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‘Would happily swap Cuadrado for a cheese sandwich!’ – Chelsea fans slate Colombian duo after pre-season defeat

first_img Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado 1 Chelsea signed off from their pre-season arrangements with another uninspiring performance against Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge.The Blues, who lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday, fell to a 1-0 defeat against the Serie A side despite manager Jose Mourinho giving several first-team players considerable game time.The result will add to the growing concerns about the quality of the Chelsea squad ahead of their Premier League season opener against Swansea on Saturday tea time.Colombian duo Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao came in for particular criticism for their individual displays, with Blues fans showing no sign of remorse in their assessments of the underwhelming 90 minutes.Some of the best reactions to their respective performances can be found below.center_img //storify.com/talksport/would-happily-swap-cuadrado-for-a-cheese-sandwich-.js?border=false[View the story “‘Would happily swap Cuadrado for a cheese sandwich and a packet of skips! – Chelsea fans lambast winger and Falcao” on Storify]last_img read more

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BUDGET 2016: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘BLOWN’ RECOVERY AND HELPED WELL-OFF – UNION

first_imgBudget 2016 UNITE the Union response:Government blows recovery by failing to invest in equalityAusterity holes remain as Government prioritises tax cuts over investment USC cut worth most to higher earnersUnite disappointed at decision to further reduce Employer’s PRSIUnion welcomes moves to address PRSI step-effect for low earnersSocial protection changes do not compensate for cuts since 2012 In its initial response to Budget 2016, trade union Unite today (Tuesday October 13th) warned that the Budget measures are set to entrench inequality by failing to address the structural deficits left behind by austerity. The union’s Ireland Secretary Jimmy Kelly accused the Government of ‘blowing the recovery’ by failing to invest not only in our infrastructure, but in the public services on which we all rely.Mr Kelly was particularly scathing of the decision to cut USC, disproportionately benefiting the top 20 per cent of earners, and he pointed out that by choosing to cut taxes for the better off, the Government was reducing the funds available for investment. He also expressed disappointment at the decision to further slightly reduce Employer’s PRSI at a time when Irish employers already pay the lowest social insurance in the EU. However, Mr Kelly did welcome moves to address the so-called ‘PRSI step effect’ anomaly which has penalised low earners receiving a wage increase.“As we slowly emerge from recession, we are facing a housing crisis as well as deficits in a range of other areas, from schools to broadband. Yet, two weeks ago, the Government announced a capital plan which represented almost no increase in investment spending as a proportion of GDP.“Today, the Government continued to turn a blind eye to the glaring structural deficits left by austerity.“With growth rates due to weaken over the next two years, and the risk of considerable uncertainty in the European and international economy, the Government should have substantially increased investment in our infrastructure, productivity and education. Instead, it is recklessly cutting taxes. This is boom-and-bust economics. “A Budget which cuts inheritance taxes while failing to restore the real value of Social Protection payments will only further entrench inequality.“Half of all workers earn less than €29,000. They will see few benefits from the USC cuts – and the few Euro extra they do get will be swallowed up by inflation and by increased charges for services which, in other European countries, form part of the ‘social wage’.“Nor will these measures do anything for the 50 per cent of those reliant on unemployment, lone parent or disability payments who suffer multiple deprivation experiences. While the partial restoration of the Christmas bonus will be welcomed by many struggling families, a Budget is not just for Christmas and those families’ incomes in 2016 will still be less in real terms than in 2012.“Although Unite welcomes the decision to address the so-called PRSI step effect, which has penalised low-earners receiving a wage increase, we are particularly disappointed at the decision to effectively further reduce Employer’s PRSI, which is already at the bottom of the EU, by raising the entry point to the top rate. “Today, the Government had an opportunity to start raising employers’ social insurance to European levels to fund a ‘social wage’ in the form of European-style social services.“Instead, they are effectively asking working people to subsidise their own tax cuts by sacrificing investment in the social and economic infrastructure which would benefit all of us and help create a more equal society.“Budget 2016 is the latest in a series of regressive Budgets produced by this Government. By failing to invest in equality they are blowing the recovery.“This is not only an Election Budget – it is clearly a Fine Gael Election Budget from which any Labour fingerprints have been carefully wiped”, Jimmy Kelly concluded.BUDGET 2016: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘BLOWN’ RECOVERY AND HELPED WELL-OFF – UNION was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budget 2016Unite unionlast_img read more

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PRIEST SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CLAIMS OF CHOIR SINGER

first_imgThe priest at the centre of the choir singer row has said he has no knowledge of how the issue has been resolved. Fr Shane Gallagher was reacting to a story by Donegal Daily earlier today that Bishop Philip Boyce has stepped-in to resolve the matter.Fr Gallagher issued the statement through his solicitor in which he said he was not part of any resolution with singer Sara Laughlin. He further adds that he is “hurt and appalled” that a private conversation over the suitability of a song be made public.Fr Gallagher and Ms Laughlin were involved in a dispute over the singing of a song at mass in Lettermacaward last Saturday night.Ms Laughlin claims she was verbally abused – a claim denied by Fr Gallagher.The following is the full statement from Fr Gallagher. “I was happy to learn of the announcement made on Highland Radio at 10.30 a.m. today that this matter has been resolved. I was not a party to the resolution of it and did not in any respect contribute to it, nor did I have any advance notice of it. As of 12.05 pm today, I remain unaware of any details of the resolution announced. I wish to take this opportunity to refute the allegations made against me. I am hurt and appalled that a private conversation with Ms. Sara Laughlin regarding the suitability of a particular song she sang at Communion time, during a Mass I celebrated last Saturday evening for her grandmother and uncle, has been so unfairly distorted and that, in consequence, I have been so vilified and abused in the social media over the past 36 hours. In the interests of the people whom I serve in Leitirmacaward and Doochary, I hope to be permitted draw a line under the matter and, to this end, I will be making no further comment.” PRIEST SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CLAIMS OF CHOIR SINGER was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Premier League: Man City host Spurs as focus shifts to Premier League

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Man City vs Tottenham Hotspurs Etihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 20-04-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Michael OliverManchester City midfielder Fernandinho could be fit to start, having played as a substitute against Spurs in midweek on his return from a muscular problem. Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has been out with a hamstring injury, will be assessed.Tottenham look likely to be without Moussa Sissoko, who was substituted on Wednesday because of a groin problem. Eric Dier will return to training on Friday after a hip injury and could be involved this weekend. Serge Aurier, Harry Winks and Harry Kane remain out.Manchester City are vying to equal their club record of four consecutive top-flight wins against Spurs. Tottenham have lost seven of their past nine visits to the Etihad Stadium in all competitions, conceding 27 goals. Their only victory in that period came in the league in February 2016.City’s streak of nine successive Premier League wins equals the best run by any club this season. Liverpool won nine in a row during November and December. Pep Guardiola’s side have won 24 of their past 26 league and cup matches, including the penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final. They need two more goals in all competitions to equal the record of 156 by a top-flight side in a season, set by City themselves in 2013-14. Manchester City have earned an unsurpassed 19 points this season in games against established top-six rivals. Liverpool have accrued as many points but played one game more. City have won eight of their past nine home league matches against the rest of the current top six, including all four this season. Sergio Aguero has gone six league appearances without a goal against Tottenham. He scored 10 in his first seven matches in this fixture. Aguero needs one goal to become just the second player to score 20 times in the Premier League in five successive seasons, emulating Thierry Henry. Spurs are on a run of four Premier League away defeats in a row, conceding two goals each time. They haven’t fared worse since a six-match losing streak on the road between March and May 2004. They have lost seven of their past eight away fixtures in all competitions, with the exception being a 1-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on 5 March. Nonetheless, Spurs are the division’s leading scorers in away matches, with 33 goals. They are one point shy of matching the club’s best Premier League away tally in a season: 34 in 2012-13, 2015-16 and 2017-18.Tottenham have the second poorest record in league games between the established top-six sides this season, with seven points (W2, D1, L6). Manchester United have six points. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won all five of their league games without Harry Kane this season.AFC Bournemouth vs FulhamVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 20-04-2019 @5pmReferee: Dean CooteBournemouth have no fresh injury concerns for Eddie Howe’s 500th match as a manager. Captain Steve Cook returned to action last weekend after a seven-match lay-off with a groin injury.Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a doubt because of a knee ligament problem. Floyd Ayite could return from a muscle injury, while Alfie Mawson is close to recovering from the knee injury he suffered while changing boots.Bournemouth’s only defeat in the past 11 league meetings came at home in January 1994 when both sides were in the third tier (W7, D3). Fulham have had a player sent off in each of their last two games against Bournemouth: Fernando Amorebieta in March 2015 and Kevin McDonald in last October’s reverse fixture. The 3-0 win for Bournemouth last autumn was the first top-flight match between the clubs.Huddersfield Town vs WatfordThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 20-04-2019 @5pmReferee: Roger EastHuddersfield winger Isaac Mbenza has recovered from illness but forward Karlan Grant is still struggling with it and could miss out. Philip Billing is in contention after overcoming a back problem, while Laurent Depoitre is training after a foot injury but not yet ready to play.Watford will be without Troy Deeney, who begins a three-match ban. Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra face fitness tests on respective ankle and hip injuries.Huddersfield did the double over Watford last season but the Hornets won 3-0 when the teams met at Vicarage Road in October. Watford have won on three of their last five visits to Huddersfield in the league.West ham vs Leicester CityLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 20-07-2019 @5pmReferee: Lee ProbertWest Ham’s Marko Arnautovic is fit again after illness and Aaron Cresswell could return from a knee problem. But Manuel Lanzini is a major doubt because of a groin injury, as are Javier Hernandez and Samir Nasri with respective ear and calf problems.Jack Wilshere is fit after an ankle injury but might not be risked. Leicester winger Marc Albrighton could start after returning from two months out with a hamstring injury as a substitute last weekend.Leicester are unbeaten on their last three league visits to West Ham (W2, D1). West Ham have only managed one victory in the past nine meetings in all competitions (D3, L5). The Hammers have scored in 22 of their last 23 home league games against Leicester, with the exception a 1-0 defeat in August 2000.Wolves vs Brighton Molineux Stadium, West MidlandsSaturday, 20-04-2019 @5pmReferee: Craig PawsonWolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully-fit squad to choose from as his team continue their pursuit of a top-seven finish. Defender Ryan Bennett will be hoping for a recall after being dropped to the bench for the past two matches.Brighton have no new injury concerns following the midweek defeat at relegation rivals Cardiff. Anthony Knockaert serves the second game of a three-match suspension, while Jason Steele is a long-term absentee.Brighton have triumphed in all seven top-flight meetings, keeping a clean sheet in the past six. The Seagulls can equal Manchester City’s top-flight record of winning their first eight matches against the same opponent.Newcastle United vs SouthamptonSt. James Park, Newcastle Saturday, 20-04-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Anthony TaylorNewcastle have no new injury problems ahead of the visit of Southampton. Florian Lejeune has had surgery on the knee ligaments he ruptured earlier this month, and Sean Longstaff is another long-term absentee with a knee injury.Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is a doubt with a groin problem but Yan Valery is fit after a thigh injury. Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Charlie Austin should overcome minor niggles but Saturday may be too soon for Mario Lemina after his abdominal injury. However, the midfielder has returned to training and is expected to feature before the end of the season.Newcastle have only lost one of their past 13 Premier League home games against Southampton (W9, D3). However, Saints have won 15 Premier League matches against Newcastle, more than versus any other team. Southampton’s only defeat in the past nine meetings came at St James’ Park last season.Everton vs Man UnitedGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 21-04-2019 @3:30pmReferee: Paul TierneyEverton are without Andre Gomes, who has been handed a retrospective three-match ban for a challenge on Aleksandr Mitrovic in the defeat at Fulham. Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin are vying to replace him, while Yerry Mina is still sidelined through injury.Manchester United may rotate their squad following the midweek Champions League exit, with Ander Herrera back in training after a thigh injury. Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez are available but Luke Shaw is suspended.Everton have lost 36 Premier League matches against Manchester United, a competition record for defeats against a single opponent. United’s 16 Premier League victories at Goodison Park is also a competition record for away wins at one stadium. Everton’s only win in the past nine league meetings was a 3-0 home triumph in April 2015 (D2, L6).Manchester United have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time in 20 years. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer featured in all four of those defeats in 1999. They could lose three Premier League away games in a row for the first time since January 1996. United have not kept a clean sheet for 10 games in all competitions, their worst run for seven years. They have conceded 44 goals, one short of the club Premier League record for the most conceded in a season, set in 1999-2000 and 2001-02. Solskjaer was unbeaten in all 10 Premier League appearances as a player versus Everton and scored seven goals – his joint-best return against any side. Paul Pogba has been directly involved in a career-best 22 Premier League goals this season, scoring 13 and setting up nine. However, seven of those goals have been penalties. Only Ruud van Nistelrooy, with eight in 2002-03, has scored more penalties in a single Premier League campaign for United.Arsenal vs Crystal PalaceEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 21-04-2019 @6pmReferee: Jonathan MossArsenal head coach Unai Emery is unsure if Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for the club after suffering a hamstring injury against Napoli on Thursday. Granit Xhaka and Denis Suarez will have their respective hip and groin problems assessed, while Sokratis is suspended.Crystal Palace are without Jeffrey Schlupp, who will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are also unavailable.Arsenal’s only defeat in their 18 top-flight home meetings with Crystal Palace came in October 1994 (W14, D3). Following their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in October, Palace are looking to avoid defeat in both league encounters in a season for the first time since 1979-80.The Gunners are vying for an 11th successive top-flight home win, which they’ve never achieved in a single season. Arsenal have won 30 of their last 31 Premier League home fixtures against sides outside the established top six, drawing the other game against Wolves in November. They have earned twice as many points at home as away this season: the margin of 22 points is the biggest in the division. If Arsenal win each of their remaining five league matches, they will finish with more than 80 points for the first time since 2007-08. Arsenal have won six straight London derbies at home in the Premier League, their best run since 11 victories in a row between December 2001 and November 2003. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored six Premier League London derby goals this season, more than any other player.Cardiff vs LiverpoolCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSunday, 21-07-2019 @6pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonCardiff City midfielder Harry Arter has been ruled out with the calf strain he sustained last weekend while running off the pitch to be substituted. Aron Gunnarsson faces a late check on a back spasm, with Leandro Bacuna on standby to replace him.Liverpool came through their midweek win at Porto without any new injuries. Dejan Lovren should be fit after illness while Joe Gomez could start after making his return from a broken leg as a substitute in midweek.Cardiff have lost their three Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding 13 goals. Liverpool have won the last five encounters in all competitions, including a penalty shootout victory in the 2012 League Cup final. It is 60 years since the Bluebirds last beat Liverpool – a 4-0 Division Two triumph at Anfield in December 1959 in Bill Shankly’s first match as manager of the Reds.Liverpool could win nine consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2014. They are one point shy of equalling their club record Premier League tally of 86 from the 2008-09 season. Liverpool have won their last nine league matches against newly-promoted sides, scoring 27 goals and conceding three. They have taken 49 points from a possible 51 against teams in the bottom half of the table (W16, D1). Mohamed Salah is one goal shy of becoming the third Liverpool player to score 20 in consecutive Premier League seasons, emulating Robbie Fowler and Luis Suarez. Sadio Mane has scored 10 goals in his last 12 league appearances.Chelsea vs BurnleyStamford Bridge, LondonMonday, 22-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Kevin Friend*Details to follow shortlyComments last_img read more

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Hall of Famer Frank Robinson of Oakland dies at 83

first_imgFrank Robinson, a trailblazer who forged his own path from the playgrounds of West Oakland to baseball immortality, died Thursday after a long battle with bone cancer. He was 83.The Hall of Fame outfielder had been in hospice care for the past few months and passed away in Los Angeles, almost 45 years after he made baseball history by becoming its first African-American manager with the Cleveland Indians.Robinson is mostly remembered in the Bay Area for managing the Giants from 1981-84, when …last_img

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Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals

first_imgWeb-connected devices such as thermostats and locks are being snapped up by homeowners who want the convenience of smart-home technology while renters, barred from altering wiring or door locks, watch from the sidelines.Now, NWP Services Corporation, which provides smart metering and billing services to owners of apartment house complexes, is planning to test those and other web-connected devices in rentals in two states to see how attractive they might provide to landlords as well as tenants.According to an article in Fortune, NWP will test web-connected lights, thermostats and locks in California and Florida as the market opens its arms to more smart-home features.“It feels like the market is now ready for this,” NWP CEO Ron Reed told Fortune. “For some properties this is just going to be the ticket for entry but for others there is going to be a clear [return on investment].” Benefits and risksRenters would enjoy the same features that homeowners already can tap into: door locks that can be checked remotely and thermostats and lighting that can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet. As the technology continues to expand, renters may expect to see it in their apartments. Landlords who offer it could get a competitive edge.But apartment owners also stand to gain in other ways, the report said.For example, web-connected thermostats would allow landlords to turn down the heat in individual apartments after residents have moved out. Door locks that can be activated by a smart phone app would eliminate the need to change locks or replace keys when renters move out. Web-connected moisture sensors and smoke alarms are other features that could aid landlords, Reed said.NWP also is exploring the potential downside for landlords.“There’s a lot of tech here, but there are also business problems,” said Reed. “We’re going to need someone at the front desk 24-7 to handle customer support.”Another challenge for the company will be in getting devices to work with NWP’s software and billing systems, Reed said.last_img read more

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The 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

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UEFA 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

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Virat 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

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