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The world awaits the Olympics to kick offThe world awaits the Olympics to kick off

first_imgThe last few hours before the world’s biggest sporting spectacle begins is always filled with tension and suspense.And as the city of London gives final touches to its seven-year-long preparation before the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night, everyone wishes the Games are peaceful and each of the 304 sporting events is fought in the right spirit.Gone are the days when the extravaganza called Olympic opening ceremony was kept as a secret. It has become almost a tradition now for other countries to spy on the drama that will unfold in those three hours plus.Glitz, glamour, light and sound, all that will go into the opening ceremony being directed by Danny Boyle has already been detailed. But there can still be a huge suspense as what the world will finally see through live TV signals can be different.The weather in London has been pleasant after an incredibly wet summer. The sun has been shining the last few days, which means the locals can wear bare minimum clothes.Four years ago, when Beijing wanted to show the world its sporting might and ability to organise a high voltage opening ceremony, they wanted to fire ‘rockets’ in the air to disperse the clouds!In London, no such thing has been planned and whatever nature decides will be accepted. The big problem for LOCOG, organisers of the London Olympics, is who will light the Olympic flame.Lord Sebastian Coe, head of LOCOG told Mail Today on Thursday who will light the torch is still undecided. From the man on the streets to social media like Twitter, there has been intense speculation.advertisementFive-time Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave and decathlete Daley Thompson are touted as favourites but Kelly Holmes, winner of the 800m and 1500 m in Athens, 2004, could also got a look in. But don’t be surprised if the organisers decide that more than one top former British athlete gets to do the honours.After the opening ceremony, it will be 15 days of pulsating action where riveting rivalries in track and field and swimming have already attracted attention, aroused interest and instilled desire.Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m and Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool are events which the world is waiting for. Contests of these nature are played out only once every four years which is what the Olympics is all about.Looking at the global rivalries, the way China has grown as a sporting giant will be watched with interest. In the Beijing Olympics, China topped the medal tally with 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze for an aggregate of 100 medals. The United States of America was second with 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze while Russia were third.As the hosts, Britan will look to enhance its image as a serious sporting superpower. In Beijing , their tally did swell to 19 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze for an aggregate of 47 medals.It is gold medals which matter the most and Britain will hope that its newest stars like Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins can fire their chances.Well before then opening ceremony, there have been a few goof-ups. At the women’s football event, a wrong flag of South Korea was shown to the North Koreans causing the match against Colombia to be delayed by an hour.Even though the organisers had to apologise to the North Koreans, it has already left people wondering what more gaffes are in store.For sheer precision and punctuality, what Beijing did as a host city was almost machine like. For London to hold a glitch-free Games will not be asking for too much despite a dip in their economy.The host nation is hoping that the Olympics will boost its economy, but each host has only been counting deficits at the end of the Games.And what about India’s chances at the London Olympics? There is an air of expectancy that this time around India can win more medals than the three at Beijing.In archery, shooting, wrestling, badminton, boxing and even mixed doubles, there are medal chances.Feats of Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Deepika Kumari, Saina Nehwal, Vijender and the new boxing breed plus the wrestlers raise huge hopes. So does MC Mary Kom who represents India as women’s boxing makes its debut.With adequate government funding and the corporates also chipping in well now, Indian sport should do well. After all, post Beijing, the medal haul at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games did show an improvement.advertisementGone are the days when the Indian athletes competed in the Olympics just to mark their presence. The new age heroes believe in themselves and are ready to surprise the world.last_img read more

UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19

first_imgUEFA announced significant changes to the Champions League on Friday with the top four European leagues each guaranteed four places in the group stage from the 2018/19 season.Under the present system, the top three leagues – currently Spain, Germany and England – have three places each while their fourth-placed teams must play off over two legs for a place in the group stage.The fourth ranked league, currently Italy, have only two guaranteed places plus one in the playoff round. (Also read: Pep Guardiola will be returning to Barcelona in Champions League)UEFA uses a complicated coefficient to determine the rankings of the national leagues.The changes came after Europe’s top clubs had discussed the possibility of forming a Super League, possibly even without UEFA’s authorisation.UEFA also stopped short of guaranteeing captive places for certain big clubs, another possibility which, sources said, had been discussed privately in meetings over the past few months.Several big clubs, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, have missed out on this season’s group stage after performing poorly in their respective leagues last season. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award)UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti told reporters that the format itself would remain the same with a qualifying stage, followed by a 32-team group stage and then a knockout competition.Marchetti said that four places in the group stage, compared to five at present, would be set aside for the national champions of smaller countries who have to play their way through a qualifying competition.advertisementUEFA has been without a president since last December when Frenchman Michel Platini was banned for eight years by global soccer body FIFA for ethics violations, later reduced to four on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).UEFA will hold an election to find a replacement for Platini in Athens on September 16. Michael van Praag, Angel Maria Villar and Aleksandar Ceferin, the heads of the Dutch, Spanish and Slovenian federations respectively, are the three candidates.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s double standards: He wants fresh juice for teammates but endorses PepsiVirat Kohli’s double standards: He wants fresh juice for teammates but endorses Pepsi

first_imgIt is no secret that Indian cricket star Virat Kohli takes his diet and fitness seriously. A role model and youth icon for both men and women alike, the world’s best batsman is known for his protein-rich diet comprising lean meat, salmon and boiled vegetables. (Six-pack Virat shows the way: Team India demands Kohli’s chicken and coffee diet) A BCCI official told Mail Today that Kohli’s healthy diet plan has been so popular with the rest of his Indian teammates that they too have demanded a similar diet chart. BCCI has to this effect written an  e-mail to all the venues to provide the Indian Test cricket team with protein-rich, healthy meals during all practice sessions and matches in the home series that began on Thursday. The demand has been made so that the  players do not binge on oily food items and consume aerated drinks. While grilled chicken or paneer dishes for vegetarians serve as important sources of protein, a blender has also been demanded as Kohli is against the idea of packaged juices. He feels that even the best packaged fruit juices may contain sugar and carbohydrates in them. While it looks very inspirational from the outside, one can’t help but wonder where Kohli’s strictness for healthy lifestyle goes when it comes to endorsing aerated drinks. From the 15 brands or so that Kohli endorses, one of them is Pepsi. (Virat Kohli on course to leapfrog MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain) We may call it selfish, but the very idea of advertising a kind of product that one is against shows the double standards of the superstar. It looks like the youth icon, who was known to gorge on butter chicken as a kid, believes in a healthy lifestyle only for himself and of course his celebrated teammates. What about the millions of young people who hang on to every word he says? Diet and work-out go hand in hand. The human stamina goes down if one’s diet is not healthy. In a recent interview, Kohli said, “I believe every individual has his own fitness level. So, one has to work according to his level. Other players in the team dont have to be fit like me. They have to be fit. Also, fitness varies for everybody. So, one has to work accordingly. You have to compete with yourself to raise your level of fitness. And, just keep trying to better yourself.”advertisement Kohli is a public figure, a youth icon and his words carry weight. He believes in high levels of fitness and has often openly talked about the sacrifices he has made – no binge eating for years. He has been known to force his teammates, including Harbhajan Singh into falling into a regular fitness regimen.And here he is, endorsing Pepsi, a cola drink which is known to stir up certain side effects. In the last few years, many environmentalists and health experts have come out against consumption of Pepsi. One of the most popular arguments against it is that it is harmful for the body as it contains pesticides, the over consumption of the drink makes one fat and also cancerous. (India can be the best in Test after bumper season: Virat Kohli) Pepsi, studies, have shown, help you put on weight and spoils the teeth besides creating hormonal imbalance. One of the top most athletes in the world, Kohli has more than three crore fans on Facebook and over seven million followers on Instagram. He is currently India’s most celebrated batsmen and the Test captain. There are innumerable pages on the Internet sharing Kohli’s fitness tips and diet charts. It is slightly unfair to his millions of fans that on one hand he has a magnificent athletic body, thanks to his healthy lifestyle, and on the other hand he encourages not only unhealthy but also harmful aerated drinks by endorsing them. Celebrities have the right to decide what brands they want to endorse and what they do not want  to support. But cricketers and movie stars in the past, have been known to turn down lucrative offers from alcohol and tobacco companies because they did not feel right about it. Had Kohli said no to PepsiCo’s offer after MS Dhoni’s contract ended, it would have gone a long way in enhancing his stature further as a true statesman of the great game of cricket.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova is a cheater, I don’t look up to her anymore: Eugenie BouchardMaria Sharapova is a cheater, I don’t look up to her anymore: Eugenie Bouchard

first_imgMaria Sharapova won her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban, beating Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Wednesday.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 was earlier given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators, receiving a polite applause and some whistling when she entered the sold-out arena.After a shaky start and conceding seven of the first eight points, Sharapova settled and showed flashes of her old self.It was the Russian’s first match since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who is playing in a tournament in Istanbul this week, became the latest in a line of players critical of Sharapova’s being allowed to compete on the women’s tour.”I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so, to me, I mean I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be able to play that sport again,” Bouchard said.”It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids, you know, cheat, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms. I don’t think that’s right and it’s definitely not someone I can say I look up to anymore because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.””She’s a cheater. She shouldn’t be allowed to play ever again.” We asked @GenieBouchard about Sharapova’s comeback. https://t.co/Os6uI6KraI pic.twitter.com/VVxSJhpJJ6advertisement- TRT World (@trtworld) April 26, 2017Meanwhile, Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open.French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Wednesday the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16.”The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said.last_img read more

Italian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs MedvedevItalian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs Medvedev

first_imgWorld number five Alexander Zverev continued his poor recent form as he crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round while Serena Williams had to pull out of the women’s draw with a recurring knee injury on Tuesday.Serena had beaten Swede Rebecca Peterson in straight sets on Monday and was due to face sister Venus but the injury means her participation at the May 26-June 9 French Open is in doubt.Zverev, who has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early March, did little to suggest he could be a contender at Roland Garros after a 7-5 7-5 defeat by home favourite Matteo Berrettini.Roared on by a partisan home crowd at the Foro Italico, Berrettini took the opening three games before the German, 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up, regained his composure.Berrettini then saved five break points to take a 6-5 lead before the rattled Zverev, who beat the Italian in the same round last year, threw away the opening set with two unforced errors and a double fault.They traded breaks early in the second before Zverev, who saved a match point in the 10th game, committed another flurry of errors, capped by a forehand into the net that handed Berrettini a memorable win.”The environment was great, the match that I played was horrendous,” said the 22-year-old Zverev.Second set meltdown for Nick KyrgiosIn first-round action, David Goffin produced two blistering sets to fight back and beat Stanislav Wawrinka 4-6 6-0 6-2 while Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementThe flamboyant and unpredictable Kyrgios again displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviour.The Australian won the opening point of the match with what is fast becoming a trademark underarm serve and breezed through the first set before cheers from the crowd turned to jeers amid a second-set meltdown.Having dropped serve to hand Medvedev a 5-3 lead, Kyrgios blasted a ball over the stands, then bent over and turned his backside to Medvedev and finally exchanged words with the umpire before the Russian held to force a third set.As if nothing had happened, Kyrgios got back to business as he hammered in aces and winners, having also capped some good forays to the net with confident volleys to book a second-round clash with Norwegian Casper Ruud.Goffin dropped the opening set before he blew Wawrinka away in the next two, the decisive moment coming in the second game of the third when the Belgian saved a double break point at 1-0 down.He won the next five games and, although the Swiss briefly delayed the inevitable, Goffin was able to celebrate after his frustrated opponent blazed a forehand into the crowd.Also Read | Serena Williams out of Italian Open with knee injury ahead of round 2 tie vs VenusAlso Read | Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosislast_img read more

Crystal Palace turn to Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de BoerCrystal Palace turn to Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer

first_img Jacob Steinberg Roy Hodgson Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Roy Hodgson is to return to Premier League management with Crystal Palace a little over a year since England’s humiliating exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland. The club reacted ruthlessly to a poor start by sacking Frank de Boer four games into a three-year contract.De Boer’s 77-day stint is the briefest in terms of matches played of any Premier League manager, with the breakdown in the Dutchman’s relationship with the owners having effectively left him a dead man walking since the end of last month.Hodgson is expected to sign a two-year contract, with a significant bonus payable if Palace retain their top-flight status, and will start at the club – through whose youth ranks he progressed as a player– against Southampton on Saturday. Palace had made overtures to Sam Allardyce over a return to no avail, before turning to Hodgson.The 70-year-old will inherit a side who are pointless and goalless in the division, with daunting games against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to come after Saturday, but who showed signs even in defeat at Burnley on Sunday that they were grasping De Boer’s demands. The manager, too, had displayed a willingness to adapt in that match, reverting to a flat back four. As it is, and despite the chairman, Steve Parish, stressing the need “to stick together” en route back from Turf Moor, Palace felt compelled to act on Monday. The major shareholders, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, had been in attendance in Lancashire and, after talks with Parish and the sporting director, Dougie Freedman, sanctioned the dismissal. Topics Share on Messenger Palace and Arsenal epitomise Premier League’s lack of joined-up thinkingcenter_img Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Crystal Palace “I think it is probably the best work, in many ways, that I did or have done so far. So there was never any doubt I would collapse in any way. In fact, if anything, I think the experience makes you stronger. In football however well you think you are doing, however well your life is going, there is always a mugger there lurking in the shadows, to bash you over the head when you least expect it.”The finer details of Hodgson’s contract were being settled on Monday night. He is expected to be joined by his No2 with England, Ray Lewington, with De Boer’s coaches, Orlando Trustfull and Alessandro Schoenmaker, having departed. Sammy Lee, who joined the staff with Allardyce last December, may also leave. Share on Facebook The writing had effectively been on the wall since the loss to Swansea at the end of last month, a defeat which exposed the breakdown of the relationship between manager and ownership. The board felt De Boer had veered away from his summer pledge to instigate “evolution, not revolution” with some of his tactical decisions deemed naive and inappropriate for the squad he had inherited. The owners were dismayed, too, by an apparent lack of clarity to training and questioned team selection, with the manager, critically, struggling to provide a clear plan as to how to arrest the team’s slump in a meeting held with Parish and Freedman on Monday 28 August in the aftermath of the home defeat by Swansea.De Boer had his own complaints, from a restricted pre-season schedule that took Palace to Hong Kong when the squad might have benefited more from games in his favoured 3-4-3 system at home, to a lack of leeway in the transfer market. Jairo Riedewald, secured from Ajax, was the only permanent signing made before deadline day. The protracted pursuit of Mamadou Sakho, who arrived for £26m at the end of the month and completed 45 minutes for the under-23s on Monday, was driven more by Parish than the management following the Frenchman’s success at Selhurst Park last season.As it is, a manager whom Palace had hoped would provide a long-term progression ended up being ushered out in only 11 weeks, with Hodgson charged with salvaging the season. The Croydon-born manager achieved notable success on that front at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, spells which sandwiched a disappointing and brief stay at Liverpool, before his four-year spell with England. That encompassed three tournaments but ended with the ignominy of that defeat by Iceland at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.Hodgson, who turned down a chance to appear in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing after he left the England setup, had indicated a desire to return to club management and made clear his pride at his achievements with the national team in an interview given to The Big Issue. “Probably the four years, especially the last two years after the World Cup, fashioning a team from a very young group of players, many of whom weren’t even in their club side … we were playing very well,” he said. “I am very proud of that achievement. Read more Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Drogba leads Wilkins well wishes after heart attackDrogba leads Wilkins well wishes after heart attack

first_imgRay Wilkins Drogba & Lampard lead well wishes to ex-Chelsea coach Wilkins after heart attack Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ray Wilkins Getty Chelsea Premier League England The former Chelsea and England midfielder suffered a heart attack and fall at home, leading to him being placed into a coma The footballing world has sent its well-wishes to Ray Wilkins amid reports the former England captain is fighting for his life.Wilkins, 61, suffered a heart attack at home and was put into an induced coma after arriving at hospital.He is most closely associated with Chelsea, where he started a playing career that took him to the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Rangers. He later coached the Stamford Bridge side, who were among the first to send their regards to their former caretaker and assistant manager. 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 “The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight,” the club wrote on Twitter.”Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support.”Wilkins played for the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the 1970s and ’80s, while he made 84 appearances for England before turning to punditry after his career ended.The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support. pic.twitter.com/egOapZhDYN — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2018 His wife, Jackie, was quoted as telling the Daily Mirror : “He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care.”He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill.”The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.”In response, a raft of footballing personalities who have been touched by Wilkins have sent on their well wishes, including Didier Drogba, whose penalty secured the Blues their only Champions League crown to date back in 2012.Just found out about the news, be strong Ray Wilkins and family. We blue army are sending you… https://t.co/B72y5SCJPj— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) March 30, 2018Thoughts are with Ray Wilkins and his family. A top man and top pundit. #Gentleman— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) March 31, 2018Thoughts are with Ray Wilkins and his family. Rooting for you, Butch.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 31, 2018Really sad news to hear about my former team mate Ray Wilkins, stay strong pal :)— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) March 31, 2018Thoughts and prayers go out for Ray Wilkins. Let’s hope he can pull through— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) March 31, 2018Love and best wishes to Ray Wilkins and family after the awful news tonight. Had a tough time in recent years but his politeness, genuine interest in others and humour is there in bucket loads.Praying for you Butch!— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 30, 2018We’re extremely saddened to hear former #QPR player and manager Ray Wilkins has suffered a suspected heart attack.All our prayers are with you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/pNy30MZuft— QPR FC (@QPRFC) March 30, 2018Was a kid at Hibs when Ray Wilkins signed an absolute gent of a man no airs or graces at all and great with all the young boys. Had time for everyone. Really liked him. Hope he pulls through  https://t.co/RbjorFJ04h— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) March 30, 2018Wilkins played 84 times for England during his playing career, captaining his country 10 times.last_img read more

Southern Suns 2008 Regional ChampionshipsSouthern Suns 2008 Regional Championships

first_imgThe Southern Suns 2008 Regional Championships will be held at Walker Park in Yass on the 15 and 16 November 2008.The championships also counts as an opportunity for players to be selected for Southern Suns teams for the National Touch League in March next year.This year the Suns Regionals will contest two new divisions, with the Women’s 27’s and Seniors Mixed added to the line up, as these are now divisions at the 2009 NTL. Men’s divisions for the carnival include Opens, 20’s, 30’s 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s. Women’s divisions are Opens, 20’s, 27’s, 35’s and 40’s. There are also two mixed divisions, with Opens and Seniors.At the end of the championships a squad of at least 20 players will be selected, with the squads being reduced to 14 at the first training run.The 2009 NTL will be played at Port Macquarie from the 12 to 14 March 2009 for Seniors and 13 to 15 March 2009 for Opens.last_img read more

Kaka urges Neymar to stay at PSG, lead Champions League pushKaka urges Neymar to stay at PSG, lead Champions League push

first_img Associated Press BarcelonaSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 09:27 IST Kaka is encouraging compatriot Neymar stay at Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKaka’s opinions and advice could be worth listening to, even for NeymarKaka wants Neymar to stay at Paris Saint GermainNeymar is reeling from being jeered on his return to the PSG sideFrom lifting the World Cup to being named the world’s best player, Kaka ascended the highs Neymar is still chasing.So after more tumult in Neymar’s career, Kaka has some advice for his fellow Brazilian:Stay at Paris Saint-Germain to lead the pursuit of Champions League glory, and the world player of the year accolades will follow.Keep on maturing and maybe the forward can win a World Cup to avoid being viewed as a failure for Brazil.”Everybody wants to give some advice or an opinion about his life,” Kaka said in an interview with The Associated Press. “He’s just a 27-year-old guy, a lot of people of the same age make mistakes and improve with that.”But Kaka’s opinions and advice could be worth listening to, even for Neymar.After all, Kaka won the game’s top individual honors in 2007 when he was named FIFA world player of the year and collected the Ballon d’Or after winning the Champions League with AC Milan.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, is reeling from being jeered on his return to the PSG side last weekend after sitting out the opening four league games of the season as he pushed for a move back to Barcelona during the summer transfer window. He won’t play in the Champions League until the third group-stage game because of a suspension.”For him I think it’s good to stay there in PSG for now,” Kaka said at the FIFA20 video game launch. “I think it’s good for him, for the club. I think PSG is always trying to build a great team to win a Champions League, so he can be the leader for this project and in my opinion, it’s good. It will be a great year for him.”advertisementWhen the FIFA player awards are handed out on Monday, though, Neymar will be far from the Milan ceremony. He has never finished higher than third in the vote for the Ballon d’Or, and still lives in the shadow of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”What I believe that lacks in Neymar to accomplish the world’s best player award is a big team accomplishment,” Kaka said in London. “When he achieves this big team accomplishment, being the leader of this accomplishment and he has a big chance for it, I am sure of that Neymar will be chosen to be announced as the world’s best player.”Neymar is starting a third season in Paris after Barcelona could not strike a deal to re-sign the player it sold two year ago for 222 million euros (then $246 million).”Maybe at 27, I could have made the same mistakes,” Kaka said. “And so I think this is a great opportunity for him to improve himself and to be better and mature.”While Neymar has won the French league twice the minimum expected for a team with lavish Qatari funding he has not won a European title with the French capital club as he did with Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final.Neymar’s only titles with Brazil so far are gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the Confederations Cup on home soil in 2013. Neymar missed the 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals through injury and was part of the team knocked out the 2018 quarterfinals by Belgium. He also missed this summer’s Copa America, which Brazil won without him.Kaka was part of the squad that won the 2002 World Cup, and Brazil hasn’t reached the final since then.”Always for Brazil we have this pressure,” Kaka said. “Because we have won five World Cups, so everyone thinks about the World Cup. So, if you do a lot of good things for the national team but you don’t win a World Cup, maybe you fail.”I don’t think it’s fair but it’s like this and this is the situation. And Neymar had an opportunity to play in two World Cups and didn’t win one with Brazil. So, our expectation with him is for him to be the guy for the next World Cup for us. I think it’s hard for him but I think every year he’s more mature, he understands his position in the national team better as well and it’s good.”Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BarcelonaFollow Neymar Kaka urges Neymar to stay at PSG, lead Champions League pushNeymar is starting the third season in Paris after Barcelona could not strike a deal to re-sign the player it sold two years ago for 222 million euros (then $246 million).advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Sorry America, the Humvee is Back…But Only in China?Sorry America, the Humvee is Back…But Only in China?

first_imgThe Hummer brand started with a bang, but ended with a whimper. When GM shut the doors on Hummer for good in 2010, fans of the rugged automaker were surely upset, but not because a good thing had come to an end. In reality, Hummer began its slide from grace after the the civilian-spec H1 stopped being sold in 2006. With only the H2 or dreadful H3 available, and with sky-high gas prices, Hummer had little hope for survival at the time.Despite its end-of-life mistakes, Americans still remember Hummer as the maker of the ultimate macho-mobile: the Humvee. It’s this passion for the original that inspired Humvee Exports, a five-man operation in Michigan, to source H1 parts and export pre-made units globally. AM General, the original H1 manufacturer, has been selling C-Series kits to Humvee Exports since 2013. The company then took each $60K and recreated the Humvee.Now that the Chinese market is interested, Humvee Exports has turned to their Detroit neighbors for help. According to Car and Driver, VLF Automotive, the company behind power-packed versions of the Karma, Mustang, and Viper, has teamed up with Humvee Exports to assemble C-Series models with GM engines and ship the products to China. VLF’s leadership team, which includes ex-GM executive Bob Lutz, automotive designer Henrik Fisker, and Boeing executive Gilbert Villarreal, has taken on some eye-opening projects in the past, but this may be their most lucrative yet.The C-Series kit, which was shown at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, looks almost identical to the original H1 from 1990, but the front end is styled after the current military-grade version. VLF Auto will offer the Humvee in three trims — Bravo, Charlie, or Delta — with different luxury and convenience features. Engine options include a 6.5-liter diesel V8 engine in three stages of tune: 190 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, 205hp and 440 lb-ft, or 250hp and 440 lb-ft. If you’d prefer a gas-powered motor, you can opt for an LS3 6.2-liter V8 with 430hp and 424 lb-ft of torque.This all sounds great, but there’s one bit of bad news: if you live in the U.S., Humvee Exports and VLF won’t sell you a Humvee. Due to the restrictions of the new Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, the Humvee cannot be certified for sale in the U.S. This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookah A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

COJ to Publish Names of Delinquent Companies, DirectorsCOJ to Publish Names of Delinquent Companies, Directors

first_imgPRESS RELEASE – Directors and secretaries of the more than 30,000 delinquent companies on the company register may have their names, and that of the entities they operate, published on a quarterly basis as the Companies Office of Jamaica seeks to enforce compliance.Companies that will make the list for publication are those that the Agency’s compliance officers have made multiple attempts to engage through field visits, written and verbal correspondence.According to Heather Mae Sutherland, compliance manager at the COJ, “The Agency has had a challenge in getting company directors and secretaries to become compliant in filing the necessary documents as it relates to Annual Returns and change documents despite the manyefforts to educate and assist them in filing these documents.”Statistics from the COJ indicate that Kingston and St. Andrew account for approximately 72 per cent of the delinquency rate; as such Sutherland stated that “while the Agency will publish companies and the names of their officers from across the island there will be a focus on delinquent companies operating in the Corporate Area”.Sutherland continued: “Last year, we established a help desk and we had a Mobile at the Girl Guides Headquarters to facilitate filings from entities in the Corporate Area, and the turnout was not what we hoped for.Various forms of engagements were undertaken and the company officers identified said that they would come in but they didn’t.”Under the Companies Act, all registered companies have an obligation to file Annual Returns and change notices concerning the operation of the entity. The COJ as part of the initiative to enforce compliance will be targeting companies with multiple outstanding filings. Delinquent companies incur a maximum of $10,000 each year in late fees, in addition to the $5,000 filing Companies Office of Jamaica The Companies Office of Jamaica is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce. fee. Companies that have ceased operation are required to make an application to be removed from the register pursuant to Section 337 of the Companies Act.The COJ’s compliance efforts include the Agency’s Mobile, which involves visiting parishes outside the Corporate Area to facilitate filings and registration. The Agency also has aCompliance Help Desk that can be accessed via appointments, along with its continued public education initiatives.last_img read more

Minister Reiterates Call for Idle Lands to be put into Productive UseMinister Reiterates Call for Idle Lands to be put into Productive Use

first_imgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is reiterating his call for Jamaicans to put idle lands into productive use.Mr. Shaw was speaking at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Alumni Association panel discussion on the status of Jamaica’s food security, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on May 17.“We are confronted with the [fact] of having too many [parcels] of idle land all across Jamaica… whether it is owned by Government or even owned by the private sector. That is the central issue and challenge we face as a country. How can we transform our country and make part of this transformation, the productive deployment of our land,” he said.“Government has to start by setting the example. Government must start with the redeployment of sugar-company lands and its deployment of lands held by the national land agency,” the Minister added.Mr. Shaw noted that the Government is serious about charting a course to get lands into the hands of persons interested in agricultural production.The Minister said he ordered an inventory of all available government lands not in production, starting with the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine.“I got that report last week. In that report, it is proposed that half of it remains in sugar. Well, that is just a proposal right now, because I have to look at the viability of that proposal, even as I look at some proposals that are now on my desk for a potential revitalisation of the sugar industry,” Mr. Shaw informed.“More importantly, whether we have some limited revitalisation of the sugar industry, and I say limited because you know what is happening in the world when it comes to sugar, sugar is a declining industry globally, [and] the time has long passed for us to make firm moves into rationalisation of lands and into diversifying the production base we have in the country,” he added.In furtherance of CASE Alumni Association’s mandate for seeking to influence the Government’s policy on agriculture, the Association’s executive hosted a panel discussion to discuss issues they considered to be very critical to the improvement of the Jamaican agricultural sector.last_img read more

2012 Woodlot of the Year Recipients Announced2012 Woodlot of the Year Recipients Announced

first_imgA Musquodoboit Valley family has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award for their contribution to sustainable forest management in the province. Pat and Janet O’Toole, who run a 243-acre woodlot in Carrolls Corner, were chosen as the provincial winner, and central regional winner for their commitment to low impact harvesting. The family’s practice of partial harvesting ensures steady growth of trees of varying ages resulting in continuous tree cover. “This award is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of woodlot owners in promoting sustainability for the economic and environmental health of our forestry industry,” said Charlie Parker Minister of Natural Resources. “This year’s recipients have demonstrated best practices in woodlot management.” The O’Toole woodlot also features a maple syrup operation, and numerous hiking trails which have been used by local scouting and 4-H groups for exploring and learning opportunities. The O’Tooles will be presented with the award at a public field day on Sept. 29. Other regional winners include Jim and Ann Crooker of Caledonia, Queens Co. in the western region, and Mike and Mary Penny of Lochaber Lake, Antigonish Co. in the eastern region. They will each be presented with awards during separate field days on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 respectively. The Department of Natural Resources has presented the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program since 1990. Nominations are evaluated by department staff for regional winners, while the provincial winner is selected by a committee of foresters, wildlife specialists, industry representatives, previous winners, and environmental or forestry undergraduate students. Nova Scotia residents who own 20 to 800 hectares of woodland in are eligible for woodlot owner awards. Nominations are accepted at Department of Natural Resources offices until April 15 each year. More information is available on the department’s website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/woodlot/woya/ . FOR BROADCAST USE A Musquodoboit Valley family has been awarded the 2012 Woodlot Owner of the Year from the Department of Natural Resources. Pat and Janet O’Toole were recognized for their sustainable forest management practices and diversity of forest management techniques on the family’s 243-hectare property. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the O’Toole’s woodlot is a showcase of best practices in forest management. The award will be presented to the O’Tooles during a public field tour on their woodlot on September 29th. -30-last_img read more

Sheila Manifesto full of hollow promisesSheila Manifesto full of hollow promises

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit said ‘the BJP manifesto was full of hollow promises and false claims without having any substance that would be beneficial to the people.Dikshit said that the emptiness of the BJP manifesto was evident from the reaction of senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi, who was involved in the framing of the BJP manifesto in 2014, who asked about how many marks he would give to the Modi Government’s performance in the last five years, he replied that he could give marks “only if there was something written on the copybook”, which clearly proves that Modi’s performance in the last five years was only “non-performance”, and the manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections does not have a single meaningful, doable promise, as it was full of “jumlevaji”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress chief Dikshit said that the people of the country have now fully understood Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s falsehood and his bundle of lies, and the voters have now lost all faith in him, and his hollow promises. She added that the trust that the people had reposed in the BJP to deliver in 2014 had been completely shattered as the Modi Government could not fulfill even a single promise, and betrayed the people. Dikshit said that the people of the country would not believe in a single promise of the BJP manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as the report card of the Modi Government in the last five years has been a big zero.last_img read more

New regulations to reduce marine pollution in Antarctic enter into force –New regulations to reduce marine pollution in Antarctic enter into force –

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that amendments to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships (MARPOL) detailing specific densities of crude oil which should not be used in the Antarctic mean that ships plying that area with lower grade fuel will have to switch to a higher fuel while in the area. MARPOL has 136 parties, representing 98 per cent of the world’s shipping tonnage.“This means, in effect, that ships trading to the area, whether passenger or cargo ships, would need to switch to a different fuel type when transiting the Antarctic area, defined as ‘the sea area south of latitude 60 degrees south’,” IMO stated in a press release.IMO also said MARPOL will formally establish a North American Emission Control Area (ECA), in which emissions of sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from ships will be subject to more stringent controls than the limits that apply globally. The ECA will take effect 12 months after the amendments enter into force on 1 August 2012.There area currently two designated ECAs, both on sulphur oxides in the Baltic Sea area and the North Sea area.Last month IMO adopted MARPOL amendments to designate certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as another ECA. The MARPOL amendments are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013, with the new ECA taking effect 12 months later. 1 August 2011A ban on pollution from heavy grade fuel oils in the Antarctic region goes into effect today, the United Nations maritime agency reported. read more

Tyrone Williams dismissed from Ohio State footballTyrone Williams dismissed from Ohio State football

Sophomore wide receiver Tyrone Williams has been dismissed from the Ohio State football team. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig announced that Williams had been dismissed from the team prior to coach Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference Monday morning. While no official reason was given, Meyer said there would not be an opportunity for Williams to rejoin, citing only “violation of team rules.” Williams was second team all-Ohio as a senior at Shaw High School in East Cleveland. There, the 6-foot-6 player helped his team win the Lake Erie League championship, and was named all-Lake Erie and all-district. Williams also lettered in track and basketball. As a part of the 2010 recruiting class, Williams redshirted that season as a true freshman. He did not respond to The Lantern’s Monday request for comment.  Demonstrating above-average control and solid hands, Williams was tipped by some to be one of the players most likely to breakout in the 2011 season. He played in eight games, making his first collegiate start against Purdue, in which he caught two passes for 28 yards. In August, wide receivers coach Zach Smith spoke about the progress Williams had been making. Smith said that in the spring, it was Williams’ practice methods that were hindering his progress rather than a lack of talent. However, the coach said Williams had recently become like a brand new player with his late-summer efforts. Smith said Williams had impressed the entire coaching staff, and he found the player’s progress encouraging for the season ahead. Prior to his dismissal Monday, Williams had not registered a catch in the 2012 season. He had also earned a team-low two Buckeye Leaf helmet stickers. Meyer said Williams cannot work his way back onto the team. “He’s done,” Meyer said. read more

Google Wallet competitor ISIS arrives on October 22Google Wallet competitor ISIS arrives on October 22

first_imgThe fight between Google Wallet and ISIS has plagued the mobile payment landscape for some time now. Verizon Wireless won’t allow Google Wallet on any of their device, and there was a time where AT&T was going so far as to disable NFC on phones to stop them from using Google Wallet at all. It all boils down to which company gets to be the one to handle the mobile transaction, and the fractions of pennies that are earned with each transaction.ISIS has been kind of an odd organization for Google to fight with, since they don’t even have a competitive product to offer consumers. That is, until October 22 when the ISIS pilot program starts.Both Salt Lake City and Austin T-Mobile stores are being prepped for the an ISIS pilot program. The stores will receive special SIM cards that have the NFC circuitry embedded in the plastic. Currently, ISIS is only designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, and Relay 4G devices. These phones will be able to use the ISIS app, which will be available in the Google Play Store, to complete transactions. It has been made clear that ISIS will not support rooted phones, but there’s yet to be any documentation on how ISIS plans to enforce this.Having an NFC SIM card is a great idea if it grants you access to ISIS, but there are still a lot of questions regarding the limitation of these SIM cards over having NFC hard wired into a phone. If a phone has the ability to use NFC through the SIM, will that also mean the phone can perform the same simple tasks that a phone with hard wired NFC can? We know that the Galaxy S3 has NFC built in, but also has a micro SIM, so it seems likely that the phone will not require a special SIM in order to access ISIS Wallet.ISIS was not available for comment when asked how long the Pilot program would be, or what the expansion plan for ISIS is. T-Mobile is so far the only company that is known to be publicly testing ISIS on their network, though we know that Verizon Wireless and AT&T are both ISIS partners. A public pilot is a great step in the right direction, hopefully moving quickly so everyone can take advantage of NFC payment systems.via Tmonewslast_img read more

Une nouvelle mention Reconnu Grenelle Environnement pour le bâtimentUne nouvelle mention Reconnu Grenelle Environnement pour le bâtiment

first_imgUne nouvelle mention “Reconnu Grenelle Environnement” pour le bâtimentLes entreprises du bâtiment pourront bénéficier de la mention “Reconnu Grenelle Environnement” si elles respectent une série de normes lorsqu’elles feront des travaux d’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique des logements.Le secrétaire d’Etat au Logement, Benoît Apparu, représentant de l’Etat, a signé avec les fédérations d’entreprises et artisans du bâtiment et trois organismes de qualification du bâtiment et des énergies renouvelables une charte d’engagement, et lancé la mention “Reconnu Grenelle Environnement”. Celle-ci sera accordée pour deux années reconductibles aux prestataires de travaux soit d’efficacité énergétique, soit d’installation d’équipements de production d’énergie renouvelable.Comme l’a expliqué à l’AFP Virginie Schwarz, directrice exécutive des Programmes à l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe), “l’idée c’est de dire au consommateur : vous n’avez pas besoin de lire ce qu’il y a en-dessous, à partir du moment où vous voyez ‘Reconnu Grenelle Environnement’ […] On n’a pas inventé un nouveau nom, ‘Grenelle Environnement’ c’est quelque chose qui parle aux gens, à quoi ils attribuent une valeur”.Pour obtenir cette mention, un des trois organismes que sont Qualibat, QualitEnR ou Qualifelec doit donner son accord. Une visite de chantier permet de vérifier que les critères exigés sont bien mis en application, précise Sciences et Avenir. En cas de défaillance concernant la prestation d’un entrepreneur, la charte d’engagement exige d’avoir prévu une procédure de traitement des litiges et de sanctions, pouvant aller jusqu’à l’exclusion.32.200 entreprises répondant aux critères À lire aussiFibres végétales : de nombreuses applications émergent, notamment dans le secteur automobileLes 2.400 entreprises d’artisans qui avaient obtenu la marque “ECO Artisan” créée par la confédération de l’artisanat et des petites entreprises du bâtiment (CAPEB) bénéficient automatiquement de la mention “Reconnu Grenelle Environnement”.  Une équivalence également accordée aux entreprises ayant obtenu la marque “Pros de la performance énergétique”, créée par la Fédération française du bâtiment (FBB).Selon Qualibat, quelque 32.200 entreprises répondent déjà aux critères permettant l’obtention de la mention “Reconnu Grenelle”. “L’objectif c’est d’arriver début 2014 avec un nombre suffisant d’entreprises pour pouvoir mettre en place l’éco-conditionnalité des aides publiques, comme les crédits d’impôts et l’éco-prêt à taux zéro”, a ajouté Mme Schwarz.Le 10 novembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Arc of San Diego is seeking candidates with autism for aThe Arc of San Diego is seeking candidates with autism for a

first_img July 22, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 22, 2019 The Arc of San Diego is seeking candidates with autism for a hiring pilot program 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Arc of San Diego is partnering with Neurodiversity in the Workplace and Thermo Fisher for a neurodiversity hiring/training program for candidates with autism.Selected candidates will attend a two-week training program at Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Carlsbad, CA location for roles specializing in data science and technology.To apply, send resume to neurodiversity@arc-sd.com by August 1, 2019For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more