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Olympic champion among 4 Thai weightlifters to test positive

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The IWF said all world championship competitors’ tests initially came back clean, but the Thai cases followed extra analysis of certain “target” athletes “using the most sophisticated available technique” at a German lab.“The IWF remains committed to implement the most advanced testing techniques to ensure that the very small minority who cheat are identified and sanctioned,” the federation said.The IWF has previously tried to fight doping by banning countries with the most cases and reducing their Olympic qualification spots. Russia and China were among nine countries banned from international weightlifting for a year from 2017, but have since returned to competition.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 file photo, Sopita Tanasan of Thailand, competes in the women’s 48kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tanasan won the gold medal. Olympic gold medalist Sopita Tanasan with two world champion weightlifters are among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for banned steroids, the International Weightlifting Federation announced on Tuesday Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)BUDAPEST, Hungary — An Olympic champion was among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for doping, the International Weightlifting Federation said Tuesday.Sopita Tanasan, who won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, tested positive for steroids and artificial testosterone after finishing fourth at the world championships in November.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img LA Revilla draws inspiration from fiancée Den Lazaro, helps Phoenix win Two others, Thunya Sukcharoen and Sukanya Srisurat, won world titles at the competition and risk being stripped of their medals after also testing positive for at least one anabolic steroid and artificial testosterone. If found guilty, Srisurat faces a potential eight-year ban for a second offense.Chitchanok Pulsabsakul also failed a doping test after finishing sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWeightlifting is under pressure from the International Olympic Committee to crack down on drug use after dozens of doping cases. In one event from the 2012 Olympics, six of the top seven finishers were later disqualified for doping.Weightlifting is still on the Olympic program for next year’s Tokyo Games, but only provisionally for 2024. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

NBA says no rules broken in Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics beat 76ers again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – At left, in a Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is shown in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. At right, in a March 8, 2018, file photo, Magic Johnson attends an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament, in Las Vegas. The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips. League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the NBA will look at the matter. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.The NBA’s relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES “I love his game. I love his vision,” Johnson said.But since that was in response to a media inquiry, the NBA says Johnson was permitted to make such comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the league said. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.”The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, with those violations costing the team a combined $550,000. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Before a game Tuesday night in Atlanta, Lakers coach Luke Walton shrugged off a question about the NBA’s ruling.“We’re worried about trying to play ball here,” he said. “That’s it.”Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said it’s impossible to prevent players from speaking to members of other organizations. He noted that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, a television analyst for the Hawks, is often sought out by opposing players.“A lot of that stuff happens naturally,” Pierce said. “Any team that comes in to play the Hawks, I always see players speaking to Dominique. It’s all welcomed and encouraged. You just have to do it the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Former champ Mike Tyson takes a swing at MMA coverage

first_imgBecoming his own man Tyson has long been ant uncensored, unfiltered athlete who has unloaded quotes like this one on Evander Holyfield (whom he bit twice during their infamous 1997 fight): “I want your heart! I want to eat his children!” Or this one on his own persona: “I comes across as crass, a Neanderthal, a babbling idiot sometimes. I like to show you that person. I like that person. He makes you want to come and listen to me.”He hopes fans will tune in as he transitions to the PFL.“I really want to get into the essence of what people are really about,” Tyson said. “You really never know a person until you get there and talk to him. You have to make him comfortable when he’s uncomfortable. That’s when you really get into the essence of people.”The league was formed in 2017 when a group of investors turned what was the World Series of Fighting into the tournament-style PFL. Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist , has emerged as the star of the league and is set to face Genah Fabian in her semifinal match Friday. The winner advances to the championship.Tyson, who has also invested in PFL, singled out Harrison as the kind of fighter he wants to hype.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect The 53-year-old Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title. Had MMA leagues been around when Tyson was in his fighting prime, he said he might have stepped inside the cage instead of the ring.“Listen, if I could have made the money I made when I was fighting, I would have loved to try it,” Tyson said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Tyson will conduct interviews with fighters, and musicians, entertainers and other famous fans of mixed martial arts. Tyson will be joined on “Fight Game” by co-host Sean O’Connell, PFL ESPN play-by-play announcer and PFL 2018 light heavyweight champion.“We can take this to another dimension,” Tyson told The Associated Press. “We can brand it the proper way. Give it the proper advertisement. We can take these fighters and publicize these fighters properly. We can take all the fighters from all over the planet, and all the techniques and all the disciplines and put them in one tournament and find out who really is the baddest (fighter) on the planet that ever lived.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe PFL is a tournament-based organization that kicks off the playoffs this week. PFL playoffs are held over three nights in October: Friday’s fights are headlined by women’s 155 pounds and welterweights; Oct. 17 features featherweights and lightweights; and Oct. 31 has light heavyweights and heavyweights. Each male fighter must fight twice and win twice that night to advance to the championship finals.Tyson can add TV host to an entertainment tableau highlighted by a scene-stealing stint in “The Hangover .” He voiced himself in an animated show on the Cartoon Network and even starred in a one-man show on Broadway . He hosted a podcast and founded his own cannabis company. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Mike Tyson attends a celebrity golf tournament in Dana Point, Calif. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is set to join the Professional Fighters League and host the new series “Mike Tyson’s New Fight Game: The PFL.” Tyson will conduct interviews with fighters, and musicians, entertainers and other famous fans of mixed martial arts. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)Mike Tyson is ready to talk your ears off about MMA.The former heavyweight champion is set to join the Professional Fighters League as host of the new series “Mike Tyson’s New Fight Game: The PFL,” which will debut this week on the league’s YouTube channel and other digital platforms before the playoffs start Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Bayern’s 1st loss of the season exposes old problems LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

No Charges For Tony Stewart

first_imgCANANDAIGUA, New York — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not be charged with the death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race, prosecutors said in disclosing for the first time that the victim had enough marijuana in his system the night he died to impair his judgment.A Grand Jury that heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including accident reconstruction experts and drivers, and looked at photographs and video, decided against bringing criminal charges against Stewart for the death of 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during an Aug. 9 race in upstate New York.That doesn’t mean it’s over.A few hours after Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced the grand jury’s decision, the Ward family indicated in a statement read over the telephone by sister Kayla Herring that they will seek civil damages in the young driver’s death.“Our son got out of his car during caution when the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing the tragedy,” the family said.“The focus should be on the actions of Mr. Stewart. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.”The family might have a difficult task: Tantillo disclosed the influence of marijuana and used two different enhanced videos which showed Stewart had done nothing wrong.“The videos did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by Tony Stewart until the point of impact with Kevin Ward, at which point his vehicle veered to the right up the track as a result of the collision. Prior to that, his course was pretty straight,” said Tantillo.Stewart’s reaction was not one of celebration, and his statement had the same twinge of sadness that he’s carried since he returned to NASCAR three weeks ago following three weeks of seclusion after Ward’s death.The 43-year-old NASCAR superstar acknowledged the investigation was “long and emotionally difficult” but noted it allowed time for all the facts to be presented.“This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive,” he said.“While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”Authorities said the first car to pass Ward had to swerve to miss hitting him. The front of Stewart’s car appeared to clear Ward, but Ward was struck by the right rear tire and hurtled through the air. He died of blunt force trauma.The investigating sheriff asked in the days after Ward’s death for spectators to turn over photos and videos of the crash. Among the things being looked at were the dim lighting, how muddy it was and whether Ward’s dark race suit played a role in his death, given the conditions.“I am sure from their deliberations and discussions that the fact that Kevin Ward was observed running basically down two thirds of the track, into a hot track, into the middle of other cars that were racing, played a big, big factor in their decision,” he said. “Judgment is probably the most important factor in this case.”___By Jenna Fryer and Carolyn Thompson. Researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos Beats Turow, 84-77

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – A surging Panathinaikos went to 3-0 in European basketball pool play, beating the tough Polish champions Turow, 84-77.The win came even though the Greens star Dimitris Diamantidis scored only two points and only four from newcomer Julian Wright, an NBA flop out of the University of Arkansas. American AJ Slaughter and Nikos Pappas picked up the slack with 16 each.Panathinaikos led 42-35 at the half and extended the lead to 54-40 in the third but the Polish team came back through the play of former Olympiakos player Mardy Collins, who has played for 10 teams in eight years, and who wound up with 23 on night.The visitors closed to within 73-71 before Panathinaikos dug in for the win behind a new generation of Greek players who are replacing aging stars.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Trent Boult picks up historic hat-trick vs Australia at Lord’s

first_imgNew Zealand’s pace spearhead Trent Boult became the 11th bowler to pick a hat-trick in World Cups when he rattled the Australia lower-order with inch-perfect yorkers in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Australia at Lord’s on Saturday.Trent Boult became only the 2nd bowler after India’s Mohammed Shami to seal a hat-trick in the ongoing edition of the quadrennial tournament in England. Shami had sealed a hat-trick in the final over of India’s thrilling win over Afghanistan on June 22.New Zealand vs Australia: Live Cricket ScoreTrent Boult also became the first New Zealand bowler to pick up a World Cup hat-trick. However, it was Boult’s second ODI hat-trick as the left-arm pacer had picked up a hat-trick vs Pakistan in November 2018 in the UAE.When you see your nation’s first World Cup hat-trickDo you think @AllBlacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick enjoyed that?!#BACKTHEBLACKCAPS | #CWC19 | #NZvAUS World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019Boult came up with a top-class final over to restrict Australia to 243 for 9 in 50 overs. In the third ball of the final over of Australia’s innings, Boult removed a well-set Usman Khawaja for 88 with a yorker that crashed into the leg-stump.Boult then gave Mitchell Starc a dose of his own medicine with an unplayable yorker that tailed into the left-handed tail-ender. With the Lord’s crowd going up in anticipation, Boult pinned Jason Behrendorff in front with another yorker that swung late before hitting the batsman’s boot.Behrendorff took the DRS to challenge the on-field decision of out but replays showed three reds. Boult finished with figures of 4 for 51. The Black Caps pacer had struck Australia early by removing captain Aaron Finch cheaply.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso See;last_img read more

Zidane: Ronaldo keeps doing amazing things

first_imgReal Madrid v PSG Zidane: Ronaldo keeps doing amazing things for Real Madrid Sacha Pisani 08:14 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid v PSG Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane The Blancos manger lauded his star man after he took his tally to 101 Champions League goals for the club Zinedine Zidane said he is running out of words to describe Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star’s record-breaking double inspired a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals for the same club in Europe’s elite club competition in Wednesday’s come-from-behind opening-leg win against PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner reached the milestone with a penalty on the stroke of half-time, cancelling out Adrien Rabiot’s 33rd-minute opener in the last-16 fixture. 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 Ronaldo improved his tally to 101 goals after he put Madrid 2-1 ahead with seven minutes remaining before Marcelo added a third for the European holders.Speaking to reporters, head coach Zidane said: “It’s difficult to say the same thing about Ronaldo every day. He keeps doing amazing things.”Spearheaded by Neymar, PSG controlled proceedings for periods and it appeared only a matter of time before the French giants added to their away goal.However, Zidane’s substitutions turned the game in Madrid’s favour as Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez made immediate impacts off the bench.Despite Madrid’s two-goal advantage, Zidane insisted he is taking nothing for granted ahead of the return fixture on March 6.”We played a good game all the way through,” Zidane said. “We pressed high and continued to play our game even when they went ahead. It was a deserved win. We got a great win tonight. But we know there’s still another match to go – it will be a very tough game.”We saw last year that when you play away anything can happen (in the Champions League semi-finals Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 at home, and then lost 2-1 away).”The fans were key today. They didn’t let up at any point, even at 1-0 down they kept on cheering us on.”With Isco in the team we wanted to dominate midfield and he did a great job. He was mobile all night, particularly at the beginning of the game. We changed things towards the end because we knew Paris would tire and bringing on Asensio, Bale and Vazquez helped us to take advantage of that.”Zidane, whose Madrid are 17 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona in their faltering title defence, added: “This club has won 12 European Cups and the players know how important it is. We played well, but not only with the ball. We defended so well without the ball with intensity and that’s just as important.”We’re happy with what we did today. They were 90 incredible minutes with intensity and aggression against a great opponent. The Champions League is important for the club and what we want to do is enjoy what we’ve done and tomorrow we’re thinking about the second leg.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Time running out for RCB as they take on KKR in Bengaluru

first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 18:00 IST IPL 2019: RCB face a stiff test against in-form KKR in Bengaluru on Friday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli’s RCB have lost all their four matches in IPL 2019RCB have lost their last four matches to KKR, including two in IPL 2018KKR have won six matches against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in IPLIn the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, all the talk around Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) centered around how the franchise had managed to assemble a more balanced squad than previous editions. After a stunning run with the India national cricket team, Virat Kohli was expected to help end RCB’s title drought in the IPL.However, familiar issues have returned to haunt RCB who are winless after their first four matches in IPL 2019. RCB’s losing streak of four matches is the third worst start by a team to their IPL campaign and another defeat could make it even more difficult for the team to finish in the top six, let alone make the playoffs.RCB, who are desperate for a win, will host two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their fifth match of IPL 2019 on Friday. And if recent history between the two sides is anything to go by, RCB are looking set to make it five in five.RCB have lost their last four meetings to KKR. Dinesh Karthik’s men completed a double over Virat Kohli’s team in IPL 2018 wherein the Bengaluru-based franchise finished sixth. At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which will be hosting Friday’s clash, RCB were handed a six-wicket thrashing after Chris Lynn and Karthik went all out in KKR’s chase of 175.Also, KKR have a positive head-to-head record against RCB as the two-time champions have won 14 of their 23 meetings. KKR also have won six away matches against Kohli’s men in the past.The contrasting forms of big names in the two squads is also not good news for RCB. While the likes of Andre Russell and Nitish Rana have set the stage on fire, RCB’s superstar players Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have not managed to get going in the ongoing season.advertisementAB de Villiers’ record against KKR is also a cause for concern as the former South Africa captain averages just 24.91, which is his lowest against any side in the IPL.Virat Kohli is under considerable pressure as questions have been asked about his captaincy. Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir had even said that Kohli should be grateful to RCB as the club has persisted with him despite RCB not finding IPL success under his leadership.Regardless of their form in the IPL, Bengaluru fans will throng the Chinnaswamy Stadium. There is no better place for Kohli and his men than Bengaluru to make a strong comeback and revive their campaign.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s menAlso Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs KKRFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Virat Kohli IPL 2019: Time running out for RCB as they take on KKR in BengaluruIndian Premier League 2019: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have all their four matches so far and will be hoping to get their first points on board when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at home on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakh

first_imgMaruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhWith the updated features, Maruti Suzuki Celerio now comes at a starting price of Rs 4,31,288 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Maruti Suzuki Celerio X begins at Rs 4,80,198 (ex-showroom, Delhi).advertisement Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 19:44 IST The optional variants of Maruti Suzuki Celerio get co-driver airbag as well.HIGHLIGHTSMaruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Celerio X are also pedestrian, offset and side impact safety compliant.Both the cars get the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, K10B engine that churns out 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque.Maruti Suzuki India claims a mileage figure of 23.10 kmpl for manual as well as automatic version of Celerio and Celerio X.Maruti Suzuki India has updated Celerio and Celerio X with new safety features. Now Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Celerio X are available with driver airbag, ABS (Antilock Braking System), driver and passenger seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors and speed alert system as standard across all their variants. Maruti Suzuki Celerio XWith the updated features, Maruti Suzuki Celerio now comes at a starting price of Rs 4,31,288 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Maruti Suzuki Celerio X begins at Rs 4,80,198 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both the cars are also pedestrian, offset and side impact safety compliant. The optional variants get co-driver airbag as well.Below are the variant-wise price details (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Maruti Suzuki Celerio.– Celerio LXI – Rs 4,31,288– Celerio (Tour H2) – Rs 4,37,080– Celerio LXI (O) – Rs 4,39,658– Celerio VXI – Rs 4,70,138– Celerio VXI (O) – Rs 4,77,257– Celerio ZXI – Rs 4,95,923– Celerio VXI AGS – Rs 5,13,137– Celerio VXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,20,256– Celerio VXI CNG – Rs 5,34,999– Celerio ZXI (O) – Rs 5,36,278– Celerio ZXI AGS – Rs 5,38,923– Celerio VXI CNG (O) – Rs 5,42,999– Celerio ZXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,48,278Below are the variant-wise price details (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Maruti Suzuki Celerio X.– Celerio X VXI – Rs 4,80,198– Celerio X VXI (O) – Rs 4,86,073– Celerio X ZXI – Rs 5,04,734– Celerio X VXI AGS – Rs 5,23,197– Celerio X VXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,29,073– Celerio X ZXI (O) – Rs 5,45,349– Celerio X ZXI AGS – Rs 5,47,734– Celerio X ZXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,57,349advertisementMaruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Celerio X get the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, K10B engine that churns out 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well. The company claims a mileage figure of 23.10 kmpl for manual as well as automatic version. There is also a CNG-option available with Maruti Suzuki Celerio. In CNG mode, the three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, K10B engine delivers nearly 60 bhp and 78 Nm of torque. With only a five-speed manual gearbox, the claimed fuel efficiency for Celerio CNG is 31.76 kmpl.ALSO READ | Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: Everything you need to know about the updated sports tourerALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350: Price, specifications comparedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Car updateFollow 2019 car updateFollow Car safety featuresFollow new safety featuresFollow 2019 safety featureslast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Hammonds Plains Road Overpass Northbound traffic over the Hammonds Plains overpass on Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weeknights from Wednesday, Sept. 10 until the end of November. On weekends, the lane will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. This is the first step in the upgrading of Highway 102 between Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 at Bedford. Other lane closures will be announced as they are scheduled. -30-last_img read more

Drinking linked to poor grades

first_imgIndulging in one negative behaviour such as heavy drinking can lead college students towards a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, a study has warned. For the study by researchers from Binghamton University in the US, 558 students from different US colleges completed an anonymous survey on academic performance, daytime sleepiness, substance use and mental distress. “We used a robust data-mining technique to identify associations between mental distress in college students with substance abuse, sleep, social behaviors, academic attitude and behaviours, and GPA,” said Lina Begdache, assistant professor at Binghamton University. “Positive behaviours such as abstinence from substance use, studious attitudes and responsibility toward work and family are reflective of a brain chemistry profile that supports mood and maturation of the prefrontal cortex of the brain,” Begdache said in a statement. “We identified potential cyclic behaviours that associate with severe mental distress that are linked to a change in brain chemistry that supports substance abuse, poor academic attitude and performance, poor sleep patterns, and neglect of family and work,” Begdache said. “The novelty of these findings is that we are proposing, based on the neuroscience of these behaviours, that one action may be leading to another until a vicious cycle sets in,” she said. Low mental distress in college students was associated with no substance abuse, responsible attitude toward learning as well as good academic efforts, high GPA (of above 3.0) and limited daytime sleepiness. Mild mental distress correlated with borderline work neglect and with a marginal negative association with grade-point average. Severe mental distress correlated with substance abuse, extreme daytime sleepiness, poor academic attitude and low GPA. This change in the direction of associations may reflect the neuroanatomical and neurochemical changes triggered by these factors that eventually contribute to mental distress. The results demonstrate that manageable lifestyle factors contribute to mental health in college students, which become potentially cyclic events that may impact academic performance. “These factors that are associated with mental distress in college students are controllable factors, meaning that proper education of students may reduce risk of mental distress on college campuses, which is on the rise,” said Begdache. “It is important for young adults to recognise that one behaviour may lead to a domino effect,” said Begdache. For instance, using drugs recreationally, abusing alcohol or using “study” drugs not only affects brain chemistry but may affect diet and sleep, which may further alter brain function and brain maturity, researchers said. Reduced brain maturity increases impulsivity, reduces emotional control and cognitive functions as well as GPA, eventually increasing mental distress with a potential long-lasting effect,” said Begdache. The researchers also identified a ‘virtuous cycle’. When young adults follow a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep and exercise), they are more likely to avoid drugs and alcohol, which supports a normal brain maturity, which is then reflected in a higher GPA and responsible attitudes toward learning, work and family.last_img read more

Dundee International REIT buys 568M worth of office properties in Germany

TORONTO — Dundee International REIT (TSX:DI.UN) is buying a 1.5-million-square-foot portfolio of office properties in Germany for $568-million.Dundee says the acquisition is being financed through some $354-million in new mortgage debt and cash on hand as well as some of the proceeds of a major equity offering.Under the offering, Dundee is selling, on a bought deal basis, 20.2 million units of the REIT at $10.90 per unit for gross proceeds of $220-million.

Cogecos additions of US internet subscribers was Q3 bright spot analysts say

MONTREAL — Analysts say they are surprised by the reported financial and subscriber strength of Atlantic Broadband, the main U.S. subsidiary of Montreal-based cable and internet provider Cogeco Communications Inc.Notes issued by RBC Dominion Securities and Canaccord Genuity say Cogeco added more than 14,000 internet subscribers in the United States during the company’s fiscal third quarter ended May 31.They also say Cogeco’s preliminary outlook for the 2020 financial year, which begins Sept. 1, is slightly stronger than anticipated because of Atlantic Broadband.However, they say overall third-quarter results included unexpectedly weak subscriber performance at Cogeco’s Canadian cable TV and internet operations across southern Quebec and Ontario.Cogeco Communications reported late Wednesday that it had $587.3 million of revenue for the third quarter, up 3.6 per cent from a year ago or 1.7 per cent after adjusting for $10.8 million in positive currency effects.Net profit was $182.0 million, including $82.45 million from discontinued operations that have been sold. Diluted earnings per share totalled $3.59, including $1.65 from discontinued operations.Cogeco Communications and its parent Cogeco Inc. are scheduled to discuss their reports in a conference call Thursday. Companies in this story: (TSX:CCA, TSX:CGO)The Canadian Press read more

TransCanada launches doublebarrelled legal salvo over Keystone XL rejection

TransCanada launches double-barrelled legal salvo over Keystone XL rejection CALGARY – TransCanada launched a double-barrelled legal salvo Wednesday against the U.S. government over its rejection of the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The company said it intends to file a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement in response to the decision, which it called arbitrary and unjustified.The Calgary-based firm said it will be looking to recover US$15 billion in costs and damages as a result of what it says is a breach of NAFTA obligations.TransCanada alleges that, as a signatory to NAFTA, the U.S. government failed in its commitment to protect Canadian investors and ensure the company was treated in accordance with international law.In its notice of intent to initiate the NAFTA claim, TransCanada said that the U.S. government concluded five times that the pipeline would not have a significant impact on greenhouse gas production, but still rejected the pipeline to appear strong on climate change.“Stated simply, the delay and the ultimate decision to deny the permit were politically-driven, directly contrary to the findings of the administration’s own studies, and not based on the merits of Keystone’s application,” TransCanada says in its notice of intent.“The politically-driven denial of Keystone’s application was contrary to all precedent; inconsistent with any reasonable and expected application of the relevant rules and regulations; and arbitrary, discriminatory, and expropriatory.“In short, the decision elevated perceptions over reality, which is the hallmark of a decision tainted by politics.”TransCanada said it has also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court in Texas asserting that President Barack Obama’s decision in November to deny construction of Keystone XL exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution.In its legal filing for that case, TransCanada said the presidential power Obama used to deny the pipeline is “unauthorized by statute, encroaches upon the power of the Congress to regulate domestic and foreign commerce, has been foreclosed by affirmative Congressional action, and unlawfully exceeds the powers granted to the president.”The White House and the State Department both declined to comment on the lawsuit or the NAFTA challenge.When he announced his decision, Obama said Keystone XL was not in the U.S. national interest and took on an over-inflated role in the political discourse between the U.S. and Canada. Still, the 1,900-kilometre pipeline, which has been in limbo for more than seven years, has at times been an irritant in relations between both countries, with former prime minister Stephen Harper at one point calling the project’s approval a “no-brainer.”The development, which also became a focal point of environmental protests, would have shipped bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands through a pipeline hub in the Hardisty area to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.TransCanada said it had every reason to expect the pipeline would be approved since it met the same criteria as previous pipelines that were sanctioned.Adam Barratt, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, had little to say on the matter Wednesday, although he noted the lawsuit is “not entirely unexpected” and falls within TransCanada’s purview.“We’re aware of recent developments with this file and TransCanada,” he said. “As this is a matter which is expected to go before arbitration, or before a court, we don’t have a comment at this time.”Environmental groups were quick to criticize TransCanada’s move, saying the legal actions won’t get the pipeline built. They also accused the company of exploiting provisions in NAFTA.“This is about a foreign company trying to undercut safeguards that protect the American people,” said Anthony Swift, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Canada project.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who supports the project, tweeted: “We support @TransCanada #KXL NAFTA challenge. Pipelines safest way to move energy in N. America, get more $ for SK oil.”TransCanada has to wait until six months after the date of the rejection before filing a request for arbitration under NAFTA. After the request is filed, arbitrators are selected and further timelines are established. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alta., Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. TransCanada launched a double-barrelled legal salvo Wednesday against the U.S. government over its rejection of the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh read more

Offline filtration and fluid polish

first_imgNo matter what type of fuel or lube you use, Applied Energy Co can help you achieve “clear status” with its Dµrt Hog contamination control units. Applied Energy filtration carts with built-in particle counting are especially important for hydraulics. They identify excessive contamination levels that can be brought under control through high-efficiency filtration and moisture removal.The electric power and inlet/outlet hose connections to these carts are all that is required to install. Select a cart with variable speed adjustment and control pump flow. This allows reservoir fluid filtration turn-over time and system backpressure to be optimised. This filtration loop may be installed without turning off the main system.Applied Energy takes proactive maintenance seriously with documentation available to the customer for extended use and cost savings, not just on hydraulic fluid or gear oil preservation, but on the equipment itself.Job-wide fluid management may be achieved by these portable and compact units, and effective savings measured by:● Fluid life and drain intervals extended● Decreased downtime, component repair, and oil purchase.last_img read more

Were flabbergasted Wonder drug approved for 22monthold baby with rare condition

first_img A PROGRAMME HAS been approved at Temple Street to treat a rare condition, which could save the lives of two baby girls Nellie and Lara.“Last night we got a call,” Stephen Lannen, father of Nellie, told The Ray D’Arcy Show today. “Temple Street has approved the compassionate youth programme, so we’re going to get in there in the next couple of weeks thank God. We’re flabbergasted.”22-month-old Nellie and five-month-old Lara are the only two infants in the country with the genetic degenerative condition that makes it difficult for them to crawl, walk, breathe and swallow.Our previous story about Nellie and Lara: ‘If she gets another chest infection she probably won’t make it, that’s the reality’For 95% of children with this rare condition, called SMA Type 1, life expectancy is less than 18 months.But a “wonder drug” called Spinraza could change this. In 50% of cases it can stop the advancement of SMA1 – and in 40% of cases, it reverses the symptoms.The drug has been hugely successful in the US – but has yet to be approved in the EU. Yesterday, the company that makes Spinraza approved Temple Street as a site for the Expanded Access Programme.“It’s a relief for us because Nellie’s symptoms are quite acute now. Even on Sunday we had an incident where she stopped breathing and we urgently suctioned her and everything, so time really isn’t on our side at all.”If we could get her off of the breathing machine and if she was able to do some swallowing for herself, that would be a good start for us.“A lot of people knew about our situation but we didn’t ask for help publically, but as soon as we did, across the board, politicians, the media everyone was really behind us – we don’t know how to thank people.”With reporting from Órla Ryan.Read: Martin McGuinness is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-electionRead: Missed cancers at Wexford hospital: ‘For daddy, nothing will change – but they have apologised’ Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 9:55 PM Jan 19th 2017, 9:55 PM 12 Comments 35,460 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘We’re flabbergasted’: Wonder drug approved for 22-month-old baby with rare condition Last night, the HSE approved a programme that could save the lives of two baby girls. Share4017 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

From Champions League miracles to the brink of disaster the story of

first_img Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM From Champions League miracles to the brink of disaster – the story of Liverpool in the ’00s Author and journalist Simon Hughes chats to The42 about a whirlwind decade for the Reds. Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Short URL 17,915 Views 19 Comments Share Tweet Email9 By Paul Fennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘RING OF FIRE – Liverpool into the 21st century: The Players’ Stories’ explores a decade of huge change both for the Reds and English football at large.Following on from his previous two books, which explored the Anfield club in the 1980s and 1990s respectively, Simon Hughes’ latest offering examines the club’s belated modernisation in the 2000s, the impact of foreign managers such as Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, the often tricky task of blending local talent with expensive foreign imports and the power struggles that frequently occurred at board level, which threatened to severely undermine the club’s status as one of the top teams in English football.‘Ring of Fire’ takes a similar format to its predecessors, ‘Red Machine’ and ‘Men in White Suits’. Hughes provides an insight into the club from those who were closest to it during this era, interviewing key figures, such as Jamie Carragher, as well as less heralded but equally insightful individuals like Albert Riera.The42 recently caught up with Hughes to chat about his work on the book.What were the challenges of this book compared with your previous ones on Liverpool in the ’80s (Red Machine) and ’90s (Men in White Suits)?It was more of a challenging book to write for those exact reasons. It involved a lot more travelling because players in the 2000s came from all different places right across Europe. It was the first decade where Liverpool started signing South American players. I would have liked to have got one of those players.For example, I was pretty close to getting Javier Mascherano, but for logistical reasons, it was proving quite difficult to nail down. He’d agreed to do the interview, and there’s a cost element involved as well. I didn’t have a huge budget to go round Europe on nice trips. It was a case of getting the cheapest airlines, staying in the cheapest hotels, spending a minimal amount of money when I got there.When I got Fernando Torres, although it was a great trip, the reality was I flew to Venice, picked up a car, drove to Slovenia, interviewed Riera, drove all the way back to Bologna, stayed in Bologna for the night, flew to Madrid, met Torres, and within that trip I was hoping that I’d be able to speak to Mascherano.I think Barcelona were playing Vallecano — a Madrid club. I was trying to find a way of getting Barcelona’s press office, who are actually really great, to get him to agree to meet me the day of the game, which was always going to be difficult, because access to players on game day are almost impossible.This was right at the end of the editorial process, so unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get it arranged, so that’s just a little insight into the reality of trying to balance finance, availability, logistics, all in one hit really.It was totally different to the other books — players, when they’re still active, they’ve got more to lose from being transparent with their thoughts and recollections. This was a decade where footballers had changed quite a bit. I started off writing books about Liverpool in the ’80s, where there was a huge social scene. Players were a little more open to the media at that time and used to regaling the media with certain tales. A lot of the guys I interviewed from the ’80s were doing the after-dinner circuit and they know how to tell a story.It’s slightly different with this decade — less of a social scene, a bit more serious. But I had to think quite carefully with the people who I did interview. Fernando Torres, I did think it was a bit of a coup to get him because he’d never spoken to anybody about it — his departure from Liverpool particularly. I did know a little bit of that story. I didn’t know everything that he told me. So I realised to make it better than the other books, there had to be a slightly more news-y element to get people into it a little bit really. So he was a really important one.I suppose with managers like Houllier, they’re always keen to tell you as much as they can, particularly when they’ve left, they’ve got a lot more to think about. The best ones need to tell you what is needed to write a good story — I think that proved to be the case with Houllier.It was more enjoyable in another way, because it was a decade I’d seen a lot more of Liverpool — the decade where I started covering Liverpool. It was a decade where I could look at things with a little more authority I guess. I felt a little bit in (the other) decades where I was intruding on other people’s lives and not being able to put my own spin on it to a certain extent. There’s so much already written about Liverpool in the ’80s, so finding something in that decade that was new was quite a challenge.Is Gerard Houllier underappreciated by Liverpool fans?  Source: EMPICS SportHe’s the most successful manager since 1990. I think he is undervalued but I can understand why people don’t look back quite as fondly on Houllier as they do with other managers. He might admit privately that he stayed at Liverpool too long. The last two years, watching Liverpool wasn’t the most enjoyable experience for many people and by the time he left, I don’t think there was much mourning.You can look at it two ways. I think a lot of football legacy is determined by when you leave and how you leave. He left at a time where it felt like he needed to leave. It did get forgotten, all the good work that he did. He did catapult Liverpool into the 21st century (and make them) a modern, forward-thinking club. The players became a lot more professional.I think it’s a bit of a myth the way people describe the style Liverpool played under him. People revel in saying Liverpool were a defensive team, which they weren’t really, when you look at the number of goals that they scored.They were just quite pragmatic and not too dissimilar to Rafa Benitez’s teams really. There are similarities with the way both coaches knew how to set up a defence. They’re both very strong in terms of the organisation of a defence, which is in stark contrast to the last two managers that they had, so there is a value in that.I think the other thing with Houllier was towards the end, he lost the media battle as well and lost quite a few allies in the media, which meant he didn’t get the reportage that he may have had otherwise. By the end, it almost defined his legacy really.The last season under him just felt inevitable that he was going to leave. He probably stayed one season too many, but that said, if you look at the Liverpool that he left behind compared to the Liverpool that he joined, it was in a far healthier position in terms of the stability of the club, the players they had, so I can understand that argument as well.Ultimately I can understand why people don’t think of him quite as fondly as people like Rafa, although I suppose he left in bad circumstances. But with Rafa, when you win the Champions League in those circumstances in that season, people do think you’re touched with genius. When you achieve something like that, it never gets forgotten, no matter what you do afterwards. Houllier never won the Premier League or Champions League — if he had won one of those things, people might think a little bit differently about him.The Tom Hicks and George Gillett split — how big an impact did it have on the club? Liverpool fans protest agains their current owners in the stands. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesI think the club still suffers from it now. I don’t want to say it’s changed the club forever. I think it does boil down to success. Liverpool need to win something seriously to get everybody back onside and get them pulling in the same direction.The damage that that did, the separation between two people, it just shows how quickly things can unravel at a football club when things go wrong. I think Liverpool has had an identity crisis ever since really. It made the club very vulnerable. The owners that replaced them, FSG (Fenway Sports Group), are good owners.At the moment, I think everybody thinks of things in terms of the best or absolute worst. The owners are good owners, but they haven’t proven themselves capable of delivering absolute sporting success yet.There are some mitigating excuses. When they came to the club, it wasn’t far off administration really. To get over that, it’s taken a lot of hard work. I just wonder how long that good will lasts for really.The idea that they brought Liverpool out of a really dark place and brought them into the light again — how long does that last before people say ‘it’s about time they start winning things again’. The argument we’re having now with FSG is still related to Hicks and Gillett.If you criticise them, the argument that follows is usually ‘look where they are when Hicks and Gillett were in charge and look what happened there’. That was seven or eight years ago and people still talk about it as a significant factor in the way they think about Liverpool in terms of what they should be achieving and where they’ve been.There’s no doubt in my mind that they will go down as the worst owners in any elite football club’s history. To take Liverpool from a Champions League final where they were — it touches on what I said about Houllier.You look at entry points and exit points. They entered the club months before they were in a Champions League final — one of the elite clubs in Europe. When they left, the club was on the brink of administration, the club was in the Europa League, it was way down the table, heading towards a relegation fight. For that to happen in such a short period of time, it just shows you how damaging their roles were.Who surprised you most out of all the people you interviewed? Source: EMPICS SportA lot of people picked up on the Michael Owen chapter and said he comes across in a much more human way. He does have a PR problem, largely owing to the fact that he was on his way to becoming a Liverpool great, if not Liverpool’s greatest goalscorer ever if he had stayed.When you sign for Manchester United later on in your career, you’re always going to have trust issues no matter what. His PR people wanted him to be a vanilla-type character who would be liked by everybody, and he ended up being liked by pretty much nobody.Nobody’s all the good things that people say they are, or all the bad things. I think he said a lot of thoughtful things in the interview. It was quite an emotional interview. A lot of people view him by the way he is on TV and some of the things he says on TV, which makes him come across as perhaps not the most thoughtful.When you’re interviewing somebody, it is quite a false environment. Firing questions forward, getting answers back. If you can get an interview where it feels more like a conversation, I think it helps the interviewee to open up a little bit.That’s the value of the print media, I think. Everything’s so instant when you’re doing a TV interview, as he does week-in-week-out, where it’s question-answer-question-answer. There’s not much time for considered thought on the way things are. I’m not saying he’s totally different to the way people view him, but he’s not the sanitised, boring person that people see him as.He regrets leaving Liverpool, doesn’t he? Source: EMPICS SportI think so. The way he is viewed unravels from the point where he leaves really. I can understand why a player would want to experience playing for Real Madrid particularly at that time when they had some of the greatest players that have played the game and he wanted to test himself at that level.I also think the decisions he made were reflective of his mindset at the time. If he was honest with himself, he might admit he lived in a bit of a bubble really.He probably failed to realise that, although you might have a plan as Michael Owen to leave Liverpool, go to Real Madrid, see what it was like and then come back the next season, when you take yourself out of that position, there are other things to think about.It’s not just a case of a footballer getting what he wants all the time. There are certain decisions that have to be made. He loses a lot of control by the decision to leave Liverpool. That maybe reflects the way people view him as well.People think of him being very obsessed and career-driven. Maybe if he could take himself out of the bubble that he lived in, he may have thought: ‘Well actually, it might not happen. I might not be able to go back to Liverpool. Things change in a year. I could get injured and the club won’t want me.’ That changed everything, so I think there is a regret there.It’s quite sad when you see someone who scored that number of goals for Liverpool and won important trophies single-handedly if we’re being honest, particularly the FA Cup final against Arsenal. But ultimately, it’s the decisions that he’s made. He has to live and die by them.Neil Mellor — could he have thrived in an era where there wasn’t so much competition from foreign players, or was he simply not good enough? Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesYou always look at players and what they do after they leave Liverpool. If Neil Mellor had gone elsewhere, played for a Championship club and scored 25 goals, come back into the Premier League and did something similar there, you could say well, the club was wrong.On the flipside, momentum at key times, you can’t quantify how important that is. There are certain players who might not be thought of as elite-level players, but if they get their chance, goalscorers are judged on the number of goals that they scored, and he scored a reasonable number of important goals for Liverpool in a relatively short space of time.He said to me that he could play on the biggest stage. I wasn’t aware of the extent of the injuries that he had. He was playing through the pain barrier to give himself a chance of getting opportunities.When you have injuries like he has with his knees, it’s so debilitating that it eventually catches up with you. Perhaps he ended up at a level where his body would take him — that’s probably the fairest way of describing it.Jamie Carragher — what made him different to the other homegrown players who didn’t make it? He wasn’t as naturally talented as someone like Steven Gerrard. Was it largely desire that got him so far? Source: EMPICS SportYou question where that desire comes from, don’t you? The thing with Carragher, more than anyone I’ve met, it was his love and obsession for football that took him the furthest. He is the most passionate person I’ve ever met about football. He knows absolutely everything about the game. I don’t think it’s unfair to call him a statto in the sense that he knows every detail about every person.That raw detail is a basis for anyone. That then translates onto the pitch. In training sessions, the players that were trying to replace him couldn’t match his determination, which meant that the managers could never consider dropping him.You see him on the TV now and he takes that so seriously. It’s a continuation of his career. It’s not like he turns up in Sky studios winging it. He can actually back up his opinions with convincing arguments. He plans what he’s going to talk about before going onscreen. I think that is the basis that really catapulted him to the heights that he’s in. But I think he was a far better player than people made him out to be.I couldn’t say he’s unfortunate, because I think he’s achieved everything that he probably would want to in the game. He was probably unfortunate because he was coming to it at a time where there were a lot more foreign players coming to the Premier League, who were considered slightly better technically. It was becoming unfashionable to have a bit more of a fighter in the team.But ultimately, he had qualities that you can’t judge by a statistic. You can’t judge somebody’s heart or their ability to see and read the game. His general understanding of the game and how it should be played, what needed to be done to win the game, it far exceeded anybody else — I’d probably include Steven Gerrard as well.Carragher also played a big role in convincing Gerrard to stay at the club, didn’t he? Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesI did mull over whether to do an interview with Steven, but he’d not long before brought out his second autobiography, so I kind of thought is there a real point to this. The whole thought of a book is to bring slightly new information to light. That was where Torres came in and some of the more obscure players that I included.A lot of people view Steven Gerrard as an indestructible human being. He was like superman, nothing could stop him. But I think every player has his own insecurities and to some extent, it’s the insecurities that drive a player on to the heights they reach. If Gerrard was complacent and thought he’d be playing every week, his performances wouldn’t be anywhere near as good I would think.He did have doubts about himself, but having doubt as a footballer is a healthy thing.Steven and Jamie, when they travel to away games, they’d room together. I wouldn’t like to be in a room with Carra if you were thinking of leaving Liverpool, because I think he’d just be on at you all the time telling you not to do it. If you leave Liverpool, you’re not just leaving Liverpool, you’re leaving your mates like Carragher.He would have looked at what had happened to Michael Owen as well, knowing that quite quickly, his reputation unravelled. No matter what he’d done for Liverpool, it counts for nothing if you end up signing for a rival club. Ultimately, it would have been Steven’s decision really. He’s single-minded enough to make that decision. At the time, I think he was quite confused about what was going on at Liverpool.People will say that he never won the Premier League, but he won everything else, has the respect of a whole city and I think that’s far more important, particularly when you look at Fernando Torres as well.I know people feel better about him now, but I think nobody will ever have that love for him that they had when he was here.And to continue on the subject of Torres, does he have a good relationship with the Liverpool fans, or at least a better one than Michael Owen? One of the themes that comes through in the book is how much certain players really do seem to care what their former clubs’ fans think of them. Source: EMPICS SportIt certain cases, attacking players tend to need a bit more of an arm round the shoulder and a bit of reassurance that they’re doing well, whereas defensive players don’t need that quite as much at times. But I suppose Jamie Carragher revealed that sometimes the criticism did get to him.But if you contrast it to Michael Owen, the big difference is that it’s Man United. No matter what people say, to every Liverpool fan I would imagine, Man United are the biggest rivals, not Chelsea. So being associated with both clubs is just forever going to be on his CV, there’s no way of getting out of it.With Fernando, had he gone to Chelsea and achieved what he’d achieved at Liverpool, maybe people wouldn’t be so willing to listen to him now. His Chelsea experience was a bad one, which he admits in the book. He didn’t feel loved in the way he did feel loved at Liverpool, and I think that affected the way he performed. I think he needed to feel loved to get that extra performance out of him.He was determined not to use the word ‘regret,’ but if he had the chance to go back and make other decisions, he would probably not have chosen to do what he’d done, and certainly would not go the club he went to.He was in a difficult position, because the only other club that could probably afford him was Real Madrid, who made countless offers for him over the years when he was a younger player, but he’d made his decision never to go there. Barcelona at the time didn’t need him, Man United, he said he couldn’t go there, so he viewed Chelsea as the least worst option.He was swayed at the time by how well the Spanish national team was doing. He was going away on international duty listening to all the great things that were going on with other players who were playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Liverpool were in mid-table in the Premier League.The same goes for Pepe Reina. I know he stuck around a bit longer, but it was noticeable that his performances dropped in that period. I’m not making excuses, he made his own decision, but I think from a journalistic point of view, you still have to account for what his feelings were at the time. It’s up to people to decide whether they can relate to that and accept why he went down the path that he did.Ring of Fire: Liverpool into the 21st century: The Players’ Stories is published by Transworld. The paperback edition of the book will be available from 20 April. More details here.Teaching schoolkids and scoring 50-yard screamers – the busy life of Conan Byrne>‘To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener’>last_img read more

Theresa May tells MPs she wont stand in way of next leader

first_img Share102 Tweet Email1 Theresa May tells MPs she ‘won’t stand in way’ of next leader, but DUP stands firm After her statement, Boris Johnson said that he would support May’s deal. The DUP still won’t, though. Source: Conor Burns MP/Twitter @BorisJohnson absolutely right telling MPs that palpable risk of losing Brexit altogether with the chance of change in the next phase means we have little choice but to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.— Conor Burns MP (@ConorBurnsUK) March 27, 2019 Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 8:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Stefan Rousseau I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t – I hear what you are saying.“I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty – to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit,” according to wording released by 10 Downing Street.The deal has been twice-defeated before in the House of Commons, by a majority of 230 votes in January, and a majority of 149 votes in February. The third ‘Meaningful Vote’ is rumoured to take place on Friday; but House Speaker John Bercow has said it’s not certain that the deal would be allowed to be put forward for a vote.Reaction Image: Stefan Rousseau Short URL I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.center_img In an ERG meeting following the statement, Johnson is to have said that he would support May’s deal, adding that there was a fear Brexit might not happen at all otherwise.The DUP were due to release a statement at 6pm announcing their decision not to back May’s deal, but it came instead 3 hours later.A statement from the party said that it “poses an unacceptable threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom” and “create an internal trade border within the UK”.Speaking on Sky News, party leader Arlene Foster said that she didn’t feel betrayed by her ERG colleagues who had switched sides to support May’s deal following her statement today. Their priority was Brexit, while the DUP’s is the Union, she said. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 52,047 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha LATEST⬇️⬇️— DUP (@duponline) March 27, 2019 Source: DUP/Twitter Conservative MP James Cartlidge, who was at the closed-door meeting, told reporters as he walked out that May had said she would step down before the “next phase” of Brexit negotiations.Another MP, Pauline Latham, told reporters that May had said she would resign “after the meaningful vote was through”, meaning the vote on her EU divorce deal.“We have to pass it or all bets are off,” Latham said.- with reporting from AFP  Updated Mar 27th 2019, 8:53 PM THERESA MAY HAS told Tory MPs that she would not “stand in the way” of being replaced as leader in the next stage of Brexit negotiations.In the wake of the announcement, British media reported that members of the pro-Brexit ERG group said that they would back May’s deal – including Boris Johnson, who’s among those tipped as the next Tory leader.It wasn’t enough for the DUP, however, who said that the failure to renegotiate the backstop means that they will “not risk compromising the Union”. May held a meeting with Conservative Party’s backbenchers, known as the 1922 Committee hours before MPs were due to vote on a series of Brexit options.“I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that,” she said.The current deal that May has negotiated only handles the conditions upon which the UK leaves the European Union; the next phase of Brexit negotiations is about the future relationship, and covers issues like trade. Mar 27th 2019, 6:58 PM 59 Comments last_img read more

Joyeux Anniversaire Opportunity

first_imgJoyeux Anniversaire Opportunity ! Un record jamais atteint ! Ce 25 janvier, la sonde Opportunity a fêté son huitième anniversaire sur Mars. C’est un record ! Même si la sonde commence à montrer d’évidents signes de fatigue, elle est toujours là ! Opportunity est un peu grippée et recouverte de poussière mais elle a pu transmettre mi-janvier une série de photos. Ces dernières montrent le paysage que la petite sonde contemple actuellement depuis le bord du cratère de 21 km, Endeavour, atteint le 9 août 2011.Atteint après un voyage de 34,40 km en sept ans dans les dunes de Meridiani Planum, Opportunity devrait y séjourner plusieurs semaines, durant l’hiver austral sur Mars.Garée à flanc de colline, dans la pente Cape York, cela devrait lui permettre de capter au maximum les rayons du Soleil.La robot à six roues devrait reprendre son périple dès que l’ensoleillement sera assez fort pour lui fournir l’énergie nécessaire.Opportunity a passé plus de deux ans à étudier le cratère Victoria, a découvert un matériau brillant, a réchappé à des tempêtes de poussière en 2007 et subit un froid constant de -30° C à -100° C. Une vraie battante !Conçue pour fonctionner 90 jours, elle continue de déjouer les pronostics et poursuit son bout de chemin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La sonde Spirit aurait, quant à elle, fêté ses huit ans, le 4 janvier dernier. En effet, l’engin avait atteint la planète Mars 21 jours avant Opportunity. Malheureusement, sa jumelle a rendu l’âme en 2010, après sept années de bons et loyaux services, en raison de l’accumulation de poussière sur ses panneaux solaires.Si Opportunity peut se sentir un peu seule, pas de soucis à se faire ! Elle sera rejointe en août 2012 par Curiosity. Cette dernière sera dotée des éléments les plus lourds et les plus complexes jamais envoyés sur une autre planète. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 20:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more