time and again, he is careful to make clear he intends no disrespect to Speer’s relatives or to Morris and empathizes with what they have lost.“Omar lost his eye, too. I don’t know how much more symbolic that can be.”At the same time, he is clear that Speer and Morris were grown men who had signed on the line to become elite professional soldiers, knowing the risks of their jobs.On the other hand, Bumanglag also makes it clear he empathizes with the young Canadian who was taken by his father to another country and thrown into an ideologically motivated war over which he had no control.As a married father of four, Bumanglag says it’s naive to believe Khadr could somehow have just walked away from the compound his father had sent him to. More to the point, he says, had he found himself as Khadr did that fateful day in July — under heavy bombardment with the fighting men dead and the enemy closing in for the kill, he likely would not have hesitated to throw a grenade.“What happens if the shoe is on the other foot? This is the scenario that I’ve played in my head,” Bumanglag says, his mind turning to those who are furious at the Canadian government’s settlement with Khadr.“They can be upset but the reality is that they don’t understand the full story. I don’t think any of us do.”Doc Buma says he no longer frets that he should have let Khadr die.“Everybody may hate him but I’m glad I saved his life,” he says. “It just wasn’t his time then.”last_img read more

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Foreign workers long wait almost over for Halifax businessmans fraud trial

first_imgHALIFAX – Some of them were allegedly paid as little as $3.13 an hour for cleaning jobs that involved working as many as 300 hours a month.Now, Filipino foreign workers who were allegedly taken advantage of by a Halifax businessman say the four-year wait for a trial has left them stressed and anxious.Hector Mantolino, owner and operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., was charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud following a Canada Border Services Agency investigation.His trial is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6.Mantolino, 55, briefly appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday, and a teleconference with lawyers and Justice Glen McDougall was set for Oct. 12 to update the status of a disclosure application.Liza Alcantara, one of 28 alleged victims, said they were hired to work at Mantolino’s property maintenance and cleaning company under the federal temporary foreign worker program, and many are anxious for the court process to be over so they can continue building their lives in Canada.The 47-year-old mother of two young men says she has not been able to “live peacefully” since coming to Canada five years ago, as she and the other victims have been preoccupied with the case since Mantolino was charged.“It’s been stressful for us,” said Alcantara outside of court on Monday. “All of us wanted to have a peaceful life, not to be thinking about what will happen to our case.”About a dozen alleged victims — some with small children — sat across the aisle from Mantolino during Monday’s proceeding.Mantolino is accused of advising foreign workers to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their work permit applications. He’s also accused of providing false statements to multiple federal departments regarding the workers’ employment conditions, such as their rate of pay.He allegedly counselled the workers to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada — some were working for wages as low as $3.13 per hour.An information to obtain a search warrant filed in Dartmouth provincial court said the alleged offences occurred between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 4, 2013.The document said in January 2013, an employee who worked for Mantolino came forward to the Canada Border Services Agency with information.The agency learned Mantolino — who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1994 — was allegedly providing fraudulent employment contracts with inflated salaries and obtaining labour market assessment reports through fraud for the purpose of obtaining foreign workers, the document said.“The workers are aware that they will not be making the stated wage. However, Mantolino takes additional funds off of the employees’ actual salaries and provides them less hours of employment then promised,” it said.The document says Mantolino was also allegedly providing immigration services for a fee and completing applications that contained false statements about the employees’ true salaries. The applications were built on those employees’ work permits which were initially obtained through fraud, it said.The information said Jason Sta Juana, 38, and his wife paid Mantolino $8,000 — $1,500 each for “job offers” and $2,500 each for Matolino to submit immigration applications. New workers reported giving Mantolino similar amounts to come work in Canada, it said.Sta Juana’s pay stub showed that he was paid $13.10 per hour, but $3.90 was allegedly deducted off of each hour, something that was described in Mantolino’s accounting books as a “cash advance.” Sta Juana was therefore actually paid $9.20 per hour, but his CPP, EI and income tax deductions were based on a rate of $13.10, so he suffered a further loss of income, the document said.“He has never been paid the amount that shows on his pay stub,” it said.The document said new workers from the Philippines were paid a rate of $500 a month, equating to about $3.13 per hour.Raymond Basilio, 38, attended court Monday and said he was paid $3.13 for the first 160 hours per month, at which time his pay increased to $5. He said he was working as many as 300 hours a month, pulling in a monthly pay cheque of around $1,200.“We couldn’t even afford to buy a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons,” said Alcantara, adding that many workers were sending money to people back home in the Philippines while also trying to pay their rent and bills in Halifax.Temporary foreign workers have the same rights as Canadian workers, and as of April 2012, employers were required to pay experienced employees $10.15 per hour and inexperienced employees $9.65, the document said.Amelita Dela Cruz, another alleged victim, told an investigator that some workers were told they had to give Mantolino their income tax refund money “because Mantolino claims he was the one who paid the tax for them.”“(Dela Cruz) stated, ‘We have no voice to complain. All my friends are afraid.’ She feels that if she doesn’t do things according to Mantolino, he will have her sent back to the Philippines,” the document said.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Oil lobby group calls for more timely regulatory regime for pipelines

first_imgOTTAWA — The country’s largest oil-and-gas lobby group is urging all political parties in the run-up to the federal election to support major pipeline and LNG projects and to create a regulatory regime that would allow these projects to be completed faster.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers released its federal energy “platform” today, outlining the issues facing the oil-and-gas industry and ways the federal government can create better conditions for growth in the sector.CEO Tim McMillan says Canada has lost its competitive edge as a result of regulatory and policy changes that have scared investors away.He says it should be a priority for government to ensure major pipeline projects like Trans Mountain are completed to allow oil producers to sell to global markets, where energy demand is growing.The group also joined Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors in calling for the House of Commons to adopt the nearly 200 amendments the Senate has made to the Liberals’ new environmental-assessment legislation.They say without the Senate’s proposed changes, Bill C-69 would make it too difficult to get energy projects built in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Triple murder over land dispute

Police investigations have revealed that a triple murder in Bulathsinhala today was over a land despite.The three victims aged 92, 85 and 60 were found dead this morning following a telephone call received over the police emergency number. The police said that the victims were a father, mother and son, all of the same family.According to the police media unit, the three bodies were found in the house of the victims.

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Brock spirit runs high at Rankin Cancer Run

A record number of Brock community members laced up their running shoes to take part in the Rankin Cancer Run last Saturday.In total, 106 people pounded the pavement for the Brock team, joining more than 11,575 Niagarans in the charity run in St. Catharines. The team was put together by Student Life and Community Experience. The group also raised $2,438.50 to support local cancer treatment and support organizations. Saturday’s edition of the Rankin Cancer Run — the eighth annual — raised about $675,000 for the cause.Curtis Gadula, manager of off-campus living, placed third overall in the five-kilometre race.View photos of Brock University at the Rankin Cancer Run

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New report on UN staff shows women equaling men in numbers not

A new report on staffing at the United Nations shows women catching up with men in terms of the number of those recruited, but females still hold lower-level jobs. The percentage of women in UN posts subject to geographical considerations under the Organization’s quota system has jumped to 41.8 per cent from 38.1 per cent in 1999.Aside from those posts set aside to fill geographic quotas, the global gender distribution of Secretariat staff shows a nearly balanced female-male ratio of 51.2 per cent to 48.8 per cent. The numbers, however, do “not reveal important differences in gender representation by grade, category and by department or office,” the report notes. Women account for just 17.3 per cent of the 52 Under-Secretaries-General and Assistant Secretaries-General. Among the 383 Directors below them, women comprise just 30.6 per cent. These are the decision-making and senior staff. With regard to posts subject to the quota system, the Office of Human Resources and Management (OHRM) has more female professionals, with a ratio of 37 women to 27 men, but in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), there are 41 women compared to 60 men in those jobs. Women are 40 per cent of the middle-level Professional staff and 62 per cent of the 6,745 General Service mainly secretarial staff, according to the report. read more

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